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Things that annoy me in Ubuntu

Posted 10-22-2010 at 05:55 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

I'm currently using Ubuntu on my desktop computer, and would like to share some of my issues with it and Gnome.

1) Updater creating popups and stealing my window focus
Updating is supposed to be a great feature of Linux distributions, but Ubuntu sucks at the GUI end of it. While updating I have to either leave my computer alone until the process is finished or face annoying popups in the middle of my screen every five seconds with a progress bar on them for every stage of...
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Microsoft shitting on

Posted 10-16-2010 at 10:22 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

If I asked you to name an Office Suit with these flaws:
  • Technical support that is not free
  • Breaking without anyone fixing it ( at least for a month)
  • Money spent on installing and maintaining suite
  • etc
You would probably say 'MS Office'. Microsoft says otherwise

For those of us smart enough to NOT HAVE SILVERLIGHT, there is a .wmv link available on the page. To download...
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England's 'Type 45' navy ships run Windows

Posted 10-06-2010 at 01:19 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

Dear lord

The primary reason for purchasing a Type 45 is to obtain Sea Viper (aka the Principal Anti Air Missile System, PAAMS), which accounts for most of its cost. PAAMS includes the French Aster missiles and their Sylver launchers, and other Franco-British-Italian equipment including the Sampson firecontrol radar. There is also, of course, substantial American input - the command system
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Creating a problem and then partially solving it makes people believe competitors have the problem

Posted 10-05-2010 at 08:40 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

I asked the staff of one of my local primary schools why they were installing new computers and throwing out the old ( a few years ) ones. It confuses me when their previous units are perfectly fine for the educational needs of primary school students, but yet they decide they need new ones. I was given a few answers:
  • To 'stimulate' the economy
  • The old ones were getting slower
  • Microsoft offered them an educational discount

I live in Australia, and I have never seen a computer that...
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Why are text input boxes so small for forums?

Posted 08-30-2010 at 06:50 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

I hate this.

It does not really matter which forum you go to, even Linux Questions is at fault here.

You go to type a post, and are provided with a pokey[1] small text box to do it in that is smaller than the Microsoft Windows EULA textbox above the 'I agree' button ( and that is small! ). Why? Just why? you're better off writing your post in a text editor such as Leafpad and then copying the text into the box.

Even on what is considered the smallest...
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