Monthly Archives: March 2009

How to Tell What Version of Ubuntu You Are Running

Here are a couple of ways to tell which version of Ubuntu you’re running.
1. From the desktop, select System > About Ubuntu. Look at the top of the text for the sentence that starts, “Thank you for your interest in Ubuntu….”  The rest of the sentence describes the version details.  (This is broken on my [...]

My Twittersheep Word Cloud

Twittersheep makes a word cloud from the bios of your Twitter followers. Here’s mine:

It came out pretty good, I think – it looks like a good representation of my followers.
Tip: the placement of particular words is random.  If you don’t like the way the words are arranged when you try it, reload the page [...]

Not Newspapers. Journalism.

Clay Shirky does a beautiful job wrapping up where we are in the transition out of the age of newspapers, and into the age of new sorts of journalism in his blog post “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable“: chaos and revolution.
It’s wrenching and uncomfortable, because, well, “that is what real revolutions are like.”

Flip Your Text Upside-Down

You’ve probably seen this somewhere: ʇxǝʇ uʍop-ǝpısdn – upside-down text, rendered using carefully-chosen Unicode characters.
There are a number of web sites that will flip your text, but I wanted to point out the original: David Faden’s Flip. David got the idea from Philip Newton’s post, ¿ʇı̣ əsnqɐ ʇ,uɐɔ noʎ ɟı̣ əpoɔı̣un sı̣ pooɓ ʇɐɥʍ. [...]