Shot of Jaq

(The Shot of Jaq website got lost, in the usual display of sysadmin excellence by Jono and Stuart. We've recovered most of the episodes and their descriptions, although sadly not the comments, and a couple of the dates might be wrong to boot. Anyway, here they are to be downloaded. sil, Feb 2013.)

It Begins

(20091124) #

The first Shot of Jaq! Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge explain what SoJ is all about and how it’s going to work. There’ll be two Shots of Jaq a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and each one is where the conversation starts, not where it finishes. So tell us what you think: leave a comment for us and the community here, or chat to us live on IRC, or email us directly! It’s the start of a whole new adventure, and you’re here right from the beginning. Let’s go.

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The Great Twitter Gravy Train

(20091127) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge dive into the fetid and yet compelling pool of microblogging loveliness and celebrity that is Twitter. If Twitter defines the social media bubble, what does that mean for you and me, to say nothing of Ashton Kitchen or whatever his name is? Where’s the money coming from? And who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes? Find out in Shot of Jaq!

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The Arm Invasion

(20091201) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge grab a hammer and a screwdriver and de-construct the current fascination with the ARM architecture. Boasting tempting reports of battery life, promising opportunities in the netbook space and oodles of work going on in various Open Source projects, are we at the beginning of an ARM invasion or a hype smackdown? Listen to this latest shot and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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The Open Office Renaissance

(20091204) # is constantly criticised for having a complex and wrong user interface. The office suite’s UI is undergoing changes, though, through their recently-announced Project Renaissance, a plan to “create a User Interface so that becomes the users’ choice not only out of need, but also out of desire”. Stuart Langridge and Jono Bacon talk about what Renaissance means for and the open source desktop.

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Video Killed The Screwdriver Star

(20091208) # With the inclusion of PiTiVi into the next release of Ubuntu, video editing — the kind of video editing that doesn’t involve repeated software crashes — may finally be making its way to the free desktop. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge look at the state of play in video editors on Linux, and ask the question: have we now reached the stage where you can use your desktop of choice to put your dog on YouTube?

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Jaqback, issue 1!

(20091209) # In the first (of many) Jaqbacks, Stuart Langridge and Jono Bacon look at your emails and what’s going on in the Shot of Jaq community! The Jaqback shots appear outside the regular show schedule, so you won’t ever miss a show: email us your thoughts and opinions, or tell us here on!

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Quickly Unchaining The Itch Scratcher

(20091211) #

In the Linux desktop world, Quickly has been causing quite a stir, with tales of easier application development, offering another way to help the Linux desktop rock that little bit harder. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take the hype for a spin, talk about some applications they have written that use it (such as Lernid) and kick off another Shot Of Jaq community discussion about what opportunities Quickly holds for itch scratchers everywhere. We want your your thoughts, we want to know if you have used Quickly, what you wrote, what you think and what you hope for in the future. Go on…take a listen and throw a comment at us…

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The Clueful ISP Opportunity

(20091215) #

Are we, beautiful denizens of the internet that we are, destined to spend our lives grovelling for a decent broadband connection? Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge question whether there really are decent ISPs out there, and if there are why they’re not rolling in money from the entire open source community.

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The E-Book Smackdown

(20091218) #

Just when you thought that the humble book was destined to be a footnote in history’s own book of historic footnotes, the increasingly competitive E-Book market is making books more exciting and more accessible for everyone. Once the almost exclusive domain of the Amazon Kindle, a wealth of new E-Book devices are heating up the game. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take stroll through the many issues involved and try to shed light on the E-Book smackdown.

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Drone Or Phone?

(20091222) #

It is not often you hear the words “iPhone Killer” thrown around the place and taken in any way seriously, but Android has been getting hopes and expectations a-pumping. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge crack open the story and explore the opportunities and risks that Google face in how the Open Source community see this exciting new mobile system.

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One Hell Of a Turkey

(20091225) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge share a few festive words to the wonderful Shot Of Jaq community.

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Irking Out The Perks Of IRC

(20091229) #

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is at the center of many Open Source communities and is often hailed as a natural support medium for the community. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether the now aging IRC medium is still relevant, how useful it is to end users and how it can be used to spread knowledge inside communities.

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Rage Against The Media

(20100105) #

In shock comedy value, plastic prince of pop Simon Cowell had the UK’s Christmas #1 rated record taken away from him at the hands of two Facebook fans who started a campaign for Rage Against The Machine to take said crown instead. With mucho Social Media punditry to follow, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge deconstruct the hype to see what actually happened.

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Jaqback, Issue 2

(20100106) #

In the second ever Jaqback, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge check in with the growing and always awesome Shot Of Jaq community with letters, reviews and feedback. Don’t forget, if you want to send in your feedback you can click here to email us, and don’t forget to continue the conversation in the shot comments!

