Archive for June, 2011

Thanx for SSD’s and 64 bit systems with lots of ram!

June 12, 2011

I was fortunate enough to have to upgrade my development machine. So I decided to throw in a SSD drive (a little 64gig thing) to put my operating system (Ubuntu – Natty) on and a few extra chips of ram (16 gigs to be exact).

Holy crap!!!

To start of with, I loaded Ubuntu in under 3 minutes from a cd! That includes answering questions like what drive do you want to install on, what is your location, what keyboard layout etc. In fact it was so fast that I decided to put my /home directory on a different disk to make loading different Linux systems easier, because at those speeds I am prepared to try some more systems.

I spend 12 to 16 hours a day working on my computer and you can not believe what a difference it makes to have a really decent system. Even my internet experience is far superior!

If you are a developer or/and just spend a lot of time on your system do yourself the favour and spend the extra bucks. And while you are at it throw in a bigger screen like a 20″ with senseye technology, its worth every cent.

I would never have imagined it would make such a big difference. It is really worth it!!

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Haunted by your IPv6’s address(es) yet?

June 10, 2011

I have been following some of the hype around the IPV6 day. I must admit that I am exited about it. The possibilities are endless. Just imagine a world where every device could have its own IP address. If the issuing of those IPV6 addresses is carefully controlled it would be like issuing a unique id to every device that could possibly connect to the internet (or each other).

Add a couple of verification servers, maybe in combination with a private key and you would not have to ever remember a password again. Your car, your house, the coffee machine at work even your wife could rely on the IPV6 addresses that you carry around with you in your phone, watch or pace maker to recognise you.

Throw in some gps/proximity technology and you could be notified of a friend that just walked around the corner. You would know when the boss was close by! (No more nasty little surprises). Your girlfriend would never ever have to worry about where you are and what you are up to any more. She would know where you are, whom you are with and what you are doing at the click of a button.

Such bliss, its just … priceless!!

Ubuntu Gnome 3 PPA – Evolution 3 Urg!!

June 2, 2011

I have been using ubuntu with gnome 3 from the unofficial PPA for more than a month now. I liked it from the word go but then again I had used unity long enough to not have a major culture shock. As with any work in progress I would expect glitches but so far there has been no real “train smashes” and usually after a couple of hours there would be a fix to download.

For a time there I was happy.

Then some where along the line evolution 3 got added to the PPA. Ok so they are working towards the future, fair enough.

I am no longer happy.

Evolution 3.0.2 in the PPA as it stands at the point of this writing is a complete @#$%. I have bitched about evolution before in previous Ubuntus but they got it right (eventually), good for them and thanx I had many months of trouble free evolution usage!!!

Evolution 3.0.2 however is an abortion. To give you an idea of what to expect here are just some of the issues I have with it:

– I have to open and close evolution to get new mail (the send/receive button seems to be for show)
– it fetches all (old = already read) mail from the server some of the time so you end up with tons of duplicate mails in your inbox
– and when I reply to some mails (usually from my gmail account) evolution just blinks out of existence.

So things really came to a head this morning when for the briefest of seconds I considered going back to MS and outlook, yes I am ashamed to admit that I even thought it, even if it was for the briefest of seconds!!!. At that time I reigned myself in and said : Hey stop bitching and log some bugs!!

Yeah right, after an hour of scratching and reading on google I decided to try to run evolution with a debug flag….splat she goes!!! (And before you ask no you cant run it with the ubuntu bug reporting thingy because it declares promptly that you are not running an official ubuntu.)

**As an aside do a search in launchpad for evolution bugs with the word “crash” in it…

Yes I KNOW its “experimental”!!! AND yes its my own fault and yes its my own problem, I DID IT KNOWING that stuff in the PPA could be broken.

I have not googled it but I am pretty sure there is a difference between experimental and just plain broken, at least if you look at those words in their true sense.

So be warned, my gnome3 experience has been great (thank you PPA guys), but if you are going to use evolution with it you might want to hang back a week or so before you try it.

UPDATE: 14 June 2011

No evolution fixes yet.

I have gone back to Unity, I got tired of battling with Evolution and I really missed tortoishg which does not work with the nautilus in gnome3.