First they integrate Google Buzz.
Then they decide to cripple all its social features (this is when I mostly stopped using it…) and “integrate” it with G+.
Now they say that it’s usage is in decline (wonder why…), and they decide to kill it.
What Google maybe didn’t think about is the consequences of this act.
The reason why people are confident in google services (like gmail, calendar, dns …) is because Google is always there.
Sure all of those services are free to use, but people trust them because they think that they’ll always be available, and as such are a safe bet.
But with the latest spring cleanings at Google this was proven wrong – solid services like Google Notebook and lots of APIs that where deeply integrated into several sites where shutoff with a few months notice.
This leaves me with an important question – why should I trust web services I can’t self host?
(so many github projects an not one self hosted google reader clone…damn!)
Update: Apparently it exists - http://tt-rss.org/
Long story short… I needed a way for a specific folder to use PHP 5.3 and to keep using PHP 5.2 for the rest of the system, and I needed to do this without breaking the existing CPanel (blergh) configuration (Luckily the system was already using suphp – if yours isn’t just change it using easyapache) .
In the end it was easier than I thought…
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And today Android 4.2 is finally available. As millions of other geeks I rushed to install it my Nexus 7, mainly because I was eager to try out the multiuser functionality.
I have to admit I’m impressed with the amount of changes 4.2 brought : Multiuser, new drop-down menu, screensavers, lock-screen widgets, Photo Sphere – a lot of things for a minor update.
Only thing that really disappointed me, was that it’s not possible to share applications between users in the same device. I had to add my a second google account to the second user so I could install some paid apps – and unfortunately there’s a small bug in this function – even though there’s an account selector, it keeps the last added account as the selected account…
If you have a Nexus 7 and don’t want to wait for the OTA, there’s a very easy procedure you can follow:
Recently I had to install two Supermicro Storage Servers (Model 6047R-E1R36L) – unfortunately not everything went well with their installation.
First unit I received was DOA, it’s always unfortunate when such things happen – nothing a little bit of QA wouldn’t avoid. Called up Supermicro assistance and they did some diagnostics with me…but allas ..the same conclusion – the unit was dead. Supermicro’s american twitter account still exchanged some tweets and emails with me…but in the end, I had to wait almost a week for a motherboard replacement, and with that out of the way… (almost*) everything worked fined.
This week I received the second unit, and after turning it on (yay – worked!) I went to the RAID manager to set up the disks … I looked around and couldn’t find the option to create an array (which I found very strange because on the first unit everything was very straightforward…). A little bit of googling around and I found out that there are two kinds of firmware for this SAS controller : -it (iSCSI) and -ir (RAID) and for some unfortunate reason mine had the it. Googled a lit bit but nothing really interesting came up, and on Supermicro’s site there weren’t any downloads for this server. Called up Supermicro assistance (again…) and they were very helpful – the files I needed were on their FTP server. Next step ? Flashing them! I admit I had never used a UEFI shell before – but it wasn’t that scary. Unfortunately following the instructions returned the error “cannot flash ir firmware over it firmware”. a little bit of googling around and I ended doing this:
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