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Comment Re:We tried a big IE8 rollout last summer (Score 1) 476

Ugh. I always forget /. does not escape tags by default.

Well. Let's see:
If I type:
r<tab><enter>
it opens http://www.raspberrypi.org/

(or r<tab>^C to copy it to paste into a /. post)

If I type:
g foo

It googles for foo because I added g as my shortcut for google under Manage Search Engines.
If I type:
w foo

It opens foo in wikipedia for the same reason.

And the only time anything I typed was sent to google was when I explicitly requested it w/ "g foo"

Yay!

Comment Re:We tried a big IE8 rollout last summer (Score 1) 476

Well. Let's see:
If I type:
r
it opens http://www.raspberrypi.org/

(or r^C to copy it to paste into a /. post)

If I type:
g foo

It googles for foo because I added g as my shortcut for google under Manage Search Engines.
If I type:
w foo

It opens foo in wikipedia for the same reason.

And the only time anything I typed was sent to google was when I explicitly requested it w/ "g foo"

Yay!

Comment Re:What keeps Opera going? (Score 1) 211

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-on-compatibility-reporter/

This works on all my addons, and as a benefit, speeds up whitelisting for the general public.

Luckily stuff like Firebug and NoScript routinely release versions that work even in the nightlies - have for as long as I've used them.

I believe there's some work on trying to make compatibility checks more flexible, but I'm feeling too sick and sleepy to try finding relevant bugs, if any.

Comment Re:From XKCD to life?? (Score 1) 277

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pizFsY0yjss

Yes, watch it through, there are dramatic jets of flame and explosions.
The flame jets seem to have quite a bit of heat.

And of course, you can carry multiple laptop batteries. 1 per laptop + 1 spare. I've routinely carried two portables in the past, so that would presumably have entitled me to 4 of these.

But of course they still want to confiscate my smaller shampoo or lotion.

Not to mention the fact that if they are letting these through, presumably they could be packed with even stronger explosives.

If you point out that they do chemically test laptops for explosive residue, I'd like to note that's hardly foolproof if someone was thorough in cleaning and sealing it, that they hardly ever do it, and, that surely this could apply to my SO's $30 bottle of shampoo that they are about to throw out.

Comment Re:Russia and France are loving this! (Score 1) 298

From your Wikipedia link.
=============
In 2000, nuclear power contributed to 58.24% of the 78.85 TWh (total rate: 9 GWe) produced domestically.[7] ... and ...
In 2000, renewable energy was used for producing 0.71% of the 78,85 TWh of electricity produced domestically.
=============
There was a rather optimistic projection of full exploitation of offshore wind at 17TWh, assuming this was possible.

If the two plants are producing over half of that 79TWh, looks like wind has a ways to go to come close to replacing what they are shutting down.

Sooo, yeah. More natural gas from Russia, more nuclear from France, more local coal.

Comment Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (Score 1) 798

Well. Unfortunately, I tried to encourage them both to use Shotwell.
Neither one cared for it. They simply find the folder metaphor more intuitive, when it comes to rearranging, organising and naming their photos, not to mention finding them from external apps.

As for pinning apps, I told her how to do that. She has added a few but still does not care for it. And doesn't take many before the dock is irritatingly cluttered.

Anyway. Regardless of your fanboism, fact is, she doesn't like despite using it for months, and the only solution that I can see is downgrading her machine to what she *did* use and liked very much.

Comment Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (Score 1) 798

Er. Sorry. replace gnome-panel w/ gnome-shell. gnome-shell is the tablet lookalike, gnome-panel is the crippled gnome2 workalike.
I wrote before coffee.

And, yes, my SO who thought gnome-shell and unity looked new and shiny (and still does) is making an honest effort to use them, but is just finding them slow and frustrating to use. She finds gnome-shell pops up stuff that can't be dismissed that confuses her "I have to make a decision on how to open the iphone? Can't I just close this - oh no close button" or, after she's browsed to the DCIM dir, which she and my mom both prefer over photo managers, she found putting two shell windows side by side for drag and drop photo sorting to be much more complicated than in gnome2.

And getting to her favourite apps is not as handy. She was familiar with doing it just w/ 1 click to open the app menu, a bit of mouse wiggling and another to open the app. Now she has to scroll through large lists or type. She's not a fan of the workflow.

She's still a fan I think, but, yeah, might ask to go back to gnome2. For parent's idea that this is gnome1 vs gnome2. Eh. It really is a big shift from the desktop metaphor. Gnome 1 to gnome 2 was nothing like this.

Comment Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (Score 1) 798

Unfortunately I already switched her machine to 11.10 where that is no longer an option.
That's why I said install 11.04.

In 11.10 your choices for GTK-based WMs are basically:
* gnome-panel
        reasonably functional, if a bit inconvenient to switch between multiple apps and launch new ones
* unity
        basically gnome-panel but slower and clunkier and w/ less features
* gnome-shell
        a gnome-panel workalike of gnome2, only lacking all that applets and most of the old panel features
* XFCE4.8
        All the stuff you expect, like a hierarchical app menu, and all the panels you want in varying sizes, themes, but still a kind of clunky desktop, and apparently not able to do simple things like change the timezone (I tried. There's a timezone app w/ a not-very intuitive browsing of every possible location from zoneinfo, but after you select one, nothing seems to happen). Also not so good for tasks my family expects, like, oh, mounting an ISO to a browsable filesystem, which my mom actually *does*.

Comment Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (Score 1) 798

Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but my mother, my father in law and I all find unity and gnome-shell to get in the way more than help. My mother and father in law are staying on gnome2 for now. I've switched to XFCE4.

My SO is on gnome-shell right now, and finds it... usable. Misses her old themes though. She's been making noise about getting tired about it. Not sure what I'll do on her machine. Install Ubuntu 11.04 I guess.

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