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* Posts by Dion de Ville

7 posts • joined 16 Jul 2009

Not so Saucy after all: Ubuntu reveals Mirless Salamander... and what, no Britney?

Dion de Ville

Will test Ubuntu but sticking with Kubuntu

I'm a KDE fan. Tried the Gnome version of Ubuntu but felt uncomfortable with it. There is a scene in Zoolander where the two models jump up and down around a computer while trying to workout how to switch it on: that's Unity for me. It is horrible to use.

For me, KDE works the way I do so it works well with me. KDE gives me a taskbar, a "start" menu (Kicker), contextual options when I right-click on an item, a search option (Alt+F2) and I can configure KDE to make it more comfortable for me to use. I guess it is the same for Gnome and Untiy for those who use them but the idea of a homogeneous GUI across all device platforms, though a good ideal, is a bad idea: I use different appliances for different purposes and need a GUI that makes best use of each device's screen real estate and interface options (touch, mouse, keyboard, voice etc...) while maintaining a comfortable feel. Different device, different purpose, different screen size, different GUI requirements.

Will test Ubuntu 13.10 in VirtualBox just to see what it is like but my main desktop environment will remain KDE for now.

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

Dion de Ville
Mushroom

Re: Quite frankly.....

Generally, there's no need to buy Linux hardware (HW) because most HW is Linux compatible or should that be 'Linux just works' most of the time with most HW (can Windows say that?).

I like MS. I think MS did a lot for the computer world. Where Linux and X didn't make it mainstream, Windows did. I'd go as far as saying that MS has been good for Linux because it's ideas about usability and OS marketing have been the light many Linux distros needed. Saying that, I like choice, I like freedom and I like tinkering; it's now time for MS to learn from Linux.

I also like AMD and ARM. ARM is the future but for now AMD is good value for money and easier to make use of in terms of mobo options and OS options (though many Linux OS's support ARM).

Whichever way we look at it, we'll most likely be in a Linux-ARM world before the end of the next decade. I look forward to the future's cometh ;)

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

Dion de Ville
Pint

Another Good Article

Thanks, Dominic, Have read a few of your articles and they usually make a lot of sense. Common sense really but techies aren't known for that hence the flaming you get.

Anyone know when the IT Crowd is coming back?

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Chrome 13: Google uncloaks search click prediction engine

Dion de Ville
Mushroom

That's only half of it...

Not only might ad impressions be counted but what about malware - will it automatically download them?

I like to decide what my browser downloads. I've a well filled hosts file that blocks most ads and many possible malware infected sites but I still dislike the idea of Chrome fetching web content before I've decided that I want to view it.

Has Google considered that someone looking for porn might inadvertently appear to have been viewing content deemed illegal in his/her country due to Chrome pre-fetching it?

Another consideration is whether artificial inflation of a site's visitor stats might affect the site's evaluation by the algorithms of some search engines. Has Google introduced this to skew the results of other search engines?

I hope Chrome includes an off button for this pre-fetch feature.

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Pregnant monkeys on crack - boffins investigate

Dion de Ville
Joke

What a Party

I can imagine it now:

laser lights, sparkling disco ball, loud music and female monkeys in sexy red skirts, high heel shoes and lipstick boogieing around their handbags with a few pimping scientist passing them coke. No wonder they dressed it up as a research project.

Do you think PG tips have the footage?

Laughing my head off...

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Karmic Koala RC drops into the wild

Dion de Ville
Thumb Up

It's very nice

I've been using Kubuntu 9.10 (that's KDE for those out of the know) and it's running very nicely on my desktop. I recommend it to everybody with a brain; obviously, that excludes most Windows users but hey, maybe they'll develop one once they try 9.10.

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India plots 1.2bn user biometric ID cards project

Dion de Ville

Sounds like a good idea...

..why didn't we Brits think of it first?

Oh, what's that? We did? Oh, I see, the British government has outsourced construction and testing to India and paid for it with a "donation" to help "India out of its economic and environmental crisis". Mmm...

Nothing to fear, nothing to hide... I prefer nothing to hide, nothing to fear.

I wonder how many people will jump to India to get a clean ID and a better tax status.

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