Archive for December, 2010

Opera 11

December 22, 2010

Extensions!! Great!! Now can someone tell me why the hell it takes 30 seconds to load a page that Firefox loads in 3? It’s unusable as is.

I know I spend a lot of time lately bitching about browsers, but I can find something that really sucks about each of them, sometimes subjective, sometimes measurable. Sigh.

Flickering Firefox Flash Fix

December 13, 2010

I found the fix for flickering flash in firefox here. Disabling tooltips did it for me. Oh, and that thing about quitting firefox? Can’t do it. Yes, I was frustrated, and to a certain extent still am at times, but the other browsers are even more frustrating, i.e., less configurable/intelligent.

Oh, and the google search wiki fail? That went away when I installed this.

So, Firefox is once again my main browser.

Update: Oops! Posted too soon. Youtube videos still flicker, so I guess this belongs in the "Youtube sucks" category.

O’Hanlon on Assange

December 8, 2010

I got this from Doonesbury’s Say What? :

"BLAM!"
— Brookings Institution senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon, asked what he would do if he were sitting across the table from Julian Assange

You do realize that Julian Assange could not do what he does if there were not people in the diplomatic corps and the military who think exactly as he does, don’t you? These are not foreign spies, but American soldiers and diplomats, who have more insight to what goes on (because they are inside what’s going on) than you do, who think that their country would be better served by more transparency.

Gentoo installed

December 8, 2010

I finished my Gentoo installation with only one minor hiccup. Installing gnome requires cups, which requires pdftops, which is in poppler, which was not installed. Installing poppler also requires cups, which requires pdftops, etc. After a quick google I learned the resolution was to install poppler with the USE -cups flag, then install cups. This worked fine, but is probably something the devs should fix.

After that I installed gnome, and since I’m an amateur photographer, gimp and F-Spot. F-Spot is masked, so it won’t install by default. Again, a little googling and browsing the very well written Gentoo documentation, and this problem was solved as well. So far, I’m impressed with how easy Gentoo is manage. Software installation can take a while, since everything is compiled from source, but for some packages, (openoffice, for example) there is an option to install a precompiled binary.

I’m running this in a VM, and I don’t know that I’ll ever install it on my hardware. At present I have VMs of Gentoo, Debian (the base system for my lfs), Fedora lxde, Mint and Haiku.

Yes, Haiku. I ran BeOS R5 for a while back in the day and was pretty happy with it. I run Haiku now just to see how they’re coming along. I wish I was a good enough programmer to help with development, but it’s only been a hobby for me. Well, it was a part of my job many years ago, but I was never very good at it.