11/12/13

Ubuntu Touch will be a reality in 2014

The smartphone OS battlefield just got a little busier – Ubuntu Touch will transition from an after-market OS to an out of the box OS in 2014 as Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth announced there's a hardware partner on board.

A high-end Ubuntu Touch-powered phone will hit the market next year, but the details on which company is going to build it are unclear at the moment. And no, it doesn’t seem to be the failed Ubuntu Edge phone.



Other than the unknown hardware maker, Canonical has deals with Vodafone, Verizon, Deutsche Telecom, T-Mobile, 3, EE, KT, SK Telecom and PT.

Ubuntu Touch has been running on a long list of devices, but it requires a skillful user to install it. With a phone that runs the OS out of the box, Canonical will try to steal market share away from other players big and small.

The OS hedges its bets – it supports Linux apps, it can run Java-based apps a la Android and even web apps like competitor Firefox OS. Shuttleworth sees one of the main advantages of Ubuntu Touch is that, basically, it's not a Google OS.

Android is getting progressively less open with many default apps getting closed sourced versions on the Play Store and since Android is free, Google uses it to push users to its money making services.

This is exactly the opposite of Ubuntu Touch, which vouches to be open and bring services from the likes of LinkedIn, Baidu, Facebook, Evernote, and Pinterest to the forefront as more than just shortcuts on the screen.

Next year will see the bit players fighting for relevance – Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, Tizen (maybe, it could just continue being vaporware) and now Ubuntu Touch. They're all open, all with brand new UIs and big promises, but which ones if any will deliver?

10/10/13

Productivity + Creativity = Coffitivity!



Coffee can stimulate brain activity, thus productivity and creativity. You may have noticed people working with their laptops and notes in coffee places, and actually be really efficient despite the background noise. But that buzz is what triggers the creativity and productivity, they claim.

So now there's an app for that, that simulates coffee shop buzz to give you that feeling, and boost your work. It's a realistic recreation of a coffee shop's ambiance, complete with clinking cups and background chatter. So you get all of that coffee shop buzz without having to fight for a seat or buy lattes all day.


Try it out! Coffitivity



Relative Post: Studying in a coffee shop?

9/10/13

Facebook Friends

Την άποψη που έχουν οι χρήστες του Facebook για τους «διαδικτυακούς τους φίλους» αποκαλύπτει νέα βρετανική έρευνα...


Βάσει των συμπερασμάτων της εν λόγω έρευνας ο μέσος αριθμός φίλων στο Facebook είναι οι 287. Ωστόσο, μόνο το 10% των «φίλων» είναι άτομα που ο κάτοχος του προφίλ πραγματικά συμπαθεί και θέλει να περνάει χρόνο μαζί του διαδικτυακώς.

Όσον αφορά το γιατί δε τους διαγράφει; Το ένα τρίτο των ερωτώμενων απαντά ότι δεν το κάνει καθώς θεωρεί ότι κάτι τέτοιο θα ήταν μια περίεργη κίνηση ή ανησυχούν για τις συνέπειες μιας τέτοιας πράξης.

Ο μέσος όρος των χρηστών απάντησε, επίσης, ότι μόλις με 31 διαδικτυακούς του φίλους θα ήθελε να περνά χρόνο μαζί τους και εκτός Ιντερνέτ. Ακόμη, το ένα τρίτο των χρηστών που συμμετείχε στην έρευνα ανέφερε, ότι κατά μέσο όρο έχουν τουλάχιστον εννιά διαδικτυακούς φίλους που αν τους συναντούσαν στο δρόμο θα άλλαζαν... πεζοδρόμιο.

Επίσης, σχεδόν το 60% των ερωτηθέντων ανέφερε πως έχουν κάποιους φίλους στο Facebook μόνο και μόνο για να τους... κατασκοπεύουν, δηλαδή για να βλέπουν τις φωτογραφίες τους και τα όσα γράφουν.

Κάτι λιγότερο από τους μισούς παραδέχτηκε ότι κρατάνε και σαν φίλους τους μέλη της οικογένειας τους ή και συγγενείς του αγαπημένου τους επειδή νιώθουν ότι έτσι πρέπει.

