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Month: June, 2004


On Donald Norman’s recommendation I’m trying the Harmony remote. Pretty nice. However, I’ve now seen the phrase “Rebooting your remote…” and that scares me a bit. Hint, if you get one of these the Harmony web site has some refurbished ones at a discount. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-06.html#19)


Bought a used copy of an insanely hard video game. Each screen amounts to a puzzle in the Rubik’s Cube sense, and once you figure it out you need mad arcade reflexes to implement the solution. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-06.html#16)


Eugenia was recently reminding me about the “dependency hell” problem when trying to install random Linux software found on the Internet. Joel’s latest article points out once again that the cause of dependency hell is dependencies. Mike Hearn points this out too (though I’m still not convinced a new package format helps). Here’s how you […]


Jono Bacon advances one theory on why people might switch to Linux. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-06.html#16.3)


Reminder to sign up for the first annual Desktop Developer’s Conference, July 19-20 before OLS. A fair number of developers will be there. We hope to have attendance from Mozilla, OpenOffice.org, GNOME, KDE, freedesktop.org, X.org, and every other desktop-related project you can think of. Distributions trying to address desktop user needs are definitely included. Bystanders […]


Colin posted about the printing hacking he and Matthias have been doing. These guys are badasses. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-06.html#13)


If you compare Linux to Windows, what are the similarities and differences? I mean this broadly, for example: User interface System architecture Pricing and business model Licensing Range of software components (“enterprise stack”) Branding and perception I’ll use “Windows” to mean the whole universe of our primary competition: Windows, Active Directory, Exchange, .NET, and Microsoft […]

Chris Lee

And I forgot Chris Lee who started in the QA group and is already breaking everything. 😉 (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-06.html#11)

New at Red Hat

I forgot to mention on Wednesday, Bryan Clark and Ray Strode have arrived in the office. Fortunately, they don’t seem to have run away yet. (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2004-06.html#11.2)


Someone wrote another TweakUI type thing instead of whining about gconf-editor. Let’s see how hard this was: [hp@localhost src]$ grep ‘;’ *.[hc] | wc -l 395 Shorter than your average flame mail. Kudos to the author of gTweakUI for doing the work. Also check out Configurator for GNOME. While googling for historical discussions of TweakUI […]