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Comment Re:KDE Wallet - Fail (Score 1) 159

Dolphin has its regressions. My current favorite is that when you open the built-in terminal-emulator on some recent distros it doesn't load your ~/.bashrc unless you do a "source ~/.bashrc"; that bug has existed in Ubuntu since 11.10 and KDE since 4.7 and hasn't been fixed yet, AFAIK.

And in konqueror the terminal has not followed the directory of the GUI file manager since version 3.5. Dolphin has a great file filter feature, but it doesn't seem to exist for konqueror. And you can't split dolphin windows up in to more than 2 horizontal panes, unlike konqueror, which you can subdivide in to as many vertical and horizontal panes as you need. And good luck adding a "Edit File Type" button to your dolphin toolbar (though you can do it with konqueror). If KDE could somehow combine the best elements of dolphin and konqueror they would have a better file manager than any other EXCEPT for konqueror in 3.5. Not only did konqueror used to show meta-data if you highlighted a file (even on a removeable drive that isn't indexed by neposuck), a feature that it seems they are just getting around to adding back in, but you could actually edit mp3 tags from the file manager by choosing Properties from the context menu.

KDE3 really was the greatest DE ever. I just wish there was an easy way to just add KDE3 konqueror with all its kioslaves from Trinity KDE without pulling in all the other buggy crap from that little project.

Comment Re:Have they fixed the missing 3.5 features then? (Score 1) 175

Given Konsole back the new-tab button? (I dont care if this is a config item, I havent found it yet, and why remove it?)

Konsole -> Manage Profiles -> Edit Profile -> Tabs -> Show New Tab and Close Tab buttons in tab bar.

Not hard to find. But I agree it should be the default. What galled me was that KDE went through a rigamarole to migrate KDE3 settings to a new KDE4 profile and none of the ones I cared about seemed to actually migrate from my old .kde folder, including that one.

Comment Re:please help me use Nepomuk (and Strigi) (Score 1) 175

Nepomuk is enabled by default, Strigi may be as well. Both are optional and can be disabled separately, with no real loss, you just can't use the features they provide if they're turned off. Which is good, because Strigi, in my experience, will drag your system to a crawl if you try to index an expansive filesystem. Nepomuk doesn't seem to incur any noticeable overhead, so while you can disable it it's not as beneficial to do so.

On my current system, at least (Debian testing, KDE 4.6.3) disabling nepomuk disables strigi automatically. I find if I'm using a fast system, say an Intel C2D or an Athlon X2, I can leave them both running without incurring too much of a performance penalty, but they overwhelm a single-core system, even the low-powered dual-core AMD E-350 Fusion system in my living room. Besides which, nepomuk literally filled half of my 10GB home partition on this system (it has a 40GB SSD).

The entire nepomuk model doesn't work for me because it relies on indexing files on each computer. But I have several different computers all over my sprawling Victorian house, netbook, laptops, living room/TV, bedroom TV, office, attic, etc., all accessing data that primarily resides on my low-powered attic Debian Lenny home server. So each machine would have to generate a huge database and comments/tags generated on one system would not be accessible on others. The only way the KDE desktop search stuff would work for me is if I could run nepomuk, etc. on my server and access it from my various clients. It might lug the Atom CPU on the server, but it runs 24/7 and doesn't have much to do anyway, except serve files, web pages, proxy duties, etc.

Comment Re:"Better" Dolphin? (Score 1) 175

At least when you open terminal emulator at the bottom of dolphin it stays synced with the directory you switch to with the GUI. In konqueror is stays in the folder you were in when you first opened it, you have to manually 'cd' or re-open the terminal emulator to get it to be in your current directory. I'd use dolphin almost exclusively, but there is no way to split the right file viewing area in to more than two vertical panes, konqueror allows you to create as many horizontal and vertical panes as you need. The result is that I have to use dolphin for any work that requires much use of the terminal and konqueror for heavy file management.

And for me only recently did either dolphin or konqueror begin to read meta-data for SOME files (e.g. some mp3 tags, image file dimensions, camera info, etc.)

Konqueror 3.5x is still far and away the best file manager ever, the terminal emulator worked properly, meta-data worked perfectly, you could even edit music tags from the file manager. In the meantime KDE4 has a new tags/comments functionality that I wonder if ANYONE ever uses, but I wouldn't know if it would come in handy because the first thing I do in a new install is disable the Nepomuck Semantic desktop search shit which completely lugs my machines and NEVER finishes indexing my admittedly largish file system, even when the database begins to fill entire partitions.

Comment Nooooo, that means Lenny only has a year to live! (Score 1) 1

It was only 720 days old, the good die young.

For us KDE3 fans that means coming to terms with the Plasma Desktop, switching to another DE or window manager or installing KDE 3.5.12 from outside repositories. Much as it will be nice to see some "new" programs like iceweasel (Firefox) 3.5.16 replace 3.0.6 they will have to pry my Lenny CDs from my stiff, dead fingers.

