Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Safari4 Beta experience

Safari4 Beta is out and I just installed it on an old Windows XP box. The interface has changed, the tabs are placed right at the top just like they are in Google Chrome. The browser is fast, and fun to use.

With that being said, I'm right back to using Firefox. I cannot use any browser that doesn't have the following functionality: when I press 'v' in Google Reader, I need the article to open in a new tab in the background. This lack of functionality leaves Google Chrome/Safari as unusable for me.

Now if only Mozilla would speed up firefox!

Monday, February 23, 2009

IE8 and webslices

Their is a new feature in IE8 called web slices that I found through this channel9 video.

I tried to get the delicious links on this blog to show up in a web slice. All you need is the following:

<div class="hslice" id="item123">
       <p class="entry-title">Recent Links</p>
       <div class="entry-content">

             Content goes here  …

I got the above code from here. Also their is an msdn page here.

Unfortunately, the javascript does some funky stuff that doesn’t get rendered in the web slice. So its just an empty web slice right now. I wonder if other browsers are going to support this in the future?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Using time machine to restore dot files

I needed to replace some dot files, however the finder in time machine doesn't show dot files (.emacs for instance).

The following enables viewing dotfiles (ran this in terminal):
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

Now you should be able to see your all dotfiles and folders in finder.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

KVM and Windows XP - Howtoforge

Installing Windows XP As A KVM Guest On Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

There's a bug in virt-install and virt-manager on Ubuntu 8.10 that does not let you run Windows XP as a guest under KVM. During the Windows installation, the guest needs to be rebooted, and then you get the following error, and Windows XP refuses to boot: "A disk read error occured. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". This guide shows how you can solve the problem and install Windows XP as a KVM guest on Ubuntu 8.10.

via techfuga.com

Saturday, February 14, 2009

cmdline stuff...

Show device drivers and their properties (Windows XP) | Command-line Fu:

driverquery /si /fo table

Tried this on my windows 7 beta netbook, works fine.

developerworks article on using screen

Speaking UNIX: Stayin' alive with Screen

The command line is a powerful tool, but it has a fatal weakness: If the shell perishes, so does your work. To keep your shell and your work alive—even across multiple sessions and dropped connections—use GNU Screen, a windowing system for your console.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Checkout 25 things about Linus Torvalds! :)

On NFS...

Perform uniform mounting with generic NFS
"The Network File System (NFS) is a well-used distributed file system that enables file operations to be performed on a server from remote clients. The server makes its directories or filesystems available to the rest of the world using an operation known as export. To access these directories, the client mounts the exported directories or filesystems to its local directory hierarchy. Inside the mounted directory, clients access the remote files as if they were stored locally on the machine. Currently, NFS sports three available versions for exporting and mounting of directories or filesystems: versions 2, 3, and 4.

In this article, we show you how to use a generic NFS mount to consolidate exporting and mounting of all existing NFS version into a single, seamless mechanism."

Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...