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First Impressions of the Nokia N900 - Part 2

Unfortunately I was quite pressed for time when I wrote my blog entry the other day, so I wasn't able to say everything I wanted to. I have a bit more time today, so I thought I'd write up a few things I didn't get to say then.

Firstly, after using Quassel for a little, I wanted to make the interface a little less crowded. So what I did was to remove some GUI elements like the status bar, and reduce the font size. Here's what Quassel looks like now:

First Impressions of the Nokia N900

A few weeks ago I finally bought myself a Nokia N900. I saw it a while ago in the news, and as soon as I heard that there was going to be a phone with a proper Linux distribution (as opposed to Android which is basically Google's JVM sitting sort-of directly on the kernel), I wanted to get that phone. Not only that, but the phone's features were also pretty darn convincing.

For those who don't know know the phone's specs, here's a brief run-down:

Security: Windows vs Linux

This evening I was thinking about the various security measures put in place at work. Although I use Kubuntu on my desktop, our network is a Windows/ActiveDirectory network.

The main thing I was thinking about was the password policy. ActiveDirectory has been set up to force a password change every 30 days. Of course this means fun for me once a month, since I don't log in via ActiveDirectory, and I only realise that my password has expired because I can no longer log into the bug tracker and I haven't had any new e-mails for two days.

Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala - Kwik, Kool and Krackerjack!

With the recent release of Ubuntu 9.10 there has been a spate of negative publicity for this latest release, with a lot of people bemoaning broken upgrades and various other installation issues. Having only had 1 failure out of 7 upgrades, I thought I'd blog about my experience with the upgrade, and my thoughts on the new version of Kubuntu (since that's the particular flavour of Ubuntu that I use).

Moving to OSS v4

Recently I've been having some issues with sound in Linux. With writing OpenLP in PyQt4, we're using Phonon for audio and video output. However, to get a video to output to 2 displays at the same time, you have to use the GStreamer backend for Phonon.

That's all great, except that installing the GStreamer backend pulled in GStreamer (of course), which then pulled in PulseAudio. And PulseAudio killed my sound.

Linux is boring

As you might have read in my previous blog post, my computer died the other day, and I've been going through the process of geting new hardware.

On Wednesday evening I searched through the product listings on the sites of local computer dealers, and on Thursday I placed my order for a new motherboard, graphics card, case (with PSU) and processor (my existing hard drive was quite new, and the motherboard contains all the other things like LAN and sound card).

Dead Computers and Upgrades

I got home last night and tried to switch on my PC, and it didn't want to boot up. So I restarted it, and continued trying to get it to boot for an hour, but I eventually gave up. My PC has been giving me problems recently (not booting up), so this was not completely unexpected. However, I hadn't expected it to happen so soon.

A Printer Review: Epson Stylus CX8400

Well my review finally when live today. It's a printer review with a difference... it's reviewed on Linux. I have a Windows computer at home that I log onto every now and then for developing openlp.org, but for this review I was determined not to go there. I was largely pleased with the printer, but you can read more about it in my review on IOL Technology.

Ichthux.com relaunched!

The ichthux.com site has been down for months due to the fact that the server it was hosted on crashed and died a horrible death. Every now and then we'd get folks in the #ichthux channel asking, "Is the project dead? Cause the web site seems to be..."

So I decided last week to do something about it, and I took over the running of the website. Fortunately, Raphaël had managed to retrieve the data from the DB, and I was able to stick it on my development server at home and build the site up again.

Reviewing the Epson Stylus CX8300

I've been given a printer to review, one of these fancy printer/scanner/copier jobs, with photo-quality printing. Big printer, but it looks nice... all black...

Obviously I'm going to check that it works well with Linux. I have a Windows box to fall back on if necessary, but we'll see. Which brings me to my first issue...