Category Archives: Linux

Starting to like Dolphin

And I’m not talking Flipper here (Flipper was my friend when I was quite young, however).  Kubuntu made Dolphin their default file manager over Konqueror with Gutsy, and I wasn’t hugely impressed initially.  It doesn’t have a delete menu item (it has “move to trash” which annoys me — to get a real delete you have to select and then do shift-del from the keyboard.

But it has a feature that I love.  Xandros File Manager let you create symlinks with a dialogue box, which is easier than doing them from the command line, which was cool.  But, in Dolphin, when you drag and drop files, it gives you the option to move, copy or link.  This is so, so cool, and it was really handy when I integrated my 500gb hd into my file system, moved all my media files to it, and then made a symlink back to the same location that all of my scripts look at. 

I also got Samba working and ssh/putty, so I can work on my linux machine from my laptop.  Networking is fun when it works, and this wasn’t all that tough.

Two happies in a couple of hours.

The first is that I found a way to get a working iPodderx derivative podcatcher under Hardy.  Google was, ultimately, my friend.  It just took a while for somebody to post the solution to a forum that Google index.  And, because this is Linux, I just renamed the config directory and it magically worked the first try — all my podcasts set up properly. 

Second happy wasn’t quite as tricky — I found the micro-to-full SD adapter on the floor under the desk I thought it would be at.  Okay, so I looked down and there it was.  But finding SD-sized cards isn’t terribly easy.

So now I’ve just loaded my latest podpacket on my phone, and I’ll get to work on it while I’m working.

I also have a happy in that my new boss managed to cover my Thursday shift, so I get to go to the Teacher Learner Academy Awards Thursday night.  I don’t get paid for the day, but it also saves me two nights in the motel room — I’ll only need one night for the week. 

So, happy, happy, and happy.  Not bad for one day.