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LXDE Previews Port From Gtk+ 2 to Qt

hockpatooie Been wanting this (136 comments)

To me, this is a good thing if it joins with and speeds up Razor-QT development. Many times I wished for a lightweight QT-based desktop (but realistically, I'm so content with XFCE+openbox I'll probably never switch)

about a year and a half ago

What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

hockpatooie Trumpet Winsock (704 comments)

Trumpet Winsock for Windows 3.1.

A small, nearly forgotten utility, but the one that opened the door of the internet for many.

In the same category, I might also mention Slirp, which I and many others used to suck full web access through our university shell accounts. Ah, the memories.

about 2 years ago

Fedora 17 Released

hockpatooie Re:Why use openbox with xfce anyway? (141 comments)

That's a fair question. I use Openbox with XFCE because you can customize keybindings for any kind of window manipulation you like - shoving windows to the left and right border, resizing, vertical maximizing, flipping between workspaces...

It's a nice middle-of-the-road solution for people who are sick and tired of fiddling with windows with the mouse but aren't ready to go whole hog with a tiling WM or setting up a desktop with panels, etc. from scratch.

more than 2 years ago

Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

hockpatooie Re:Pinky curl while moving hand from mouse (185 comments)

The opposite-hand-of-the-mouse reason makes sense. But since I'm going to type with two hands anyway to search for something, it still seems faster to hit slash than a Ctrl+F stretch.

Anyway, as someone said, it's all about muscle memory we've developed. When I bang the slash key and nothing happens, that's immediate negative feedback when I'm using Chrome.

about 3 years ago

Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying

hockpatooie Only one feature I care about (185 comments)

Do any of them let you map forward-slash to searching within the page?

about 3 years ago

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

hockpatooie Re:Avoided for this reason (851 comments)

I don't have a smartphone yet, but I know the same thing will happen to me. In fact, that's the universal testimony: "I thought I didn't need it and now I can't live without it."

Have you ever thought about why? It's because this is the closest we've come to having our brains plugged directly into the intertubes 24/7. Information is a powerful drug. Getting used to having a smartphone changes YOU, even if only a little. Maybe it's ultimately for the good, but people should carefully weigh this before jumping on. I say if it helps you interact with the real world better and be more efficient in it, good. If it just makes you an even-more-distracted, angry-birds-playing information junkie, then not good.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

hockpatooie Re:Openbox and xfce4-panel (357 comments)

I've used xfce since forever, sometimes trying more 'leet' window managers but I could never get proficient enough to do everything I wanted with them. Recently I replaced xfce's built-in window manager with openbox and I couldn't be happier. It's easy to define all the shortcut keys you want for flipping windows around, and I keep the advantage of xfce's panel, session management, etc. It was a big productivity boost for a minimal investment.

more than 3 years ago

Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

hockpatooie Re:Let me be the first to say (627 comments)

Yes, human creativity is still providing us with clever new ways to describe the act of defecation. As for me, I always take my Kindle to the bathroom.

more than 3 years ago

Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

hockpatooie Re:iPhone and iPad (332 comments)

Amen. The productivity-killing chiclet keyboard disease is spreading from Apple and infecting laptops and even desktop keyboards everywhere. Does nobody realize there was a *reason* key caps have been concave for the past, oh, 100 years? As you said, if they don't do any real work, they don't notice.

about 4 years ago

Apple, Startup Go To Trial Over 'Pod' Trademark

hockpatooie It's nineteen-dickety-two all over again! (401 comments)

"My story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say dickety because the Kaiser had stolen our word twenty. I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles."
--Abe Simpson

Just substitute "Steve Jobs" for "the Kaiser" and "pod" for "twenty", and there you go! History repeats itself.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Breathes New Life Into Library Books

hockpatooie Re:The odd thing? (374 comments)

Using DRM to create artificial scarcity for digital media can never be more than a stopgap solution.

As for the question "How will authors get paid" -- have you considered that just maybe the world might be a better place if *fewer* people were able to make a living by writing?

If you produce something that's not a good or service that tangibly contributes to human welfare, it should be harder to earn money from it. This is already the case to some extent.

I'm not saying that writing and arts and other intangibles cannot contribute to human welfare--on the contrary, they can do so in ways that ordinary goods and services cannot. What I AM saying is that 90%+ of books and CDs are steaming piles of manure written to make a buck and contribute absolutely nothing. Maybe artificial scarcity of media has made it too easy to get paid for producing something of zero worth.

If someone has a strong enough passion for writing/creating, they will create no matter what. Some of those will be recognized and compensated in their lifetimes, and others will not. Of course, it's not "fair". But is it less fair than the way the big publishers, who rely absolutely on scarcity, treat content creators now?

I still feel the quality of discourse in society would greatly improve if the only people who were writers were people who were at least willing to be poor for it.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Greet an Extraterrestrial?

hockpatooie Obviously... (803 comments)

Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong! (Ref)

Can't believe no one posted that one yet.

more than 5 years ago

VMware Promises Multiple OSs On One Cellphone

hockpatooie Re:All I Can Say Is It's About Bloody Time (90 comments)

Yo dawg, I heard you like smartphones so I put a VM on your smartphone so you can smartphone while you smartphone.

more than 6 years ago


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