Ένα 36% δήλωσε ότι εξακολουθεί να έχει φίλους τους συναδέλφους ή τους πρώην συναδέλφους του, σε περίπτωση που χρειαστεί να επικοινωνήσει μαζί τους στο μέλλον.

Τέλος, ένα 17% είπε ότι διατηρεί αυτές τις «φιλίες» επειδή τους επιτρέπει να δουν τι κάνουν οι άλλοι, όπως τα παιδιά ή η οικογένειά τους.

21/9/13

Google's new looks



Google decided to redesign their logo and search engine page looks. It's the first time since 2010 that a similar change is taking place on this globally popular internet site.

According to BBC, the changes will be applied gradually to the rest of their products, as their spokesman said.

The company mentioned that they desire to help users be more focused, without extra distractions.

In this simplification framework, the new design includes a flatter and smoother logo, as well as the appearance of less links on the options' menu bar, which will now be on the right side. The changes won't be visible to everybody right away.

The changes are happening the same month as other competitive search engines did, like Microsoft Bing! and Yahoo!.

17/9/13

Ken Robinson | Education -TED talks

Watch Ken Robinson's amazing TED talks about education using the following links:

1. How schools kill creativity

2. Bring on the learning revolution

3. Changing education paradigms

4. How to escape education's death valley

Enjoy

TOP 10 | Biggest brain damaging habits |



1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Overreacting
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damaging it.

9. Talking rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.

10. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.





14/9/13

Linux in a box?

Over the past few years, we notice a trend of a minimalism when we talk about computers. The devices are getting smaller, thinner, more portable, less bulky. We've all seen the apple mac laptops and ultrabooks how thin they are, and how people seem to love them.

Convenience and portability are 2 main factors that influence us when considering to get a computer. 
We want it to be as minimalistic as possible so it is barely seen, without compromising the performance whatsoever.

Today, we will present to you 2 alternatives (from many) that fit in the criteria of portability, minimalism, performance and diversity.

1. Linux Mint box

Linux Mint in association with CompuLab, worked together and created the mintBox (1 and 2).
The mintBox is Mint in a box. It’s tiny, it’s silent, it’s extremely versatile and it comes packed with connectivity.


Even though MintBox 1 is still available, we will present the MintBox 2, which is an improved version. So, it is a mini-computer which connects to TVs or computer monitors via HDMI or DisplayPort. It comes with 8 USB ports as well as in/out audio jacks, eSATA, Ethernet, Wifi and Bluetooth so you can connect it easily to any network or device.

The unit feels very special and very unique. It’s small, about the size of a router, so it fits behind your keyboard, your TV and it’s easy to bring with you anywhere you go.
It’s extremely sturdy and completely silent. There is no plastic, the case is entirely made of solid die-cast iron and acts as a heat sink, so there are no fans inside of it.

It boasts 4 times the processing power of the previous generation and comes with a 5 years warranty.

The MintBox 2 shines by its versatility. Its form-factor provides a fantastic compromise between desktop computing and mobility. It’s as if your desktop environment could come with you. A desk, a chair and a large screen is all you need. Connect a full size keyboard to the unit and there you are: operational and fully productive anywhere you go.




Specifications

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor (dual-core 64 bit, 3M Cache, 1.80 GHz up to 2.70 GHz, 17W TDP)
Integrated GPU: Intel® HD Graphics 4000 with dynamic frequency up to 1.1 GHz
Chipset: Mobile Intel® HM76 Express Chipset
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 upgradable up to 16 GB
Main storage: Internal 500 GB 2.5” hard disk (upgradable)
Operating system: Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” 64 bit
Display: HDMI 1.4a 1920 x 1200 + DisplayPort 1.1a 2560 x 1600 dual-head
Audio: S/PDIF 7.1 channels + stereo line-out / mic
Networking: 2x Gbit Ethernet
Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n dual antenna up to 150 Mbps + Bluetooth 4.0
USB: 2x USB 3.0 + 6x USB 2.0
Serial: RS232 full-UART
Expansion: Full-size mini-PCIe (shared with mSATA) + half-size mini-PCIe (used for WLAN)
Dimensions: 19 cm (w) x 16 cm (l) x 4 cm (h)
Weight: 1150g
Input voltage: 10V – 15V DC (12V PSU 100V-240V AC included)
Power consumption: 10W – 26W
Operating temperature: 0°C – 50°C
Warranty: 5 years (2 years for the hard disk)
Extra storage: mSATA socket + 2x eSATA ports
Enclosure: Passively cooled fanless die-cast aluminum case


