Nowadays I have a hard time deciding on what type of application to use. Only a few years back I would use desktop applications for most things, but with the growing amount of decent web 2.0 “applications” I notice that I have slowly moved towards doing more and more online.
Let me use this blog as an example. It is based on WordPress, which now offers a good and efficient web interface. However, it just doesn’t feel as snappy as a desktop application. A few years back I used MarsEdit for all my blog writing, but for some reason (I can’t remember exactly when) I decided to use the WordPress web interface for blog writing instead.
Last year I discovered ScribeFire, a browser plugin available for FireFox, Chrome and Safari. I have been quite happy with ScribeFire, as it is readily available in the browser. The fact that it also allows for editing the static pages, as well as handling image uploads makes it into a really powerful solution.
However, today I opened my old version of MarsEdit by accident, and I actually realized that I have missed having a decent blog editor for the last couple of years. Even though the WordPress web interface, and the ScribeFire plugins both behave well and do (almost) all I want, they still can’t compete with a native desktop application when it comes to snappiness and functionality. So now I am back to MarsEdit, and happy to see that it finally has support for rich text editing in the latest version. I will probably use the other alternatives to, but I realize that desktop applications still have their mission.
Just as I started to believe that Ubuntu had matured to become a super-stable and grandma-friendly OS, I got an unexpected black screen on boot of Ubuntu 10.04 on a Dell Latitude D400. After some googling I have found a solution that works:
On boot, hit the `e’ button when the grub menu shows up. Then add the following after “quiet splash”: i915.modeset=1
If this works and you get into the system, you can do this procedure to change the grub loader permanently:
- sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
- Find this line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” and replace with:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash i915.modeset=1”
- Finally do a
sudo update-grub to re-generate the grub menu
I hope this can help save an hour or two for other people encountering the same problem.
The world is becoming a huge collection of plugins. I hadn’t tried Google Chrome in a while, and just realized that not only has it become much more stable since the last time I battled with it, but I also find more or less all my favourite Firefox extensions being ported. This blog post is a test to see how ScribeFire behaves under Chrome.
While am at it, I also installed the WPtouch
extension to my WordPress install to see if that could help making my web page more accesible on mobile devices. The plugin is extremely easy to set up (just download and install), and the display is very clear (only the latest blog posts), but also very limited (only the latest blog posts). Not entirely sure how successful this approach is, but I will try it for a little while.
Google recently added CalDAV support to the calendar, and this tutorial explains how to set it up with various programs, including iCal, Outlook, Sunbird and Thunderbird.