Re: Which dress for Helena?

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I think Mint is better off combining the two.

Fresh is too much and Johonunu looks too dull.

Then again, I haven’t been a fan of Mint’s look since Cassandra.

…Then again, I’m a Linux newb. Not an artist. And have never commented on anything significant about Mint.

Personally, I would go for a combination of:

Woody Theme


A cleaner version of this ^

but then again, I might be thinking too much of associating it with this:


Re: On Windows you can run any program alongside any other & 99% of the time there will be no conflicts.

Another post where I couldn’t resist posting in the actual forum.
Link to the post:


I don’t think it’s a matter of cooperation IMO.

It’s more of a matter of standardization and this is where the freedom to choose excels even if I don’t know about technology.

That’s why IMO iphigenie should create his own distro.

I mean look at what Clem of Linux Mint and TexStar of PCLinuxOS did.

Those distroes had no demand from the Linux community and if anything the Ubuntunites made sure they were not going to lift off (to the newbies) but they persevered and now they are tops in DistroWatch along with Ubuntu.

Choice is not the problem. Knowledgeable people truly passionate about turning Linux into a great desktop is the issue.


On Windows you can run any program alongside any other & 99% of the time there will be no conflicts.

Not true. If you’re using buggy software or Java application, the fact that it’s less possible to make Windows consume less like Linux makes those applications annoying to stand side by side.

The same holds true for buggy codec packs, crapware installed on Windows, insecure applications open to viruses and the lot.

Distroes like Mint come better pre-packaged than a Windows OS (until you hit a problem which 99% you will and because Linux is not popular, good luck with support.)

None/Few of it (I don’t really know what I’m talking about) is in any inherent infrastructure though. In fact, you’ll find that for most newbies, they don’t have to tweak anything that works.

(If you install Mint for example, right off the bat if everything works, you have more applications pre-installed for you including your printer and internet auto-configured for you.)

To quote a recent post I quoted:


I think it’s more like this – I’m guessing though –

As it is right now, let’s say you drove a Chevy all your life. For 6 or 7 years. You learned this Chevy, you tested in the Chevy, you kept driving it. When it came to “upgrade” you decided to stick with same Chevy model, anyway. Your friends all have them, all your accessories, like the steering wheel cover, the floor mats, the (I’m stretching here) [insert Chevy-specific mod/addon here]. Needless to say, you only ever used one manufacturer’s implementation of the automobile.

So you walk into a rent-a-car shop when you’re on vacation. They have several models on display. All Chevy. There’s a small section to the side with small glossy white Hondas, but no Toyotas to be found. You haven’t even heard of Toyota at this point. So the rent-a-car guy asks you what model you want to drive.

“Chevy [Whatever]” you say.

Would you like to use one of these glossy white roadsters over here? It’s better performance, but only slightly pricier.

“No thanks, I’ll stick with what I know.”

Here’s the kicker – He doesn’t even tell you he’ll give you the Toyota model, which runs better than your Chevy, for less money than the Chevy.

Let’s say you’ve heard of this Toyota, though, through a friend. You ask about it. “Oh, we don’t have those in the store, though, but you can step right across the street, they probably have them.”

Oh, no thanks, I’ll stick with the Chevy.

Let’s say that somehow you actually got to the point where you’re sitting down in the Honda or the Toyota. You take a glance around and suppose you do spot the cruise, and A/C, and everything. You could spend only a few seconds learning how it works, and you could even ask the salesman a question… he’s right there.
But you have the option of the Chevy, still, and it is what you know and it is easily accessible. Even if it’s in your complete ability to learn how to drive this very similar car, the motivation to do so is very very low. Also, maybe you notice you can’t fit your cute fluffy headrest (I’m stretching here again) around the headrest of said new car. The salesman will give you a free alternative, but it won’t be the same, for some reason, even when it feels almost exactly the same. And why go through the trouble of using something else, when you still have what you know, right there?

Humans are lazy. They are also stubborn.