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Nexus Is Born

(20100108) #

Google’s first phone, the Nexus One was released to much pomp and ceremony this week. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge step back from the glossy press photos and discussions of the device itself and instead explore what knock on effect Google’s new offering could have on the cellular industry.

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Has Skype Won The War?

(20100112) #

The Skype phenomenon has arguably changed the way people stay in touch, bringing people together around the world for next to nothing. With alternatives often requiring users to jump through technical hoops, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge discuss whether the war is over with the crown presented to Skype.

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The Chinese Google Timeout

(20100115) #

With the recent news of Google re-evaluating it’s presence in China, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge dive into the issue and explore whether Google has unwittingly become a pawn in a global political game.

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Thinking Outside The Boxee

(20100119) #

The ‘Open Source Build Your Own Media Station’ world has seen many different incarnations of software to play back media, record TV, and access online content. Unfortunately, said incarnations have been a royal pain the arse to install. One flavour that is shaking things up is Boxee and it’s D-Link hardware Boxee Box. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take apart the Boxee phenomenon and explore if it has legs to bring the video revolution to us all.

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Jaqback, Issue 3

(20100120) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge read your letters, answer your questions and talk about the goings on and news in the always awesome Shot Of Jaq community.

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Life Online Part 1: The Balance

(20100122) #

With many of us spending increasing amounts of time plugged into our laptops and servers, in this first of a two-shot series, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore how we balance our online and offline lives, the heath implications, and the challenges that face us with mobile devices and how to get away.

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Life Online Part 2: The Data

(20100126) #

In the follow up to our previous shot about life online Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge continue the discussion about how to manage a seemingly endless array of data online from email to micro-blogging to feed readers to documents and more and the many and sundry privacy and convenience issues that are involved. In a world filled with detail, can we strike a balance between safe and simple?

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The Zone

(20100129) #

When we are pumped up and excited about what we are doing, we get lots done and enjoy doing what we do. This is known as being in the zone. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore what the zone is, how to get in it, and how you figure out what gets you in the zone to have a more fun and productive experience doing what you are doing.

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Monty’s MySQL Melee

(20100202) #

Towards the latter part of 2009, everyone’s favorite database MySQL was embroiled in controversy as it’s co-founder Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius opened a can of Finnish whoop-ass on Oracle trying to block it’s acquisition of Sun and subsequently, MySQL. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore Monty’s approach, assess allegations of hypocrisy and discuss possible causes for Monty’s dissent of Oracle and their future stewardship of MySQL.

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Piracy In The Party

(20100205) #

In recent years we have seen more and more focus on The Pirate Party, with particular growth in Sweden and significant progress being made in the areas of copyright. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore the rising popularity of The Pirate Party, discuss whether single issue groups are more effective as parties or lobbyist groups and whether the focus on changes in copyright law should be focused on content owners or government.

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Riding The Wave

(20100209) #

When Google Wave was first announced back in May 2009, the hype-o-meter almost went off the scale. While bollocking Google is the new black, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge have a play with wave, explore it and talk about whether the hype is justified, what it’s opportunities are and what Wave needs to do to succeed.

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The Cult Of Personality

(20100212) #

At the heart of the success of many communities are loud, public and well known voices that sometimes take on an almost celebrity like status among fans and contributors to the community. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether these denizens of the cult of personality really bring value to a project, what opportunities they bring and what risks they face.

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Review Of Jaq: Google Nexus One

(20100216) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge get their hands on some Google Nexus One phones and feed them into the brand new Review Of Jaq reviewing machine. We take Google’s new device through a Krypton Factor-esque set of challenges over the course of the week and report back with our verdict.

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Jaqback, Issue 4

(20100219) #

In our fourth Jaqback, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge read out your letters, share your Shot Of Jaq ideas, and discuss other happenings going inside the awesome Shot Of Jaq community.

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Developing The Devop

(20100223) #

Within the hidden war inside software companies between agitated sysadmins and frustrated developers, Paul Hammond and John Allspaw from Flickr want to stop the madness. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether two old warring enemies can find peace and what needs to be done.

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Hardware On Rails

(20100227) #

With the Open Source world riddled with opportunity for building software solutions for all manner of problems, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether there is a market for hobbyist plug and play hardware projects that don’t require you to string together capacitors and resistors but can do genuinely cool things such as the BaconSinkVision.

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The Apple Games Console?

(20100228) #

With Apple having had so much success in the consumer market with the iPod, Mac, iPhone and iTunes, and with the new iPad freshly announced, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Apple are going to release a games console. Jono Bacon is convinced they will and with his partner in crime, Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge, the duo discuss whether it is viable that Apple could release a console and whether they would be successful.

