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Comment: I've switched back to Firefox (Score 3, Interesting) 240

by Parker Lewis (#49605599) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

I switched back to Firefox few months ago.

In Ubuntu, Chrome is a resource hog. I usually have several tabs opened at the same time. Just compared the RAM usage: 7GB in Chrome, 1.1 in Firefox.

Additionally, Firefox is a bit faster (in UI), and it just respects my look and feel (colors, borders, font sizes, etc).

And for address bar searches, Chrome privileges the google search instead of navigation history, which I really don't like (I usually visit the same sites, and even with several hits in a day for the same site starting with the same word, Chrome prefers, for few ones, to search when I type the word instead of display the known URL as first result).

I just changed few settings in Firefox (increased scroll speed, click in URL behaviour to select the entire address), and voilà.

Just annoying that every Google service keep suggesting to use Chrome until you dismiss this message.

Comment: As you mentioned Ubuntu... (Score 1) 177

by Parker Lewis (#49577591) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly
I'm the only guy using Ubuntu in a couple of startup projects. It's interesting how people react to that. Windows users thinks I'm a communist. Other "True Linuxer(TM)" distro users thinks I'm like the typical image they associate to Mac users (a fancy guy that don't know about the existence of shell, etc, because a "True Linuxer(TM)" compile everything). And Mac users thinks I'm a smelly hacker.

Comment: Re:Ouhhh, that hurts! (Score 1) 64

by Parker Lewis (#49486145) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements
Try Canonical Unity. I never liked Gnome, while I was OK with GTK programs. Then with Unity, I'm pretty fine. It has good defaults. I was a KDE user since version 2, loved 3, but I faced annoying bugs, even with the latest 4 releases (like systray icons leaking memory, every KDE upgrade disabling Oxygen theme, icon-only taskbar freeze issues, etc). Then, after Ubuntu started this own shell, I gave a chance in 12.04, which was fine, and a way improved in 14.04. I.e., while some people left Ubuntu due change to Unity, I started to use it for this reason.

Comment: Re:If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It! (Score 2) 209

by Parker Lewis (#49468947) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh
I have a degree in Computer Science, and I'm in software since 1998. If you do a proper refactoring, at the end of the day, you'll get a much better code, probably better performance, and now that you have more background in the subject, a smaller code. If you're using a code repository, so you'll never lose anything. And if you have a bug regression always coming back, you need a proper test/spec to cover that. So, refactor is really good when: you have a way improved background in the subject, code repository (i.e., history), and tests to cover the recurrent bugs and the main features.

Comment: Re:Never understood the PHP hate (Score 1) 182

by Parker Lewis (#49326939) Attached to: Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices
The core is broken. While you have namespaces and patterns to apply inr your code, PHP core functions still don't have namespaces, class, don't even have a pattern in their names/parameters (to not blame the real lack of classes for strings, by example). This only to start. If you want to get deeper:

Comment: Re:Oh dear. (Score 1) 193

I think you're wrong to suppose that an open source product will be bug free. What an open source software will provide is a high chance that bugs will be discovered soonner and in high number than the closed ones (as you'll have less people watching the code and most important, with less passion).

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie