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Otter Browser Forum / Weekly #272
Last post by beastie -
It seems a batch of new packages has been uploaded silently.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/otter-browser/files/otter-browser-weekly272/

Thanks!
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Otter Browser Forum / Re: ERROR 99
Last post by Quetzal -
finally, i think taht i've got some difficulties with my web provider, or the server of some website...

i did a little batch, with ipconfig/flushdns to reboot my connexion... not that bad ;)
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Watched a comparison between the two approches to unix derivatives a few years back. The BSD approach resonates with me more. Also, the tone on (at least some) linux forums is quite arrogant and aggressive.
There is a funny thing I have found over the years about approach (or philosophy or theory or "tone") versus practice (implementation, the actual end product) - they have no necessary connection whatsoever. For example, I most definitely do not like the snobby noob-hating attitude at Arch forums and suckless.org, but I still use an Arch-based Linux and some suckless products because they happen to do the job best.

Edit: And there are some BSD products on my Linux. I think bsdtar is one, calcurse another. Probably almost everything between BSD and GNU/Linux is convertible.
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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Films and Books
Last post by ersi -
So I saw the Tõde ja õigus movie. As a minimum, it represents the novel well, but I think it works independently too, particularly for foreigners. It is a strong epic drama by itself. A Singaporean said after seeing it that it's very Shakespearean. I gues it is a compliment. Yay, Estonian Gone With The Wind has been born, finally.

The comparison is not too good. Most people take Gone With The Wind to be a romantic story, whereas I take it to be an epic panorama of an era. The Tõde ja õigus series (of novels - a pentalogy - the movie covers just the first part) is very much an epic panorama of eras over generations. And the movie does lots of good truth and justice to it, which is a pretty impressive achievement by itself. I thought I would find something to quibble over some things that got left out, but they had made all the right choices and the almost three-hour monster of a movie (longest Estonian movie ever) stays quite concise and focused, something that Estonian movies do not usually do. Applauds.
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Last post by ersi -


Eli the Computer Guy - once upon a time a nice actual computer guy whose tutorials I used when I built my own first computer but these days he is just an irked commentator on news - mouths off about the travel authorisation system that the EU will slap at US citizens beginning 2021. I agree with him on the most important points: Yup, it is a visa in everything but name and it is stupid and EU sucks. "There's Europe for you."

However, he ignores that the US has been doing this exact same thing to EU citizens throughout the post-911 era, a "visa waiver program" involving an application to get authorised entry to the country. It is an actual visa procedure to get your visa waived, so to say. At first the procedure cost USD 5, now it is USD 14 I hear, but soon will be 20 I'm sure.

So from my point of view there are a bunch of more things that suck. US sucks because they did it first. EU sucks for having been so slow to catch up to the reality. And, truly, EU sucks for failure to have a civilising effect on US and to make them stop their idiocies. Instead we end up emulating them.
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Firefox to become adware?
Last post by ersi -
you use pale moon browser?
I noticed there is an Android version. I have not tried the Android version, because FF for Android is quite unsuitable for handheld usage in most aspects and I do not think Pale Moon makers did it much better. Well, as said, I have not tried...
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by ersi -
You don't use a few icons in a quicklaunch bar or on your desktop or something for your most-used programs for the occasional mouse/trackball/touchpad use? Interesting. :)
You mean Quick Launch like on Windows? Indeed I don't these days. On desktop I don't do it at all, because there is no such thing in i3wm. And whatever you may end up putting there (provided that the taskbar of your desktop has a location for quick launch), it will be insufficient. Okay, a web browser and a file browser, maybe Skype and a media player too, but when you are like me and you use about six web browsers in specialised ways, will you put all of them there? Hardly.

Edit: On Windows, I strongly prefer to have as much space for window titles as possible (I always change the taskbar settings accordingly, "never combine", show the window on the taskbar on the actual monitor that the window is on, etc.). On i3wm, there is a pretty good combined titlebar or as-if-tabbar (the "tabbed" mode) displaying all open windows on the given workspace, which is the element that makes me prefer i3wm over any other tiling wm. On desktops, I absolutely need window titlebars and a taskbar with window titles. On handheld I can do without, because there you basically have one fullscreen/maxed window at a time and you flip between apps. /edit

I am okay to have a launch menu that populates itself according to most often or most recently used apps - even Rofi can do it -, but I do not want to limit the number of those apps. A search field to search all the apps - and display selectable matches on the fly - is the quickest launcher for me.

Windows menu since XP
In XP you can pin some things but the search was introduced in Vista.
Ah, you're right. XP had this all-too-encompassing search.



Well, indeed I remember having put Opera on Quick Launch back on XP days :) A little Quick Launch section is not a bad thing. But the thing is that it is little. I cannot let the Quick Launch be all over the taskbar like Win 10 insists at first. I make space for window titles there.

Yesterday I acquired a device that has Android 8.1 on it. When you have icons on the home screen and you long press them, some yield a menu of options like "open home page" and "open incognito" or whatever else the app does. However, most only provide "app info" i.e. nothing useful. And nothing that can be changed. Seriously, those list-y things are only useful when configurable.
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by Frenzie -
You don't use a few icons in a quicklaunch bar or on your desktop or something for your most-used programs for the occasional mouse/trackball/touchpad use? Interesting. :)

Windows menu since XP
In XP you can pin some things but the search was introduced in Vista. But Launchy was much better than the Vista search and available on XP to boot. Programs like Gnome Do, Albert, Rofi and Gnome Pie are fully complementary.
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by ersi -
Whereas I still prefer the likes of Xfce Whisker menu or Rofi or even Windows menu since XP with this common idea: Hit the hotkey/combo and start typing to find any program. Maybe I am just old and conservative.
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Browsers & Technology / Re: Keeping an eye on Opera
Last post by Frenzie -
In fact I've been trying Gnome Pie and I quite like it as a quicklaunch alternative.