2. Utilite box (ubuntu)

Forget your Raspberry Pi and all of those Android dongles: this quad-core, ARM-based box claims to offer up a PC-like experience for just $100.

The Utilite, made by Compulab, will pack either a single, dual or quad-core Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, up to 4GB of RAM, an mSATA SSD, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI and DVI-D outputs, four USB 2.0 ports, a micro-USB connector, audio jacks, a micro-SD XD slot and two ultra-mini RS232 interfaces. Aaaaand breathe.

That's all squeezed into a frame 5.3 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches in size, that consumes 3-8W using a 10-16V supply. It even manages multi-stream 1080p H.264 on-chip decoding, so watching video should be mercifully reliable for a cheap computer. All in it sounds like a steal for the $100 base model.


It's worth mentioning that Compulab offers more similar products to the above which worth taking a look and finding more about.

So by giving you a small taste of alternative computer devices we hope to have given you the inspiration to try something new, hip, different and efficient for your digital life.


20/8/13

Linux mouse? (and keyboard! -updated)

So I've been using GNU/Linux OS on my laptop and desktop exclusively for the past 5-6 years, and as most Linux users know, they were/are from time to time some compatibility issues, whether we talk about software of hardware, which are more in some cases resolved.

In this article, I'll centre my attention on Linux compatible mice.
I'm one of those guys who just can't stand working with the touchpad and prefer using an actual mouse.

So you might say, are there mice that are not compatible with my Linux OS? And which ones are?

I never had a problem so far until recently when my mouse broke, and I had to replace it.
I guess I was lucky with my first mouse (Logitech M305), because it worked instantly, plug&play, no installation required, no extra drivers, nothing. Plus a nice, small, design mouse.


Logitech M305


After that broke down, I went to a cheap option, a Speedlink Kappa wireless mouse.
Compatible as well, plug and play instantly. But the generic feel was a bit whoosy. The material was cheaper, the index movement a bit fuzzy, and overall, you get what you pay for. Still fully working though.

Speedlink Kappa




So I decided to go towards a "branded" mouse, that would ensure better quality and feel.

I went and bought a Microsoft Notebook Bluetooth 5000 mouse (yes I know, I went for Microsoft). 
I'm plugging it in and problems began. There I realised that mouse compatibility issues with GNU/Linux systems do exist! And surprise surprise, with a Microsoft mouse, what else?

Microsoft Notebook 5000

The mouse was beautiful, nice shape, futuristic, but it would just not work!
I had bluetooth connection issues at first. (like, bluetooth connection? really?)
Meaning it would not connect, after numerous times. Then, after restarting the computer, the mouse was not traceable, even though all my settings (manual settings too) were saying otherwise. 
I had to manually "sync" them every time. 
Then the connection was lost out of the blue, forcing me to use my old speedlink mouse.
Other users in the web had similar issues with this particular hardware.
Microsoft really is a pain with gnu/linux even in hardware I figured! aaargh

On top of that, the scroll button every time I used it, it would double click on items, bringing my nerves in a higher lever. I managed to fix that, by manually mapping each mouse button (which was a bit of a pain).

Long story short, I went and bought again another Logitech M325 and my problems were solved! (needless to say my microsoft mouse was not refundable because of the stupid "the box is open" excuse of my local store, so I'm selling it if anyone is interested!)

My Logitech M325


So I discover that the majority of Logitech mice are compatible with GNU/Linux systems, and through their website, you can narrow down the compatible ones by clicking the right option! 

I would suggest then buying a Logitech mouse for your computer, or a Speedlink, since both brands are tested (by me at least) and fully working.

