Thursday, November 29, 2012

Netflix on Ubuntu Lightning Review

Most of you already know that Netflix has landed for Ubuntu users. Not officially, but the emulated version is good enough to use daily for your televisionphile desires in Linux. So here goes, the Ubuntu Netflix Lightning Review. Enjoy.

Who's it For? 

Ubuntu users. All Ubuntu users with a capable machines (2+GHz Processor, at least 2 GB of RAM) can and SHOULD take advantage of this app. It's not only tolerable in terms of lag (there's barely any), but it's easy to set up.

How do I use it?

It's very easy to install and set up. How easy you ask? As easy as entering in a small amount of commands. Just follow the list below for success. And trust me, you WILL be successful.

In a new Terminal window enter:

  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop

To launch the application open the Unity Dash and search for ‘netflix’. 

What do you think?

It's awesome. I have been waiting for this for the longest time. One of the only things that ever held me back from using Ubuntu fully was the lack of Netflix. Everything else I can do within the operating system... and I can do it very well!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I've been incredibly busy, but I'll try and finish my latest, Ubuntu-related editorial for post this weekend. Hope this helps! If you have any questions or issues with installation, don't hesitate to contact me here in the comments for assistance. This is an invariably valuable tool that everyone should have access to. That wasn't a joke.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Halo 4 Reviewed: Yeah, It's Awesome

I have been a hardcore Halo fan since I was a little boy (I haven't been alive very long). It was probably the first shooter I have ever seen running so well on a console, whereas most shooters have always been reserved for PC. In fact, it was almost scary to imagine that the now dated Half Life was released only a few years earlier in 1998. But that's not important. What is important is that the Halo series is no longer in the hands of Bungie. Now, the franchise is completely controlled by Microsoft's 343 Industries, a company that exists to power the Halo brand. And Halo 4 is supposedly only the first in a new trilogy of Halo games following the Master Chief from where we left off on the Forward Unto Dawn way back in Halo 3.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Platform UI Unification, Or Variety? Which Works?

Within the last few weeks, three of the biggest players in the software industry released products to fill the gaps in their respective platform offerings. Apple released it's iPad mini to go along with the iPod touch/iPhone, iPad 2, and Retina iPad. Microsoft released Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and subsequently updated the XBOX UI. And Google. Ohhhhh Google. The land of the droids released the final two pieces to their platform puzzle, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, joining the Nexus 7 to complete the full Google-approved Android device offering.

Each company has it's own unique platform. As interesting as this is, perhaps more intriguing is the approach that each company takes to each user interface on each respective device. Apple's UI seems to be similar across the board, but differences are hiding around every corner, and the gap between phone/PMP and tablet is very wide. Microsoft is trying very hard to pull their design together and unify it as much as possible. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find many interface differences between Phone 8 and 8. Google, on the other hand, pointed out by their naming scheme, has decided to embrace each device as a step on the stairs of Android. Each device offers Android in very similar flavors, but for different purposes tailored to form factors spanning three sizes.

This arouses the question- which works? Is it better to unify everything, have each user interface be distinguishable by form factor, or keep the similarities in front, and the differences relatively hidden? Read on to find out.