At first I saw this on toms hardware.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8344174.stm

Looks like you get a trail of some kind if they want to cut off your internet.

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Looking quickly at raindrop

November 11, 2009

https://mozillalabs.com/raindrop
It is lead by the folks that bring us the fine thunderbird client and they want to use open web technologies to great a meaningful way to send a message.  They say that challenge is to keep it simple.  To avoid complexity.  (A very good goal)  It use both email and twitter now.  (One would like it do all the chats to and IRC) They are having issues with keyboard navagation which ones to use.  It seems there are two different types of keyboards to move with from legency phone or touch systems and new folks who say why do I need a key board. 

In any case it looks good to use on a netbook

What Is Google Gadgets

November 11, 2009

I have played with various addons to opera for some time.  And I have few things for windows vista on the right hand side but I felt I was missing out on standard things on my ubuntu desktop.  When I did my search for google gears google gadgets also came up. 

It appears there are three flavors of google gadgets:  Google desktop for windows (I did not like this so much on windows xp) and the gadgets found on igoogle which sometimes are also a pain.  But with IGoogle it only takes one click for them to go away.  The google desktop works on both mac or windows.  But for a good while there was no linux.  So google code started one under the Apache License system.  

Many of the windows and mac gadgets work on linux.  This is done through a cross enabling which they did not talk much about on the website.  There is two componets of google gadgets.  One is the common gadget library which runs and presents the gadget.  The other is a host program which allows for gadget selection.  It comes in GTK and QT and says the GTK has a sidebar like the windows vista one.  (Poor qt)

They want to you to do a bunch of stuff with tar balls but 9.10 ubuntu desktop remix has both qt and gtk in the application manager.  There was also some plugins for gstreamer aswell as the common gadgets.  2.9 meg down load.  It shows up in the internet application part of ubuntu.  It only has five gadgets there the rss reader does not have a newspaper in it so it has an error and it does look like the windows vista a lot.  The clock was removed by me quickly as it takes too much space. 

How to get new gadgets?  Five is two few and the update did not work with ubuntu
It does work to go to the google desktop site and down load the .gg file
then double click on it in the fire fox download panel.  It will install.
Of note there is a collapse option that makes the gadgets very small so you can have 20 of them on your net book if you like.
Ok I got them now I picked about 7 of them all the good google ones, a twitter one as well. Of great note for the netbook you do not need to use the side bar all the time.  It is small button active on my menu panel in ubuntu.  A great way to make your laptop netbook with ubuntu a whole lot better for sure

Google Gears

November 11, 2009

Today my passion was pushing me to the cloud.
I already share my documents in google docs for my games and a few work things.
I have a few really sweet email addresses a 4 digit hotmail account and 4 digit excite account.

I had heard that google docs could be used off line and wondered how that worked.
I typed in google docs offline in the firefox search tool and a wonderful video came up.
It was not really clear that you needed google gears and that is was an extension.
But the google video did show exactly how it worked if you installed it.

So after five or six minutes of tooling around I figured it out.  http://gears.google.com/ is the link and it looks like a normal firefox add on.  Further it is open source. Then it is vauge about what it does it says lets applications interact naturally with your desktop.  If you click the faq it tells you a bit more.  It says you may use google gears access information offline or provide you with geographical content based on your location.  It can work with a number things but is used for google reader and google docs.  In the non google sapce Zoho and remember the milk.  It also has a mobile editions. 

The really strong thing about this is that it can sync each of your computers all of them.  You just have to use firefox or Internet explorer.

When will LXDE be main stream

November 10, 2009

With Older computers getting ever more out of the main stream.  I am wondering when the major Distros will put LXDE in its rightful place.  No more Xubuntu as it does not connect to network shares out of the box.  We need something that really works well.

Clonezilla

November 10, 2009

I have used Clonezilla for some time.
It really works it is simple and windows people can use it just as easy as linux folks can.

I have xp install at work and breaks a lot.
And I do good backups a lot.

So every now and gain I just restore the old orignal image. Do the updates and make a new clone.
Attach the data to the system and move forward.  Is a great article

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/search/solaris/SIG=126beduj2/*http%3A//linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-11-10-013-35-OS-SW

Wow,  I found out the windows starter does not come with a Media player.  Yes not even windows media player that it costs more money for this.  wow

The PC Word article compaired the ubuntu netbook remix, Moblin and Jollie Cloud.  Jollie cloud won no real surprise there.  To put a hard core Gnome on a net book Ubuntu is forgetting that it will be slow and will not fit on a 4GB card for when you move from 9.04 to 9.10.

But really if the user wants Windows Seven.  And windows seven does not come with a media player why just install VLC and Open office.  Then you can Itunes yourself.  (Or for that matter Itunes can play media)

What if you want a Zune with windows 7 starter.

Do not understand.  Was really glad Jollie cloud won the race.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/181779-4/three_top_linux_options_for_your_netbook.html

What if Microsoft had several open source projects?
What if they funded and got a community to build test and do things for them.
The windows 7 beta shows that lots of people want to help Microsoft with Free things.
In a brief article http://tech.yahoo.com/news/zd/20091110/tc_zd/245875 suggested that microsoft should have been investing in people and relationships rather than worry about people stealing there stuff.

I would really like to see a linux outlook client or a microsoft linux that worked well with microsofts infrastructure.

What if Microsoft had several open source projects?
What if they funded and got a community to build test and do things for them.
The windows 7 beta shows that lots of people want to help Microsoft with Free things.
In a brief article http://tech.yahoo.com/news/zd/20091110/tc_zd/245875 suggested that microsoft should have been investing in people and relationships rather than worry about people stealing there stuff.

I would really like to see a linux outlook client or a microsoft linux that worked well with microsofts infrastructure.

Firefox turns 5

November 10, 2009

With the current state of opensource and the windows 7 launch.  Firefox just turned five.  It seems I have had a flavor of the browser for many years.  Starting with the netscape browser the one you payed for.  Seamonkey has long been on my puppy linux box.  (A 9 year old computer)  The lastest firefox with all the plugins can be very slow even on new hardware.  I recomend if you want a firefox like experience with out the plugins for normal browsing that you go with Seamonkey for general web browsing and use firefox when you want to do some work like post in this blog or play an online game that runs scripts.  I also read an article that said that linux had no in roads on the desk top.  Wow and obvious Mac or windows person wrote it.  But made some really good points firefox with 330 million users is a success and is free and open.  Have a look http://tech.yahoo.com/news/zd/20091110/tc_zd/245875