So, you walk into a Best Buy and you see a slew of Windows PCs running Windows Vista, or soon, 7. You know XP, so you know the start button, you know the context menus, you know the taskbar.
You see the Mac section. The BB employee says those are a bit pricier, but it’s got better performance. You have never heard of Linux, and the BB employee doesn’t say anything about it, despite it being free. If you ask about it, maybe he does know you can go over to a Linux distro site and download/burn a Live CD. If you actually get to a Linux or Mac desktop, sure, you might be able to figure out the GNOME desktop or Mac Dock, et al, on your own in a few short minutes. You might even have a friend, an employee, or Google to aid you as well. However, right next to you in Best Buy (or on your computer’s current partition if you’re testing a LiveCD) is what you know. What you have always known. You can’t even run some random Microsoft software that you always used. Sure, you could find an alternative, but what you already know is right here, available to you. You have no motivation to try this new system. You’re too stubborn and lazy to alter the status quo. Windows has crashed before, but you can always reboot it. You know how long it’ll take to get back online with what you know, but you fear the unknown of the desktop.

Now, this covers why someone wouldn’t switch gears from Windows to Linux or OS X as their main system.
As for, say, my dad borrowing my Ubuntu PC for only a minute to check his checking account, and having to stop and ask “How do I do this?” without looking for the Firefox icon he knows, right on my Panel, right where his own Firefox would be in Windows’ quicklaunch bar? He has me right there to tell him, I guess. Why spend 2 seconds scanning for a familiar icon, when he can just ask me to “open a browser”?
Stubbornness? Laziness?
Perhaps for him, “open a browser” means [Super], [F,I,R], [ENTER]; or perhaps it means [SUPER]+[R], [I,E], [DOWN], [ENTER]; or even [SUPER],[DOWN],[DOWN],[ENTER]. And on my machine, it’s simply *click* or [ALT]+[F2],[F,I,R,F],[ENTER].
For him, even on Windows, if you took away his run command or deleted his pinned start menu item, he might have to scroll painfully through his All Programs menu until he found it again.
If it wasn’t for start search on Vista, I know a few friend who would be pained to find anything on their PC.
My sister still doesn’t know how to use Start Search, and I have a friend with a Mac who doesn’t know how to use Spotlight.

Rather than find a new better way of doing things (like if I told her to just hit [SUPER] and then type what she wanted) she’d still go back to old habits, have trouble remembering the simplest things, and in his laziness or stubbornness stick with the slow inefficient method because it is what she knows.

tl;dr – Humans are lazy and stubborn. Not all of us, I use Linux and test alternatives. I don’t consider myself to be lazy and I’m human, so therefore I cannot hold all humans to be lazy and stubborn.
However I would guess a lot are, especially the “smart” ones. ;P

Re: there’s no such thing as absolute freedom, as every action has consequences. But where is the line to be drawn?

Sigh it’s troublesome to not post forum replies directly into the forum:
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For a slight bit of seriousness: “free speech” is relative; there’s no such thing as absolute freedom, as every action has consequences. But where is the line to be drawn? I think most people would agree that methods for child molestation isn’t something we’d like to see discussed anywhere. But is removing spam posts a bad form of moderation? Is it bad to require people to reveal their affiliations if they’re posting about a company or software product?

I’m no Libertarian fodder but come on, let’s not insult the human race or even derail progress like that.

In his book, Two Concepts of Liberty, Isaiah Berlin formally framed the differences between these two perspectives as the distinction between two opposite concepts of liberty: positive liberty and negative liberty. The latter designates a negative condition in which an individual is protected from tyranny and the arbitrary exercise of authority, while the former refers to having the means or opportunity, rather than the lack of restraint, to do things.

Even the discussion of methods of child molestation prevents child molestation because it allows individuals who have these thoughts to bring them out in the open without feeling reprimanded.

It’s the stereotypical “Japan’s sex games reduces sex crimes” effect.

Consequences are what make absolute freedom shine. Not everyone wants it, true but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

After all that’s how nature evolved.

Thus it was possible before the dominant species said it was impossible and softened freedom up to be relative and biased towards their own.

(Hey you wanted a bit of seriousness :p)


Re: No team has repeated since 02 Lakers…why?

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I was thinking about this the other day.

Has anyone noticed it’s been this long since a team repeated?

I checked this list

and this is currently the longest stretch of no repeat champs since ’70-’86

so that’s roughly a 20 year period since that time

My favorite part when watching teams win the title, is how they defend it the following year, not that they need to, but it kinda validate the first one to show it was not a fluke (IM NOT SAYING TEAMS WHO DON’T REPEAT ARE A FLUKE !!!)

I think the closest a team came to repeating was the 2005 Pistons who went to game 7 vs the spurs and were down by 1/or up by 1 going into the 4th qtr…

so what’s the reason for this 7 year stretch?

just randomness or does it speak to parity in the league?

A lot of valid reasons were given but ultimately I think it’s the lack of longevity in the championship teams.

