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I installed my first Linux distro in 2003. to be honest that time I just started using my own computer. Reason behind installing Linux was to see the difference between windows and Linux and well, there was another reason ! At least I can tell my friends that i’m using Linus eh ? 😛

So after clicking on some unknown territory I realized that Linux wasn’t for me, well that time Linux wasn’t that friendly like now days thats for sure.

BTW – after a long time I have moved to Linux and this time I’m doing my all daily activities (official work, entertainment, study) on my favorite Linux distro UBUNTU. Certainly, Linux have come up with such a powerful package that will make you think “why we shouldn’t use Linux instead of Windows?”.

So what is that making Linux so great ? Well reasons could be as follows…

  • First of all It’s free!
  • Better performance than windows
  • It’s friendly !
  • Lots of Plug & play features
  • Secured !
  • No virus tension

and many more…………………..

but to me it’s something different than the points I mentioned above. After installing Ubuntu this time I faced lots of problems (you know i’m a dumb user :P). and there wasn’t any problem that was unsolvable! Main reason was Linux forums ! There wasn’t any problem that I didn’t find in Linux forums even by a wrong query string. Doesn’t it show the users activities on Linux forums and how many people are working behind this ? Let me show two examples that I have solved recently from Linux forums! After installing FireFox 3 I have found out that my “Bookmark” of my Google Toolbar is not working ! It kept saying “loading..” and nothing appears at the end ! So I just searched and found other people were facing the same problem 😀

so here is the solution, how to get Google Bookmark back for Ubuntu FireFox 3.

just simply type the following command and then re-install the Google Toolbar…

sudo apt-get install libxul-dev libstdc++5 gcc-4.2 libstdc++6

Now restart your FireFox and check the Bookmark 🙂

second example will show you what type of Linux user I’m ! 😛 well, often I lose my “Panel” and reasons are unawarely I delete the panel or I do something that makes the panel so weird he he. Like today I was dragging an Image to make another copy but instead of dragging it on the same folder I dragged it on the Panel 😛 as a result my panel got it as Background and all my items on the Panel went faded. Crap ! Now I went to forum for help and here is the solution how we can get the Default Panel back in Ubuntu….

enter the following command at the prompt:

gconftool-2 –shutdown

(Note: There should be no spaces between the two dashes before shutdown.)

Then enter the next command:

rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

And enter one more command:

pkill gnome-panel

That’s it!

I got my default Panel back 😀 thank GOD ! Anyways, these 2 examples show that we never can get stopped with Linux because forums got all solutions for our problems. So why I give it the most number to make The Linux so great ? Well, this has another good reason that makes you read for your problem, that makes you dig the internet and this is where you learn. So this forums is not only giving you the solutions but also teaching you how to solve a problem and of course it makes you more nerd 😉

God bless Linux !

Few days later, developers have to test one more browser along with IE6, IE7. What is that? Well that’s going to be IE8! These current 2 IE browsers have made developers life hell and I’m sure this new one going to make no change. Although it has some new features that might help the developers but windows users don’t change their browsers by a night. Still 32-31% users use IE6! And those who use IE6 will not switch to IE8 by a jump. That means developers going to suffer at least a year (my guess).

Right now we are working on browsers compatibility. Well our latest Facebook application that is going to be released soon has Firefox compatibility. But not IE7 and IE6. One thing I have noticed that there whatever problem we found in IE6, same problem we found in IE7! Then what the hell IE7 has improved??

Certainly, I’m very naïve in this CSS/HTML area. Anupom had this solution to separate CSS class for each browser. Thanks to him for making this easier. In our CSS file we detected browsers this way; let’s say we had this general class

.h420 {

height:402px;

}

It worked fine in FF but there was height problem in IE6 and IE7. So we would detect the browsers and according to the needs we would increase/decrease the height of the class. See the example bellow….

<?php if( strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], “MSIE”)!== false ): ?>

.h420 {

height:380px !important; //for both IE6 and IE7

}

<?php endif; ?>

Let’s put the “!important” to give it the priority. It worked fine and I guess this is the cool way to solve this kind of browsers issues. Anyways, what about if we had to separate IE6 and IE7? Well we had this solution as well….

For IE6…

<?php if( strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], “MSIE 6.0”)!== false ): ?>

//write your class here ….

<?php endif; ?>

For IE7…

        <?php if( strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], “MSIE 6.0”)!== false ): ?>

//write your class here ….

<?php endif; ?>

That’s it 🙂

We are about to release our latest Facebook application from Trippert banner. Almost done but left with only one issue that is IE6 compatibility. Honestly, i’m frustrated to see the behave of IE6 and i wish no users uses IE6 anymore! Simply a shit! I have just gone through browsers statistics and found following result for last 2 months and 2007.

Browsers Statistics

it shows a big amount of users use(30-32%) IE6 which is really scary. if you are windows users then you can use IE7 or Firefox. At least they take less work and less pain for developers to get the buggy things done. and why not when you are getting better performance. So please, my humble request stop using IE6 and start using better browser. You can upgrade your browsers from here. I’m sure it will make developers life way better.

Inspired by: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/03/25/save-the-developers-stop-using-internet-explorer-6/

Today, I was searching a lyric with this title called “you say it best when u say nothing at all” with my FF address bar. My address bar

Result was kinda unexpected, because after pressing “Enter” it brought me into the site directly. Well, By default, when you key in keyword(s) in Firefox address bar, it will search the keyword(s) using Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” option. The “I’m Feeling Lucky” option will load the #1 rank website of the keyword(s) search result, instead of listing matching websites.

But, I don’t want it! I want a list of websites where I can choose the appropriate one. So I would like to change this default configuration of FF address bar. I got help from a site to modify this default settings.

To change the Firefox option is very simple, as follows:-

  1. At Firefox address bar, enter about:config and press ENTER.
  2. At Filter: field, type keyword.url
  3. You should see a Preference name of keyword.URL in the list. Double click it, a “Enter String Value” input box will appear.
  4. Replace the string with:
    http://www.google.com.my/search?q=
    Click “OK” button and done!

And that’s it. Now I won’t be botered by “I’m Feeling Lucky” option. Because I’m unlucky 🙂


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