There is of course the Ubuntu branded mouse that you can buy through the canonical store, which comes with a cable, and has a noticable design.



UPDATE
A new addition to my input hardware was the recent purchase of a Logitech K230 keyboard. Yes, it seems that logitech products are really working for me, as far as compatibility, functionality and design for my ubuntu OS.
This keyboard is really affordable, compact, wireless, and with a splash of colour (blue, purple, white) for you to choose depending on your mood.
All keys work perfectly with my ubuntu from the first moment I plugged it in. The "windows logo" button directly opens the dash (you can put another sticker on top, if it really bugs you), the FN key works just fine (for volume control, media etc), the keys don't make a noise when pressed. 
The overall experience is really satisfying. Totally recommended.



6/8/13

Ορθογραφικό Στυλό!




Οι Γερμανοί Falk Wolksy και Daniel Kaesmacher βρήκαν τον τέλειο τρόπο, έτσι ώστε τα παιδιά τους να σταματήσουν τα ορθογραφικά λάθη.

Η πατέντα αυτή μπορεί φυσικά να βοηθήσει και όλους τους άλλους!

Το Lernstift δονείται όταν κάνετε ένα ορθογραφικό λάθος!

Έχει ενσωματωμένο υπολογιστή με Linux και ένα κύκλωμα που περιλαμβάνει αισθητήρα κίνησης, επεξεργαστή, μνήμη, υποστήριξη Wi-Fi και module για τη δόνηση της συσκευής. Οι αισθητήρες του μπορούν να μάθουν και τον γραφικό σας χαρακτήρα, έτσι ώστε να αναγνωρίζουν τον γράφοντα!



13/7/13

Blue tea - El te azul - To μπλε τσάι

Versión española

El te azul o también conocido como te oolong es una infusión de origen Chino. El te azul tiene una semi fermentación que lo diferencia del té verde y del te rojo. 
El aroma y el sabor del te azul es diferente a otras variedades así como sus cualidades medicinales.


Beneficios para la salud del te azul:
-Ayuda a quemar grasas y activar el metabolismo por lo que facilita la pérdida de peso

-Ayuda a prevenir el cáncer y el desarrollo de enfermedades cardiacas

-Incrementa las defensas del cuerpo

-Colabora en prevenir el envejecimiento

-Mejora y cuida la salud de la piel

-Estimula el buen funcionamiento del hígado

-Ayuda a controlar y bajar el colesterol alto

-Reduce el nivel de triglicéridos en sangre

-Ayuda a tratar diarreas

-Previene el desarrollo de enfermedades degenerativas

-Ayuda a prevenir las caries y problemas dentales


Para aprovechar los beneficios medicinales del te azul se debe beber al menos 2 tazas al día.

El te azul es una variedad que de a poco va ganando adherentes a medida que lo prueban no solo por su agradable sabor sino por los aportes que da a la salud de quien lo consume regularmente.
No se recomienda el consumo regular de esta infusión en niños pequeños y mujeres embarazadas porque contiene cafeína como la mayoría de los tés.
El te azul es una variedad más cara que el resto debido a que solo es producido en China y su proceso de elaboración es complejo. 
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English version

The blue tea or as it's know "oolong tea" is a chinese infusion. It is semi-fermented and that makes it different from green and red tea. The aroma and flavour of blue tea is different than other varieties, as well as its medical qualities.

Blue tea health benefits:
-Helps burning fat and activates the metabolism which facilitates weight loss

-Prevents cancer and heart diseases

-Increments body defenses

-Colaborates in preventing aging

-Improves and takes care skin health

-Stimulates liver functioning

-Helps to control high cholesterol

-Reduces blood triglycelides level

-Helps in treating diarrheas

-Prevents degenerative diseases

-Prevents caries and dental issues


To take advantage of blue tea's benefits, you need to drink at least 2 cups a day.

