Saturday, May 1, 2010 1:57:00 PM
Just found a really curious bug in QT Creator at Ubuntu 10.04: When I start via UI (eg. menu or Alt-F2 -> 'qtcreator') startup takes ages ... I am literally talking about roughly 5 minutes! But when I start via a terminal it fires up in about 10 seconds!
But well, maybe the same workaround as for Matlab will work (which does not start _at_all_ when you start through the GUI but only through console - never ask me why)
Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:19:31 PM
Just wanted to let you know that I am currently in Germany because of an internship at EADS (at their base in Manching). I will be there at least until the end of May but maybe longer, depending on how long the project takes to complete (any also my bachelor thesis)
Sunday, February 7, 2010 7:40:06 PM
So, I finally installed Win 7 (x64) on my box, basically because I wanted to get better FPS when playing WoW (and a working mic in teamspeak) - and because I needed a version of MS Office because some people are too stupid to create PDF forms.
So, here is my personal hate-list for Windows 7 that accumulated over the last days:
- No scrolling in windows that don't have focus: This is really annoying when you do comparisons or simply read from one window and write in another other one (eg. reading a lengthy webpage and chatting -> chat window has focus but you may want to scroll the page down)
- No "always on top": This is annoying for two reasons. First every app that wants this feature has to implement it itself, often in different fashion regarding user interaction and the like. This also leads to many hours of time spent on a feature that should actually be centrally implemented only once. The second reason arises directly from this: I can't set the window I want to the foreground, but only those where the app chose to implement it. Real-world usage example: Small browser window with flash video playing -> total fail on Windows, works great on Gnome.
- Still no useful screen-shot feature. When I press the "Print" button in Gnome I get a nice preview of what I just snapped with the options to either save it, copy it to the clipboard or cancel. In Windows (and I am talking about 7 here, not 95) the image is still copied to clipboard and if you want to retrieve it you have to start a separate app -> much inconvenience just for saving a screenshot imo.
- Window handling: The window handling is really bad. Neither can you customize Aero-snap, but windows also don't have any sort of edge attraction so they would nicely plop to the borders of your desktop and other windows. Even without Compiz I can do more sofisticated stuff in Gnome, and with Compiz the possibilities are even bigger (best extension imo: Maximumize - fit window to biggest free screen space)
- Multiple desktops: really nice when using virtual machines (one VM per desktop in fullscreen, and then switching between them through the desktop cube of compiz ) and when hiding stuff from sneaky parents
- Size: Hell, after freshly installing Windows 7 (with some updates and the like) it took somewhere between 15 and 20 GB!!! of my disk space. In comparison, my Ubuntu system has about half that size (not even), but with everything I ever need installed (OpenOffice, NetBeans, build-essentials, Java, decent media player (banshee), wine (for WoW), other useful stuff (1), ...)
Basically, the only nice thing I have here is Opera 10.50 (which btw I'm just using). Hm, maybe I should simply switch to a VM with some (preferably geeky) linux variant for doing work with an underlying windows for the convenience of playing (disk space is cheap anyway)
(1) esp. many console tools (which have decent names in contrast to windows)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 5:10:29 PM
So, as the first post was all about what's bad here's what good about fedora
- It did detect my monitor correctly: I use a two-monitor setup with one 24' 1080p and one 19' 1280x1024. Anaconda detected this correctly. Why I write this as a "pro"? Because ubuntu 9.10 failed and shows me only one monitor with 1280x1024 (the 24') and the 2nd one isn't detected at all and displays colorful gibberish if I turn it on.
- Anaconda in general is an awesome installation tool, not only does it have a gui, but you can do with your system about everything you want _before_ everything is written to hd - like installing packages, and so on. This decreases the post-install todo-list by quite a bit (as I need software that isn't supplied in ubuntu's default install - like Netbeans and simulation programs - god, I have to install Matlab again -.- ).
damn, ubuntu install is finished.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 4:48:36 PM
As a Linux user I am always interested in what's hot in the area of distribution releases. Usually I use Ubuntu, but as 9.10 messed with me I today was tempted to try out Fedora 12. So, after an initial backup of my data I jumped right into installing Fedora 12 from the DVD image
I mean Fedora is a really nice distribution and everything (I like the concept of "only free software") who always have the neatest new features up their sleeve, but it just can't compare to ubuntu. Here's why:
- No 3D on NVIDIA: I have an NVIDIA card (7600gt) so I get either KMS (which makes a nice boot and so on) with Nuveau _or_ 3D with the proprietary driver. But here's the catch: Fedora doesn't have a "find me the right driver" utility as ubuntu has, so getting the proprietary driver to work means basically digging through the net and a bunch of console work. And then you have to figure out how to get your 3D working in x86 apps like wine -.-
- It looks ugly: the default theme is ... really bad to mouth it nicely. The spacing of the panel icons is way too wide and the font rendering looks somehow weird to me. Also the icons look kind of weird (too colorful?)
