Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we uncover an unscientific but interesting statistic supporting the strong growth of Linux Mint. Another statistic from an online backup service supports my decision not to buy the brand of hard drive that died in one of my office PCs last week. We reference the JavaBeats JSP Tutorial List Page and tell you about a new geeky Java eBook that’s available for free. Icons that inspire building a new website and a cool jQuery plugin that inspires building book lists complete today’s mashup.
An Interesting Linux Mint User Growth Statistic
This is a Google+ post by the leader of a Linux Mint Facebook group who says membership increased from 4000 to 7620 in 6 months. An obscure and unscientific indicator of Linux Mint’s growth, but an indicator none-the-less. (Full disclosure: I’m blogging from a laptop running Linux Mint and it’s my OS of choice.)
Hard Drives of Fear
Lifehacker published the statistics on hard drive failure as reported by the online backup service Backblaze. It doesn’t look good for Seagate, with only 73.5% of their drives remaining online for 36 months. Western Digital drives stayed online 94.8% of the time, with Hitachi topping the chart at 96.9%. If I can add a personal anecdote, I had not one, not two, but THREE Seagate drives in three different PCs which failed after about a year. The most recent failure was last week, in a Lenovo PC I’ve had for a little over one year. I won’t be buying another Seagate hard drive any time soon.
JavaBeats JSP Tutorial List
We linked to one or two of the JavaBeats JSP Tutorials in recent mashups. If you want to skim through the 18 JSP Tutorials, here’s the main contents page.
Simple Java, the Free and Geeky eBook
This is a free 219 page PDF titled Simple Java. Sixty chapters on static types, strings passed by reference, the definition of null in Java, inner classes, instance initializers and other light bedtime reading.
Look Inside Plugin
So many cool jQuery plugins, so little time. Here is a plugin you might not have seen which explodes into an Amazon-type “Look Inside the Book” reader. Also a great preview pop-out function, which could be useful on its own without the Look Inside.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Dougtone, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.