Monday, 1 April 2019

Podcasts (and my way home)

Asa a lot of other people, I have the problem of how to spend the time while I am in the car. Well, of course, the first thing to do -as everyone says - is to drive. With all the needed attention, obviously.

But, while you're driving, you may also use your ear to listen to something.

Yes, music is the first choice. It has been my first choice for many, many years. But sometimes you want to be exposed to something that is not exactly musical, in a strict sense. There is a lot of richness, out there.

You can embrace podcasting, for example.

Podcasts are wonderful when you're driving.


They are made often by speech, and are not so loud and invasive as - say - death metal music, so you can hear the sounds outside your car. Which can be a very good thing, if you're driving (after all, the world outside claim your attention).

One thing I appreciate of Spotify (among others) is that it includes a section devoted to podcast. Which is not automatic, for a streaming service (for what I know, Google Music features no podcasting yet).  Unfortunately, not all the podcast are present inside Spotify, so I must rely on a dedicated app if I want to really have access to all the richness out there. I have chosen Pocket Casts because, while it's not free, for a small amount of money it gives you an endless river of possibility and you have the real chance to configure an environment exactly as you like.

Oh, and another possibility is given by audiobooks, of course. Admittedly, I am a not so avid consumer of audiobook and, as occasional listener, I do prefer not to rely on a monthly subscription, as possible with Audible and similar services. So I take advantage of the audiobook section of Google Books, which it's perfect for anyone who likes audiobooks but do not want to add another regular channel of expense. 

Granted, there are plenty of possibility to explore to make the way home (or work) less boring, in case of heavy traffic. But, to be honest, my really preferred choice, it seems not available yet...

Credits: "Star Trek"






Saturday, 23 March 2019

Sunset, from the Observatory

In these days, it's a particular pleasure to come out from the Observatory (Rome Astronomical Observatory, which actually it's not in the city but in the outskirt) to admire the beautiful and very suggestive sunsets, wonderful moments that only nature can produce.

I've taken some pictures, using my cell phone, a couple of days ago. The pics feature the city in the evening, and part of the beautiful park that surrounds the buildings of the observatory. In the first you can see understand how majestic can be the city in this very peculiar moment of the day... 

Rome in the evening...

The second picture shows a gorgeous tree in the park, which captured my attention just before I entered in my car to return home...

A wonderful tree...

There is a true glory in each sunset, there is no feeling of loss but something, like a hidden promise, a promise to feel at home in the universe, to find a place that you truly can call home. 

With stars, a lot of glimmering stars, all around you.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Open Source and Linux, in 2019

From  an interesting article that appeared in the middle of 2018, you could understand that the things kept moving,  last year, for the Open Source ecosystem.
This is open source beyond Linux and, according to Zemlin, is indicative of one of the best years and most robust periods at The Linux Foundation itself. 
That's just fine and it's also pleasant, that the Open Source movement becomes each day more robust.

But it's more interesting, in these days, to see what kind of previsions can be made about the state of one of the most successful open source project: I'm talking obviously of Linux, the free operating system.

Ok... Ready for 2019? 

Speaking of that, the pages of Linux Journal hosts a very interesting conversation between "the leaders of three of the most prominent Linux distros of the day", namely Debian Project, elementary, Fedora Project.  

Thinks are moving fast for Linux, as you know: they always do it. Even in 2019 we can enucleate some trends, seeking the best rising linux distros, and trying to understand the reasons behind their upcoming fortune: it's what happens in a detalied article of TechRadar. Well, you might be surprised in seeing that one of the five selected distro is really one of the most ancient one... but no more spoilers, even in I guess you already understood! 

It's also worth a look the 5 Linux Prediction for 2019 from UMG!Ubuntu! website. From all listed, for me the most interesting is surely #4, about novel hardware. If Linux has really to land on common people's desktops (which is a theme almost recurrent in the last ten years or so...) it has to be easy, really easy, and fully integrated with the specific hardware. 

We are in 2019 now. People wants computers and mobile devices that works out of the box. Besides all, wars of opinions like windows or linux or mac have completely loosen sense now, in the age of instant communication and social media. If it works well, it's fine. Even better, if it's cheap and work well.

From the quoted article, on Linux Journal,
 I still have big printed manuals for a few early Linux versions, which, back then, were necessary for getting just about everything working (from X11 to networking and sound). Heck, sometimes simply getting a successful boot required a few trips through those heavy manuals. Ah, those were the days.
Well, those days (those glorious days) are gone.

Is exactly on this ground that linux on desktop may gain its sense.
It's a great challenge, because both macOS and Windows are very complete and polished operating system, featuring great integration with mobile devices.

It's a great challenge. Let's see what happen, during this new year.