donderdag 29 september 2011

Why Unity is not ready for prime time.

Preface.

No this is not yet another "Unity sucks" "Canonical is the new Evil Empire" rant. I am searching for Canonical's attention to urgently address a serious flaw in Unity, which I think the Unity dev team somehow overlooked.

The problem.

The problem is the absence of a "clear history" or "delete history" function in Unity as present in Gnome 2.

A (Sample) Scenario.

John Doe, typical 35 years young dude next door, married to Jill of the Jungle and father of 2, has a computer running Ubuntu "Snappy Snake", to do some "administrative tasks" (riiight). In reality he games his ass of and has a huge pr0n .avi .flv - and its ilk - collection.

Nothing wrong with that, nobody notices or suffers from it and John has a good time...

... Until Jill one fine night comes into John's hobby room and asks him if he has a program to manage recipes.

John clicks the Ubuntu logo on the left top of his screen and searches for "recipes" in the Dasher.

And OOPS, there it is! although the search was totally unrelated. Dasher shows John's file history, including a thumbnail of JeniferLopezFingersPussy.flv.

Congratulations Canonical, you have just unleashed WWIII on a family scale!

Until a "clear history" function is implemented, Unity is not usable. Just as simple as that :-p

Good luck implementing it ;-)

donderdag 15 september 2011

Activity roundup: Hack in da B0X!

Last week I've had a lot of fun "Hackin' in da B0X" whether it was my dead cheap Chinese Bart Smit TomTec WM8650 (Android 2.2 "Froyo") 7" Tablet or any of my other computers.

TomTec WM8650 Tablet.

Upgraded my baby with the latest (stable) Universal Uberoid WM8650 1.5.2 HoneyCombMOD v8 custom ROM.

Lots of great stuff provided by this update, including more support fort HUAWEI USB MODEM dongles.

There fore I've been researching how to unlock my own USB dongle, which is a HUAWEI e180. I unlocked it successfully (tested on laptop), yet it's unfortunately NOT supported by Uberoid (yet).

However, getting the fscking thing unlocked, was quite satisfying. I can help other people with it from now on for free (gratis)  :-)

Since the HUAWEI e180 didn't work on my tablet, I tried to figure out, how to eventually get a Bluetooth USB dongle to work on the Tablet. What I need is a module (.ko) and the sources of the 2.6.32-9 kernel. Unfortunately kernel.org was compromised lately and thus the provided links don't work ATM. Beside that I need Bluez to get it working.

I put the Bluetooth project on hold, until kernel.org is back up again.

Emulators.

In case you've missed it: I am a fanatical Emulation and Virtualisation enthusiast, so I tried to get a couple of emulators on my Bart Smit TomTec WM8650 (Android 2.2 "Froyo") 7" Tablet to work.

I've got the Android ports of Vice (CBM 8-bit series), UAE (Classic Commodore-Amiga series) and fMSX (MSX series) emulators to work flawlessly.

The only emulator which doesn't work is aDOSbox. If I fire it up, the screen goes black for a couple of seconds and then returns to the "Home screen". IOW: it crashes and does nothing else left.

Microsoft Windows 7.

While not all of the past week's challenges where entirely successfully. I had the desire to install Microsoft Windows 7 on my AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1 GiB RAM desktop, for quite some time.

Microsoft enthusiast are claiming that Windows 7 is much less resource hogging then Vista and that it should work on my Athlon XP. Thus I jumped on the Windows 7 bandwagon once again to compare with desktop Linux.

Not your average Joe Windows 7 installation.

A small complication is that the DVD-writer on that machine reads CD's but for some mysterious reason lacks to read DVD's for quite some time now. Thus I was not able to install Windows 7 from a DVD.
I have a ISO image of the Windows 7 DVD-ROM and a unpacked version (in a subdirectory) on my Samsung 1.5 TiB USB HDD, which I use to boot Kubuntu 11.04 on my Acer Aspire 7220 laptop, which I currently use as a "Pseudo Desktop". I have a external wireless keyboard and mouse connected to it and it is connected to my Samsung (Linux powered) 32" LED TV. The partitions on that HDD are ext4fs, which MS Windows can't read out of the box.

Thus to be able to install Windows 7 I booted the machine from the System Rescue CD and create two NTFS partition on the 250 GiB HDD of that machine. The first partition as the target partition and the second partition to copy the the unpacked DVD-ROM (to be used as a install partition).
Installed Windows XP temporary on the target partition and installed Windows 7 finally from within Windows XP.

Comparing with Desktop Linux.

There was a time that Linux was a geek OS, but that is a long time ago. Most of us got a bit tired of the main press "Year of the Linux Desktop" stories. If we are honest we can conclude that Microsoft Windows is the underdog by now. In contrast to Linux, Windows is almost ready for the desktop.

Microsoft enthusiasts have been claiming that Windows 7 doesn't require the much criticized reboots. I have no idea where they got this "knowledge" but it simply isn't true. I don't know how many times I had to reboot Windows 7, anyway it was many times. Also the update mechanism in contrast to your typical Desktop Linux distro is quite user hostile and time consuming. Plus the lack of a package manager makes Microsoft Windows a user hostile environment and to be fair, after a couple of updates and installing some software, it became dog slow (within 24 hours).

Conclusion.

I've had a interesting and fun week and I'm rather disappointed by Windows 7. It's not worth the afford wasting money on it. I will replace it with Gentoo Linux within 30 days.

donderdag 8 september 2011

ÜBERG33K: New Song Collection.


Voice Of The Kernel was defiantly my last traditional "Album". I started to publish news songs immediately as they come, on my Soundclick music page.

There for I don't call "ÜBERG33K" my next album, but my next "Song Collection".

Two songs are already finished and available for download:

1. TechBytes (Promo Song).
2. (Canonical's) Unity (is Sexy).

And I am currently working hard on the title-song "ÜBERG33K" which is dedicated to the memory of Alan Turing.

With "ÜBERG33K" I am trying to promote the 2012: The Alan Turing Year Campaign.

Geek Pride!