Blue tea is a variety that is slowly gaining adherents as it has a nice flavour and benefits health to those who consume it regularly. 
It's not recommended for small kids and pregnant women as it contains caffeine, like the majority of teas.
Blue tea is a more expensive variety from the rest, as it is only produced in China, and it has a complex processing.
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 Ελληνική έκδοση

Το μπλε τσάι ή Oolong tea όπως είναι γνωστό, είναι ένα κινέζικο εκχύλισμα. Υπόκειται σε ημι-ζύμωση, κάτι που το διαφοροποιεί από το πράσινο και κόκκινο τσάι. Το άρωμα και η γεύση του μπλε τσαγιού είναι διαφορετικό από άλλες ποικιλίες καθώς επίσης και οι θεραπευτικές του ιδιότητες.



Πλεονεκτήματα για την υγεία:
-Βοηθάει στο κάψιμο λιπών και ενεργοποιεί τον μεταβολισμό ο οποίος διευκολύνει το χάσιμο βάρους

-Βοηθάει στην πρόληψη του καρκίνου και την ανάπτυξη καρδιακών ασθενειών

-Αυξάνει την άμυνα του οργανισμού

-Αποτρέπει τα γηρατειά

-Βελτιώνει και φροντίζει την υγεία του δέρματος

-Διεγείρει την καλή λειτουργία του ήπατος

-Ελέγχει και μειώνει την ψηλή χοληστερόλη

-Μειώνει το επίπεδο τριγλυκεριδίων στο αίμα

-Βοηθάει στην θεραπεία διαρροιών

-Αποτρέπει την ανάπτυξη εκφυλιστικών ασθενειών

-Αποτρέπει την τερηδόνα και οδοντικά προβλήματα


Για να επωφεληθείτε από τις θεραπευτικές ιδιότητες του μπλε τσαγιού, πρέπει να πίνετε τουλάχιστον 2 φλυτζάνια ημερησίως.

Το μπλε τσάι είναι μια ποικιλία που κερδίζει ολοένα και περισσότερους οπαδούς όχι μόνο για την ευχάριστη του γεύση, αλλά και για τα πλεονεκτήματα στην υγεία γι' αυτούς που το καταναλώνουν συχνά.
Δεν συνίσταται η πολλή κατανάλωση από παιδιά και εγκύους μιας και περιέχει καφεΐνη όπως και τα περισσότερα τσάγια.
Το μπλε τσάι είναι μια πιο ακριβή ποικιλία από τα υπόλοιπα επειδή παράγεται μόνο στην Κίνα και έχει μια περίπλοκη επεξεργασία. 
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 Κυπριακή έκδοση

Το μπλε τ
σ̌άι ή Oolong tea όπως εν γνωστόν, εν έναν κινέζικον εκχύλισμαν. Υπόκειται σε ημι-ζύμωσην, κάτι που το διαφοροποιεί που το πράσινο τζ̌αι κότσ̌ινον τσ̌άιν. Ο μούσκος τζ̌αι η γεύση του μπλε τσ̌αγιού εν άλλωσπως που τες άλλες ποικιλίες όπως τζ̌αι οι θεραπευτικές του ιδιότητες.


Πλεονεκτήματα για την υγείαν:
-Βοηθά εις το κρούσμαν των μυλλών τ
ζ̌αι ενεργοποιά τον μεταβολισμόν που τανά εις το χάσιμον βάρους

-Βοηθά εις την πρόληψην του καρκίνου τ
ζ̌αι την ανάπτυξη ασθενειών της καρκιάς

-Πολλυνίσκει την άμυναν του οργανισμού

-Αποτρέπει τα γηραθκειά

-Καλλιττερεύκει τ
ζ̌αι φροντίζει την υγείαν του δέρματος

-Διεγείρει την καλήν λειτουργίαν του συκωθκιού

σ̌ακκάρει τζ̌αι λλιανίσκει την ψηλήν χοληστερόλην

-Λλιανίσκει το επίπεδο των τριγλυκεριδίων εις το γιαίμαν

-Τανά στην θεραπείαν διαρροιών

-Αποτρέπει την ανάπτυξην εκφυλιστικών ασθενειών

-Αποτρέπει την τερηδόναν τ
ζ̌αι οδοντικά προβλήματα


Για να επωφεληθείτε που τες θεραπευτικές ιδιότητες του μπλε τ
σ̌αγιού, πρέπει να πίννετε τουλάιστον θκυό φεντζ̌άνια την ημέραν.

