QoTD: Chris DiBona

“I have a hard time caring about “KDE vs. Gnome”. It’s like watching your two best friends fighting. I’m not going to take part.” – Chris DiBona

Microsoft’s adCenter broken for non-IE browsers

I just read about a firefox user’s experience with MS’s new adCenter advertising service. Unfortunately, this is what one expects from MS. It’s natural for MS to have IE as the preferred browser. Someone should tell them, however, that the days of useragent checking are thankfully behind us for the most part. Maybe it was ...

Google Linux Screenshots

While reading up on google co-op, I was pleasently surprised to see that the screenshots used to show previews of the ‘co-op’ed search results are of firefox running on Linux. From the Gnome theme, it looks like it’s a redhat-based distro. Let the google linux rumor mill start again! I’m still working on understanding co-op, ...

Collaborative map viewing

I just submited the following feature request to Google Maps today. [Subject] Feature Idea: Collaborative map viewing It would be quite useful to be able to view maps together with others. I often find sending links to google maps too disconnected with what I’m trying to communicate. I imagine the zoom and drag functions that ...

Look Ma! I’m on Google Maps

So it looks like Berlin (and Europe) has finally gotten decent coverage from Google Maps. Now I can Finally give folks an idea of what it looks like (from the air anyways) where I’ve been living for the last 6 years. So, a small tour is called for…. My place The Reichstag Alexanderplatz (Alex for ...

My first contribution

Late last night (or early this morning), I submitted my first ever patch. Hopefully this is the start of a long line of contributions. It fixes a problem in Monodevelop with the Code Template drop-down in the options panel. It’s bug #78082. Every day I work on my soon-to-be-announced project I get more confident in ...

I’m Feeling So Dapper!

I just got finished installing Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake). It’s becoming ever-more polished although it is a beta and there are quite a few things that just don’t work yet. I really like the cleaned up menu layout. The search function in Nautilus is also nice. I’ve been having problems with quite a few Mono ...

Ubuntu Laptop Testing 1

I’ve kinda officially joined the Ubuntu Laptop Testing Team today. I’ll be testing my IBM Thinkpad T43, Model# 266875U. I haven’t got tons of time for it but another guy has a Canonical-supplied T43 that is about 90% the same hardware so I’ll just copy his stuff where appropriate. If you’d like to help just ...

Abolish ubuntu spatial in Hoary

For those who hate ubuntu spatial and never want to see it again, you can issue this command WITHOUT any users logged into Gnome (GConf can’t be running.). sudo gconftool-2 --direct --config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/no_ubuntu_spatial true The same is true for other settings as well. Also, if you want to make a setting ...

Importing Evolution 1.4 data into 2.2

After a little searching, I found out how to import Evolution 1.4 settings and data in /home/$USER/evolution into 2.2. All you have to do is go into the Gconf Configuration Tool and change the keys “version” and “last_version” under /app/evolution to 1.4.6. When you start Evolution it will find the folder ~/evolution and ask you ...