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Xfce 4.8 Released

Erik Fish VFS eh? (193 comments)

All I ask is that ThunarVFS not suck.

One of the main reasons I don't use GNOME anymore is because GnomeVFS was such a godawful piece of shit for years and years, with nobody seeming particularly concerned about it.

I would be all "Hey, I'll use the GUI to copy these files from one drive to another" and GnomeVFS would be all "Sure thing! I'll have that done sometime after the heat death of the universe!"

Don't even get me started on the SMB performance.

more than 3 years ago
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Opera Acquires Fastmail.fm

Erik Fish Re:Opera is a good company.. done webmail before (78 comments)

Operamail is is just rebranded Outblaze (which was bought by IBM recently).

I don't think Opera has much to do with the inner workings of it, although the interface did just get a revamp and all references to paid subscriptions were removed.

Maybe next they'll up the quota?

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

Erik Fish Dwarf Fortress (460 comments)

The deepest Roguelike ever. If you aren't sure why you might want to play it, start here.

Get the Linux 40d16 version from this page

If you prefer graphical tiles to (nearly) pure ASCII (I certainly do) get the Mike Mayday tileset from this page and use the instructions to get it working.

Then watch the 40 tutorial videos to ease the neigh vertical learning curve. You will of course supplement the videos with lots of careful reading of the wiki.

This game is a time vampire, but lots of fun if you have a little patience and an attention span.

more than 4 years ago
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Kingston Unveils $1000 USB Flash Drive

Erik Fish Wrong Direction (119 comments)

What they need to be working on is a $2 flash drive.

NAND prices are way up this year, but if USB flash drives are going to be true floppy replacements the manufacturers need to find some way to make the small (less than a gig) sizes cheap and keep them that way.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Censored To Protect Captive Reporter

Erik Fish Re:I have no problem with this (414 comments)

Obama was listed on Wikipedia as "sworn in" two minutes after he took the oath of office.

In an event that was broadcast live by every possible medium and media outlet...

more than 5 years ago
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The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus

Erik Fish It's worse than that (226 comments)

Not clicking on banner ads isn't enough. For years I've been fine with letting any non-Flash banner ad through, but I a few months ago I finally installed Adblock after finding one too many PDF exploits being loaded through banner ad display code.

It works like this: You are minding your own business browsing some perfectly legitimate web site when suddenly you get a dialog box asking if you would like to execute the JavaScript in "this PDF document". There's no PDF in sight, no other windows, nothing else suspicious.

Oh, but you only get this dialog if you have JavaScript disabled in Acrobat (most people don't).

more than 5 years ago
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Internet Archive Gets 4.5PB Data Center Upgrade

Erik Fish In Other News (235 comments)

Incidentally: FileFront is closing in five days, taking with it any files that aren't hosted elsewhere.

I am told that many of the Half-Life mods hosted there are not available anywhere else, so get while the getting is good...

more than 5 years ago
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Adobe Fixes Recent PDF Flaw, But Not Before Auto Exploit

Erik Fish The Final Straw (87 comments)

This is what made me install AdBlock. I was good with just FlashBlock for years but with all the PDF exploits showing up in banner ads the past few months, last week I decided I'd had enough.

"Just" using a non-Adobe PDF reader is good until you grow up and realize that something not being displayed in a PDF could very easily mean serious consequences. Ever fill out an employment app in a PDF? Yeah.

more than 5 years ago
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The Last Will and Testament of Circuit City

Erik Fish Re:Really? (600 comments)

Or perhaps they'll have 2 of them with three different prices marked - one on each of the items and one on the shelf (and perhaps a fourth when you ring it up)

In my state everything on the shelves of a retail establishment must have a price on each unit and that price must be honored.

Maybe that's why there's no Fry's here...

more than 5 years ago
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Server Optimization For Newbies?

Erik Fish Re:One question (295 comments)

fourteen years ago

Good thing nothing has changed in the IT employment market since 1994.

more than 5 years ago

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Xfire Purchased

Erik Fish Erik Fish writes  |  about 4 years ago

Erik Fish writes "A system notification was sent out this evening through the Xfire gaming IM client as follows:

"Xfire was bought by new owners today. Most of the team that has built Xfire over the last six years is leaving. We enjoyed working for you for the last 127 releases and wish we could stay to create the next 127. Good bye, good luck, and game on. — The Xfire Team"

The web site was immediately closed. Xfire was previously purchased in 2006 by Viacom for $102 million in cash."
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Xfire Purchased, Team Leaving

Erik Fish Erik Fish writes  |  about 4 years ago

phorce phed writes "A system notification was sent out this evening through the Xfire IM client as follows:

"Xfire was bought by new owners today. Most of the team that has built Xfire over the last six years is leaving. We enjoyed working for you for the last 127 releases and wish we could stay to create the next 127. Good bye, good luck, and game on. — The Xfire Team"

The web site was immediately closed."

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Erik Fish Erik Fish writes  |  more than 11 years ago I'm not the journal-posting type, but I'm too unimaginative come up with a better place to promote this as a rant I can fully endorse.

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