Easy text collection, ScribeFire and Ebay. Er, there is a connection honest.

I’m composing this using ScribeFire a nifty little add-on for Firefox. I can blog pages of interest just by right clicking on them or just start a new blog post from scratch. Well that got me thinking about the best way to produce all the text I need for my Linux news, software sales, Ebay etc. and how it would be nice to blog about the latest software news at the same time so for the next few weeks i’m going to produce all my text from here,

scribefire in action

scribefire in action

 

 

 

 

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Browsing with QtWeb – light weight – customisable – portable

I’m always on the look out for light weight versions of commonly used software so I was delighted to find QtWeb browser based on Nokia‘s Qt framework it doesn’t need installing either which is always a bonus so would be a good addition to a “pendrive”. QtWeb browser uses Apple‘s WebKit rendering engine and I wonder if this might be why it has the ability to render a website in different ways, to reflect different operating systems, this feature should help to provide a familiar interface for all users. Very little memory is consumed relative to browser’s like Firefox making it ideal for more modest equipment and yet it still manages to include support for the most common plugins, Flash, Quicktime etc.

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Festive fun and New Year resolutions

I’ve written this article once this morning already but as I tried to add a link I managed to drag half the text from the end to the begining, when I tried to undo I lost all the text, argh !!!!! oh and the NOSCRIPT plugin for Firefox is annoying me sometimes because if you “allow” a page after you have started entering data on it you will lose the input as NOSCRIPT refreshes the page, still a very good plugin though.

I know some of you have been checking the blog regularly over this Festive season (Hi Graham) and wondering where the new articles were, well my excuses are; older son has been home for the holidays and i’ve been away from home quite a bit visiting family, something that made me realise I need a PDA or similar so I can still write and post new info. whilst out and about. Any suggestions on this are most welcome.

I’d just mentioned in the original draft for this post that I was up and about far too early this morning and I need to go for breakfast now, i’ll write more later on the new Fedora and Mint distributions i’ve been using, but to give yourselves something to do in the meantime why don’t you check out this video from Stephen Fry over at GNU.org or just download using this Torrent.

Everyone is jumping on the Open Source Software bandwagon

Everyone is jumping on the Open Source Software bandwagon, allegedly, particularly regarding Linux vs Windows (Capcom version anyone ?).
Now this is “a good thing”, however unfortunately a lot of what is being written is extremely confusing whether arguing for or against, so I thought i’d add my 5pence worth to the debate.

1) As usual the hottest discussions appear to be over the word FREE, now if you have visited my sites before you will know that when we talk of FREE we mean
FREE as in FREEDOM not FREE as in BEER“, Doh!
So I hope that’s cleared up in a line what others are using a whole blog for.

2) Next it would appear to be that Linux is a better Windows, well that’s just plain silly, Linux is different to Windows, i’ve been guilty in the past of telling people that Linux is just like Windows nowadays, but this is just not true. They are different in the same way Internet Explorer and Firefox are different and yet both of those are Web Browsers. Linux and Windows are different and yet both are Operating Systems. And in the same way Firefox is a better browser than Internet Explorer, Linux is a better Operating System than Windows 🙂

3) Legality.  – There is a website out there somewhere that purports to support Linux but is in fact somebody’s page of rants (If I say check the Proof page which leads to a 404 Not Found you may know which site I mean), luckily I cannot remember the Web address but one of the things he will tell you is that Linux stole Microsoft code. Well i’m not a programmer so cannot say for sure and would like some comments on this, but I certainly remember a case involving Microsoft using the TCPIP stack or similar from UNIX and incorporating it into the Windows implementation, hum.

4) If you use Linux you will have to work in a “dos box” – The dreaded command line (DOS/command prompt). Now, I know people who can type fast, I mean really fast and they don’t have one hand on the mouse while they are doing this, and they don’t because they know that using keyboard shortcuts for Bold,Italic new paragraph whatever, is much quicker, so i’m thinking, why click around everywhere perhaps batch processing some photo’s when you can type some commands in a console/terminal and usually achieve a whole lot more a whole lot quicker.

5) “There has not yet been a single widespread Linux malware threat of the type that Microsoft Windows software currently faces” according to Wikipedia, and if you search Google for Linux Virus the most recent discussion of a Linux virus is 2001. Don’t get me wrong, I know about “Bad Bunny” that affected Open Office.org for instance, but I believe that is more of a Java issue not a Linux one. Of course there may be some cracker out there right now desperately trying to produce something, but any vulnerabilities he finds will no doubt get patched so quickly, that it probably wouldn’t get chance to travel around the world infecting everybody in the same way as Sasser, SoBig etc. did.

So thats a start, feel free to comment if you would like to add any further info. to this

Free as in Freedom & Free Beer ?

Well as usual I found out about the party after it had happened, but maybe next year.

Fosdem: A Festival of Free

Thursday – March 13, 2008

The Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, attracts about 3,000 people every year, and last month marked its eighth edition. With all the hype surrounding free and open source tools the operating system Linux, the Web server software Apache, the Web browser Mozilla Firefox, it is easy to forget the men — and, occasionally, women — who develop them. [More…]

Free as in Freedom & Free Beer ?

Well as usual I found out about the party after it had happened, but maybe next year.

Fosdem: A Festival of Free

Thursday – March 13, 2008

The Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, attracts about 3,000 people every year, and last month marked its eighth edition. With all the hype surrounding free and open source tools the operating system Linux, the Web server software Apache, the Web browser Mozilla Firefox, it is easy to forget the men — and, occasionally, women — who develop them. [More…]