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The Linux experiment

I’ve always dabbled with Linux but never seen able to fully commit to it as a desktop operating system. A fact that I feel has limited my knowledge of it too being of a more casual nature. To rectify the situation I’m planning to make a technical New Years resolution to only use Linux for a month come January 1st.
I’ve chosen to go with Fedora 16 as my distro, mainly because I’ve spent more time with Ubuntu and want a better understanding of how Redhat does things.
The biggest issue I’m facing is dealing with iTunes and my iPhone. Not sure how I’m going to handle that problem, the two main solutions are to go with wine or a virtual machine.

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Rogers and Bell buy MLSE

This deal just rubs me the wrong way as it show how little competition exist in the Canadian media market. Now that the deal is done Rogers and Bell will divi up the prized Leafs hockey games between their network. Taking more games off over the air broadcast, ensuring that customers will have to pony up more money to see the leafs in action.
Moreover, this deal shows that Rogers and Bell are operating like a cartel. Which does not bode well for television, cellular and Internet users in Canada. With only two mega corporations, consumers have nowhere to turn to for a better deal. After a deal like this how can Bell and Rogers argue they are truly competing with each other.
At a minimum I feel that the CRTC needs to seriously need to look at separating the content creation and delivery arms of both these companies.

More control over my info?

All things Digital has a post about some recent surveys that show users want more control over who can see and what they present in their online profile. The findings are not all that shocking, as we become more connected people are becoming more aware about what they are sharing online.

Personally, I’ve has started to become more selective about the type of materials I am posting on Facebook along with no longer linking all my various social network feeds into Facebook. Netflix’s new Facebook sharing feature is a prime example. The main reasons I didn’t link the service to my profile, is that the service will automatically post status update about every video you watch unless you remember to flag a do not post option when you begin watching the video. Not only does this spam your friends list with your viewing habits, it could potentially reveal things about your personality and interest to people who you would not normally want to share it with. I do not want my friends knowing about my addiction to romantic comedies.

For me a more logical option would be an opt-in policy where you would highlight video that you found exceptional and would recommend to your friends.