Το μπλε τ
σ̌άι εν μια ποικιλία που κερτά ούλλον τζ̌αι παραπάνω οπαδούς όι μόνον για την ευχάριστην του γεύσην, αλλά τζ̌αι για τα πλεονεχτήματα στην υγεία για τζ̌είνους που το καταναλώνουν συχνά.
Εν συνίσταται η πολλή κατανάλωση που παιθκιά τζ̌αι αγγαστρωμένες γιατί περιέχει καφεΐνην όπως τζ̌αι τα περισσότερα τσ̌άγια.
Το μπλε τσ̌άι εν μια πιο ακριβή ποικιλία που τα υπόλοιπα επειδή παράγεται μόνο εις την Κίναν και έσ̌ει μιαν περίπλοκην επεξεργασίαν. 

25/6/13

Lubuntu against Win XP deutch way

Thousands of free Linux CDs are to be distributed to citizens of a German city in spring of next year.
Munich City Council plan to make Ubuntu discs available as a ‘replacement for Windows XP’ – Microsoft’s 11-year old operating system for which support officially ends in April of next year.

The proactive effort is been billed as an attempt to ‘prevent electronic waste’ from discarded computers that, whilst still serviceable with an alternative OS, would fail to meet the requirements of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

It’s estimated that some 20 million German PC users are still running Windows XP.






Lubuntu – Lightweight & Familiar

The council’s proposal1, which has already been tentatively accepted, will see 2000 Lubuntu CDs handed out at special eventsduring the early part of next year.

These events will seek to educate those using Windows XP as to their options once official support ends, and highlight a ‘proven and reliable’ free, Linux-based solution for those who don’t fancy the expense of upgrading their machines.

Ubuntu-spin Lubuntu has been chosen as the recommended choice for two prime reasons:

Firstly, the layout of the Lubuntu desktop is considered similar to that of Windows XP. Similar enough for officials to conclude that ‘special computer skills [will not be necessary]‘

Secondly, the hardware requirements are lower than those needed by other Linux distributions, such as regular, Unity-toting Ubuntu. Lubuntu is able to run comfortably on as little as 256MB of RAM.

´No Stranger to Progressive IT’
Munich City Council are no stranger to progressive IT thinking. In 2003 the city instigated a (controversial) migration from Windows XP to a custom Linux distribution called Limux2 on over 13,000 local government PCs and laptops. The most recent release of Limux is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Next Steps

The next step for Munich City Council and its Mayor is to find a way of meeting the quoted €4000 cost of printing discs and literature through outside means, such as a running promotions with local businesses.

6/4/13

Inner strength for studying

So many people out there are studying for various reasons at some point of their lives. High school students, college, university studies, diplomas, work related certifications etc etc.
Many times we feel that we had enough, that we don't need to go through that pressure for a piece of paper. Often we are tempted with the idea to give up!

It happened to me recently. After finishing university and working for a few years, I decided to start studying for an online master degree. At first I was all excited, since this was an online programme, I would get the opportunity to split my schedule between work and free time and make it through.

But what happens at those moments of frustration when you come back from work and you have to study and deliver complex papers? Where do you find the strength to say "No!" to the tv-remote, or to your friends invitation out, just to stay in and finish what you started?

Well, it's not easy! However here are some tricks or mind "games" if you prefer, that I discover through this course.

1. Patience. Just convince your self that you will sacrifice 2-3 hours, but after that you are completely free to do whatever you want!

2.Think competitively. If John, Mary or Mr. X manage to do it, why can't I? Are they more intelligent than me? No. Boost your confidence. So many people managed to go through it, therefore you can too!

3. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Every time you deliver a paper, pass a studying milestone etc, you should seek the bright side to it. Just think that you are one step closer, that the next assignments will be easier since you already accomplished the previous. 

4. Change your studying environment. If your usual studying place is distructing you, then find a new one. Don't study in your bedroom, especially if that room only corresponds to sleep in your mind. Avoid the living room, especially if it reminds you of film nights with pop-corn and drinks. Find a local coffee shop, which is not too loud or dead quiet, get yourself in a rather cornered spot, and just listen to the little sounds surrounding you and get working! It actually works.