The question could just as been answered by pointing out how the Spurs were winning on odd years without actually having a long term rivalry against a single other team.

This was mostly because the Spurs were winning on playoff adjustments IMO.

The team was elite don’t get me wrong but they were also a team who’s main rival was the Phoenix Suns.

A team that despite being great, just wasn’t suited for playoff basketball, but most importantly was a great match-up for the Spurs despite the games being competitive.

Pistons were a team that could have easily become a team like the Spurs that only needed minute adjustments but the egos on the team didn’t allow that to happen and ironically enough, Iverson is often blamed today as the one that totally ruined the team’s chances at getting back to championship form but to me, Larry Brown leaving sealed that deal.

After that, the team was more aggressive but they also lost the cog that made all the players “stick” to a blue collar team mentality and from then on, they weren’t going to be championship contenders but championship gatekeepers in that they were more suited to be Eastern Conference Champions than NBA Champions.

(Yes, they also lost while being coached by Larry Brown but they were much closer to a Popovich-Spurs team to me when they did.)

Heat was just an anomaly taking advantage of another anomaly in the Mavs.

Celtics lost Garnett and faced a sleeper team in Orlando.

It’s up in the air whether the Lakers could repeat this season. Personally I have my doubts.

I think an East team takes it. Most likely the Celtics. Personally the Magics.

Even in the West, I think if Lakers win the Western Conference, they’ll lose against the Magics or the Celtics.

Leaving the Spurs to be my pick for a West team that win it this season.

I think after this, the trend will continue though.

Celtics and Spurs are both veteran teams that have shown they are prone to injuries.

Lakers might try to break things up if they don’t win anything this season. (I think they don’t have that intention but they will just encounter a major weakness in the playoffs that would make them re-consider moving their pieces yet again.)

Orlando are a coin flip.

They’re not even guaranteed to be instant Eastern Conference contenders.

Next season or two to three more seasons then I think you would once again see a trend of a dominant team maintaining it all.

The key really is on the teams people are looking past now.


Re: Does Multitasking Make You More Productive?

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I’m starting to hate these stock “multitasking is bad” articles.

It’s like Mac vs. PC ads.

At first it was, mmmkay?

Then it was: …kay???

Then this article makes it worse:

Now are you convinced to put down the iPhone while you peruse the Internet? If so, to fight distraction and find your focus, here are a few hints excerpted from “Time Management In An Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day“:

  • Create designated task times. By setting aside a selected time period to do all your phone calls, emails or errands at once, you will reduce the amount of time you spend going back and forth between them.
  • Put a system in place that lets you capture all incoming to-dos in writing. Instead of feeling pressure to do the item “now” (lest you forget), your brain can relax, secure in the knowledge that you have the item identified and stored.
  • Maintain a desktop inbox. Don’t just rely on your electronic mail box or filing system. By putting a physical inbox on your desk, you will be able to temporarily place items that need your attention in a location where you can easily find them.
  • Turn off technology. The ding of an email coming in, the buzz of the BlackBerry etc. — all these seemingly harmless inputs can tempt you to stray from the job at hand and multitask.
  • 1st advise adds another task you need to mulitask and monitor.

    2nd advise adds another task you need to multitask and monitor.

    3rd advise adds another task you need to multitask and monitor

    4th advise is telling you to close the tab where this article is written.

    To be fair, it’s not really Web Worker’s fault. I commented on a similar article on Dumb Little Man. (The link to which I no longer have.)

    I’m just getting sick of these articles where they fast forward these already “bare bones” productivity advises and slap them on any linkbait article like multitasking.

    Ok: Multitasking is bad. Now go actually give out an advise that actually makes us believe you tried your own advises and you multitasked less.

    Stop giving us more stuff to do and then ending it with the hypocritical Luddite productivity advise when we obviously know you are not going to abandon and take a vacation from your blog cause it’s “technology”.

    Look: For those productivity supporters saying these tips work and they become productive this way, I’m not saying these are horrible inefficient advises.

    I’m just saying these tips are watered down to be horrible and inefficient advises.

    Newsflash: Productivity articles are supposed to be written for us unproductive human beings. They’re not cheerleading articles for productive people.

    You want us to not multitask because it’s bad?

    Fucking give us specific timetables and a double-blind experiment for every category of human beings you know of.

    Stop giving us additional vague tasks like telling us to re-schedule our time and not giving us anything else.

