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the importance of integration

Posted by notKlaatu , 05 November 2008 - - - - - - · 149 views

I've been trying to ascertain whether or not the Average Joe actually even notices this kind of thing, but I am coming to the belief that in fact yes, they do....and of course I'm talking about integration among different applications on their system.  Whilst at work, I get to see a lot of third party Mac apps as well as official Mac apps, and I s...


GIMP 2.6

Posted by notKlaatu , 09 October 2008 - - - - - - · 163 views

I tried compiling GIMP 2.6 from source a few nights ago...that didn't happen.  But I installed Paldo Linux in a VM mainly just to try out v2.6 and -- wow!  As I have posted previously, there are/were some really important features that GIMP needs before it can really be a "drop-in replacement" for the bloated and over-expensive alternative...


network manager

Posted by notKlaatu , 07 October 2008 - - - - - - · 209 views

It is interesting how perception changes.I used to think, partially because everyone around me seemed to insist upon it, that Linux network managers needed work.  I never really had a problem with them and really didn't get to test them in robust environments until recently.  So, my impression of Linux network managers really is solely based upon rele...


Jack Connection Kit and Ardour Settings

Posted by notKlaatu , 20 September 2008 - - - - - - · 202 views

No, I have no idea what I am doing when setting up a sound editing environment on Linux.  Throw anything about video at me, and I'm good; I understand the concerns and variables involved.  And editing Audio I'm good with...but I don't know anything about real-time kernels or real-time access, or xruns, or whatever.  Eventually I will learn...b...


su + environment

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 September 2008 - - - - - - · 201 views

Everyone knows that$ su fubar<password>s witches u ser over to, in this case, a user named fubar.However, this doesn't bring along with it fubar's user environment; so, for instance, if you have su'd over to fubar and an app you are using needs to write a file into /home/fubar/.kde file, then that app will not be able to do it bec...


Spotlight Search

Posted by notKlaatu , 03 September 2008 - - - - - - · 176 views

I never liked Spotlight, the Mac search tool.  I use it basically just to launch Applications when Quicksilver is not available.I always suspected it was not being accurate...or at least not relevant.  And I've tweaked it and set up Do-Not-Search folders and so on and so on..but in terms of the concept of a Sematic Desktop, Spotlight just doesn't...


Rage Against the DRM

Posted by notKlaatu , 03 September 2008 - - - - - - · 157 views

I'm kind of weird about artistic integrity or whatever.  I like it, even though I'm not necessarily convinced it exists all that much.  But when someone suggested to me that If I Like Punk Music and I'm An Anarchist then I'd Love Rage Against The Machine,  I figured, Ok, I'll try it.The real question is, does RATM pass the iTunes Store...



Posted by notKlaatu , 18 August 2008 - - - - - - · 176 views

I spent the last two days of last week trying to get a box set up as an email server.  The problem with this server (non-Linux OS) was that apparently the GUI tools provided aren't really designed to...well, work.  While you can set up Users and Groups through the GUI tools, apparently important functions, like creating a home directory for a user, is...



Posted by notKlaatu , 17 August 2008 - - - - - - · 171 views

I'm in charge of a server sitting off in some building somewhere, and one of the primary means of accessing it for me, unlike most people administering a server, is NOT an ssh session but a VNC screenshare session.  Why?  Because all the tools built in to the server require proprietary GUI tools.  The good news is that the GUI tools are pretty and mak...


howto read man pages

Posted by notKlaatu , 15 August 2008 - - - - - - · 219 views

Lots of variables affect a man page; how is the program structured? how will the man page be structured? how detailed will the man page be?  Not always easy to read, and not always terribly helpful, a man page is nevertheless your first stop when you're trying to figure out an app.So, let's examine the typical structural elements of a man page so...

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