Going with portableapps.com

I tried, I tried hard, I couldn’t handle it. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 without a proper Javascript-engine is a real nightmare, but officially I have to deal with it at a customer site. I could install Firefox in my homedir and use some of my limited storage space, but I would still break company policy. On the other side not having access to my sources like some Wiki’s, webmail, Safari Online, etc would stop me from doing my job basicly.

But it appears there is a solution if you can access a thumbdrive as in my case. Most thumbdrives has U3 which allows you to run software of your thumbdrive, but there is maybe an even easier solution. Most open source applications that have a Win32-port can be packaged to run of a thumbdrive. The most famous packaging sites for this is PortableApps.com.

Officially I don’t install any software on a machine and I don’t break any company policies. I doubt how long it would take before CD-drives and USB-connectors are closed again due to dataloss or stolen data. But then again, they could also offer a proper browser. It is also good to know there are companies with even stranger policies and solutions. Security should be about enabling people not trying to stop them as they will work around the issue sooner or later to get things done.

First thoughts about WordPress 2.8

WordPress logoGoing mainstream has its price and so has going with WordPress. It is a populair application and does work great as a drop-in-place-and-run application, but it kicks and screems when you try to tame it for mass shared hosting. And I still wonder who kicks and screems harder. The code or the developers.

For now 2.8 is on hold for me to see how I can modify it so it becomes usable again in a shared hosting environment. And the following line in the release announcement worries me.

The core and plugin updaters in previous versions of WordPress have been such a success we decided to bring the same to themes. You can now browse the entire theme directory and install a theme with one click from the comfort of your WordPress dashboard.

It is going to be interesting when I load it on a test container next week. Maybe I will update MediaWiki 1.14 to 1.15 first to get in a good mood.

Adopting NetBeans

Duke with helmetI’m from the Borland “blue” IDE generation and it was my favorite IDE for both Pascal as C/C++. But somewhere around Borland C/C++ 4.5 they changed to a Windows-interface and I was horrified at the time. I never found a good replacement and I tried a lot. KDeveloper looked promising, but limited to KDE-only at the time I stopped using it.

A lot people advised me to try Eclipse and so I did. I only ended up in wanting to shoot the bureaucrat who designed it. At the time NetBeans was also still a pain to use, but now with generation 6 is becomes a good alternative to use. It supports Java and C/C++, but also PHP, Python and Ruby. And tons of useful things like screening your code for FIXME-statements, but also ways to use remote webservers and repositories.

I’m now already on version 6.5.1 and using it more and more for PHP-development. Hopefully version 6.7 will become faster and less memory hungery as 500 MB allocated memory for an IDE is somewhat on the big side. This may be related to Java on 64 bits Linux, but I still need to test it on OpenSolaris for comparison. But for now it seems I found my new IDE as I’m slowly adopting it for more and more tasks.

Linux 2.6.30

Tux, the Linux mascotThe short verion of this post is that Linus has released Linux 2.6.30 after three months. A long awaited release for owner of a R6xx/R7xx chipset and I’m one of them. The compiler is go and hopefully I have an accelerated videocard before the end to day. So I’m not going to wait until it hits Debian Unstable.

The long version can be found at kernelnewbie.org and I must say the new kernel contains some nice new features. Maybe even a killer for Dtrace and ZFS.

EU, a drama unfolding

Flag of EuropeWith the elections for the European Parliament behind us a drama starts to unfold in the countries that where at cradle of Europe. The same countries that where like the founding fathers of the Europe Union, the same countries that has one single goal and wish, the same countries that tried to build a new future after the second World War.

Now in the aftermath it is still unclear what is going to happen and a unpredictable future is something that should get everyone worried. The Labour party in the UK would suffer massive losses when the people would vote a for a new national parliament. The ruling parties in The Netherlands also would suffer massive losses infavor of right-wing and conservative parties. For some other counties like Spain the voting on Thursday by the Dutch where most likely the kickstart they needed.

This is now the second time that the people gave a strong signal and hopefully politicians will do something with it. As I fear the third time send out a signal, the signal may no be so gentle as now. I also fear the politicians will ignore it as they did with the previous signal in 2005 and decided that they where allowed to ignore it and create a workaround. But the future will bring us the news and hopefully it is going to be good news.