    For Christ sakes, if scheduling really worked for enough people we’d have the Scheduler’s Revolution already instead of suffering from most Industrial Revolution-level problems.

    The same goes for systems this, systems that.

    Look, that works for “books” and other linkbait articles but when your article is about the horridness of multitasking (to which all of us unproductive people know more about than the back of our hand already) STOP SHOVING DOWN SYSTEMS ON OUR THROATS ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE NOT SHARING ANY SYSTEM AND JUST WRITING DOWN THE WORD “SYSTEM”!!!

    If I was successful with multitasking already, that would be MY system already.

    If I was failing at multitasking however, don’t you think I would also fail at multitasking “to create a system” especially if you didn’t fucking hand me anything to work with?!

    For crying out loud! Nothing screams multitasking like an “inbox” already and you want me to add another one?!

    Don’t get me wrong. I get some of the concept especially when GTD took off in popularity and there were lots of productivity blogs that supported that idea.


    It’s only a good advise if you are great at multitasking and turning the system into a “habit”.

    If you don’t, well “Golly Gee Molly” look at that folder rotting with papers besides me.

    …and can we please stop with throwing the technological baby out with the electrifying bath water?

    Again, newsflash: There wasn’t a massive shift in 3rd world productivity because the entire developing world got hooked in crack.

    These things are distraction but so is money. Don’t you think a person already passionate with their jobs wouldn’t know how to multitask on the things related to their jobs?

    These men are already fucking geniuses at what they do. They’re up there in the sky where all they need to do is get up, do their jobs, go home and get paid.

    The workers who need this article are the ones who can’t afford to schedule a specific time because they have things that require doing something more than answering a specific e-mail, they barely have their own place and if they add a huge multitasking beast like an inbox into their already busy life, their world would fall apart.

    The moral of this story is that yes, multitasking does make unproductive people become more unproductive while they make productive people get things done more but please if you want to help us be slightly more productive and less multitasking. Don’t dial 1-800-I-Have-Nothing-To-Say.

    Ignore the temptation. Follow your own advise. Don’t click the New Blog Post button and give us less things to read and less advises that would make us multitask more.

    Yes, dialing 1-800-I-AM-GONNA-ASK-A-RHETORICAL-QUESTION counts just as bad too!

    Re: Do you need to know more about who is tracking and online privacy?

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    Some people just think that people like me  are just causing nonsense buzz here and there. I just want to remind you that some of you people give enormous power and wealth to some of those dishonest companies (by just surfing the web without protection:) for example GOOGLE. I know most people just like GOOOGLE, just cannot goto bed without GOOOGLE because GOOOGLE gives them couple bux every month via adsense or let them track updates about their name or company name searches. Well, this is a story just out of the FAUST story.

    In the past we had booogie man to scare kids, well I use GOOOOGIEE man to scare my kid now. try it, it works.

    …Or simply because Google is close to a natural monopoly in that they provide/obtain quality services and attract people to those services.

    It’s the age old dilemma of this recent webcomic I’ve read.

    Image too large for preview:

    Direct image link:

    Edit: Link above constantly gets re-directed so you may want to manually copy paste or click on the Archive in the Website and go towards the comic with the words “Side Effect”.

    The sad part is: if privacy advocates fear that much of being turned into a minority… they should gather and support a better “private” alternative.

    It’s the nature of demand especially if Google is also the few that holds the highest quality of supply.

    If you want people to move away from gmail. Don’t give them ThunderBird, Hotmail, Outlook or Yahoo Mail. Give them gmail “+ privacy”.

    A good example are password managers like, and being the most notable.

    It’s not more “private” than a pure offline password manager but it’s “private” enough and convenient enough that it becomes a viable private alternative over having a single “ready to exploit” gmail account with weak passwords and the data is with you.

    For those who prefer less convenience and even more security loop-holes, Clipperz is like an online downloadable password manager that could obscure you from more offline situations than more “obvious” password managers like Keepass.

    Finally PassPack security can be so tightened that it gives “multiple master password” headaches.

    All these services, while possessing premium options, have enough space in their free versions that they’re a viable if not necessary online reaction to Open-Ids, Twitter Log-ins and Google Account log-ins. (Notably LastPass where due to the Firefox Extension, you get the equivalent of bookmarks + passsword + sites in a single click. For Opera, you can simulate this with Clipperz by adding it into the panel.)

    The same will eventually have to be for other cloud services.

    Privacy advocates should not be extreme with these applications.

    They’re just going to tune out majority of the users whom they try to convince.

