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Crappy Linux Twitter Clients

I’ve about had it with the range of Twitter clients on offer in Linux. Twitux seems capable of producing nothing but “Timeline Parse Error” messages these days, so I went looking for something else. Found two possibilities: gTwitter and Gwibber. Judging by the screenshots, Gwibber is a screen real-estate hog, so I don’t think I’ll bother with that. So that leaves gTwitter. More disappointment in store, it seems…

Quick and dirty jQuery centred tabs

It appears that there isn’t a way to centre the tabs for jQuery.UI, unless you’re prepared to resort to quick and dirty hacks like this one I just cobbled together…

I’m with Linus: KDE 4 sucks!

A week ago I posted an entry saying that I might use Linux, but I wouldn’t recommend it. A comment to that post by one “JD” said that this was because I have “made bad Linux choices”. Well, having decided to bite the bullet and give Ubuntu with GNOME a try, I’m inclined to agree…

I might use Linux, but I wouldn’t recommend it

I’ve been using Linux as my one and only operating system at home for about 14 months now (12 months with Mandriva and the last two with openSUSE). During that time I’ve successfully managed to kick my dependency on proprietary software. Switching to OpenOffice.org was a major help because the need for MS Office was keeping me on Windows, and since Apple are too full of themselves to release a mid-range system without a monitor or an operating system that doesn’t treat me like a moron, Linux was the obvious choice. But I’d be lying if I said I was in computing heaven…

Another year another operating system (openSUSE defeats Mandriva)

About this time last year I decided that Linux simply wasn’t good enough and returned to Windows XP. A week later I discovered that Mandriva was actually up to scratch, and so I ditched Windows and moved completely across to Linux. Since then…

Mandriva 2008: The perfect distro for KDE + Compiz

My attempts at switching to Linux since Christmas have been finicky and largely unsuccessful… until today when I installed the x86_64 free DVD version of Mandriva 2008. The things this distro configures perfectly and without effort, all out of the box, are endless. If you prefer KDE and want a bit of eye-candy with Compiz, look no further than Mandriva…

Distro hopping all the way back to Windows XP

This past week I have evaluated five Linux distributions to see if any of them would make suitable replacements for Windows XP so that I could avoid Vista. Sadly, Linux proved to be far more finicky and troublesome than I expected. Take it from me, if Windows XP is behaving itself, then don’t try to fix what ain’t broken; stick with what works…