So knowing that my Ubuntu 10.10 was about to go out of support, I took the plunge and made two calls:
1) Ubuntu's move to Unity was not to my liking, and
2) I'd like to move to the new LTS; 12.04.
So I went to Xubuntu; the Xfce based Ubuntu variant.
Unfortunately, as it's only March 2012, 12.04 is only just into Beta stage. So my installation is Xubuntu 12.04b1 64bit.
First impressions? I like it. However there's been a few odds and sods i've had to deal to manually, and eventually i'll tie them into this blog article.
I operate with Firefox as my main browser, and Chrome/Chromium as my second browser, used for mainly work-related things or where i'm testing for browser incompatibilities. Unfortunately Chromium doesn't seem to play well with other browsers, and where Firefox is otherwise configured as the default, this isn't necessarily true...
Anycase this was my fix to make Firefox take all the stuff that Chromium was stealing, in this case links presented via Pidgin IM:
Use of term Police or New Zealand Police in operating name
(1) A person commits an offence who, without reasonable excuse, carries on an activity under an operating name that includes the word "“Police”" or the words "“New Zealand Police”", in a manner likely to lead a person to believe that the activity is endorsed or authorised by the Police or any part of the Police.
(2) A person who commits an offence against this section is liable,—
(a) in the case of an individual, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding $5,000:
(b) in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $20,000.
Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 (SR 2004/427) (as at 01 October 2011)
.1 Drivers must not exceed speed limits
(1) A driver must not drive a vehicle at a speed exceeding the applicable speed limit (being a permanent, variable, holiday, urban, rural, temporary, or other speed limit).
(2) The fact that a vehicle is driven at a speed that does not exceed the applicable speed limit does not excuse an alleged breach of a provision of any other Part of this rule.
(3) A driver who drives at a speed exceeding the applicable speed limit is not in breach of subclause (1) if the driver proves that, at the time the vehicle was being driven,—
(a) the vehicle was being used by an enforcement officer engaged on urgent duty and compliance with the speed limit would be likely to prevent the execution of the officer's duty; or
(b) the vehicle was an emergency vehicle being used in an emergency and was operating a red beacon or a siren, or both; or
(c) the vehicle was being used (on a road subject to a speed limit of 60 km per hour or more) to convey a member of the Executive Council engaged on urgent public business, or to convey any other person authorised for the purpose by the Minister and engaged on urgent public business in the execution of the person's functions.
Running two browsers for a variety of reasons (Firefox, primary, Chrome or Chromium, secondary) on all my platforms meant I kept the habit up when I started using Linux more frequently.
My main machine (both work and home) is now Ubuntu 10.10 (likely to be upgraded further soon when 10.10 goes out of support) and though i'm also fiddling with Linux Mint, i'm not using it fulltime yet... (but I digress).
Recently I've noticed somewhat annoying behavior where having received an email with embedded links into Thunderbird, clicking on supplied links would variously use either Firefox or Chromium without apparent pattern.
Eventually I worked out that http:// links were opening in Firefox and https:// links were opening in Chromium.
In frustration (as everywhere I could see, 'default browser' was set as Firefox) I posted to NZLUG and a very helpful post this afternoon revealed the winner:
Use gconf-editor and check the following:
Whaddiyaknow... default http handler was indeed 'firefox %s' and default https handler was 'sensible-browser %s'.
Running sensible-browser called Chromium. (what a conceited name to use!)
Changing it to Firefox appears to have put things back where I'd expect them to be; Firefox is my default, and Chromium has particular uses.
The relative obscurity of some of these fixes is occasionally somewhat frustrating, so i'm publishing this in the hope it'll benefit others. I've also put it up on Ubuntuforums.org attached to another post with similar symptoms, albeit a different fix.
The New Zealand Network Operators GroupConference 2012 was held in Christchurch this year, and I was fortunate enough to attend.