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Dawn Of The Distracted

(20100301) #

With the evolution of the Internet we have been bombarded with email, blogging, micro-blogging, instant message, websites, podcasts and more. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge discuss this sensory overload, how to manage it and whether it is having an effect on our attention spans, all wrapped up in a shot that should keep the most concentration-challenged jaq fan interested. 26

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Going Async

(20100302) #

In a world overflowing with data and networks in which information doubles in size seemingly every day, programming has had to change, banishing conventional procedural programming for asynchronously written apps able to handle information whenever it arrives without causing problems. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore how important async is, and why it is just so confusing to so many coders.

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Bridging the Bug Gap

(20100305) #

Bugs are part and parcel of software: human beings make software, and human beings make mistakes. Handling this influx of defects, errors and oopses is a complex job in itself, but the real challenge is how we bridge the gap between developers and users. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore the nuances of how we bridge this gap, whether it is possible and what opportunities we face if we get it right.

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Community vs Company

(20100309) #

For a long time there have been disagreements of where the line is drawn between communities who produce software and companies who invest in those communities and their software. Based upon a shot suggestion from Félim Whiteley, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore where the line could be drawn, the challenges in attitudes that we face and whether we could ever find inner peace between community and company.

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Internet As a Human Right

(20100312) #

According to a recent poll by the BBC, four out of five people believe that Internet access should be a fundamental human right. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore the nuances of the issues involved such as what we consider the Internet, how it could potentially work, how different countries have approached the issue and what the potential could be if the Internet was truly enshrined as a core human right.

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Opening The Filthy Lucre

(20100316) #

It is well known that if you can pay developers to work on software, we all get more software, quicker. Many Open Source projects have had a crack at trying to generate revenue and many have failed. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore the different options available to Open Source projects, determine which ones are viable and what challenges and opportunities some of these options have buried inside them.

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The New Hacker Generation

(20100319) #

Back in the days of yore, those of us of a certain (golden) age started our lives in computers with an ancient beige box which typically came pre-installed with BASIC. The old-school programming orientated environment gave many of us our first taste of programming, logic and an interest in our binary guzzling circuit-laden friends. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore this golden age of computing and how it arguably produced a generation of hackers and whether we should and could try and do the same with modern computers.

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Getting In the Game

(20100323) #

In the continued rampaging growth of Linux, many users and critics alike have claimed that Linux will never be a serious Operating System until it is a top-tier gaming platform, akin to it’s Windows counterpart. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge the state of play (pun intended), the challenges it faces with technology and sales and what the future may hold.

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Planetary Madness

(20100326) #

For some time now planets, the websites that aggregate together blog entries into one rolling list of community blogs, have been all the rage for getting and consuming information. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore if planets are still the best way to find information, how they should be regulated and whether your blog is really your own, or the community’s…

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The War Of The Editors

(20100401) #

The war between the vi and emacs text editors has ranged on for years, taking many lives as the warring parties have fought over features, stability and fictional definitions of the respective acronyms. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take an in-depth, investigative look at the issue and explore whether the war is still important or not…

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The Costs Of Caffeine

(20100402) #

In the Open Source and geek culture there has always a celebration about taking oodles of caffeine and hacking into the early hours, boasting to your comrades that you drank more coke, hacked longer and are more hardware. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether our fascination with caffeine is such a good idea and whether there is an undercurrent of caffeine affecting our moods and the health of our bodies and our communities.

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Marketing Or Madness?

(20100406) #

Many members of the Open Source community have asserted that for us to experience mainstream success we need to see our popular Open Source projects and products advertised in mass media such as television, radio, and newspapers. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether this is genuinely an important need in breaking through to the huge success or whether it is simply a colossal waste of money.

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Web vs. Desktop

(20100409) #

Traditionally, from an application perspective, people have been divided between the web and the desktop. Some believe the web is easier to develop and deploy for and the desktop is sooooo 1998, and some believe the desktop offers a far richer and more integrated experience and that the web is just a fad perpetrated by square-orange-sunglasses wearing poseurs. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether we need this divide and whether Open Source can’t bring both together in perfect harmony.

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The Lobbyist’s Recipe

(20100413) #

Not a day goes by when we are not asked to make your voice heard about this terrible law and that terrible restriction of freedom. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge talk about the common approach digital rights and other lobbyists groups use to raise awareness of an issue an whether it actually works when contrasted to how the opposition approach these issues. Is it time to change the approach?

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Later, Data

(20100416) #

These days we live in an age where we never, ever, delete anything. Email, photos, blog comments, music, documents…it all follows around, much of it living on the Internet, and moving from one service to another is an incredible pain. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether we need to re-seat the balance and develop a culture in which we delete things we don’t need anymore, and whether this is even possible or not.

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Damn You, Printer

(20100420) #

Printers are shit. There is no denying this. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore why printing technology is so riddled with problems and how Google wants to change it all with cloud aware printers.