5. Drink and music. Prepare a nice cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate, put some light music on (online themed playlists are great), and start. Having nice sounds in the background makes your brain more active, especially if the sounds are classical music, etherial music, nature sounds. 

6. Power thinking. Take a moment and think what you have accomplished so far in your life. Hopefully that will give you more power to continue. Like, you learned how to drive a car, how to be good at a sport, made a family, went through sorrow family moments, survived illness, bought a nice house etc, whatever refers to you as success. That means, avoid thinking life disappointments.

At the end, we should count on our own strengths to make it. Try to find other ways as well that maybe gets you in the right mood to study.

So now back to work! :)

2/4/13

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It included various photos with landscapes, animals, sports, feelings, light, water, nature, people etc etc etc!

C.T. Photography





24/3/13

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini !

As we all know, Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 last week in New York, featuring 4.99” FULL HD Super AMOLED display, 13 megapixel camera, and a quad-core / octa-core processor (depends on region).

However rumours coming from twitter say, that the Samsung S4 mini is on it's way.
It's expected to be launched around June or July, featuring:

- 4.3'' Super Amoled qHD display

- Pixel density of 256 ppi

- 1.6 GHz Dual-Core CPU

- Based on TW Nature UX 2.0

- Running Android 4.2.2.

- Dual sim variant







Ubuntu Kylin - China


Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu have announced that they will be officially affiliated with the Chinese government to bring a new Ubuntu based OS to the Chinese population.

In a recent blog post on the Canonical blog, they went on to explain that Ubuntu Kylin (the official name of the new OS) will go way beyond just a version of Ubuntu with Chinese language packs installed. The blog post went on to say:

“Ubuntu Kylin goes beyond language localisation and includes features and applications that cater for the Chinese market. In the 13.04 release, Chinese input methods and Chinese calendars are supported, there is a new weather indicator, and users can quickly search across the most popular Chinese music services from the Dash.”
This isn’t just a one off release, it’s going to be a completely separate version of Ubuntu that is designed specifically for the Chinese market. Much like Kubuntu, or Xubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin will have on going development separate from the core Ubuntu build. The blog post says…

“Future releases will include integration with Baidu maps and leading shopping service Taobao, payment processing for Chinese banks, and real-time train and flight information.

The Ubuntu Kylin team is cooperating with WPS, the most popular office suite in China, and is creating photo editing and system management tools which could be incorporated into other flavours of Ubuntu worldwide.”


This is a very big move for Canonical and Ubuntu as a whole. We all know how huge China are, and for the Chinese government to push an official Ubuntu build onto the population can be nothing less than an amazing bonus for the Linux world.

13/2/13

Λογισμικό γλωσσολογίας «αναδημιουργεί νεκρές διαλέκτους»

Ένας αλγόριθμος που ανέπτυξαν μαθηματικοί στις ΗΠΑ και τον Καναδά φαίνεται ότι μπορεί να βρίσκει τις κοινές ρίζες των σημερινών γλωσσών.Οι ερευνητές αναφέρουν ότι το λογισμικό επιβεβαίωσε τις θεωρίες των γλωσσολόγων για την «πρωτο-γλώσσα» από την οποία προήλθαν 637 σύγχρονες γλώσσες στην περιοχή της Νοτιοανατολικής Ασίας και του Ειρηνικού.
Ο αλγόριθμος, για παράδειγμα, βρήκε ότι η αρχαία λέξη «bituqen» πρέπει να ήταν η κοινή ρίζα της λέξης «αστέρι» σε όλες αυτές τις γλώσσες, από το «kalokalo» των νησιών Φίτζι μέχρι το «mintol» της Ταϊβάν και το «biten» της Βόρνεο.



Λεπτομέρειες για τον αλγόριθμο, ο οποίος αναμένεται να επιταχύνει σημαντικά τη μελέτη της γενεαλογίας των γλωσσών, δημοσιεύονται στην αμερικανική επιθεώρηση PNAS.