    Instead, they should be extreme in competing and providing alternative services that reduces the chance of these mass-adopted services that grow so big that they can buy out other quality companies and let them stagnate but still market them enough that they have a sizeable userbase to spoon feed with any services they release.

    Even as simple as the exact clone of a service but under a group that’s more about privacy than Google could attract huge amounts to that service with the right marketing and the right support from each one of you privacy advocates.

    Right now, if you guys want to hold off a successful revolution, at the very least create, support and maintain the Lastpass equivalent of Google Reader, Gmail, G-Docs, IGoogle, Groups, Sites and Calendar.

    Seriously, if you guys truly valued the privacy of the world, you guys could have slipped off a better private version of Google Wave before Wave even ushered out of the mouths of the Google Bots.

    Who wouldn’t want a private forum with better moderating options and easier configuration for newbies in an age of spammers?!

    Flip Google Groups around and make your own Google Groups and you got your Wave!

    Who wouldn’t want the LastPass of GReader where you can encrypt your notes and add multiple service account sharing so it’s much harder to target your social media services? Really? Who wouldn’t want a service where they can have their own Online Password Manager tied to an online RSS Reader tied to a more private wall that is like a Tor foil for all the privacy hassles associated with more of the “data mining” recommendation ad-based services like Facebook?

    Hell, who would want to use IronPortable or Chromium if there’s Google Chrome?

    I may be a tech idiot but I’m not blind.

    If someone says “Sign up for gmail” vs. “Sign up for gmail + more privacy” or “Google” vs. “100% Google Interface “without the baggage”. Not all people’s brain would go “Ugh…Google…pick…Google”.

    Most people’s brain would go “hmm… this service?” or “this service + something extra?” Hmm…

    That’s how you guys can realistically “convert” and properly warn the world!

    Sure, most people joining won’t care and think about the issue of privacy except that they’re signing up for the service with something extra but if you guys gain a large enough userbase, eventually you’d have people blindly touting the “more privacy” mantra and eventually you’d be influencing other apps to prioritize privacy as one of their main feature.

    Just look at the open source crowd. How many of those people actually look at the source and how many just merely go “Arr! It’s not Open Sauce so Yo Ho Ho Imma gonna take Me bottle of Rum elsewhere!”

    …and then how many of those people eventually inspired linkbaiters to go…Hmm… you know what? I can get more clicks sharing more open source apps …and then how many developers become inspired to make their applications open source because of that demand?

    It’s the same thing with Google. Don’t give us the numbers. Give us the solar panels, the hybrids, the Inconvenient Truth – THE BETTER, ATTRACTIVE and “Less Guilty” ALTERNATIVES – and you’ll make a revolutionary movement out of repeated speeches yet.

    Remember if you guys have the obsession, you guys have the power to create the On switch and once that’s On, just like the mass unpopularity of nuclear energy even if it’s the best alternative right now, it matters less and less if Google somehow released the next “privacy hell” killer app.

    You’d have enough people listening and rooting for your words that – only then – could you be heard loud and clearly that it won’t come off like you guys are causing lots of nonsense buzz to the people you aim to save.

    Re: Personal web portals and information management

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    I use Protopage as my personal web portal which does have some information management widgets (such as to do lists, calendars, post-it notes, bookmarks etc.), and I was wondering what other solutions people are using that are browser-based. A few years ago I did compare Protopage with some of the other providers out there (iGoogle, Netvibes etc.) but Protopage won hands down, and I had no need to look for another solution.

    The popular choices I’ve heard are GMail (with the scripts that tie the other Google services into it), Friendfeed (search) and EverNote although it’s not truly a browser-based alternative.

    Really, web portals aren’t that popular anymore because of the advent of Speed Dials where you can collect different sites and combine them into a Portal. In the end, surprisingly enough I have relied more and more on browser online sync as an alternative to Web Portals with Firefox being the Web Application and Opera being my browser.

    I know it’s not technically the same but it’s like a Web Portal to me anyway without the Web.

    Reminders I use ReminderFox because I have no mass usage for it although the only obvious full featured choice is Google Calendar.

    Notes I rely on Opera Notes synced to Opera Link.

    Post-its and Bookmarks I go with Diigo.

    To-dos RTM although I originally opted for Toodledo until I eased into the keyboard shortcuts of RTM.

    Then it’s either off to Opera’s Speed Dial or Firefox’s Speed Dial extension to connect all of these into a New Tab.