Why I use Google Chrome more and more on Ubuntu 10.04?

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 and have both Google Chrome (v 5.0.375.38 beta) and Firefox (v 3.6.3) installed.  Although Firefox is still setup as my default browser, I find myself using Chrome more and more and it is mainly for the following reasons:

  • Chrome starts up much, much faster than Firefox.  I have almost the same amount of extensions of similar type in each browser.
  • After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 from Ubuntu 9.10, Flash stopped working in Firefox.  Have no problems with Flash in Chrome.  I have tried everything suggested to fix the Flash problem in Firefox but none seem to work.
  • Like the idea that I can install extensions in Chrome without restarting Chrome.
  • I sometime use standalone web-apps (Google Reader) and tried both using Prism and Chrome standalone and I just like the Chrome standalone better.
  • Overall Chrome just feel much more faster and snappy.
  • By default Chrome gives me more real estate – yes i know I can get some minimalist theme for Firefox.

There are a couple of IBM work extensions that I use that is only available in Firefox so will have to carry on using Firefox until they bring out Chrome versions.  This might be one of the reasons why Firefox loads so much slower, but I cannot think this couple of extensions can have so much influence on Firefox’s loading time.

In the long run, if this trend continue, I cannot see myself using Firefox that much anymore.  With each new version of Chrome it just gets better and better.  I can fully understand why Chrome is being considered as default for Ubuntu Maverick Netbook Edition.

Upgrade to Lucid — 2 done (sort of), 1 to go

As mentioned in this post and this one, I have 3 machines to upgrade.

Today, I bit the bullet and did my IBM production workstation.  As mentioned in this post, the upgrade path is not the normal Ubuntu one but an internal IBM one.  It went fairly well except for the internal part that failed.  Luckily I knew what internal repositories get used and updated my sources.list and ran the update which downloaded and upgraded some internal packages.

After the upgrade, the window buttons were sitting on the left and I hated it.  I immediately changed it back to the right. One thing that does not look right is Lotus Notes which does not display everything properly.  Will have to dig into it tomorrow to figure out what is going on.  For those that run Lotus Notes under Ubuntu, the mail and calendar tab display properly but the home tab is just blank and the resync tab has also got issue.  When opening a mail in a tab, the top part, including the toolbar does not display.

Overall it seems to be stable but I have this impression that booting takes a couple of seconds more.

HTC Desire – ordered

I have always been a Nokia man, but have decided to broaden my horizons and go for an Andriod phone.  Yesterday I popped into my local MTN shop and placed my order for the HTC Desire

On Twitter, MTNSouthAfrica last week said and I quote

The HTC Desire should be in stores next week – global flight crisis and limited availability from HTC have been a problem!

Hope I do not regret it like when I used a Samsung phone for a short while.  Cannot even remember what Samsung it was, but it was horrible and I moved back to my trusted Nokia.

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Ubuntu EMEA Regional Board – 2 from SA

Congratulations to David and Jonathan who was elected to the Ubuntu EMEA Regional Board.  It is great to see 2 South Africans flying the Ubuntu flag.  Here is the full EMEA Board:

  • Jonathan Carter (still on board)
  • Laura Czajkowski
  • Alan Pope
  • Dennis Kaarsemaker
  • St├ęphane Graber
  • Oliver Grawert
  • David Rubin

Also good to see some ladies making it onto the board also.

You can read the full story on Fridge.

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Upgrade to Lucid — 1 done, 2 to go.

Yes, upgraded one of my Karmic desktops to Lucid.  It was the machine that I guessed would have been the easiest to upgrade since it was a fresh install of Karmic and not much was added in the sense of PPA’s. 

The upgrade went smooth except at one place it poped up a window that said Grub Install or something like that.  It listed all my partitions with all unselected.  There was no explanation of what needs to be done except for a Forward button at the bottom.  I assume it wanted to know what partitions should be mounted at boot and I went ahead and selected all of them since I wanted all the partitions mounted. Click the forward button and the upgrade went ahead and threw a lot of errors in the terminal window.  Eventually it displayed a window that said, Grub install failed and whether it should continue.  I selected the tickbox and click forward.  The upgrade completed and asked me to Reboot which I did.  The machine booted fine and seem to be running fine.

