Cool GMail Feature – Auto Save

October 4, 2005

I just found out that GMail has a new feature called Auto Save. Basically, this automatically saves a message you’re sending as a draft every half minute or so. This is going to be very useful to me, as I use email a lot, and sometimes Firefox will crash, and sometimes I accidentally close it without sending… but now, I won’t loose messages anymore! This rocks.

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Made My Decision

October 4, 2005

I think that I’ve made my decision regarding WP.com.

First of all, from using it, I’ve discovered that WP beats the pants off of blogger. With blogger, every time that I make a new post, modify an old post, change any setting, or make the smallest modification to the template, it has to republish. This can take a long time, depending on wether or not it needs to republish the whole thing. If you change a setting or modify the template, it needs to republish the whole blog, and that includes the index, all archive pages, and every individual post permalink. That means when I do either of those things, it has to publish over 100 different pages. This is my 104th post, so that’s 104 right there. If the publishing engine was any slower, no one would use blogger. Once you have a significant amount of posts, you could literally be waiting several minutes just for the whole thing to be done, and that’s on a direct blogspot blog. When you want to FTP it to your own site, it could take even longer.

With WP, it gets published instantly. Period. That’s why I was able to get all 104 posts over there so quickly – highlight and drag, click a button, repeat.

So, back to my decision – they stated this on the FAQ:

Can I edit my templates?

We are definitely mindful of making everything more customizable for our users, but at the same time we don’t want people to have to look at HTML and CSS code, which is antithetical to the purpose of WordPress.com. If you want complete control over your enviroment, you’re probably better off running WordPress on a great web host of your own, but if you really don’t want to worry about that sort of thing just stick around and we’ll be adding more customizability as time goes on.

So, basically when they add the ability to instert custom HTML somewhere besides in an actual post, I’m there. Even if it’s just the footer, I need to put in my counter, Technorati code, and probably AdSense. Otherwise, I’m staying here until they can add that.

Zoho Writer – AJAX Office Application

October 3, 2005

Yes, I found this on digg.

This seems pretty cool. It’s a completely AJAX document writer that somewhat resembles Word 2003. It has a nice WYSIWYG text editor, and it even has right click functions. I haven’t tried creating an account, but I believe you can even maintain your own documents. The feature it desperately needs is the ability to print.

Check it out, it’s pretty cool.

Hey, I Got a WordPress.com Account!

October 3, 2005

I’ve had it for a little while, but I guess I was too lazy to report it here.

But, I did obtain my magical WP.com invitation (a “Golden Ticket” as described in the subject line of the email) and I’m still deciding wether or not I’m going to use it. I really like the WYSIWYG post editor, the ability for seperate pages, instant publishing (I hate the way blogger publishes), categories, intergrated search, and tons of other cool stuff.

But what’s the big problem? You cannot edit the template, which is where Blogger still has the upper hand. This means I cannot modify any part of the template, at all. I can only change what is modifiable in the admin interface.

Well, I’m still evaluating and (manually) transfering posts from here to there. Wanna see it? Come on, guess what the URL is!

For the sake of lazyness, here’s a link.

The Best Linux Web Browser?

October 3, 2005

Anyone on Linux probably has their opinion of their favorite browser. Without the choice of IE, you have much safer browsers to use. But which one is the best? I’ll take a look at what I think are the top three: Firefox (and Mozilla), Konqueror, and Opera.

Firefox: This is probably the most popular browser among the Linux world. The advantages of Firefox include good compatibility with most sites, and stability (it hasn’t crashed on me yet, but I don’t use it that heavily)

Konqueror: Konqueror is probably the most versatile and feature rich browser on Linux. It has tons of great features, complete compatibility with KDE themes and such, a fast loading interface, and arguably the fastest rendering engine out, KHTML. KHTML isn’t as widely compatible on the web as Gecko (for example, WYSIWYG doesn’t always work, AJAX doesn’t work as well) but it’s blazing fast

Opera: I haven’t used Opera that much, but I do like some of what I see. I really like it’s default theme and button styles, and it starts up pretty quick, but I’m not sure if it is actually that good of a browser in general. Some javascripts don’t work properly, and is not as compatible with sites as Gecko. One odd thing I noticed was that it was set to identify itself as Internet Explorer by default.

