Another ugly blaaahg

April 29, 2009

Update to 9.04 (Jaunty) sources.list

Filed under: Computers, Gnome, Linux, Ubuntu — Tags: , , — Ketil @ 21:54

VirtualBox now has 9.04 repo, so has Miro. Go to the page with my sources.list to get the full scoop.


April 21, 2009

Sources.list for Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

Filed under: Linux, Ubuntu — Tags: , , , , — Ketil @ 11:23

With 3 days to go, I thought it would be fitting to post my sources.list. Remember: Always use 3rd party debs with caution. Anyone can have a PPA, so that is by no means any guarantee that it’s secure.

Here’s the page

April 17, 2009

Firefox: Why are some images shown with terrible resolutions?

Filed under: Computers — Tags: , , , — Ketil @ 10:38

Holy cr*p! Damn, damn, damn! After taking an hour to migrate my profile, I suddenly see what’s wrong. It’s just down to character size. If I change from the default size, images are scrambled. This must be just be a bug a default in Firefox, not related to any extension.
Try it yourself: Do Ctrl++ to enlarge or Ctrl+- to shrink, and see those crappy images shrivel up before you. Damned, now I’m even more annoyed!

But wait, there’s more stupidy on my behalf…
Thanks to Greg K. Nicholson ( gregknicholson) , I found a cure, and I can’t believe I never noticed this before: View > Zoom > Zoom text only.
That, in addition to setting the font sizes to something else than the default, huge, 16, in Edit > Preferences > Content, and I’m finally back to some sane browsing. That was pointed out to me by Silner, minutes after I realized my foolishness.
Thanks heavens for today! At least I got to play around with Firefox settings again. It’s clearly been too long…

On another note, I really see some potential in Firefox (or distro builders) having other defaults, or ideally, a tool that sets defaults according to your screen size.

I have been annoyed with this for a long time… I remember when I have (by accident or on purpose) deleted my entire ~/.mozilla directory, the problem goes away, but at some point it always comes back. What is this problem, you ask? Well, it is those damned scrambled and weird images. Some images, not all, mind you — that would be too easy to pin down. One problem is that some images go all scrambly, like this one:

See the scrambled images?

See the scrambled images?

I’m pretty sure that this is the situation on all Google Code pages. (Although I obviously haven’t checked them all.)

The other problem, is a half frame around some images, notably on the main Google logo:

See the frame?

See the frame?

Although these axeamples are from Google, the bugs show a lot of places, but I use good ole’ uncle G. a lot, so that’s mainly where this annoys me.

I’m pretty sure that this is down to some extension, but I don’t know which. If you have the same problem, list your extensions, and we can compare notes.
Here is my list, courtesy of Extension List Dumper:

Application: Firefox 3.0.8 (2009033100)
Operating System: Linux (x86-gcc3)
– Adblock Plus 1.0.2
– autoHideStatusbar 0.4.3
– Download Embedded 0.5
– DownloadHelper 4.3
– DownThemAll! 1.1.2
– Extension List Dumper 1.14.1
– Flashblock 1.5.10
– Google Gears
– Signature

– Tab Mix Plus 0.3.7pre.080830
– Tree Style Tab 0.7.2009040901
– Ubuntu Firefox Modifications 0.7
– Weave 0.2.106

It could probably also be down to some leftovers from another extension, I don’t know. Trouble is, files keep accumulatin over the years, and I have no easy way of tracking down which files are leftover cruft, and which are important to my system.

So, how do I solve this? I’m really reluctant to delete my whole profile. I’d rather not cherry pick files for deletion either, but if I have to, I would.

Moreover, how does this make Firefox look? (Not good, I think.) I know that I should be careful with downloading extensions, but what do we do when we actually have messed up? Maybe some migration tool, that moves your history, form information, passwords, etc to a new directory in order to make you start over fresh would be a good idea?

Maybe Firefox also could link itself to some extension bug database that would inform about confirmed bugs in extensions that you have installed? That would make the Firefox community of users so much more useful. Imagine being able to track down an annoying bug in an extension, then magically, all users of this extension could be notified within their browser.

A little ranty there, in the end, but if you could help me check out what the h*** is causing this annoying bug, please give me a shout!

April 16, 2009

Dearest Lazyweb: Any way to set up some cool window rules that…

Filed under: Compiz, Gnome, Linux, Ubuntu — Tags: — Ketil @ 12:37

Is there anyway to set up window rules that provide me with the following:

When Gwibber is opened from the tray icon, it stretches from top to bottom on the right side of my screen. Any other windows are resized in order to not go behind Gwibber.
When Gwibber is put back in tray, the other windows go back to how they normally were.

Please lazyweb, don’t fail me now!

April 15, 2009

Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx on Ubuntu

Filed under: Hardware, Linux, Ubuntu — Tags: , , , , — Ketil @ 10:08

Yesterday I got a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx GPS unit for my 31st birthday, and I’m happy to report that it works fine for me on Ubuntu 9.04 — Jaunty Jackalope (the final 9.04 is available April 26th). Granted, the software does not have GNU/Linux versions (shame on you Garmin!), I turned to my good friend VirtualBox 2.2.0. I keep a virtual XP install, and using Garmin Mapsource with my USB-connected GPS unit works like a peach. The unit is picked up within seconds by Ubuntu. I have to enable the USB interface in VirtualBox, and then it installs itself in XP. All I did was transfer maps from Mapsource to the unit, but I would be surprised if any functionality was lost.

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