Linus Torwalds' initial email.

The one that started it all, where Torwalds asked the people for suggestions and stuff that they’d like to see in the minix OS.
From: mailto: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.Fi (Linus Benedict Torvalds)

To: Newsgroups: comp.os.inix
Subject: What would you like to see most in minix?
Summary: small poll for my new operating system
Message-ID: <mailto: 1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.Fi

Hello everybody out there using minix — I’m doing a (free) operating
system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386
(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to
get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in
minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the
file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I’ve currently ported bash (1.08) and gcc (1.40), and things seem to
work. This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few
months, and I’d like to know what features most people would want. Any
suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them :-).

Linus (mailto:

PS. Yes — it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably
never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I
have :-(.



XBMC – The Xbox Media Center

The XBMC is an application designed to serve as a free alternative to Windows media center, and is available for several platforms, and even has its own standalone version known as the XMBCbuntu which, yes, is based on ubuntu.
It was originally created for the original Xbox console, but as it got popular, they made it available for several platforms.


GTA VC Back To the Future Hill Valley Mod

The mod is one of the best I’ve ever played and it’s as convincing as it could be and the best thing about it is that it’s based on VC, and yet it makes the impossibles of modding-on-vc, possible. The Mod, in case you havent figured it out yet is based on the 1985 Super-hit comedy science-fiction Back To the Future Films, that are all about travelling through time and changing the past so as to ensure a better future, or should is say, the present? Well, watch the movies (if u havent already); definitely worth watching.
Anyways, to the Mod now, (assuming that you know all about the movie.) The game includes several Deloreans; the original DMC12, the modified DMC12(the first time machine) and as you travel into the Future, you unlock the BTTF2 and BTTF3 Time Machines, and a bonus model, that’s based on the DMC13 and has the ability to teleport as well…( No, the last one didnt exist in the movies).
Now to the gameplay; The last stable release 0.2e R2, and there used to be a number of differences between every 2 releases. So, in 0.2e, as you start the game, the player gets spawned at the Vercetti State(mansion) and the player’s textures have been slightly altered to resemble Marty McFly from BTTF. The first mission is some sort of tutorial that can be skipped. The first step is to get a Delorean and make it into a time machine, and to do so, you have to take it to Sunshine Autos, which would be marked in the radar with a D. Well, then you have to Drive the car straight into the Import Garage and once done, you’d be kinda prompted with a choice of unlocked Deloreans. In this case, just the BTTF1 Delorean.
Now once done tuning up the Vehicle, you’d have to acquire plutonium, that has to be stolen from The Libyan hideout, and the moment you do so, the Libyans would be on your tail, and you’d have no choice but to take a leap into the future, while on the run.
Once in the Future, you’d have to try out the BTTF2 Time Machine that has the ability to Fly too, and then you’d send it sometime else using the remote control, and fly back to the showroom in a flying Delorean, which would later be modded into a slightly advanced  time machine that can teleport you wherever you wish, and once done with that, you’d have passed the mission.. that’s it, however, I forgot to add that the once unlocked the BTTF2+ time machines, you wont need Plutonium, seeing as they run on Garbage, which is everywhere. A
As you go into the Future, you’d come across more Futuristic flying cars, including the convertible police car from the movie, and as u go back into the past, they’d be reduced to the classics, and eventually, nothing. As for the area, well, there wont be much change apart from a few buildings perhaps.
Apart from the tutorial, there’s another mission where Biff steals the unfinished prototype of the DMC13 time machine, and you have to chase him in a BTTF2 time machine and send him back to his time.
Well, that’s it, apart from that there’s this Time Train, that doesnt exactly need much fuel, and works well in almost all times, and this is it. Doesnt sound much, and yes it might get boring after sometime, but the mod is definitely worth trying out, and you can play around and do all sorts of tricks with it.


The Moto X's Specifications

I dint bother to mention it in the other post cause it was way to heavy already but those like me who wont rest until they see a table of specs, well here it is:
Width 65.3 Height 129.3mm
Curve 5.6 -10.4mm
Display 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
Weight 130G
Battery 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear Camera 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) / LED Flash / 1080p video (30fps)
Front Camera 2MP 1080p HD video
Operating system Android 4.2.2
Architecture Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System
Storage 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available online. 2 years 50GB storage free on Google Drive
Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR
WiFi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
Bands GSM/GPRS/EDGE UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps CDMA/EVDO Rev. A (CDMA model only) 4G – LTE


Enable/Disable Guest/Remote Login accounts in Ubuntu 13.04 [Ubuntu]

The guest and the remote login accounts are enabled by default, but there are those who want them disabled, and this could be due to privacy concern (though i noticed that u cant do much in the guest account), and as for the remote one, well, maybe they just dont want to see it there.
Well, to disable them, all you gotta do it fire up a terminal (Ctrl + Alt +T), and paste in the folllowing command:

To Disable both:

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -l false -R false

to disable only the guest one:

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -l false

to disable the remote login:

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -R false
That was it; ought to do the trick.

To Enable, use the same commands, however, make a li’l alteration; i.e. replace all the ‘false’s with true. 


The Moto X – Another release that redefines smartphones

Moto X

The Moto X, another upcoming state-of-the-art smartphone, of whose release date, i myself am unaware kinda redefines the term smartphones, and gives its company quite a rise in the world-of-smartphones. Before the launch, the leaks, the rumors, Motorolla wasnt exactly the best choice, nor did much people ever even bother to consider it (but well, no offence meant.  And well the same story goes for Samsung)

So anyways, the Always Ready smartphone Designed By You, that has a Quick Capture feature to ensure that you Never Miss a Shot, really does has it all, and it could be quite some boost for the company which has by the way been acquired by Google.
Starting with the Motomaker. Notice the phrase ‘Designed by You’ that i used above?
Yes it means what it means. The Motomaker is, or is gonna be, a website where you are gonna customize your order before buying it. Customization includes choosing colors for the back and front, and even accents which refers to stuff like the Volume buttons and well the border round the rear camera. You can even add a signature at the back, which is similar to the iPod Engravings. And well you can choose a case too.
But that was the Styling bit. Then comes Features, where you can choose between 16 and 32GB storage, add a custom greeting on startup, Oh and you also have the option of connecting your google account right there.
After Features, We have Accessories, A wall charger is included, and you can also add-on Earphones (color of your choice 😉 ). That’s it! The phone will be shipped to you within 4 days.

The Motomaker; kinda a demo video

So that was the Motomaker; no it doesnt end here; now to the Quick Capture which involves starting the camera app with a flick of the wrist. Useful! especially when you are in the middle of those moments when you hardly have a second to waste.
Here’s an example:

But what’s this Always Ready thing?
This merely refers to the fact that the phone is always responding to you when you want it to. You can simply talk to it. Give it orders, tell it what to do. This is pretty close to Siri found in iPhones.

See how he said ‘Ok, Google now’ and the phone went into Listening Mode.

Well, that was it. I know the features arent exactly totally unheard-of or unimaginable but well its definitely worth a shot.

By the way, do check out the Videos if you havent already.