Monthly Archives: July 2006

What I Would Do If I Worked On Naim

naim is a wonderful terminal-based AIM client written by Dan Reed. It sports a variety of features, is robust and stable, and fairly configurable. There are, however, things I dislike about it, and here is a rough list of those things. The bottom of the program only displays one line of the message you are […]

Dear Firefox developers –

Please make Firefox not slow down scrolling to a molasses-like speed when I try and navigate pages with PNGs, or alpha-PNGs, or whatever the issue is. There’s already bugs in the tracker for these issues, now all someone has to do is find those bugs, and fix them. Don’t set them as WONTFIX, or WORKSFORME, […]

One Task, Three Languages: Ruby vs Python vs Perl

Basic Description The object of this experiment is a fairly straightforward one. I have a single task that I’d like to accomplish, and I’m going to accomplish it in three languages that I only have cursory knowledge of. By the end of my experiment, I will compare the three languages in terms of relative size […]

Gentoo is the best distribution and anyone who says different is a liar.

Discuss. Seriously, can we talk about our experiences with different distros? What we like, what we don’t like? I originally started way back with Red Hat 4.2, when fvwm2 was the reigning window manager, people still played Xevil, and things were as simple as they possibly could be. It was a ridiculous amount of work […]

A Worrysome Gaim.

Don’t worry. It’s not as bad as it sounds.

Eclipse’s Project Obsession

I love Eclipse. I think it’s a gorgeous program, I think it’s well-written, and I think that the fact it’s written in Java isn’t a hindrance anymore because it’s just about as fast as any other IDE out there. Here is my problem with it. Create New File. Create New Java Class. What project do […]

The Single Largest Obstacle Preventing Me From Using Emacs

I open XEmacs. It gives me a temporary buffer for random things. I want to create a new, empty file. There’s no command to create a new file in the menu. I quit. Now, I know, I know. There’s a paradigm shift involved here. I have to get used to the idea that Emacs uses […]

10 Things I Love About KDE

Oh, man, a top ten list. Am I already scraping the bottom of the barrel? Don’t worry, friends. I have several articles on the back burner, but various endeavors are preventing me from completing them. So let’s just run through my favorite desktop environment ever. In no particular order, here are ten things I love […]

Is XGL a step in the right direction?

I have XGL installed on both of my Linux systems – both Gentoo, my distribution par excellence. Since it is extremely beta and buggy software, take everything I’m saying here with a grain of salt. I’ve had the chance to try it out, see how it responds, reacts, and so on and so forth. I’ve […]

Linux Boot Time

This is one of the few things that worries me about acceptance of Linux. 30 seconds. That’s the average boot time of Linux on my fastest machine – an HP Pavilion zv6000. This, mind you, is with InitNG, a brand new concurrent-threading system that excels at what it does – run several things in tandem […]