Another amazing use for Linux-Sniper Rifles!

trackingpoint

An interesting use for Linux came up at the Consumer Electronics Show, a targeting system for sniper rifles called the 338TP developed by TrackingPoint Precision-Guided Firearms. The system tags the target with a laser and has sensors to measure and account for wind velocity, wind direction, barometric pressure, and air temperature. I don’t think I could stomach the $40,000 price tag though. Take a look at the in-depth article if your interested, the device looks pretty cool.

ZDNet-The Tracking Point 338TP, the Linux rifle that’s accurate up to a mile

Merry Christmas!

I won’t be posting anything tomorrow, so I’ll just say this now. Merry Christmas everybody! While you’re on this page, why not enjoy some nice music?

Initial impression of Ubuntu 14.04

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop yesterday and have used it enough to get an initial impression. The system runs fine, all of the hardware seems to function correctly. Compiz crashed once and unlike Xubuntu 14.04 I don’t get a system fault message about hibernation every time I start up. The message does come up after restoring the system from stand-by even though as on Xubuntu 14.04 everything seems to be working fine. This version of Ubuntu shows up with a really bad Amazon program, do yourself a favor and un-install this program the first chance you get. I get that Canonical has bills to pay, but the program just sucks. I’ll have more to post up later, but here’s a few screenshots for now:

Gnome-Chess  desktop_3

firefox  fault

Find more Ubuntu 14.04 screenshots here

My thoughts on Xubuntu 14.04

I’ve been using Xubuntu 14.04 (AMD64 variety) for the last few weeks now and decided it’s time to type up my thoughts and test another OS. For the most part the system works fast and well. All of the hardware seems to work as it should. The wireless NIC functions, I was able to use my HP F4180 printer, and video rendering seems fine.

The default programs work well with a few exceptions. Although I was able to get Parole to play a DVD it just couldn’t figure out an audio CD for some reason. The desktop randomly crashed one time, but it not must have been for very long because the only way I knew about it was the dialog prompt. Everything seemed to be working fine. As mentioned in my first post on Xubuntu 14.04, after logging in a dialog box stating the system had hibernation problems shows up. Whether from a suspended or shutdown condition the message pops up about six times, even though everything seems to be working as it should from what I can see.  The default artwork of the Xfce interface is pleasant, but can always be changed by the operator. The Ubuntu Software Center allows for easy installation of a plethora of programs, many of which are under the GNU license and other to be paid for. As always, the computer viruses and many other system vulnerabilities that apply to Windows users does not afflict Linux users.

Xubuntu 14.04 is a pretty good system and is relatively simple to use. Unless you need every single PC game to work on you OS, Xubuntu can do pretty much everything you need it to. If you’re interested, look here for Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots, here to download Xubuntu, and here for Xubuntu support. I’d be happy to hear what others think of Xubuntu 14.04, any comments, praise, criticism, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

For reference, here are some of the laptop specifications:

Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX, Intel i3 330M 2.13Ghz Processor, 4GB RAM, NVidia GeForce 310M with 256MB of dedicated memory

Here’s a sampling of the Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots:

Screenshot - 11182014 - 08:10:06 PM   general_use  abiword

xfburn

Celestia, an amazing astronomy program

One of the more interesting programs I’ve used recently on Linux is Celestia. I installed it on Xubuntu 14.04 using the Ubuntu Software Center a few days ago. This program allows you to go through the various moons, planets, stars, galaxies, etc. throughout the universe. Unlike other programs where you are tied down to the Earth, Celestia allows the user to move throughout the galaxy and gain different perspectives of the various objects that exist in our universe. Some other things the program can do is to: illustrate the orbits of objects around each other, speed up or slow down time to observe objects rotate around each other, tells you how far you are from the target, track an object, establish synchronous orbit, lists a decent amount of information as seen from your current perspective of the object, and label the various galaxies, constellations, and other heavenly groupings.

While this program may not show the utmost level of detail when up-close to heavenly bodies, but I believe it is an amazing program that is well worth spending some time on. This program is a very detailed and of course free way to explore the stars. The program isn’t even that big. Here are a few sample screenshots.

Titan  J_Herschel_5173_A

al niyat   Polaris

This program is also available to Windows and Mac OS X users. Here’s the developer website for anyone that’s interested. Look here for more amazing screenshots of Celestia.