Once upon a time I used KDE. It was a nice and peaceful time of adventures and magic until the eldritch demons ‘eye-candy’ and ‘feature-delusion’ brought terror and doom. Many of us fled into the wastelands of the Gnome, looking for salvation. It was a life of privation on a better path of desktop environments. Often I found myself looking back to a nice tool called Yakuake, allowing me to show and hide a terminal on every desktop by a single key-stroke; what a powerful magic it was… But prayers didn’t remain unheard and Tilda (‘first person shooter console likeness terminal’, Tilda manpage) was forged be the almighty GTK (2.x).
Referring to my last post, the current topic is FLASH and how to replace the adobe plug-in. For all geeks, there is a tutorial about the replacement of adobe’s flash player with a open-source combination of Gnash and Lightspark.
I haven’t tried it yet, but the tutorial has a gorgeous link to http://www.youtube.com/html5 where you can opt-in to view all some video in html5 format, instead of flash. You have to click on the link “Join the HTML5 Trail”, which adds an info in your youtube cookie (which is a little disadvantage, when your browser deletes all cookies after the shutdown).
Update: not all videos are available in the html5 format, but you can search for them:
“If you want to find videos with WebM formats available, you can use the Advanced Search options to look for them (or just add &webm=1 to any search URL)”
There are days when I just hate society, capitalism, …, and sometimes I have a bad day 😀
Today is one of the latter once.
The mission was to stop facebook from tracking me. The solution I found after a while is a nice firefox add-on, called Facebook Disconnect. I hope this extension does its job. Additionally, I disabled third-party cookies. (The “don’t track me” option in FF was already enabled.) For the record, there is also a large list of URLs of facebook available, which nerds might use to update their hosts file with nice 127.0.0.1 data. And the c’t magazine published a FAQ for privacy setting for and around facebook.
Because that was so much fun, I added the following two extensions Google Disconnect and Twitter Disconnect, too. BTW: all three extensions are written by a start-up founded by an ex-google employee and should be available for chrome and safari, too.
So, I wish all of you happy browsing without some of the global spies behind your backs.
My next project will be to find out, whether it’s illegal to tape “security”-camaras, or not. I have already a few targets, e.g. in front of my apartment, in the office kitchen, subway (the fast food), german buses, streets, … These black hemispheres are contaminating my privacy.
sagt zumindest der Spiegel Online: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/0,1518,814214,00.html
Wolfgang Pomrehn von Telepolis hat mal nachgerechnet und da sieht die Sache aber so eindeutig anders aus das man schon wieder schreiend durch die Stadt rennen möchte – ist dann aber doch irgendwie zu kalt für einen abendlichen Protestmarsch. Daher also schön bequem aus dem 21C warmen Wohnzimmer ein Blog-Rant-Post 😉
I confess, I use ms excel from time to time. I find it easy to shuffle around datasets and to create simple diagrams to see if my data matches my expectations. But as soon as it comes to really plotting the data for publishing I curse myself for never having learned to use a sophisticated command line tool and revert back to my crappy configured gnuplots. Normally I just copy the parts of the dataset I want from the various excel sheets into plain txt files to have gnuplot plot them. Damn MS uses \r instead of \n so gnuplot doesn’t plot these files. This is where tr comes to the rescue:
tr'\r''\n'< input.dat > output.dat
Why do I always end up using these damn old *nix tools – OMG – I’m getting old . . .