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Those Ruinous Plurilists 29 November, 2008

Posted by aronzak in Open Office, Open Source Adoption.
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Oh wow. Linux Loop gives a list of things that aren’t liked. At the bottom, and prosumably is thus worst, is:

I just can’t stand those people who think it is OK to have a little closed code on your system. You know, the people who are too spoiled to use gNewSense.

Yeah, you wouldn’t want to be one of “those people“. In fact, just a single of that code will make you guilty as sin. And of course, since you can’t construct a good argument against the proponents of reasonable compromise, they must be ‘spoilt’. Obviously.

How can you stand touching any evil .doc files and MP3’s? Why can’t they just bug people into using other software! If their boss doesn’t like it, they should just get a new job.

Wow man, I thought that we were talking about software, not good and evil. The last prt is good. Imagine the conversation:

– I’ll send you a file
– Ok, thanks

– Umm, I couldn’t open the file
– Quick, quit your job, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
– Umm…

Yes, I tried that once, to a guy that had sent me a .docx. Apparently, Hotmail, IE or both wouldn’t let him download the file, saying that an .odt is a security risk. It’s just not worth it. Use rtf if you can.

Some open formats work and some don’t. HTML is great, the internet wouldn’t really exist without it. But ODF just isn’t. There’s worse things. The sad thing is, some people just don’t get that there’s more to life than software choices. And borrowing from the ad hominem attack above, the software choices you care so much abut would actually make a difference if you had more than one friend.

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A look at Mozilla Fennec 19 October, 2008

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Mozilla Fennec is a mobile web browser, intended to be used on devices such as the iphone and the Nokia N810. So, Mozilla is entering this juicy market too. I downloaded alpha 1 and gave it a spin. There’s a few bugs, and the interface is terrible on a big screen, but is probably good where screen space is limited, and you have a touch interface. Here’s some screenshots of the alpha.

Fennec has a strange interface, in which you slide around the page in order to access the side panels. The top can also be slid to hide it. This didn’t look that great to me, because the sides slid in and out when I tried to go up and down a page. This probably isn’t such a problem with a touchscreen. Also, I expected the scroll wheel to scroll the page up and down, but it zoomed in and out. Would make good sense on a phone.

At the top of the screen, there’s a loading animation / page icon / security info button, then a bar that shows the page title rather than the url, then a reload and history button.

On the right, there’s a panel with a bookmark star, forward and back buttons, and a button to bring up the settings. There are few settings options, to keep it simple.

There’s also addons.

On the left, is a panel with all of your tabs.

Finally, downloading seems to work fine, and downloads appear in the middle settings tab.

Mozilla Fennec is looking good. The only problems that I had were a result of it being a first alpha, and using it on a PC (the interface is really made for touchscreens).