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Why is my Windoze addiction so hard to kick?

Posted 01-18-2006 at 10:53 AM by Khepri

I'm starting to think I'm a junkie...

I've got win98, XPSP2, Debian Sarge, and Redhat9 all and selectable on boot...

I cannot get away from using XPSP2 and I WANT TO!...:)

I was hoping when I did it bway back when that the Debian installer would install a desktop for me but I had to figure that out by myself....Redhat9's install trashed the grub config and I ended up wiping the drive and starting again from scratch....

I don't even look at Knoppix anymore....:/

Why can't I leave Windoze? Mostly I think it's because ALL THE NEWREADERS SUCK...

I managed to get Liferea and aKregator installed and configured....but they just are not up to par...for me anyway...

My main gripe is deleting old items.....in Windoze I use Smartreader, I can just hold the delete button and watch all the crap disappear....Liferea, no akregator confirms deletion of every single item! One by one....this sucks when you're subscibed to 300 feeds! Liferea isn't any better....the problem there is you can delete one item, or delete everything.....not very handy when you want to hang onto 1 item out of 50...

Does anyone have any suggestions for a Linux based newsreader that might fill my needs?

Anyway, I think the other reason is familiarity...I'm so busy that I just don't seem to have the time to face the learning curve of a new OS....hell, Linux made NO sense to me at all until I got on the commandline....I learned to use computers with DOS 3.3 way back when so I finally felt comfortable in the Linux system there...It was then I realized Gates must have dumpster-dived all the code for his DOS commands...LOL

If I didn't depend so much on the Net for income I could probably afford to do a cold turkey switch but at this time I cannot afford to do that.....

I'm still working on the switch though....

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  1. Old Comment
    Here's my secret to kicking Windows, uninstall it. I set Mandrake up to dual boot but I would have booted into it maybe 3 or 4 times, I always ended up picking Windows when the menu came up because I felt more comfortable. When a guy from a forum I modded on at the time convinced me to install Gentoo I removed Windows first so I had no choice but to use only linux.

    Worked well :-)
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Khepri Khepri is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Well, I sorta took you're advice...just without the windows uninstall....

    I'm using sheer willpower to boot into DebianK everytime...athen and only then if I needed something will I reboot...

    I have to say that after a week of doing that I am a bit more comfortable. That, and installing and un-installing software then re-installing it again to a different location...

    At the moment I'm wrestling with trying to compile the XMMS plugin into Firefox...and no matter what packages I install to resolve the missing gthread 2.0 issue....nothing seems to work...so now I have who knows what installed and I might not need it at all for now...

    The other problem...well, annoyance....if you use a .bin file to install it seems like I can never find where it went! Even using the whereis command is no help...I'll find it sooner or later, but I'm starting to realize what the real problems are in Linux making in roads with the average Windows user....

    Comparatively this is a pain-in-the-butt trying to install software....OTOH, I seem to recall having these typres of problems way back on my 386sx running Win3.1 and trying to install a program...although that was usually memory management problems, or soundcard problems, or video card problems....LOL Sounds familiar!
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Khepri Khepri is offline
  3. Old Comment
    I've been looking into this issue some more...and I've discovered that there is only one feature that kleads me to declare that ALL THE NEWREADERS SUCK...in Linux...

    In Windows I use SharpReader...and it runs on .Net framework...(note that)

    What I love about it is I can delete the individual items in the RSS feed and keep the ones I want....so I end up compliling a sort "Best of" that feed...

    Every single distro of NewsReader I've tried (I now installed RRSOwl) I'm beginning to realize that the feature I like most in SharpReader is just not aavailable in any of the Linux Readers...but it's not confined to Linux readers...that FeedBurner program (don't recall the name...was the same way! It's either mark items read or unread...that's it.

    SO, I have to take back my ALL THE NEWREADERS SUCK...in Linux... comment. Re-assessing that are very good...they all just lack that one feature I love so much...

    Question is, is this simply a feature of .Net that allows SharpReader to do this? Or is he the only programmer that thought of making that a feature?

    In the meantime I've satisfied my desire for that feature by installing Reblog (which contains ReFeed) on my server...

    Does anyone know of a NewsReader I haven't discovered yet that will do what I describe above?

    Onward!


    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Khepri Khepri is offline
 

  



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