Saturday, February 28, 2009

Donnie Davies - Take My Hand

Donnie Davis. Remember him? Well, in 2007 he made quite the splash with his video "The Bible Says" (you can see it here). Well I just noticed that he's out with a new video. And wow!! The innuendo is much stronger than the last one, but I love it!

Here are the lyrics (as best as I can make them out):

Homosexuality .
Homosexuality is a heartbreaking and crippling disease.
But there is something you can do about it:.
Will you come ?
When you feel almighty power
When I reach out to touch you will you come?
Will you come inside the gates of heaven?
Into eternal glory will you come?

Are you bruised and broken
Poisoned with deceit
Do you stand for nothing
Shattered by defeat
Are you barely human
All but dead inside
Just a rotten soul
By your own design
Even though you're lusting for another man
Swallow all your pride
Reach up and take my hand

And in the face of evil
In the face of sin
In the face of Satan
In the face of men

Will you come?
When you feel almighty power
When I'm reaching out to touch you will you come?
Will you come inside the gates of heaven ?
Into eternal glory will you come?

Rising! Rising! Rising  up to heaven. Rising up!
Standing up! Standing up as one
Push it! Push it!  Push it is to righteousness?
When you feel it will you come?
Will you come?
Are you coming?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Ubuntu has been Breaking Lately

Over the past couple of weeks, I have experience a larger number of stubborn problems on my Ubuntu Intrepid machine. Here are just a couple of the problems I've been experiencing:
  • A number of annoying Firefox problems. Two in particular: (1) When I'm downloading files, sometimes firefox will tell me that its got just a few more seconds to download when in fact it has finished downloading. This is annoying because it leaves *.part files all over the place. (2) When I shut down firefox, it has become more frequent that it doesn't fully shut down, and instead I have to go into the system monitor to kill it manually.
  • VLC stopped working for me on *.mp4 and *.wmv files. In fact the only sorts of videos it seems to play consistently are *.mpeg files. And yes, I have all the codecs installed (so fuck off). I have to use mplayer instead.
  • When I insert my flash drive into the USB port, it no longer automatically mounts it. Instead I have to go to Places->Computer and double click on it, at which point it gives the following message: Internal error: No mount object for mounted volume. It nontheless mounts it. This bug has been reported here.
Intrepid, though an improvement over Hardy in terms of stability, still though isn't that stable. I'm really hoping that Jaunty will finally reach a real stable state (it should not be fucking hard to mount a flash drive).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How to import an openoffice spreadsheet into a table

The tip can be found here. Basically, here is what you do:
  • Create a new Writer Table with the number of columns and rows you need
  • In Calc, select and copy the range of cells you want to import into Writer
  • In Writer, use Paste Special below or above the Writer table (not in the table, yet). For 'Selection', choose either "Formatted text [RTF]" or "HTML (HyperText Markup Language)". This creates a temporary table.
  • Select and copy the contents of the newly created (but badly formatted) temporary table.
  • Paste the contents of the temporary table into the original table you created in the first step.
  • Delete the temporary table.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What I Hope Will Be Ready for Ubuntu "Jaunty Jackalope"

Back in April, when I was using Hardy, I wrote this about what I'd like to see in future versions of Ubuntu. Now that Intrepid is out, its time to re-evalute the list to see what made it and what didn't
  • A GUI wrapper for utf: YES. Its called gutf. That said, I still haven't figured out how to set up internet connection sharing with it :( Until then, I'll stick with Firestareter
  • Two-way synchronization between evolution and Google calander: YES (at least partial). In Hardy there was one-way synchronization. In Intrepid, although its somewhat hidden, its there. My Impression - not ready for prime time. For better or worse, cloud computing is going to be a big part of the way we do things. Google, of all companies, will be front and center in this.
  • Advanced Desktop settings already pre-installed (or some simplified version of it). NO. This still confuses me - if you are going to make compiz a default part of the Desktop out of the box, then why not have a configuration tool right out of the box as well.
  • Tracker Search Tool needs to have a phrase search. NO. This one really freaking annoys me.
Well, one out of four is a start. Now looking to the future, what do I hope will make it into the next release of Ubuntu (codename Jaunty)? Here's what I'm keeping my eye on:

Bug Fixes and Feature Requests
  • nautilus 'replace file' dialog box could give more information. This one has been a long-time annoyance to me. In fact, I've moved over to KDE a couple of times because of it (I've always eventually come back to Gnome, which I do like better, though KDE 4.2 is giving them the run for their money). No indication that this will be fixed in time.
  • Tracker doesn't search for phrases in enclosed quotes. Until this is fixed, Tracker is not very useful for my needs. That said, its doubtful it will be fixed in Jaunty.
  • Audacity does not mesh with PulseAudio. One indication that Ubuntu (or Linux distros generally) isn't quite ready for the general user is the fact that the main audio editor for the Linux platform doesn't play well with the way Ubuntu is designed. Apparently the UbuntuStudio people have gotten it to work, and the bug report page indicates that they have been able to patch it for Jaunty. Yay.
New Applications
  • OpenOffice 3.1 - Although version 3.0 is out, it didn't make it into Intrepid (which is fine by me, I'd rather have a stable nicely integrated version included rather than one that was rushed in at the last minute).
  • Firefox 3.1 - Can't wait!
  • KDE 4.2 - A huge improvement. This is looking really nice
  • Kdenlive 7.1 - My favorite video editor. The nice thing is that you can already use it on Intrepid
  • Amarok 2.x - The 1.4.x series of Amarok is already the most feature rich music player on Linux (and almost any platform), and Amarok 2 looks to be an even better audio player.
  • Songbird 1.1 - Actually, this will be out in about a month. The version I want needs a "watch folders" feature and the ability to play videos.
  • Boxee - If you are a Netflix subscriber, but only use Linux on your computers, there is a real sense in which you are getting

Other stuff (needed, though though it might not make me happy)

Ok, the software in this category I have a hard time getting excited about. Either it is not open source or its open source with strings attached. Nonetheless, its needed for a Desktop that works with more and more web applications that are popping up all over the place.
  • Adobe AIR
  • Mono 2 and Moonlight 1.0 - Unfortunately for Linux users, more and more sites are moving to Starlight in order to deliver a media rich web experience. I say unfortunately because Microsoft does not support Starlight on the Linux platform.
Dream List
  • A robust 2-way syncronization of Evolutio with Google. For good or for worse, the future is cloud computing. Cloud computing allows the synchonization of data from various workstations and mobile devices.... Evolution needs to make this front and center of their priorities. I'm afraid that Linux applications will lag behind their Windows counterparts.
  • Better video editors - Presently there are limited options on linux, and each of the options themselves have certain drawbacks.
  • Easier theming of Gnome - Imagine this: You go to System->Preferences->Appearance and, under the "Theme" tab, after not liking the few installed themes there to choose from, you press the "Install" button and it takes you to a window/site/whatever where you can look over other various themes that have been put together. You then are given the option of selecting one, and after doing so, it goes and downloads it for you, installs it, and applies it to your system. Easy as pie.
  • An ebook manager that works - as far as I can tell, the only ebook manager out there is eKitaab, but it is broken as hell.
  • Support for portable apps - Portable apps are becoming more and more important for me.

Debian Live CD

If you are interested in Debian (esp. because Lenny was just released - yay), but don't want to install it on your system, let me introduce you to the Debian Live website. Here you can download live cds of this most venerable of distributions.