Archive for the ‘ Browsers ’ Category

A quick round up

A screenshot of Xournal 0.4.5 running on Linux...

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Some articles that have caught my eye in the last couple of weeks and look promising. Check them out.

Getting better all the time? Tweetmag for the iPod.

Xournal Note taking application for Linux OS. Xournal is a note-taking Linux application.You get a blank piece of “paper” every time you open it up and if that sounds a bit flat it does come with a host of note taking notes. If anyone out there is downloading or using Ubuntu 11.04 right now could be worth a few moments to check out.

On a similar note check out  WriteBoard: A Free Note-Taking Web App That Supports Collaboration and Exporting

Springpad opens up its note-taking platform

A modern Email sig. PCMech

The link goes to a profile site where you can have a blog and Facebook community page listed. The profile page is purposely simple, but has the option of adding in a ‘bio’ in a text box, and the ability to add in as many links as wanted.  I have since found out that using this seems to need the person who wants to view the sig to register which seems to miss the point to me. It may be a glitch somewhere but otherwise looking out for my article on how to do this using Dropbox for free and no registration for your viewers.
USB3 is a technology that was hyped up quite a bit in 2010, and it was said many times in many different places that wide availability of USB3 would be

Slipstreaming is the process of integrating a Service Pack to a Windows ISO. The tool that will be used to do this is called RT Se7en Lite.

Some of you out there may have read stories like this one and may be confused at the fact as to why Google of all companies uses tape as one of its backup

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Webmail: Battle Of The Awesome Features. PC mech looks at some champions and young contenders in the world of webmail.
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Back from the dead

Screenshot of Ubuntu 8.04.

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Spent much of the weekend and a fair bit of Monday, a couple of weeks ago trying to persuade a laptop to work…

A practically venerable Evo laptop suddenly decided that it didn’t like Youtube and refused to play anything declaring each time that the flash player had crashed and I need to refresh the browser, a phrase in IT terms akin to “turn it off and turn it on again and see if that help?” I didn’t!

To be fair it’s a very old machine, AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 512 RAM shared with graphic and 40gb storage. Pretty ancient – the theme set should probably be velociraptors!

Youtube is not a site I spend a lot of time at; watching teenagers attempting to castrate themselves on a skateboard or dancing Meercats not really having much appeal, but at the time I had been clutching my notepad and rewinding frequently in an attempt to understand another aspect of this IT Kabala they call Joomla 1.6 so the timing was not good.

I started to investigate. After a bit of experimenting I found that non-Youtube sites were fine. All very puzzling! Reinstalling flash did nothing and trying various Firefox plugins and handlers just seemed to make the problem worse.

I decided to reinstall….nope. Ubuntu 10.4 would not even let me have a decent Gnome desktop! Probably a badly burnt disk, but I didn’t have the time to burn another one and suspected that it was actually more of a hardware issue with the latest version of even Ubuntu demanding more than an old machine could handle. This needed a rethink.

Tucked away in my collection of distros was my Ubuntu 8.04 LTS custom CD. A partial roll-your-own of Ubuntu 8.04 with lots of added goodies that I had put together using Remastersys. I had some doubts fearing RAM or power supplies issues which would have been way too expensive to deal with in a machine of this age. However I crossed my fingers (realised that this would make inserting the CD difficult) uncrossed them and tried. Synaptic had demanded 840 odd updates which came as no great surprise but in the end I had a working laptop which was more than 8 years old and had seen heavy use. Youtube worked fine, DVD played and MP3 did their thing from the admittedly tinny speakers.

I never did find out what the problem was? My guess is an update for Linux Mint the previous distro had conflicted with my hardware, some modern driver that definitely didn’t want to play nice with my ancient rig. But its comforting to know that Linux gives you options and if all else had failed I am sure one of the lightweight distros like Puppy, DSL or Feather would have loaded.

Aw well now back to what I was doing when this problem started on Saturday….ho hum!

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