Ubuntu has me.

I’ve not really been using the computer for much other than work lately. I’m no less fond of Windows 7, but I’ve gotten quite comfortable working under Ubuntu 10.4. Every now and again I give myself fits of laughter by looking at the list of “games”. It’s like a flash back to the stuff you used to download from wuarchive when you were looking for stuff that would fit in the last couple hundred Kb of a floppy before you left work.

I haven’t really stretched Ubuntu’s legs; but usually Linuxes have managed to get me pining for Windows again by now. It could all just be down to the insanely fast boot speed of my SSD, and the resulting va-va-voom of everything else. Which is hardly fair on Windows 7 since it’s on the old disk.

So, tomorrow, I’m going to put Win 7 on the remaining 12Gb of space on my SSD just to see what that does for me :)

After that, I have to knuckle down and crank some seriously optimized new cell host code. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeell, I say that; the current implementation is a tragic case of code optimized for 2001 hardware that uses every 2010-hardware optimization defeating strategy in the book :( In-place ordered linked-list insertions and deletions being amongst the worst :(


Did I mention I got a Kindle a week or so ago?

I was pretty pleased with the Kindle when it first arrived. But there are just too many little irks…

IceCat with Flash

If you’re going to install some fancy graphical web browser, chances are the first plugin you’re going to install with be the Flash plugin so you can view porn videos at youtube.

Unless your fancy graphical web browser is IceCat:

GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons.

Lets be specific here: IceCat isn’t a home-brew Firefox lookalike. It is forked from the Firefox source code.

And the reason for diluting the Firefox marketshare? So that you won’t be offered plugins you can’t obtain source code for (their use of “free” relates to source-code availability, not cost).