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My wishlist for Thunderbird

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The three features I’d most like to see in upcoming releases of Mozilla Thunderbird are:

  • make the Address Book open in a tab (the Addressbook Tab addon is ok, but there’s a separate, small button to open it in a tab, the default button still opens a new window)
  • integrate Lightning by default; who doesn’t use a calendar any more?
  • enable accessing MS Exchange servers that don’t provide IMAP (copy from DavMail, maybe?)
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Written by azimout

25/03/2012 at 11:51

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Eric Python/Ruby IDE

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For a while I’ve been using Geany for coding: it’s lightweight, cross-platform and has all the features I want. However, I thought maybe a full-blown IDE could offer me things I’m missing out on, so I thought I’d give Eric a shot (http://eric-ide.python-projects.org/index.html), but I gave it up after 20 minutes. The obvious drawbacks:

  • heavier, slower to start, less responsive (Geany is written in C with GTK2, Eric is written in Python with QT4)
  • found no important features I was missing; yes, there’s integrated PyLint, PyEnchant, a debugger and some other stuff, but no biggies
  • it doesn’t show you the symbols list if you just open a single .py file, you need to make it a project
  • no support for Mercurial, only Subversion (they used to have it, then they dropped it)
  • stylistically, I like GTK better than QT. And the Eric icon/logo is just horrendous!

I might have missed more drawbacks, or there might be useful features I missed, but for now I’m sticking with Geany (http://www.geany.org/Main/HomePage)

Written by azimout

31/03/2011 at 09:26

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Upgrading Fedora

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I had a Fedora13 virtual machine (KVM) just for fun and testing, and decided to upgrade to the newly released Fedora14. I discovered another reason why users prefer Ubuntu; here’s how it went:

  • First of all, unlike Ubuntu’s Update Manager, Fedora doesn’t notify you in any way that there’s a new release and you might want to upgrade.
  • Even if you do hear about it and decide to go ahead, there’s no trivial way to do it: you actually have to go and install PreUpgrade, which allows you (more-or-less) to do what they call a “live upgrade”, i.e. it does it’s stuff while you continue using the system, then you reboot and voila!, you are running the new version.
  • Instead, the recommended way of doing this apparently is by downloading the latest DVD and jumping through a lot of hoops!
  • Even with PreUpgrade things aren’t as easy as with Ubuntu: while it downloads everything in the background, the installation part is done after the reboot, which means you can’t use the system during this period..
  • Another thing missing: Ubuntu gives you rough estimates of the time remaining for the download and the installation processes.

Written by azimout

08/11/2010 at 23:18

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Blue blue blue

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Why are the icons of (pretty much) all internet-related apps different shades of blue? Are there no other colours?

Written by azimout

12/10/2010 at 19:42

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Chromium browser

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I like to switch back and forth between Firefox and Chromium every few weeks, just to stay on top of things and keep sharp. So today I’m switching (again) from Firefox 3.6.8 to Chromium 5.0.375.125 (seriously? you need a 4th minor number for your versioning?). Here’s what it’s like:

  • As always, I love Chromium’s speed. Maybe Firefox could learn a few tricks? That’s the open-source spirit!
  • I use a 4×4 speeddial in Firefox. Chromium’s is fixed 2×4, which is not enough for me. Luckily there’s an equivalent speed dial for Chromium
  • Opening .pdf files with Evince works fine now (it used to open a blank tab the last time I tried Chromium)
  • I add a few buttons to the bar: Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Shareaholic
  • Things like GreaseMonkey and DownloadStatusBar are built-in
  • I miss things like Context Search, gTranslate and ImageZoom (yes, there’s Context Search, but it hardly gets the job done, as you have to re-add your search engines)
  • Page Info in Chromium is a joke, compared to the rich experience provided by Firefox

A couple of useful sites:

Written by azimout

05/08/2010 at 13:26

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music-applet removed from Ubuntu 10.10

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The music-applet was removed from Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, as well as from Debian unstable. The reason is that it was superseded by panflute, which is still only in a PPA and hasn’t been built for Maverick yet. Maybe they rushed this removal a bit too much?

Written by azimout

30/07/2010 at 13:07

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iOS 4

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It seems like everyone is talking about this. I am considering the upgrade, but I won’t do this as blindly as I do my Ubuntu updates: this one actually has many drawbacks!

  1. No jailbreak yet. This means I’ll be left without: Five Icon Dock, GRiS, Lock Calendar, MxTube, Notifier, OpenSSH, SBSettings, VoIPover3G and Winterboard.
  2. It seems iOS4 is slower than 3.1.2. This is particularly visible in older, less powerful devices, like iTouch2G, but still.
  3. I will lose my doube-click-home-button-for-camera shortcut.

Written by azimout

23/06/2010 at 11:16

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