Archive for January, 2009

Funny Windows Errors

Posted: January 31, 2009 in Outcast Posts

Some are hard to see but most are just funny!

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Windows 7

Posted: January 22, 2009 in OS Reviews

My my what short memories the sheeple have…

It seems like just yesterday so many people were excited by Windows Vista..only to sadly realize that they spent hundreds of dollars to run bug infested, useless crap.

So, now Windows 7 will soon be here..(well that was quite soon on the heels of Vista, now wasn’t it?)
And once again, I hear many many herds thundering to their collective hooves, shouting once more the battle cry of Bill Gates, “Knowledge can only be mine!”

Let me say that so far, I remain so very unimpressed.  Windows 7 can have all the bells, quirks, whistles, toots, tweaks and whatnot but the sad fact remains that no matter what kind of RAM-sucking programs will come with this latest version of Windblows, it can be assured that there will be at least 30 viruses that are out to kill it within 3 days of release.  *Random thought- I wonder if they are *Nix users ha!*

Then to top off the ‘let’s spend all your money’ trap, you will have to either get a mega-Gig RAM kit or for those less tech-savvy, an entirely new box.  And for what?  to have to pay hundreds more for an operating system that is still going to be bug-ridden within a week?  And anyway..what could Windows possibly do that can EVER compare to the supremacy of Compiz-Fusion??

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I have to say first and foremost that I am hopelessly in love with my Opera web browser.  I have been ever since the day when my old Firefox 1.x crashed and wouldn’t run or reinstall…ah the fond memories of running Windows OS..if only I had known *sigh*

At any rate, I had to replace my comatose Firefox with something because the only other option was Internet Explorer (yeah, right!)

That started it all..the love affair I have had with Opera has continued now for what 3 or 4 years now?  I’m now a much smarter Linux user now and I don’t even have a regular email client…I just use Opera Mail and we suit quite well…I never had much use for the Speed Dial Feature though..until now.  Recently I have been acquiring a couple of domains and the hosts that inevitably come with as well as blog advertising opportunities I have been trying out for a little bit of money..

This has been quite a drain on my already far-gone memory, so I recently started using and then relying on my SpeedDial..so much so that I needed more speed dial!!  So here is the way to add Speed Dials to your Speed Dial…enjoy it as much as I have and fall even harder for Opera!

Step 1:  On Opera, on the toolbar..click on Help, then on About Opera.  Under “paths” section, Take note of the location on your computer of the Opera directory.

For example:  On Linux, my path to the Opera directory looks like this:  /home/pariah/.opera

Step 2:  Close Opera!! <–important

Step 3:  Using the info you got as to where the Opera directory is on your computer, go there and find “speeddial.ini” with any text editor such as gedit, kate, or *rolls eyes* Notepad

Step 4:  Add this to the bottom of the text file or at the top..somewhere you don’t have to look too hard for it in case you want to adjust it in the future…

Add this as you see it:

[Size]
Rows=3
Columns=4

Note:  This will give you 12 speed dial boxes.  If you have a widescreen monitor, feel free to make the Rows=4 and have little baby speed dials everywhere!

Step 5.  Save the changes and minimize in case you did something silly.  Don’t worry this would be very hard to screw up.

Step 6.  Restart Opera

Step 7.  Experience a moment of true happiness.

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Here is a video sent to me by a friend..it was so awesome I had to share!

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For any newb that has just gotten FeedBurner..I will be doing a review on it later..but first..

I read a post or two (that was never resolved) about how a couple of users were using the headline animator (an awesome feature) to create feed widgets.  The problem was that while trying to get the code, the next button wasn’ t working, thus not directing the user to the page where the code can be gotten…

If you are having this problem..I found a fix/workaround whatever..

Yes, it’s irritating..but it works..on the page/tab called Publicize, click on the size animator you were working on…when it shows up..look at the part that says add to…and then there is a dropdown menu..my personal choice is always “just gimme the code”…….look up to the page url..

It will look something like this:

http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/headlineanimator?w=2&id=random numbers here

Still with me?  Easier than I write it I swear!

Cursor over to the spot right after the “r” in animator and right before the “?”…Then insert  “/install”

Then hit enter and it will take you to the page where you can get the code and the darn button works!

There may be an easier way but I’m proud to have figured this out on my own so there *sticks out tongue childishly*

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Usually I review new distros of Linux or web browsers.  Today I am going to do a different kind of review..that of an application in Linux that I have just discovered.  Okay to be fair, I have known about it for some time, but i couldn’t figure out how to use it and I never bothered to spend the time to learn.  But finally, when all the other milion things I have to do were either done or in the process thereof, I turned my attention to finding out what Gnome-Do is all about.

Aside from the unimaginative, yet apt, name, Gnome-Do appears as this totally non-descript little purple icon with a gear in it, signifying that it does in fact, do something.  So, let’s look at what that is.

Gnome Do is, according to the Wiki on the subject, an “intelligent launcher that makes performing tasks on your computer simple and efficient.”  Uh-huh..I had read that before but I couldn’t quite get it to work for me.

Here’s where the Wiki gets a little Star Trek on me.

” Do not only allows you to search for items in your desktop environment (e.g. applications, contacts, bookmarks, files, music), it also allows you to specify actions to perform on search results (e.g. run, open, email, chat, play). Want to send an email to mom? Simply type “email mom.” Want to listen to some music? Simply type “play beatles.” Do provides instantaneous, action-oriented desktop search results that adapt to reflect your habits and preferences. For example, if you use Firefox web browser often, typing “f” in Do will launch it. Or, if you visit The New York Times webpage often, Do will open it if you simply type “nyt.” Unlike other search tools that present search results as flat, homogeneous lists, Do provides familiar graphical depictions of search results that assure you that your intent is being realized correctly; searching for “mom” will show a picture of mom, and searching for “beatles” will show a Beatles album cover.”

Uh-huh..okay let’s give it a go.  My biggest test right now may sound a bit silly to anyone else but if you have to do something repeatedly in the most annoying of ways, you will understand my triumph here.  I wanted to be able to open my “passwords from websites” page with one click..couldn’t really do that because I had to open the home folder then go to it.  For some reason it would never bookmark in Nautilus.  *sigh*..so I open Gnome-Do by clicking on it (<–entirely unnecessary as I later find out) and type the first letter of this file, which is an A.  I type that and this file is the very first result in the list..wow!! talk about intuitive!!  Then I realized I could set a shortcut of my own to open Gnome-Do, so I chose the ‘grave symbol’ that I use for absolutely nothing..so now I hit one button and the letter A and enter to get to my password page..and I consider that to be damn near one of the best triumphs I have had in my Linux journey lol.

The plugins that are available make the Gnome Do experience even more can-do.  I can play my songs with Rhythmbox, control Pidgin, Firefox, Epiphany, run Opera and Flock, email and IM..seriously, that was a geekasm I just had…….

I love this app!!!! Thank you David Siegal and the Gnome Do Core Team!  This app rawks!

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