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May 15, 2006

Firefox 2: A Tour of Bon Echo Alpha 2

by @ 3:22 am. Filed under Virus, Apllication/Software, Reviews/Previews

A great tour on Bon Echo Alpha 2, the early test release of Firefox 2, by well known Phoronix site. One of my best features seems to be the addition of an inline spell-checker for text boxes as well as better RSS capabilities. Though I startedsubscribing to RSS feeds just months ago, imagine that, I see this as great news for me. Some other features implemented are that found in Tab Mix Plus plug-in that I use, such as opennig linkks in new tabs rather than in new windows, session restoration, and support for Scalable Vector Graphics text. The final release for Firefox 2 is scheduled for an August 2006, which is not that far away. So, here is the review.

Released Friday afternoon was Mozilla Firefox Bon Echo Alpha 2 — the second development milestone in the road to Mozilla Firefox 2.0, which is expected for a release later this year. In this latest Firefox 2.0a2 release, which is targeted solely at developers and testers, are quite a few prominent changes. Rather than simply providing screenshots or the release notes for this feature-filled release, we have independently examined most of the changes, and today at Phoronix we have some details to share in regards to these newly implement features. Whatever browser you may be currently using, Mozilla Firefox v2.0 is suiting up to knock out Internet Explorer 7 and Opera. Before we begin, for those not familiar with Bon Echo, it serves as the pre-release code name for Mozilla Firefox v1.2.x, and its name is taken from the Bon Echo Provincial Park. This naming is similar to Deer Park for Mozilla Firefox v1.5.x.

Complete Tour with lots of pics.

May 3, 2006

Smart formatting for better compatibility between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office

by @ 12:51 pm. Filed under Virus, HowTo, Apllication/Software

I'm going to talk about the backbreaking labor of helping someone move and a seemingly unrelated topic, OpenOffice.org — Microsoft Office compatibility. The two word processors are actually surprisingly similar; this article will show how doing things through the program features, rather than manually, helps you create documents that convert better between office suites. Plus, formatting is a whole lot easier than moving your buddy's 54-inch TV up three flights of stairs.

Think about the last time you helped someone move.

The boxes were probably labeled something like Kitchen or Bathroom. That's normal, right? Makes sense. You picked up a box, figured out where the kitchen was, and put it somewhere in the kitchen.

The thing is, the word Kitchen by itself really isn't enough, out of context, to tell someone where to put a box. You need to use your brain and eyes to enter the house, and you need to use your knowledge of what a kitchen looks like in order to know where to put the box. This is, of course, not difficult to do. I'm just pointing out that there's some interpretation going on, and the interpretation works well. The word Kitchen is not an absolute description of exactly where to put the box.

The instructions don't say, "Go in the door 12.5 feet, turn right, go nine feet, put box on a level surface 32 inches above floor." The boxes don't usually say any thing as specific as, "Second drawer from the right." Each spatula isn't labeled something like, "Put this 1.5 inches from the left side of the second drawer from the right."

If the instructions did have explicit, detailed instructions for where to put each spatula, but the specified drawer was a little too small, then even if the instructions were good and you followed them accurately, you've still got spatulas spilling over onto the floor.

Basically, you just want to put the objects somewhere in the new house that makes sense, not adhere rigidly to rules that goof things up.

What this means for inter-Office-Suite compatibility

When you use very specific formatting like tabs to indent text and carriage returns to switch to the next line, it's like trying to control exactly where your spatulas are supposed to go in the new house. No two office suites are alike, and the more manual, highly controlled items you have in your document, the more likely the formatting will get messy when you go from one office suite to another. But if you use the formatting capabilities to indent and add spacing–well, that's more like just labeling a box Kitchen and putting the box somewhere that makes sense.

The formatting tips in this article will also give you more professional-looking documents that are easier to update when the content or formatting rules change.

Use formatting rather than carriage returns for spacing between paragraphs

Most people would agree that the first illustration looks bad, and the second one looks good.


April 11, 2006

Firefox Essentials: Fixing The Fox

by @ 12:28 am. Filed under Virus, Reviews, HowTo, Apllication/Software

One of the secrets to making any software work well is knowing what to do when it won't work at all. Firefox is no different: If you know how to isolate, identify, and cure the most common problems, you can get back to surfing without missing a beat.

But we'll get to that in a minute. The first step to avoiding trouble with Firefox is to keep it updated with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Thanks to a new auto-update feature in Firefox 1.5, keeping Firefox up to date is much quicker and easier than in earlier versions. You no longer have to reinstall the whole browser every time Mozilla releases a security patch or a minor bug-fix update.

Using the options you'll find under the Update tab in the Advanced section of the Firefox Options menu, you can configure Firefox to download and install approved Mozilla updates automatically, or (the default option) instruct the browser simply to tell you when updates are available. The auto-update feature will even check for updates to your Firefox extensions, themes, and search engine plugins.

Complete Article 

Graphical vi/vim Cheat Sheet and Tutorial

by @ 12:03 am. Filed under Virus, HowTo, Apllication/Software

This one is for the visual learners out there. I love vim, and have been using it for years, but I'm still learning new things about it all the time. For noobs to vim, the commands and so on can be a bit … overwhelming, shall we say.

Here's a neat way to learn vim: the "Graphical vi/vim Cheat Sheet and Tutorial". These are a fantastic way to learn vim, or refresh your knowledge. Once you see them, you'll understand what I mean. These are pretty darn neat!

April 10, 2006

Photoshop Plug-ins for Gimp: SUSE and Ubuntu binaries of pspi

by @ 9:24 pm. Filed under Virus, Apllication/Software

Linux advocates are familiar with the refrain that would-be switchers in the graphic arts have to rely on Adobe Photoshop under Windows because it can do things that the GIMP can't. An important but altogether different hurdle is the installed (and paid-for) base of often expensive third-party Photoshop plugins. But a solution to that problem might be easier than you think.

In the following blog you can find pspi binaries.