I would like to announce the release of a side project I’m working on called Droidbuntu. This is a Gnu/Linux operating system focused on Anbdroid development. This OS is pre-configured out of the box with the Android sdk and the development enviroment set up and ready to go. If you are an Android developer or are interested in Android development this is the operating system for you. I hope this will encourage building Android roms and Android applications. Droidbuntu is built off of Sonar so by default Droidbuntu is accessible so blind and low vision users can get into Anbdroid development now. I would like to see this become the Operating system for all of the rom developers. Here is a screen shot. Let all of your Android dev friends know!
I’ve also started making my own dish cleaning solution. It works really great! It is almost like the laundry soap steps. This is a powdered solution.
First you will need 1 cup of Borax
Then you will eed 1 cup of washing soda.
Now you will need ½ of Citric Acid
and ½ cup of Kosher salt. Then n Put all of this in a container and shake well.
voila! You have your own dish washing detergent Thanks again to my friend Tracy for this.
It works really well I highly recommend this. Why bother buying it from the store anymore.
I’ve started making my own laundry soap and it is awesome! I have to thank my friend Tracy Holtz for giving me the steps to take to make it.This soap works great and I highly recommend it. Here is how to make it.
Take a 5 gallon bucket
next fill up the bucket about ¼ of the way with hot water from the tap.
Now take 1 cup of borax and ½ cup of washing soda and put it in the bucket and mix until it is all disolved.
Now you will take a bar of soap I use a soap called zote from walmart. Take the soap and grate it like you would a block of cheese.
Take 3 cups of water and boil it on medium for about 8 minutes with the shredded soap in the pot. Continue to stir until all of the soap is melted.
After the 8 minutes poor what you had on the stove into the 5 gallon bucket and stir.
Then continue to add hot water from the tap and stir until bucket if filled.
Then let it sit overnight and the next day it will be a little hard stir one more time and you will have your own laundry soap.
You can use ½ of soap per load.
Redhat has released Fedora 19 and it is looking great! I’m proud to say that Fedora now has a accessible installer that works with the Orca screen reader. With the release of Fedora 18 the installer was about 80% accessible but now with the release of 19 it is 100% accessible. The installation takes a little getting used to it, but you can get Fedora installed no problem. Once you have Fedora installed and reboot you come to a screen that lets you set up your online accounts with various cloud services that you may use. After this there is a short video introducing you to Fedora. I thought this was a nice touch to see for new users of Free software. Now you are at your Gnome 3.8 desktop. I must say I don’t know if it is because of theway Fedora builds their Kernel or if it is because they have less services running but the performance of Gnome in Fedora is very fast! It is faster than Gnome 3.8 running in Ubuntu. I was pleasently surprised to see this performance. I’m thinking of running Fedora as my main distro for a while to see how it works out. I really like Fedora and have always been a fan of how they run their community. If you never have run Fedora i say it is worth your time to check it out and give it a try.
I’m starting to look into Android development. I will start building roms focused on accessibility geard towards the nexus devices first. The reason for this is because it is easier to get root access on a nexus than some of the other devices. Once I get used to the development process I will then start to look at some of the more popular devices on the market. I will be looking at using Cyanogen and also AOKP. This way I will have an easier time building the roms for the different devices. I’m looking forward to this venture and will be writing about it some more soon.
So i was contacted the other day and someone by the name of Jon Gold wanted to write an article about me. He said that he wanted to write an article on the up and coming people in Free software. I was shocked that he was even talking to me. I spoke with im for a few minutes and he said the article would be out in a couple of days. Now the article came out and I couldn’t believe what was written about me. I was blown away from the article! Not only did they mention me but they put me at the top of the list of people! It is an honor just to be considered and to be on the list never mind being on the top! I would like to thank Network world and Jon for writing the article and considering me an up and comer in the Free software world. Here is the link to the Network World article
As you may know I started up my podcast again called Frostcast. I interview developers of GNU/Linux distros. Well this time I was trying to get a hold of the developer of a distro called Elementary OS his name is Daniel. So i got a hold of him and told him that i use Mumble to do the recording for the interview. Here is the response that I got from him in an email.
“Unfortunately Mumble is just too much of a hassle to dedicate that much time to troubleshoot.”
