Geubuntu: Rockin’ Enlightenment

I am currently on a quest to find a new Linux distro to use. I have been using Red Hat/Fedora for nearly 10 years now and am finding it time to make a switch. I have tried nearly every distribution I have found and recently came across Geubuntu and am Really liking what I am seeing.

Geubuntu Darkness ThemeGeubuntu is a combination of two of my favorite pieces of Linux: One old favorite – Enlightenment and one new favorite – Ubuntu. I have, so far, only experienced the live cd of Geubuntu and I have to say I am impressed. This comes around the time when KDE 4 comes out and everyone is drooling over the new eye Kandy – well, there’s plenty o’ eye candy in E17 that’s for sure.

I’m pretty certain this is the route I am going to take. But I thought I would first gather some opinions from readers to see what you have to say pro and con for going with Geubuntu. Don’t have any experience with Geubuntu? No problem…tell me why I should (or should not) go the Ubuntu-esque route.

Computers, Software

CES 2008: Booth Babes

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Edward at MSMobiles has posted a plethora of Booth Babe pics from the Consumer Electronics Show last week.

Want more Booth Babes? Browse Geeknews.

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Encrypt Files in Vista Via Context Menus

Context Menus are the menus you see in your operating system when you right click on an object. Unless you’re a manly man and use a command line shell.

Windows XP has had the ability to encrypt files, it wasn’t too cumbersome but it wasn’t intuitive either.

Vista enables you to Encrypt or Decrypt files by simply clicking on the file or folder and choosing the option via the context menu. The curious thing is that to enable this faster access to the Encrypted File System requires a registry modification, so it’s not enabled in the context menus by default. Perhaps the file system or security folks just ran out of time during the development process to fully support this method?

In this pic you can clearly see the Encrypt option highlighted in the context menu when I right clicked on a folder on my desktop.

EncryptDecrypt Context Menu

To enable it follow these instructions:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor. Note: if you don’t know how to do this then you really shouldn’t be following these instructions because you’re not a computer geek, just stop and please for god’s sake don’t do it. Else you may hose yourself :)
  2. Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. Create a new 32bit DWORD in that ‘Advanced’ key
  4. Call this new DWORD EncryptionContextMenu
  5. Change the value to 1
  6. It’s already enabled now, go check it out for yourself by right clicking on a file or folder.

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Eco Geek – News Links

Green Energy

Toyota to offer plug-in hybrids by 2010
Terra Daily
Toyota Motor Corp. will produce a small fleet of plug-in hybrids by 2010, the Japanese automaker’s chief said Sunday. The plug-in hybrid will go head-to-head with US rival General Motor Corp’s Chevy Volt, which is also expected to hit the road in 2010

Glacier Woes Overstated?
Science A Go Go
New research indicates glacial ice existed on Earth during an intense period of global warming during the Cretaceous period.

Learning about Agriculture…from Las Vegas?
ecogeek
A 30-story farm is in the works for Las Vegas – an agricultural skyscraper designed to include over 100 different crops, from miniature banana trees to strawberries. Nevada officials believe the vertical farm could produce enough food for 72,000 people a year – and $25 million in agricultural products, most going to local casinos.

Everything You Know about Green Cars is Wrong
The Daily Green
Much of what you think you know about “clean cars” may be wrong, misinformation spread by word of mouth and unreliable blogs (not including The Daily Green).

Charge your gadgets environmentally with a simple foot pedal
inhabitat
What’s a more renewable form of energy than human kinetic energy? Here’s an easy, cheap and portable energy source that’s powered by the spring in your step: the Weza Foot Pedal. They just discovered this amazingly useful gadget at CES.

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Curling Up With a Bookshelf

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This bookshelf is called CAVE.

The designer got the idea watching pigeons roosting in alcoves of buildings oblivious to the pedestrian traffic around it.

Brilliant! I’d love to see this at the local libraries.

What could be cooler than this in bookshelves…how about CAVE Pets?

CAVE Pet

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