Οι ερευνητές, με επικεφαλής τον στατιστικό Αλεξάντρ Μπουσάρ-Κοτέ του Πανεπιστημίου του Βανκούβερ, αξιοποίησαν τους κανόνες που έχουν διατυπώσει οι γλωσσολόγοι σχετικά με το πώς οι ήχοι των λέξεων εξελίσσονται στην πορεία των αιώνων.

Το λογισμικό ανέλυσε μια βάση δεδομένων με 120.000 λέξεις από διάφορες γλώσσες του Ειρηνικού, μαζί με τις προφορές και τους ορισμούς τους. Ο αλγόριθμος αναλαμβάνει στη συνέχεια να σχεδιάσει το εξελικτικό δέντρο όλων αυτών των γλωσσών, από την κοινή τους ρίζα μέχρι σήμερα, υπολογίζοντας την πιθανότητα ο ήχος μιας λέξης με συγκεκριμένο νόημα να έχει αλλάξει σύμφωνα με έναν συγκεκριμένο κανόνα.


Προκειμένου να βεβαιωθούν ότι το πρόγραμμα δίνει σωστά, ή τουλάχιστον αρκετά πιθανά αποτελέσματα, οι ερευνητές συνέκριναν το γενεαλογικό δέντρο που προέκυψε με το αντίστοιχο φυλογενετικό δέντρο που είχαν δημιουργήσει «με το χέρι» οι γλωσσολόγοι έπειτα από χρόνια προσπαθειών.



Πράγματι, τα αποτελέσματα συμφωνούσαν στο 85% των περιπτώσεων. Στις υπόλοιπες περιπτώσεις, οι ερευνητές υποψιάζονται ότι ο αλγόριθμος έπεσε έξω επειδή έλαβε υπόψη λιγότερους κανόνες από ό,τι οι γλωσσολόγοι. Διαβεβαιώνουν πάντως ότι υπάρχει σημαντικό περιθώριο βελτίωσης.

Εφόσον αποδειχθεί αξιόπιστο, το λογισμικό να μπορούσε να απαλλάξει τους γλωσσολόγους από τους χρονοβόρους και κοπιαστικούς υπολογισμούς της εξελικτικής γλωσσολογίας.

Ήδη, το πρόγραμμα δείχνει να επιβεβαιώνει μια θεωρία του 1955, η οποία μέχρι σήμερα ήταν πρακτικά αδύνατο να εξεταστεί. Η ανάλυση των δεδομένων για τις 637 γλώσσες έδειξε ότι, πράγματι, οι ήχοι που έχουν ιδιαίτερη σημασία προκειμένου να ξεχωρίζουμε μια λέξη από μια άλλη είναι πιθανότερο να παραμείνουν αναλλοίωτοι στην πορεία του χρόνου.

3/1/13

Ubuntu on Mobile

This is no ordinary phone. Instead of Android, it's running a very different Linux-based OS -- the long-awaited mobile version of Ubuntu -- which comes with a new UI adapted for smaller screens. There are a few salient features to report. First and foremost, the UI relies heavily on edge swipes instead of buttons -- much like Windows 8 on a tablet or indeed other mobile OS's like MeeGo, although here each swipe has its own Ubuntu-esque functions. Beyond that, the icons along the top have some interesting features.Voice control is in attendance, and an app store is in the works, with a mix of both web apps and native apps -- with the latter type being able to make better use of the hardware.



Speaking of hardware, here's where you might get a twinge of disappointment: there are no immediate plans for actual Ubuntu phones, and no carriers have been signed up yet. Any new phone built for Android with at least a dual Cortex-A9 cores, a gig of RAM and 800 x 400 resolution could run this OS, should a manufacturer see merit in installing Ubuntu instead, and high spec 720p, quad-core phones should do wonders with it. Meanwhile, rather like Ubuntu for Android, this is still an idea looking for a device -- but as ideas go, the initial impression is that it looks like a bright one, especially if you dig Linux and open source. The Galaxy Nexus-compatible build will be available for download within the next few weeks, and Mark Shuttleworth is optimistic that actual devices will ship sometime in early 2014 -- which is quite a ways away. 

For more info visit Ubuntu.com