Video: Motivational speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

I was over at Youtube today not looking for anything in particular when I came across this video of Steve Jobs (yes the Apple man) which by the way has been viewed over 2 million times, and I was really touched by his speech. He was delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, life & death. It really is a worthwhile watch and thought you might get one or two lessons from this video in case you have not seen it yet. Watch and be inspired.

iFuse – Mount your Iphone/Ipod Touch on Ubuntu in 3 easy steps

iFuse is a simple app that lets you mount your Iphone or Ipod in Ubuntu and other Linux distros using the USB cable. iFuse does not require “jailbreaking” or voiding your warranty and works without needing extra software installed on the phone (such as `ssh`).
Most Ubuntu and other Linux distro users have had a hard time mounting their Apple toys on their OSs. iFuse now makes it really easy and simple. Follow the  steps below and be on your way to using your Iphone/Ipod on Ubuntu and other Linux distros.
Step 1
Open up a terminal (don’t panic, just copy and paste) and type
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list to open Your sources list
Step 2
Add the following code to your sources list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
Change Jaunty to the release you are using if that’s not it. Save and exit your sources list.
Step 3
Type the following commands into the terminal again
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com F0876AC9
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ifuse and hit enter
That’s it! Now connect your Iphone or Ipod using the USB cable to your system. Open your file manager(Nautilus) and look on the left panel, you should see your device mounted there. Access your files.
Caveat!!!
You cannot manage your music database yet due to the kind of cryptic algorithm Apple uses on their toys. You can access your music folder but cannot transfer music to or from it. You can however, do all other things you are used to with your Iphone on your system. 

Finally, Archos 5, a Linux device that rivals Apple’s Ipod Touch

If you are a Linux enthusiast, and have hoped for a Linux powered device similar to Apple’s Ipod Touch, then you are in luck. The new Archos 5 is your answer. This Internet Media Tablet is packed with features set to make Apple’s Ipod Touch a child’s play.
This Android powered device comes with a storage drive ranging from 60GB to 250GB, in slim and sleek enclosures. It also comes with a MicroSD card slot in case you want more storage. Surfing the net is a breeze and enjoyable experience with the built in ARM Cortex processor and the Adobe Flash 9 video support. The high resolution screen simply blurs the difference between your surfing on the computer and this hand held device. It also supports WI-FI and comes with  full email application that lets you read, write, download and send attachments, and manage your contacts.
It also comes with various office apps to make working on the go easy. You can also purchase apps from the Android market It also comes with E-Buddy IM client and a Twitter for app for Twitter fans.
In terms of multimedia, it can handle virtually every video file format you throw at it including Flash, HD, H.264 HD, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, Flac,OGG Vorbis, MPEG-4. You can watch your favorite TV programs and movies in HD. You can connect with all the various video sharing sites like Youtube, Hulu and Google Videos. There is also a built in Media Club where you can download a vast number of songs and videos from the unique selection of renowned movie and music partners.
The list of features that comes with this device is really amazing and I can go on and on. It is due out today and can be purchased for  $269.95 and ships free with super saver shipping. You can get one here Archos 5 250 GB Internet Media Tablet. It is a device that all mobile device enthusiasts must not do without. It’s the future of mobile entertainment and the fact that it runs Linux even makes it a more appealing. Get yours now.

4 reasons why Apple is not criticized by Linux / Open Source proponents

On Wednesday the 26th of August 2009, the Free Software Movement launched the Windows7sins site. This was just days before Apple released its Snow Leopard OS, prompting a lot of criticisms from some corners of the blogosphere  that the FSF is giving Apple a free ride. I simply disagree with such criticisms for the following four reasons.
Reason 1 – Mac OS X is Open Source
Mac OS X is  in full conformity with Unix OS and is built on Mach 3.0 and FreeBSD 5 comprising over a 100 Open Source products. Besides major components of Mac OS X, including the core UNIX, are made available under Appleā€™s Open Source license, allowing developers and students to view source code, learn from it and submit suggestions and modifications. Can anyone of those leveling criticisms against the FSF confidently say that about Microsoft? This alone is enough reason to give Apple a breathing space when it comes to Open Source! I don’t think I can say that about Microsoft and their Windows OS. 
Reason 2 – Size
There is no sense in wasting limited resources trying to fight Apple when they have just a small fraction of the OS market share. Microsoft is the world’s dominant computer software vendor and as such makes sense to fight them. Why spend time fighting someone closer to you in size and market share when the two of you have a much larger “enemy” in common?
Reason 3 – Choice
I have more choice when it comes to Apple than Microsoft. Anyone that buys the hugely expensive Mac computers is consciously choosing to use Mac OS X. This is because Apple manufactures its own hardware and as such has every right to preinstall it with their own OS. But Microsoft is just a software vendor that has used its dominant market share to get OEMs to preinstall their machines with Windows. This gives little choice to end users who purchase such systems. 90% of the time, you always have only one choice of OS when you buy a new non Apple computer- Windows. Why should such a situation not be fought against?
Reason 4 Attitude
The attitudes of both Microsoft and Apple towards the Open Source movement are two worlds apart. Apple actively contributes to and respects that Open Source movements. Microsoft on the other hand, treats the Open Source movement with disdain and spits on them at any given opportunity. There is more here and here about Apples’ approach to the Open Source world.

Apple has its bad sides no doubt, but being an active Linux and Open Source proponent, I am inclined to judge Apple solely on its treatment of the FOSS movement and nothing else.

There are many other reasons why Linux / Open Source proponents do not waste time bashing Apple like they do Windows, but I am just restricting myself to these four basic reasons. 
Do you think Open Source/ Linux proponents should actively chase after Apple? Share your thoughts.

Ubuntu- Apple is a different ball game.

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project has made great strides in making a go at Microsoft Windows’ market share. Indeed, in its recent filings with the SEC, Microst admitted facing a somewhat stiff competition from the world’s most popular Linux distro. The story however, is different with regards to Apple’s Mac OS. I strongly believe that Canonical’s Mac OS strategy is not working. This is because the underlying assumption beheind the strategy is flawed.
Mac computers are hugely expensive and  anybody that goes in to buy a Mac computer is not someone that considers cost in buying a computer. Most Mac users are people that have seen a certain perceived value in the extra cash they pay for a Mac computer as against what they would have paid for a Windows PC.
Mac OS users are more of a premium market type that are prepared to pay and use an OS which they believe gives them extra value for an extra amount of money. They want something that is not common and “cheap” and will pay a premium price for it. Such people do not consider the monetary cost of what they use but rather the perceived extra satisfaction they get from paying a premium price.
It is in this regard that I think Canonical is getting it wrong about stealing some of Mac OS market share. To promote Ubuntu to a Mac OS user as being cheap and free will simply not sell. Such people do not care about cost. There should be a different way of telling Mac OS users about what makes Ubuntu an alternative to Mac OS other than Windows without sacrifing the perception of quality that they are used to paying a premium price for.
There is no doubt that Ubuntu is a powerful alternative to both Windows and Mac OS, a fact that most Windows users attest to after trying Ubuntu, but that message must be wrapped differently in order to deliver to Mac OS users. Canonical must not focus solely on the monetary cost of Ubuntu as a wedge to use in penetrating the Mac OS market. The theme of the strategy must rather focus on the core strengths of Ubuntu that will appeal to Mac users. That I think will help make Ubuntu more appealing to Mac users than the current strategy of focusing on the monetary cost alone.
Do you have any ideas on how to market Ubuntu to Mac OS users? Share your thoughts.