Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google Plus!

Finally a social network backed by a big company and already has enough users that it can be considered an alternative to Facebook. I've been waiting for this for a long time and it has everything I want. Great features such as Circles, Photos and a Home page, along with lesser known features like Profiles, Hangouts and Sparks. It's got a plain white background with some paint on it and some videos showing some other stuff happening. Even though it has all of that, I must say that my favorite feature is:

Oops... you need a Google profile to use this feature.
Google Profiles is not available for your organization.

Fail. As you may have figured out by now, I can't actually use Google Plus. This is unfortunate as I am pretty pro-Google and anti-Facebook (I did have a Facebook account at one time and deleted it). You see, I made the mistake (as many others have) of buying into the idea that Google Apps is a good thing (you know, tying all of my Google services to my own domain and administering it for multiple users). Unfortunately Google Profiles aren't available for Google Apps accounts, and it doesn't look like it's coming in the near future. Oh sure, we were told just yesterday that it should be available in the coming months, but we were also told at the end of March that it would be a few weeks. Maybe it's my fault for having the crazy idea of wanting my own domain and to have all of my families Google accounts administered from a single place.

My only hope is that since Google bonuses are tied to social that it might light a fire for someone to get it to the Google Apps users. I won't be holding my breath though. I guess it just gives me more time to work on Mythbuntu stuff instead of ogling the latest Google feature.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Hello there Planet Ubuntu!

<insert customary first Planet Ubuntu post>

Hello everyone! For those that don't know me my name is Thomas Mashos, I live in Salem, OR, USA and I work on the Mythbuntu project. For those that do know me yes, I do know I've been a Ubuntu member for over 2 years and have just gotten around to starting a blog and adding it to Planet Ubuntu. What can I say, I've been busy :)

I'm super involved in the Mythbuntu project so this blog will probably have more of my Mythbuntu stuff than anything else. If you want to get involved in this project drop me a comment. ( Note: You don't have to know how to code to contribute )

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Blog!

I've always thought it would be pretty neat to have my own domain name and control my own website and email addresses. While it is cheap enough for anyone to do so my attempts in the past have been short lived. I never really liked the domain names I had chosen, and the ones I had wanted were always already taken. Until yesterday.

With how easy it is to have a blog and not have to rent and maintain the server, I finally decided to bite the bullet and have a web presence beyond my work on Ubuntu/Mythbuntu. I had previously looked into purchasing (my last name) and every time found it was already owned by someone else (presumably so they could do some sort of 'Mash OS'). This time was no different except that I decided to do something about it. I contacted the previous owner of this domain to see if they would be willing to give it up. Luckily for me he was (he even looked me up on Launchpad as we both have accounts there). This nice chap gave me the domain for free and it was all transfered over in a matter of hours.

I'm currently in the process of setting everything up. In the next couple of days I'll be migrating over what I can to my new Google Apps account and be using my new email address for everything. I'll add this blog to Planet Ubuntu as well (I've been a member since March 2009). It will be a pain for a bit, but should be the last time I ever have to change any of this.