The usual conference form is Workshops / Multi-Day tutorials Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, half or full-day tutorials on the Wednesday, and the conference proper on the Thursday and Friday made up of a series of technical presentations (from 5 minutes to 45 minutes in length) on a variety of topics of interest to Network Operators.
NZNOG is the only event of its type in the NZ ICT calendar and serves as a useful way to keep up with current events, new developments and innovations in the NZ Networking scene.
Of course, there's always the light hearted side of things; Network Geeks are renowned for their beer-drinking prowess and well, NZNOG never fails... the proportion of NOGgers who don't drink do nevertheless get to have a great time.
BlakJak.net has been dark yesterday and most of today in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA). The U.S. Congress is about to censor the Internet, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed, and a significant amount of the Internet sits outside of US Jurisdiction. I've darkened my website in support of those attempting to kill off attempts to pass laws that breach our our global rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. Learn more at AmericanCensorship.org (for the American Viewpoint) or for a New Zealand take on things, check out Vikram Kumar's Blog and recent guest post to the National Business Review (Similar content, but with some very interesting responses). Vikram is Chief Executive of InternetNZ, the non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the Internet in New Zealand. Among other things he notes that domain names within .com/net/org - like my one - would also be forfeit.
There's plenty of good media out there explaining why SOPA and it's ilk are BAD.
I'll link you these:
One hopes that the amount of mainstream attention this is getting, will cause lawmakers to wake up.
In a wider sense it's disturbing how often 'blackout' responses are becoming relevant. Almost like lawmakers don't like to listen to their electorate, or to experts, when suggesting law changes. Sigh.
A headusp that due to what I can only describe as a clerical error, the virtual machine that hosted linux.net.nz has been deleted in the last few days.
I've temporarily set up a Listserv on the NZOSS infrastructure (which I host) to keep folks in the loop. All the people whos email addresses I had in my inbox associated with NZLUG and Auckland LUG have been subscribed. Others are welcome. Details are here. I will update this page as I hear further.
Update: Dylan Reeve, who owns/co-ran the linux.net.nz hosting server, has explained what went on in a blog post of his own. :( Until Nic returns from his holiday we're not sure where the various LUG's stands, except that Nic does think he has backups of all important data (notably the list membership database and mail archive for the list) as of a few months ago. So the data loss may not be huge in that front.
After having to challenge yet another unsolicited connection attempt on LinkedIn today I was inspired to throw some words into Google and see if anyone else had published anything regarding LinkedIn Connections.
plenty of vlc packages removed as a result of installing OpenShot... and a swag of codecs...
reinstalled vlc and let totem go codec hunting, at least I have a list of what's missing now should I need it... I should've paid more attention to what it was up to I think!
... I have found that over time i've developed the habit of using Ctrl-W to close Windows.
I suppose this replaced the old Ctrl-F4 habit I used to have when I realised that Ctrl-F4 was very much a Windows-Only thing and that Ctrl-W was more widely supported (in particular, in Firefox, regardless of OS.)
Today after closing Firefox inadvertantly (by hitting Ctrl-Q, instead of Ctrl-W, by accident, and not for the first time!) I threw a frustrated search into Google, pondering whether Ctrl-Q could be disabled.
What do you know.... It Can. Keyconfig installed, and configuration changed.
I also took the opportunity to disable the F12 mapping for Firebug - another Firefox addon that I have installed and use very occasionally - but not often enough to justify stealing the F12 mapping (that I do have to use elsewhere - mainly when using the remote KVM on our blade chassis at work...!)
I must admit it really is great to be able to use a tool like Firefox and know that there's an addon for just about everything. :-) I have FireFTP, Adblock Plus, HTTPS-Everywhere, Firebug, Gmail Manager, NoScript and User-Agent Switcher (off the top of my head) and the best part is that I can use those addons on any of my machines, as long as they run Firefox (of a current nature). Windows, Linux, the lot.
Now if only they hadn't changed to this crummy version numbering schema they're now using to keep up with the Joneses, or is that, the Googles...