I'm using an older computer to do real work (I don't game) so I've chosen to forego the fancy desktops and stick with XFCE4. It is a bit lighter than the tricked out desktops, and using it doesn't require that I adapt to a new paradigm.
I use Disqus comments on this site, and I just had a problem where I kept getting the error "Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?" with no comments or text entry box. I'm using Firefox 16.0.2, and I don't have any extra plugins enabled. A few are installed, but only the defaults are on. I read on the Disqus forum that it could be because of too many plugins (not here), slow internet (definitely not here!), and slow webserver (not here). The only other possibility, which is what I discovered was my problem, is a corrupted Firefox profile.
I have a server which runs this site, and a few others. It was working just fine, but since I live in a household with multiple LANs and network connections, I wanted the server to be multi-homed so that it could be used to share to DNLA devices and other computers.
Rumours on the net are hinting at another Samsung Galaxy S III, but this time it's a mini! Nothing has been released officially, but there has been a sighting of a flyer in Germany that is hinting at a new unveiling, and the image on the flier is of the most recent Samsung release, the S III. Apple fanboys (and girls) have been going nuts, claiming that the only advantage to the S III over the iPhone5 is the larger screen size, and so this new release doesn't make sense to them. I think the concept that is foreign to iPhone users is one of choice.
I downloaded the Beta 2 image of Ubuntu 12.10(amd64) today! I'm excited to see how it is, and it's booting on my laptop right now. I put it on a usb key with unetbootin, so I don't have to install it to my harddrive.
Most people by now have heard of sidejacking. That's where a bad person (and a laptop) connect to one of the unencrypted wireless access points at school, and listen for the cookies of other students who are also connected and browsing the web. It's trivial to accomplish, and there is no easy way to detect it. It has been publicized as being the method used to hack your facebook or email. This hack can easily lead to partial or full identity theft.
So you've heard about Ubuntu, and you'd like to know more? You've come to the right place. If you're looking for a tutorial, or a getting started guide, I would suggest refining your search, as there are plenty of places with that kind of information. This bit is only going to try to answer the question, "What is Ubuntu?".
Here is a small example showing how choosing good variable names can make a huge difference. Look at the following code block, and see how long it takes you to work out what it does. If you find it takes you a while, look at the improved code below that and see how much easier it is! Even with short variables that are words, not being descriptive makes debugging very difficult. Using letters on their own is frequently worse. Both code blocks are functionally identical, only variable names are changed.