Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The best comment I've ever seen

An article by Ars Techinca on GOOGLE+ about GitHub for Windows stated:
«GitHub for Windows takes the pain out of using git»

The comment by Ryan Edge:
«Unfortunately, it doesn't take the pain out of using windows.»

Thursday, 17 May 2012

GNOME: on the path to implosion

The GNOME designing team should learn about user needs, instead of trying to impose their view of how users should work.

Users have different computers, with different screen resolutions, and different needs. What works great maximized on one PC, will be a disaster on another. Users resize the windows to fit their needs, remember what those needs were, and open the windows the size their were closed last time. Is that so hard?

Right now, GNOME3 is an unproductive piece of crap, as it only serves basic users. G3 might be gaining basic users attention, but will lose them as soon as they start becoming power users.

Don't keep pushing in that direction. Listen. GNOME2 was forked. Even GNOME3 was forked. People moved to XFCE. Get a grip on reality. You did it wrong. You should know it by now. Just admit it, an turn back. Trying to prove others wrong, when you know they're right, won't take you nowhere.

I'm on XFCE. And I'll keep myself there. GNOME already lost me. And it will lose many others. FEDORA is losing users. UBUNTU is losing users. MINT is gaining. Ask yourselves why. Think CINNAMON. Think MATE.

A final note:
Touch screens won't work for desktops. Won't work for content production. For production you'll always need a good keyboard. And a desktop screen will be to painful to touch. Try to keep your arms in mid air for a minute or two, and you'll know. Mouse and keyboard are here to stay for a long time. They seat at a desk top, where you REST your arms.


Thursday, 25 August 2011


From:       torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds)
Newsgroups: comp.os.minix
Subject:    What would you like to see most in minix?
Date:       25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT

Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready.  I'd like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.
This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and
I'd like to know what features most people would want.  Any suggestions
are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)

              Linus (torvalds@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS.  Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Mobile Broadband stopped working

This week (2009-10-21) Mobile Broadband didn't work as it should.
Actually, connection was made, but sites could not be accessed.
The problem has to do with a PPP DNS bug.

Find out the solution here.

Hope it helps.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Fedora 11 update created Login problem

This week (10/9/2009), a F11 update introduced GDM and KDM login problems on users with active options on Desktop Effects.

The symptoms were:
  • Password entered.
  • Screen changed, as if logon was successful.
  • Screen blacked out.
  • Logon screen presented again.
Disabling Desktop Effects appears to solve this problem.

See more details and solutions:

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Video Resolution solved

I just managed to conclude the articles on the Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 video resolution limitation to 800x600 problem. It's now possible to set resolution to the full 1024x768 supported by the LCD display. You can find these articles here:

Next, I'll dedicate my attention to the ZTE MF636DB (also referred as MF636) USB adapter that provides Mobile Broadband. I expect that this article will take somewhat longer to conclude.