So, which one wins? I think the winners are Konqueror and Firefox. I don’t think I’ll use Opera until it gets more compatible, but I am already using both Firefox and Konqueror for my normal web browsing. I try to use Konqueror for everything I can, but for things like Netvibes and GMail, Firefox is the next icon on the Kicker.

Hacking the Hackers

October 3, 2005

I came across this CNN video on digg today. It was shot in a ‘hackers confrence’. They even advised you to hold on to your hotel cards, and to not use the ATM in the lobby, since someone already messed with it. Freaky.

Video

(it plays good on Konqueror with the Kaffeine plugin)

Got SharpMusique Working

October 3, 2005

I now have a fully functional installation of SharpMusique installed and working well.

To install it on Kanotix, I installed the Ubuntu package with KPackage. Of course there were dependency issues, but all I had to do to fix them and get it to run was a simple ‘apt-get -f install’ and I was in the blue.

Maybe it’s time to buy songs on iTunes now 🙂

ZDNet: What Slows Linux Most?

October 2, 2005

What slows Linux adoption most? According to ZDNet, “experts who don’t know anything.”

Paul Murphy asks a good question today. What’s the key factor slowing adoption of Linux?
His answer: experts who don’t know anything. He offers two examples, one a bad install by a Windows person, the other an inefficient Internet manager.
Below these examples, however, are deeper problems, problems we’ve addressed here. A clean install that includes applications, like the one Novell has been working on, would fix his first problem. A manager with a technical Clue might fix his second problem.

Article

Gizmo for Linux – not ready for prime time

October 2, 2005

I finally got Gizmo for Linux to install and work correctly. It is currently in alpha, but even so, it lacks the features that the Windows and Mac versions have had since day 1. For example, Gizmo features call recording. I have not found that feature in the Linux version yet. Linux podcasters are probably better off with Skype Skype-rec for recording calls.

But probably my biggest problem with Gizmo is the configuration ? there is none. I can’t even find a configuration file for it. This is especially bad for me because I use a USB headset for calling my friends on the computer, which gets assigned /dev/dsp1 after plugging it in. I cannot find a way to change soundcards in Gizmo, and am unable to change anything.

What else doesn’t it have?

  • IM (recently implemented)
  • ‘Map It’
  • A call sidebar
  • Configuration – none at all

Those are some of the features I like about Gizmo. It seems the only plus to it is the nice interface and slightly better call quality (for broadband, at least).

So, in my opinion, Gizmo for Linux was somewhat of a letdown. It does have hope for the future, though. Hey, it’s still in alpha. I don’t think people will start using it until it has all the features of Windows and Mac.

Oh, and did I mention – they only release it as a Debian package and a Linspire package?

Sean Parsons is Back

October 1, 2005

I just caught up to episode 101 of TLLTS today, and I’m happy to hear that Sean Parsons is back, and is still alive.

What most of you (probably) don’t know is that I used to be a journalist on TheLinuxBox.org (his website) up until May of this year. Sean Parsons just dissapeard without a trace, and none of us knew what happend to him. A couple weeks after he left, his website stopped working. None of us could log into the web interface to post, so we were (and still are) unable to change the site at all.

Today I got to listen to TLLTS and I’m glad to hear that Sean is OK. He explained that his web host changed his contract and gave him 250 megs of space, which is hardly enough for a podcast site. Because of that, nothing could be changed to it.

He also said that he’s going to be starting a new site soon and start over, since his old one is out of whack.

I’m going to try to contact him and offer to be a journalist on his new site. I’ll keep everyone updated.