Submission + - Debian 6.0 Released In Linux, FreeBSD Flavors ( 1

itwbennett writes: After two years of work, the Debian Project has announced the release of Debian 6.0. 'There are many goodies in Debian 6.0 GNU/Linux, not the least of which is the new completely free-as-in-freedom Linux kernel, which no longer contains firmware modules that Debian developers found troublesome,' says blogger Brian Proffitt. And in addition to Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced as a technology preview. 'Debian GNU/kFreeBSD will port both a 32- and 64-bit PC version of the FreeBSD kernel into the Debian userspace, making them the first Debian release without a Linux kernel,' says Proffitt. 'The Debian Project is serious about the technology preview label, though: these FreeBSD-based versions will have limited advanced desktop features.' Installation images may be downloaded right now via bittorrent, jigdo, or HTTP.

Comment Re:I'm afraid to look (Score 1) 202

I'm not afraid to look, but add me to the always-disappointed club. Yes, KDE is improving every release, but it is still very inferior to KDE 3.5x, at least for me.

For instance, even with Akonadi-Nepomuk-virtuoso-Strigi rat poison enabled KDE4's handling of basic meta-data in dolphin/konqueror is still crummy, especially if a file is not in your home directory (which is the only indexed folder by default). Remember how you could highlight a file in KDE 3 konqueror and get picture's dimensions or mp3's id3 tags? Instead in KDE 4 you get to add a personal tag to a file in the dolphin preview pane (does anyone use this?) I know some KDE developers are not happy about this state of affairs, but the rate of improvement is glacial.

I just hope that by the time Debian Lenny is no longer supported as "old stable" in a year KDE4 will be close to feature-parity with its predecessor 3 years ago.

Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life 207

Have you ever been so drunk that you passed out and your dog ate your toe? I haven't either, but luckily for Michigander Jerry Douthett, he has. It turns out Jerry has type 2 diabetes and a wound on his toe had becoming dangerously infected. After a night of drinking Jerry passed out in his chair and the family dog Kiko decided to do a little doggy doctoring. From the article: "'The toe was gone,' said Douthett. 'He ate it. I mean, he must have eaten it, because we couldn't find it anywhere else in the house. I look down, there's blood all over, and my toe is gone.' [Douthett's wife] Rosee, 40, rushed her husband to the hospital where she's a gerontology nurse — Spectrum Health's Blodgett Campus. Kiko had gnawed to a point below the nail-line. When tests revealed an infection to the bone, doctors amputated what was left of the toe."

Google Street View Shoots the Same Woman 43 Times 106

Geoffrey.landis writes "Terry Southgate discovered that his wife Wendy appears on the Google Street View of his neighborhood not once or twice but a whopping 43 times. From the article: 'It seems as if the Street View car simply followed the same route as Wendy and Trixie. However, Wendy was a little suspicious that the car was doing something on the "tricksie" side. Several of the Street View shots show Wendy looking with some concern towards the car that was, well, to put it politely, crawling along the curb. "I didn't know what it was doing. It was just driving round very, very slowly," Wendy told the Sun.' The next best thing to being a movie star — a Street View star!"

Man Swallows USB Flash Drive Evidence 199

SlideRuleGuy writes "In a bold and bizarre attempt to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid, a New York City man grabbed a flash drive and swallowed the data storage device while in the custody of Secret Service agents. Records show Florin Necula ingested the Kingston flash drive shortly after his January 21 arrest outside a bank in Queens. A Kingston executive said it was unclear if stomach acid could damage one of their drives. 'As you might imagine, we have no actual experience with someone swallowing a USB.' I imagine that would be rather painful. But did he follow his mother's advice and chew thoroughly, first? Apparently not, as the drive was surgically recovered."

64-Bit Flash Player For Linux Finally In Alpha 172

Luchio writes "Finally, a little bit of respect from Adobe with this alpha release of the Adobe Flash Player 10 that was made available for all Linux 64-bit enthusiasts! As noted, 'this is a prerelease version,' so handle with care. Just remove any existing Flash player and extract the new .so file in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins (or /usr/lib/opera/plugins)."

Comment Re:The next line states... (Score 1) 360

Actually, "the serotonin-deficit theory of depression is built on a foundation of tissue paper" This is one reason why SSRI drugs are basically no more effective than placebos for most depressed people.

Actually, the placebo effect has increased markedly in the U.S. over the last decade, so much so, that if the clinical trials for current anti-depressants had taken place today most of them would not have crossed the "threshold of futility" and been approved for market by the FDA. And quite possibly the reason the placebo effect has increased is because people are being subjected to so much Big Pharma advertisement over the last decade or so since the FDA permitted the industry to market its wares directly to the public. Kinda funny, actually, in an effort to increase sales (and incidentally, hypochondria and anxiety in society at large) the drug companies may have made it much harder for themselves to release new compounds as their patents slowly expire. My heart pumps piss...

Comment Re:Why reduce the DPI instead of using larger font (Score 1) 549

Ever tried compiz' Enhanced Zoom Desktop plugin? You can zoom in and out on your desktop with your mouse wheel and the Win key, and maneuver around and type in the zoomed desktop. Very handy for using my 32" CRT TV attached to my stereo rack computer by S-video from the couch 5 meters away. Or at least it was until changes to xorg made it impossible for me to install the crummy fglrx proprietary ATI driver on my onboard video adapter (which doesn't have 3D radeonhd support). Now I have to sit close or use VNC from my laptop. Hmmm, KDE4 seems to have a magnifier plugin for Desktop Effects that is similar.

I suspect Windows 7 and OSX must have something similar?

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