Category Archives: Software

Done with Minefield

I enjoyed it, sort of.  It was kinda like the first time I tried Opera, because things were kinda like I liked, only better.  Except that some things weren’t better.  There were certain kinds of objects that I couldn’t select, even with all of the javascript things enabled that were essential to some of the sites I use.  And it took some major tweaking of my Firefox settings every time I loaded my older stable copy of Firefox and then back.  I was loading Safari to do some things, and I wanted my Firefox features there. 

And then it would crash, and fail to shut down completely, and suck up resources until the system slowed to a crawl and it took five minutes to load task manager and kill it. 

So I just wiped it off.  I was going to leave it on, but stop using it, but some settings got set to where it was loading as default browser, and that was a pain.  I’m looking forward to some of the things it brings to the table when the get stable, and I’m thinking about going to FF3 finally, but, for now, I’m happy with my old stable FF2.

Oh, and I’m on Facebook now.  It’s weird. 

Chat Client again.

For those who haven’t been paying attention, you might not know that I use different chat client systems, but hate, loathe, detest every OEM chat client I’ve seen — too much bloat, “features” I don’t want, flashy moving things of any kind, etc.  I quit using those a long time ago, when I moved to jabber clients and servers that let me use those systems without using those clients.

When I moved to Kubuntu, I tried out Kopete, which natively runs on all the networks I want without requiring my registration a jabber server — some of those gateways weren’t all that reliable, due, in part, to shenanigans on the part of the networks who would tweak the protocols without notice just to break third-party access.  Kopete has worked well under KDE.  Under Windows, I’ve been using Pidgin, which has worked pretty well as well.

So, then, showed me Digsby, and I’ve been trying it out, primarily for it’s support of Twitter.  Twitter’s support of im via jabber has been broken for months now, but Digsby, a few days in, is working just fine.  I’ve moved over my MSN account and it’s working just fine too afaict. 

Now, I’m considering moving my other accounts over as well.  I like having just one client, but I also don’t like moving from a client that’s doing what I want.  We’ll see how things turn out.

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.

EMP amusement.

So this afternoon we took the kids to the Experience Music Project in Seattle, which was created by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.  It was rather cool, but it was not a good match for the kids — attention spans are too short for this kind of thing, so we didn’t stay very long.  They had much more fun playing in the International Fountain instead.

But while we were at the EMP, looking around the Music Lab, I noticed a computer in the recording area that had a program that looked familiar.  So I looked closer, and found that it was, in fact, the same open-source Audacity I use to record and edit the Blaincast.  Which was amusing, so I thought I’d share.

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.