Archive for November, 2007

Enable compiz fusion on Linux Mint Daryna KDE Community Edition

Posted in Linux on November 30, 2007 by Shaun

I recently managed to break my Ubunto installation, totally my fault for trying to get KDE running beside my Gnome setup.  Since I couldn’t back out all the stuff I did properly I decided a clean install was my best option, with Linux this is nowhere near as painful as with Windows especially if you have a separate /home partition :0)

So I installed and tried out a couple of different distro’s from the gaggle of new releases that have been pushed out to the community in the past month or so.  There are some very nice distro’s out there and I think this is going to be very good news for the Linux community as we are defenitely going to see some new people coming over to the Linux world and this in turn will spur more innovation and enhancement in the future distributions.

I have settled on Linux Mint KDE community edition after my week of trials, this is mainly due to my familiarity with Ubuntu’s excellent package management and simplicity of getting all the 3D goodness going ;0)

There’s a few things you need to do in order to get this version of Mint running the 3D stuff.

  • Install the Restricted driver manager – in Konsole type sudo apt-get install restricted-manager
  • When complete run it from the console by typing restricted-manager and then when the manager appears, install the relevant drivers.
  • Reboot if you installed the video Drivers
  • after this you will need the xserver-xgl component sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl
  • Another reboot
  • after logging in I used alt-F2 to get the run dialog up and ran compiz –replace
  • You may need to tweak the settings in Settings>Advanced Desktop Effects Settings off the system menu to get all the compiz goodness you need.

These instructions worked for me, your mileage may vary of course, if you find you need to do anything different please post your Spec and details of what you had to do as a comment to help others.

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netbeans 6 now up to RC2

Posted in Software Development, Web Development on November 27, 2007 by Shaun

The releases are coming thick and fast and a recent survey amongst beta testers shows that it is over 90% of the way there.  i expect the full release soon.  As I mentioned previously this is an amazing IDE.

Also check out this nice graphic guide to rails on netbeans which is on the edgy developments blog.

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Visual Studio 2008 released.

Posted in Software Development, Web Development on November 20, 2007 by Shaun

For some reason I was expecting to write this post a lot later in the year and possibly even next year, but here it is.  Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net Framework 3.5 has officially been released.  Scott Guthrie has all the details on his blog here.

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Netbeans 6 RC1 available.

Posted in Java, Rails, Web Development on November 15, 2007 by Shaun

Netbeans 6 is getting closer to full release, RC1 is available to download from today.
I like NetBeans 6, as a ruby development IDE it is quite simply amazing and though I am an Aptana advocate even I have to admit that NetBeans does it better.

Code completion is second to none and the features included are making NetBeans the IDE of choice for many people and I’m fast becoming one of them.  I still like Aptana’s Javascript CSS and HTML handling so won’t be giving it up just yet but for Ruby, Rails and Java, NetBeans 6 is my tool of choice.

NetBeans 6 is not NetBeans 5 with some new bits and bug fixes, this is a whole new development and it shows.

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No excuse for bad design.

Posted in Caffeine, Web Development on November 14, 2007 by Shaun

Dave Shea has a good article over on mezzoblue that highlights a coupe of basic faults on a site Starbucks have put together.  The lessons pointed out highlight a couple of the issues I am forever banging on about, especially browser detection on web sites.

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Where’d that sub come from?

Posted in General Blah! on November 14, 2007 by Shaun

Just saw this on slashdot

Bit of an embarrassment that you are on exercise and can’t spot a sub right on your doorstep…

Otherwise known as….

Posted in Ajax Links, General Blah! on November 8, 2007 by Shaun

In a bizarre off the wall conversation this afternoon my pal Lummie came up with Beerile, this is a new term for the condition otherwise known as ‘Brewers droop’ or ‘can’t get it up coz I’ve had too much beer!’  Fantastic!