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Tried out the latest garnome (which is fairly close to Gnome 2.4 I think). After fixing the wrong URLs and installing all the extra base dependencies, got it running.

A little better than the last time I tried. Screws up the desktop icons, the fonts and menus.

You still can't cycle through workspaces in metacity which makes it unusable for me. And gnome-terminal is still horribly flickery compared to konsole.

Oh well.

Is there an RSS aggregator[1] for Linux[2] that will compile on RH8[3] and doesn't require Java[4], and is a GUI[5] ?

[1] not firebird's RSS reader extension
[2] not sharpreader et al
[3] not straw or krss
[4] not newsmonster
[5] not rawdog et al

Apparently not. Anybody know if anyone's been playing with a trust metric style RSS aggregator ?

cmiller: it's "supposed" to be fewer. Of course, since there's no chance of confusion either way, the only people who care are pedants with too much time on their hands, and poets.

> Currently, by bigest language irritation is ...

Very amusing ...

Just discovered that Apache's mod_alias is no better at enabling a website to be relocatable (no dependency on absolute paths) than PHP's require() was. The target URL has to be an absolute file path and it's rather difficult to redirect the top-level URL.

So I ended up (again) with a bunch of hacks. Sigh.

bjf: do a simple thought experiment. Pick 5 perpetual intermediate users at random, and see if they know what effect those options have. I certainly don't know, and I even have some reasonable idea of what SSL is. Now imagine the other 100 or so options, and 5 or so dialogs they plan to add, plus all the others that will get added.

The Mozilla people have tried to please all the users before: it was called Seamonkey, and it was a total UI disaster. Firebird appears to be heading in the same direction.

If you can't understand the benefits of a "small core, lots of powerful extensions" approach, I can only assume that you've never used Seamonkey, or you've no experience of the vast majority of browser users out there. Sys admins needing to configure a deployment of browsers, web developers, "more configured than thou" geeks, and such, are quite capable of installing extensions, using about:config etc. There's absolutely no reason to imperil the default browser for normal users for these minorities.

20 Aug 2003 (updated 20 Aug 2003 at 00:41 UTC) »

So, I built a recent Firebird CVS build. Until this point, I've been very impressed with the focus on a simple shipped UI for the end user.

And then I find a new advanced panel in the prefs. Full of meaningless crap about SSL versions and the like.

A little prodding on IRC:

<mconnor> movement: the SSL prefs are the tip of the iceberg
<mconnor> all of the security prefs from seamonkey
<mconnor> will be in Firebird for 0.8
<mconnor> bury them in a dialog accessed from somewhere, and those who want to feel like "super secure hack proof l33td00ds" can tweak

It was nice while it lasted.

MichaelCrawford: what, crash the text into the image ? :)

So I finally got FireBird CVS to build. It's been broken for days.

Unfortunately it appears that you need two trees in order to build ThunderBird as well. Not great given how large the source is, and that the automated builds don't work on RH8 (and don't include xft of course)

MichaelCrawford: while you are probably correct that too much focus is placed on specific skills by recruiters, you should not disregard the other side of the coin.

Having specific experience can mean a lot. Entrenched experience of particular libraries and technologies is not simply a matter of "learning the APIs". There is a whole body of knowledge on top of that; things like:

o bugs and idiosyncracies, their root cause, and how to work around them

o specific terminology and conventions

o preferred techniques for solving problems within specific frameworks

All of these things are only picked up by heavy work with the particular technologies, and *they count*. If you have a fixed-term contract, who are you going to pick ? The guy who is easily capable of learning all these things, but will take weeks and weeks learning the stuff, or the guy who is sickeningly familiar with the crap of the particular technology, and has a large body of ready solutions in his head?

It is absolutely not as simple as "go with the guy with the better general skills" ...

funrecords : Uhm, there are several tabbed WMs such as PWM.

Isn't google wonderful ?

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