Posts from March 2010

  • Reasons to celebrate: 24th March 2010

    Ivanka Majic,

    Today is Ada Lovelace day.
    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had […]

  • Ada Lovelace and the Turing Test

    David Siegel,

    In Computing Machinery and Intelligence, Alan Turing describes the famous Turing test for detecting machine intelligence. Did you know that Turing’s thesis was heavily influenced by Ada Lovelace’s critique of Babbage’s Analytical Engine, wherein she states that “the Analytical Engine has no pretensions to originate anything,” arguing that computing machines do not exhibit creativity? You […]

  • It’s Ada Lovelace Day

    Michael Forrest,

    I’ve always liked Ada. She was the first to see the musical potential of computers. Here, look at this old blog post in which I mention her. As proof! Homebrew Adventures ;)

    A tip of my hat to Ada then. And tips all round to that small elite of n…

  • Workarounds

    Iain Farrell,

    I was looking for new phone wallpapers last night and stumbled across loads of examples of this. The iPhone doesn’t have a main calendar screen like other manufacturers but what I love about this is the way that people have made do and shared their work with the world. There are themed ones, valentines ones, […]

  • Not that kind of bored

    Iain Farrell,

    Inspired by this brilliant picture and wee post over at the Panic Inc. blog I’ve not been able to shake the idea of making a similar status view for us to use when designing Ubuntu and related products. We’re always looking to enhance our processes and what I really like the idea of is creating […]

  • Love it from it’s Lucid ears to little Lucid toeses!

    Iain Farrell,

    I really can’t tell you how exciting a place to be Canonical towers is right now! Yes, it’s hard work keeping up with all the feedback from the community, we’re terrifyingly close to a release and have to deliver final and updated assets until the cows come home and YES it’s UDS in 8 weeks […]

  • Those pesky buttons

    Ivanka Majic,

    Many of you have been asking for some correspondence regarding the button position in the window manager.
    Here it is.
    At Ubuntu we have a golden opportunity not only to make our OS as good as the competition but to make it better. The button position discussion and analysis started with:
    – Why do Mac OS and Windows […]

  • OS X Ubuntu USB Creator

    Michael Forrest,

    I’ve spent some time attempting to make a Cocoa that lets you burn an Ubuntu ISO to a USB memory stick on OS X.

    I think I’ve got as far as I’m gonna get with it now, sadly.

    How far I got…

    The UI is pretty concise
    A USB stick gets detected when pl…

  • New in Lucid…

    Kenneth Wimer,

    If you’re running lucid with the latest updates be sure to try click n’ drag the window from anywhere in the top dark area. In other words, the windeco and menubar are both dragable now. Thanks go to Cody Russell!

  • Making the computer work for YOU

    Michael Forrest,

    Yukihiro Matsumoto put it better than I ever could: 
    Often people, especially computer engineers, focus on the machines. They think, “By doing this, the machine will run faster. By doing this, the machine will run more effectively. By doing this, …

  • Reasons to celebrate: 4th March 2010

    Ivanka Majic,

    My first year working for Canonical draws to a close with my team delivering a new identity for Ubuntu.
    I am very proud of the result and would like to thank them for all their hard work. I also want to thank Mark Shuttleworth and Jane Silber for setting out the challenge and for being part […]

  • Only 25 Paper Cuts left for Lucid!

    David Siegel,

    That’s right, we’ve fixed 75 paper cuts for Lucid already! We only need to fix 25 more to reach 100, but with many important freezes occurring over the next couple weeks we need to prioritize and focus.

    UI freeze comes this Thursday, March 4. This means that paper cuts involving user-facing changes (e.g. labels, menus, buttons) […]

  • Sunday night

    Kenneth Wimer,

    Just uploaded a pic to the Lucid wallpaper pool hoping it makes the cut. 

    Also, I took a nifty pic of Michael last week. Turned out quite well considering the lighting.