Can you believe that people come to this site by searching for something specific? No, neither can I. But they do. And lots of the time they are searching for something realistic. Other times they search for … something that I don’t have.
Anyway, enough of that, let’s have a look at my search list to find out how people come to find my site. List is after the jump (which comes after number 17) and will be in reverse order to prolong the agony.
19. slackware vs. – fairy nuff. distro v distro is common on the internet
18. cartoon lesbians – this answers the question at number 20 I guess
17. give a shitometer – there is a picture on this site called that. I wonder what my ranking is to get someone to come here for it though? Read the rest of this entry
This is only really of interest to Linux users and especially to KDE users. Gnome and non-Linux users can switch off now. Rekonq is a webkit based browser that users of Google Chrome will find somewhat familiar.
This is of special interest to me as it seems that the next version of Kubuntu (codename Maverick Meerkat), the distro I use, will have Rekonq as the default browser. Rekonq will entirely replace Konqueror as the inbuilt browser (Firefox is currently not pre-installed, you have to run an installer to get it) and as Dolphin is the default file browser this must mean that Konqueror will not be installed at all in Kubuntu 10.10 – though I would guess that die-hard fans can still install it via
aptitude. Rekonq is also planned to be HTML5 ready, which means that you will be able to play any videos in that format out of the box.
I have a Twitter address. But I really disliked having to either open a new tab to view comments and replies or having to keep returning to the site to see what’s going on. And I won’t be going into the various merits or demerits of Twitter as a site or function. There are plenty of sites that are happy to do that for me. So, being the kind of guy I am, I went hunting for a Twitter client so I didn’t have to use the browser.
There are a number of clients out there, so there’s no shortage whatsoever. Unfortunately, most are written for Mac or for Windows and I run Linux. So using my brain I went hunting on the web for a client that I could run. I was running Spaz, but it became unhappy when I upgraded my distro and started running KDE4 – it just sits in the system tray and won’t actually do anything useful. More on that later.
So, after the jump, I’ll run down the ones I tested and the one I’m on now. Incidentally, some of my results are skewed by the fact that I believe KDE to be messing me around – some apps run once and then never again. I am well aware that this is not the fault of the app itself, so I will not refer to the running (or otherwise) nature of the app. Also, big thanks to the nice people at Adobe. Many of the apps tested run on Adobe AIR (get it here). If you remember Klik, Adobe Air is kinda like that but easier to use. The BBC iPlayer Desktop app runs through AIR which allows it to be cross-platform. Jump coming up now…
Netbooks are pretty much this year’s thing. I have seen a few people using them on the train and they look very useful and handy. Particularly if you want to knock up a spreadsheet or document while you’re on the train. They run a customised version of Windows XP, Windows Vista or a Linux distro which are designed to give you easy access to your applications without having to go through multi-layered start menus. In all, they are useful and usable.
So do I want one? Well, yes. Mainly because I don’t have one. In the UK, they are available for around £250 (~ $370 or 280 euros (according to XE)) and are about 1KG in weight. They are very very portable and are really useful for office apps or web browsing/email. They fit in a category between a laptop and a PDA.
In the UK, they are available from HP, IBM and from Acer. They are all lightweight, stylish, handy and useful for the quick jobs you need to do whether on the way to/from work (if you use the train or plane) or before a meeting. They are also very handy for people who can’t carry a full sized notebook. They are designed for use outside the office. And I want one.
So, if any company that makes these things would like to send me on to use and review, feel absolutely free. I will happily accept it and review it and put it up on this site. Linux distro for preference please.