Here are a bunch of quick blurbs I thought might be of interest.

Dev Opera Article #3 up

Go read my latest article about SVG on Dev.Opera. It deals with SVG filters so I recommend using the Opera Web Browser (or recent Firefox 3 Trunk builds). You can comment here.

Slacker vs. Geek vs. Cool Chick

The PC vs. Mac commercials are probably the most parodied series of commercials ever, now here are some from Novell that add a twist. Many may have already caught these videos on the Novell site, but I thought I'd post the YouTube links because they're a little easier to get at (and the audio has less of a hiss to it):

Putting the hardware vs. software comparisons aside for a minute, my wife and I both liked these commercials (especially since I was watching them on a OpenSUSE 10.2 box). It figures that Linux would be friendly, savvy and somewhat hot chick.

Character Map on OpenSuse

Speaking of Linux, I was typing up some genealogy information on my OpenSUSE 10.2 box and could not find the equivalent "Character Map" application that Windows has at Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map to copy some characters like é and ï and to my clipboard. Can someone put me on the clue train? If there is no such application - how do people type those characters on a standard US-English keyboard?

[Update: Rob let me know below about the Gnome Character Map (Suse package in YaST is "gucharmap") and I've now installed it]

Snowstorm in April

It's snowing today in the north-west Chicago suburbs. On April 11th, 2007. And not just a little flurry, more like the everything is covered in snow and it's still coming down kind. What is up with the weather?

Winer on Graham on Microsoft

For the most part, I agree with what Dave Winer says about Microsoft here. Maybe not "dead" but largely "irrelevant" for a lot of people. On the other hand, I think Paul Graham is living in a little too insular a bubble if he rarely comes across a Windows box. And if you're a web developer you still have to deal with the fact that most of the deployed browsers out there are Microsoft browsers, despite all the other great, standards-comforming, free browsers available.

§356 · April 11, 2007 · Life, Linux, Microsoft, QuickLinks, Software, Technology, Video · · [Print]

2 Comments to “Some Short Nuggets”

  1. Rob says:

    I liked the second clip, that was amusing and a pretty decent analogy.

    As for the character map, I have something on my openSuse 10.2 under Utilities -> Editor -> Gnome Character Map. For the characters you want, look under Latin. To get something set up to enter accented characters as you’re typing, try Keyboard Layout in Yast under the Hardware section.

  2. The second clip was amusing!