So I have no idea what that is suppose to do and whether I had to select all the partitions.  Anybody out there that knows what this is all about?  I have another desktop to do and would like to know what one is suppose to do in this situation.

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Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) — when to upgrade

So Ubuntu 10.04 was released yesterday with some problems.  First there was the memory leak issue and then some issue around GRUB2 which meant that the ISO’s had to be re-rolled. 

I have 3 machines that needs to be upgraded over the next week or so.  One of them is my IBM (yes I work for IBM and run Ubuntu as my primary workstation) workstation and here the upgrade process is not the same as the normal Ubuntu one due to some changes we (as in IBM) has made to Ubuntu.  We have our own internal upgrade process and that will still take a couple of weeks before that hits stable.

At home I have 2 desktops and one will definitely go through an upgrade process over the weekend.  The other one is a fairly old Ubuntu install and have gone through a couple of upgrades already. I am debating whether it is time for a fresh install on that machine.

If anyone has gone through the upgrades already and you have some comments and advice, please share with us.

Happy upgrading….

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SEO business is a rip-off — well at least some of them.

I was asked by a company to advise them on their business processes and how to automate this and just create an more integrated online environment.  While I was meeting with them, they mentioned to me that they pay another company R2500.00 a month for a SEO report.  I asked to have a look at the report that was produced and what a rip-off.  This report is just taking Google Analytics data and represent it in some Word doc report form. 

This I think is not on.  How can somebody do this?  What value is added for this R2500.00 .. in my view, absolutely nothing.

I know there is other SEO companies that does add value by evaluating keywords, meta tags and other content to ensure that one ends up higher in search engine searches.  In this report from this company I could not find any recommendations like this.

I immediately advised then to get rid of this SEO company.  

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Ubuntu Jobs: What does it take to work for Canonical – I am asking?

I suppose there is lots like me that would love to work for Canonical.  Now there is the why and the what.  Here is my why and hopefully my readers can pitch in with the what part.

So why?

  • I believe in what Canonical is trying to achieve with Ubuntu and the way they are going about doing it. 
  • I use Ubuntu daily as both my work machine and also my home and entertainment machine.
  • It would be great to be able to say that I had a small part of bringing Ubuntu to the world.  Had some small part already in doing some translations and reporting some bugs.
  • Working with the best there is, is just awesome.
  • I can work at home in the beautiful Cape Town and at the same time travel to other destinations all over the world.
  • I am a professional Project Manager and believe that with my experience and skills, I can contribute and add value to the process of bringing each Ubuntu release to market.  Running time-based projects is not the easiest of things particularly when the resources delivering that is spread across the world.
  • Since Ubuntu has it’s roots in South Africa, I would love to work for Ubuntu as a South African.  About time some South African blood and culture gets added to the Canonical mix :).  From what I believe, Mark is the sole South African working at Canonical.

Some of the jobs that would suit me:

So what do you think it would take to work for Canonical?  Here is some that I have come up with:

  • Be able to operate in a global diverse team.
  • Be able to work across various timezones.
  • Be able to diligent, logical and precise.
  • Have great time-management skills.
  • Have great communication skills particularly electronic communication skills.
  • Be great at what you doing … in my case Project Management.
  • Be passionate about Open Source and the promotion of the Open Source environment.
  • Be innovative and prepared to change and accept change.

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Ubuntu 9.10 – Disable touchpad

If you want to disable your touchpad on Ubuntu 9.10 then issue the following commnad once:
gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /desktop/gnome/peripherals/mouse/touchpad_enabled false

Then to disable the touchpad issue the following command:
synclient TouchpadOff=1
This command is just active for the session so when you reboot your machine you will have to issue it again.  What I have done is to add it to my Startup Programs.  You will find Startup Programs under System|Preferences|Startup Applications.

Nokia Ovi Maps switches off Nokia 5800 XpressMusic – Help!

I have a Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and for a while now whenever I start Ovi Maps, it switches off the phone.  This started when I had Ovi Maps 2.  I upgraded to Ovi Maps 3 (the latest version) and also upgraded the phone firmware to version 31.  Firmware version 40 is not available in my country.

When I run on battery power the phone switches off almost immediately.  Actually just after it ask whether it should go online.  Make no difference whether I answer yes or no.  When it is plugged into power, it sometimes take a while before it switches off.

I have Googled and searched but could not find any solutions anywhere.  Anybody reading here have any suggestions?

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