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Xmessage choice window in .xinitrc

Posted 04-10-2010 at 12:13 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

My Debian system is currently setup without a graphical login manager ( such as gdm or slim ) so the system boots to the console login screen. From here I enter and if I want to start Xorg manually with the 'startx' command.

My original window manager was Window Maker, a really lightweight wm based around some of the principals of the NextStep interface. Programs have 64x64 'tiles' to launch and manage them, and the whole window manager in my opinion is aesthetically pleasing....
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Future-Proof journal

Posted 04-03-2010 at 12:18 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 04-03-2010 at 12:19 AM by William (Dthdealer)

Template for a future-proof journal in HTML and CSS. Future proof for the file is practically plain text and if in the future W3C finally loses its grip and web browsers disappear as we know them, you can still extract your information.

This follows my comment on Penguinator's blog post on Plain Text

There are three basic files
  1. The index
  2. An example journal entry
  3. The CSS file handling all styles for the journal

Pop each into their filenames in the same directory...
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Desktop environment and window managers application menus are pathetic

Posted 04-02-2010 at 07:39 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)

When I used to use a Windows machine, I became sick of its menu system. It takes several clicks to get to the 'all programs' menu and applications spam it with entries when they are installed. On the other hand it was easy to organise the contents of the menus, as they were just the contents of the "/Document and Settings/Username/Start Menu" and Allusers directories.

Soon however I started using blackbox ( BB4win ), and the Windows menus became even less attractive. ...
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Australian Federal government 'Student Laptop' system

Posted 04-02-2010 at 06:32 AM by William (Dthdealer) (Whaling the FOSS)
Updated 04-03-2010 at 07:13 PM by William (Dthdealer) (Added to Category 'Australia Politics')

This article in no relation to the distribution of laptops by the OLPC organisation in remote communities of Australia, which I believe is a good scheme.

An election promise by Labour government was to provide Australian high school students with free laptops before their next election. The second year of the running of this system, I have some comments to make on it.

The concept was good. Each year year 9 students receive a free small netbook, loaded with remote immobilisers...
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