I found this to be interesting. You are a developer of a operating system and you can’t get Mumble set up? I’m blind and I can get it set up. He also suggested that his hardware didn’t work in Mumble but he offered to do the interview in Skype or Google Hangouts. So your hardware works in these but not Mumble…. interesting. Oh well I just wanted to give him a platform to bring attention to his project and possibley get some help. It seems he is developing his own desktop which i thought was really cool but I didn’t get to talk to him about it. Maybe in the future he will figure out his hardware. I hope his developping skils are better than his audio.
I’ve decided to get back into podcasting. i know i stopped for a while but that was due to being really busy and not having enough time. I’ll be graduating in the next few weeks so I should have some more time on my hands now. So for This Week In Debian and This Week In Fedora i will do them everyother week. So one week will have This Week in Fedora and the next would be Debian. For Frostcast I think I will do that one once a month possibly twice a month. I know trying to do all of them every week is insane so i’m trying to be realistic about it. I’m also going to add another podcast called Jcast. Jcast will just be me talking about my week or things i’ve been thinking about and what not. I’m looking at Jcast as my audio blog. I will do this one every week. I’ve realized I’m really not that good of a writer but I can speak much better. So i will continue with the blog but if you really want to get an idea of what is going on with me check out Jcast. Of course everything will be over at
I’ve been busy for a while now between school getting close to ending and the Northeast GNU/Linux fest. I’ve also been working a lot on Sonar GU/Linux and I will write more about that soon. One of the things that i’ve been doing a lot of is listening to audio books. For me it has been great using my local library. The way my library works is if they don’t have the book I would like they then can get the book from any other library in the state. So I can pretty much get any book that is in audio format. I will be putting up some book reviews soon. But I will talk about the Steve Jobs book right now. I will say first of all although I don’t agree with the way Apple locks in the users and is very proprietary in software and hardware for this reason i will never own an Apple product. But for what Steve jobs did with Apple when he came back was nothing short of brilliant. He was able to bring that company from the ashes and make it at some points the most valuable company in the world. If Steve jobs were still alive Apple I think would still be a technological leader in the industry as in worth not inovation. But after reading this book if I had to do the things he did to become “successful” I don’t want to be successful. In this book you learn how Steve would lie to everyone as long as he would get what he wanted. Not only would he lie but he would take credit for other people’s work and he would get bonuses and not share the money with them. He also had a daughter that he basically ignored for most of her life and the kids he did have with his wife he pretty much ignored them also. The book talks about how he did’t spend much time with them at all. This was one of the reasons why he wanted to write the book. He wanted his kids to know who he was. I couldn’t imagine not spending time with my kids just to be successful in my mind if you ignore your kids and don’t spend time with them you are a failure. I don’t care how much money you make or how big you grow a company, I mean what good is that doing him now? He also didn’t treat people nicely, He would talk down to them like they were stupid and verbally abuse them and you were only useful to Steve if he could get ahead with your help. Once he didn’t need you anymore he was done with you. So if being “successful” means to ignore your wife and kids, be at work all the time, treat other people poorly, I want no part of that. So sure Steve made a lot of money made Apple what it is today but at the cost of his family and overall being a jerk. I think it is sad that we put him up on this pedestal and applaud him for his work.
The third annual Northeast GNu/Linux fest was a great success! We had the event at Harvard University and it was a great turnout. The folks over at Hacker Public Radio came for the third year in a row. If you visit the site you will hear some audio from the event. We also had Matt Lee from libre FM come also for the third year in a row. We will have audio up from the event so you should visit Frostbitemedia soon and check to see if the audio is up. I would like to give a shoutout to the man that really made this event happen and that was Bruce Patterson. Without the help and effort of Bruce this event wouldn’t have happened, he was the man that really put it all together. There were many other people that helped out and made everything come together but that is what a community is all about. I would like to thank all of the speakers and sponsors that came and contributed because without them there would be no event. I would also lie to thank John “Maddog” Hall for coming a third year in a row and giving us his time. he is one of the many staples of the Northeast GNu/Linux fest and we are looking forward to seeing everyone next year. Don’t worry we are just starting to plan for next year already. If you have never been to an event like this you must come next year!