- yum seems not to have autocomplete: apt-get has autocomplete for package names and the like, but yum does not -> hard to find stuff and also typing long package names sucks.
- the package manager: synaptic is so much easier to use imo.
- the /boot-partition: okay, this is for using grub and an LVM, but it's 2009 and we have grub2 which can boot from an LVM, even the not-so-keen-to-try-too-much-new distribution ubuntu switched to that in 9.10 - why is fedora still sticking to grub legacy?
K, now my usb-stick is flashed with ubuntu 9.10 which will once more reign over my computer. I hope I didn't step on anybodies toes, but I mean what I said and I hope if someone stumbles over this it is not taken offensive but as a incentive to make things better.
PS: once I am back on ubuntu I'll write about the good stuff of Fedora (that I will miss by then) during the installation
Sunday, November 15, 2009 8:34:09 AM
First thing in the morning when I get up: I get rick-rolled
by Radio Vienna. In that context I may announce: I LOST THE GAME!!!
What a great start into the day.
Friday, June 26, 2009 6:48:22 AM
Jup, you read that right. I, the great Opera fanboy (k, we all know there is no better browser around) am slowly getting annoyed of the way the development of opera goes. Here's a list:
- Long-standing issues and simple improvements don't get implemented although they would really much contribute to a better overall usability (like [Ctrl]+[Tab] also when only 1 tab is left, Please restore the star in the address bar (hell, it was allready there), Opera and authenticating with a Chip-card, and so on)
- Instead new features (widgets, unite) get implemented where a different solution - and a good solution that is - allready exists (like XAMPP, imo damn simple to use). Note that for these features also other long-standing wishes would be an improvement (like "closing opera to tray" and so on - see My 2 Cents on Opera's Widgets)
- Skin issues: There is still no qt4 skin for linux x64 - or gtk would be even more appreciated. Oh, and guess who does not care about my font settings for the UI that are est in qtconfig?
- Fx-Style shortcuts: damn, Ctrl+N for a new tab was great and I don't get it why this had to change. Also Ctrl-N means (in normal hotkey-terms) "new document" and not "new window". As I wrote in a comment on the 100-papercuts-series (great initiative imho) it should be sthg like:
- Ctrl + N = new Document: look up user prefs if he/she wants to use tabs or not (which in apps that use tabs should default to "yes")
- Ctrl + T = Allways open new tab (overriding user prefs)
- Ctrl + Shift + N = Allways open new window (as shift points to the next-higher structure: document -> window)
K, I think I'm done with my friday-morning-rant (hey, I should make a series
). In short what I want is something like the 100-papercuts that ubuntu currently does for opera so all those small, long-standing bugs finally get some attention and (hopefully) get fixed). I am sure that such an initiative could also work with closed-source apps like opera, as there have been a number of community-driven stuff in the past (like "Ask John"). If this selection process gets merged with a tracker for these bugs (nothing big, just a table with bug description & status) we are golden.
Edit: Way, the desktop team just released their first qt4 build on x64. And I
Monday, May 18, 2009 4:20:10 PM
Just right now I'm installing windows 7 on my main machine (typing this with my Aspire One on Ubuntu 9.04). The installer alone gives me tons of reasons I prefer ubuntu:
1) No live system - meaning: you can't browse the web, play games or do whatever you like while the system installs
2) No monitor resolution detection - seriously, what did I buy a huge LCD for when everything looks blurry because the installer is too stupid to figure out the currect resolution and uses something that looks like 1024x768 (actually, it looks a lot more like 800x600). BTW: this works nicely in eg. ubuntu and every other modern distro I've tried.
3) The disk partitioning utility - seriously, you can't do anything with it, esp. not if you are used to the comfort of tools like gparted and so on
4) the time it takes to extract everything - while I wrote this here the "extracting files" crawled from 60% to 90%. seriously, in that time a friend of mine formated his laptop with ubuntu -.-
5) The Message "the computer will be restarted multiple times during installation" - what year do we have? 1995?
hope this does not get worse after the fiele extraction (in 5 minutes or so)
Friday, May 1, 2009 7:57:01 PM
So I just watched the 2005 movie War of the Worlds. I had that idea after getting myself a copy of the War of the Worlds play from Welles (yep, the one that caused a little hysteria), which I really liked. You can imagine how disappoinged I was by what filth Spielberg had produced.
Friday, March 27, 2009 4:32:41 PM
Finally I get a little political in this blog. Let me say, I didn't intend to, but there are some things that preasure me and I want to share my thoughts to the world (let's call it a request-for-comment). Buf first a quick overview of my mentors in this field so you may get prepared about what I have to say.