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Opening Up Hollywood

(20100423) #

If there is one thing that Open Source has proven is that a large group of organized and coordinated people can make incredible things happen. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether just because took on the big guns in the software world, could we do the same with the movie world?

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Let’s Get Physical

(20100427) #

In a world filled with seemingly endless network bandwidth, ultra-thin computers, and with the recent banishing to history of the floppy disc, is there really a need for physical media any more? Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore what physical media means for us, the digital divide, and whether we need those physical discs any more.

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Severed Fifth

(20100430) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore Jono’s Severed Fifth project and the different lessons learned in trying to bring Creative Commons music to the world.

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A Typical Work Day

(20100504) #

We have a wide variety of professions represented across the Shot Of Jaq community. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge talk about their typical work days, covering the kind of work, tools and approaches involved with the hope of the community sharing your typical work days too.

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Building The Dream Team

(20100507) #

Who do you need in a dream software team? If you had enough money to set up a software startup, would you spend it all on developers? How important is management and sales and marketing and HR? Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge look at which parts of a company are the most important, and what to do if you win the lottery. Join the conversation to tell us what you think!

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The Reality Of RSI

(20100511) #

RSI is a growing problem in the tech community. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge talk about whether it’s given the importance that it deserves and how to alleviate the problems so you can be a happy hacker. Join the conversation and tell us how you avoid RSI, and whether you’ve ever had problems with it?

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Let’s Get Ready To Mumble

(20100518) #

Talking over the internet isn’t new. But there is a new kid on the block: Mumble, a group voice chat system. What can it do for us that we don’t currently have? Will we see Mumble displace Skype or IRC? Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge discuss the chat client and new ways of working that it might give our community.

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Big G On TV

(20100521) #

Yesterday in a feat of great pomp and ceremony the mighty Google announced Google TV; their entrance into the consumer TV market. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take the announcement apart, assess what it means for the industry, what it means for Google, and whether Google TV will be more of a GMail (epic) or a Google Buzz (fail).

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Speaking My Language

(20100526) #

We often celebrate multiple languages as one of the many outputs of the Open Source methodology. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore how the translations community works and ask how effective it currently is, and how effective it could be.

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Free The 3G

(20100528) #

The world is being rocked by mobile Internet via 3G. Despite such technological revelations, it has taken Linux a little longer to catch up. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge talk about whether the free desktop is really ready for the mobile Internet revolution, and whether we should be dossing around with tethering or just bite the bullet and buy a USB dongle (assuming the damn thing works).

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The Perfect 10: Android Apps

(20100601) #

In a new series in which the Shot Of Jaq team highlight the top ten of a given category, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge give Android the Perfect 10 treatment, highlighting their fave apps, many of which you may have never used.

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The Magic Touch

(20100604) #

Everyone has gone a little crazy recently about tablet.s Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge peel back the hype and explore what different options we have available for tablets…not just the iPad…and what the opportunity for Open Source is for touch and tablets.

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The Perfect 10: Linux Desktop Apps

(20100608) #

In the continuation of our Perfect 10 series, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take a look at the top ten latest and greatest Linux desktop applications. Our Perfect 10: Simple Scan, gEdit, Calibre, avant-window-navigator, D-Feet, Gwibber, Shutter, Mumble, Guake, XChat-Gnome

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Safety Of Information

(20100611) #

Today it is possible to download an application that tells you the name and address of sex offenders in your local area. While this information has always been available, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether the fact that technology makes it easier to access and visualize is causing safety concerns that were outside the scope of expectations when the information decided to be made publicly available.

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The Perfect 10: Installable Web Apps

(20100615) #

In our popular Perfect 10 series, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge discuss what their favorite install web applications are, but…what are yours?

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The Indie Revolution

(20100618) #

Recently we have been seeing something of a revolution in not only indie gaming, but indie games that turn a buck or two. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore whether the time is ripe for indie games developing to fund their projects, and whether Linux users are happy to pick up the tab.

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The Perfect 10: Hosted Web Apps

(20100622) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge kick of another shot in the popular Perfect 10 series, this time exploring the perfect 10 hosted web applications.

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Out With The Old

(20100629) #

Between the Shot Of Jaq listenership there is probably thousands of old tired computers sitting in our houses gathering dust. Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge explore what we can use these aging dinosaurs for and what challenges we face in revitalizing them.

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Ubuntu Software Center Review

(20100702) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge take a look the Ubuntu Software Center and look at the good and bad points and what it poses for the future.

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Facebook And Privacy

(20100706) #

With everyone piling onto Facebook about privacy concerns, Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge dig into the issue to see if there is realy a problem or whether it is just a bunch of tin-foil hat wearers getting their knickers in a twist.

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The End

(20100713) #

Jono Bacon and Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge call a day to Shot Of Jaq, and reminisce about the experience. Thanks to all of you for all of your wonderful discussions and contributions; it has been a blast!

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