Archive for July 2009

Midori Web Browser

I wouldn’t say my hardware is exactly poor but its not cutting edge up to date either so over the years I’ve evolved towards low foot print applications and services for most of my systems.

With this in mind I use slim and LXDE on my ArchLinux Laptop, the other day I heard about Midori which came out as the fastest browser around at the minute. At work I have an openSUSE box so thought I would give it a try on there, oh whoa is me, its installed but refuses to run complaining;

sales@linux-du10:~> midori
** (midori:19553): CRITICAL **: katze_array_get_nth_item: assertion`KATZE_IS_ARRAY (array)' failed
(midori:19553): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion`G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed
** (midori:19553): CRITICAL **: katze_array_get_nth_item: assertion`KATZE_IS_ARRAY (array)' failed
(midori:19553): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion`G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed
** (midori:19553): CRITICAL **: katze_array_get_nth_item: assertion`KATZE_IS_ARRAY (array)' failed
(midori:19553): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion`G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed
** (midori:19553): CRITICAL **: katze_array_get_nth_item: assertion`KATZE_IS_ARRAY (array)' failed
(midori:19553): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion`G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed
** (midori:19553): CRITICAL **: katze_array_get_nth_item: assertion`KATZE_IS_ARRAY (array)' failed
(midori:19553): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_unref: assertion`G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed
midori: symbol lookup error: midori: undefined symbol: soup_session_get_feature

So I had a little moan on my local mailing list whereby everyone came back with "Works fine on Ubuntu" yeah cheers great help.
Anyway I gave it a try on my Arch system and its perfect, the speed is 10x faster than Firefox the only thing I miss is Foxmarks.

Public Flogging

floggingI goofed, yep I goofed up big time I thought it strange that nobody had signed up for for a few days then I received an email this morning basically telling me that the registration process was broken! “Rubbish I tested it myself” so off I trotted to the website and sure enough you could fill out all your details but when you answered the incredibly hard maths sum authentication it just went in a loop!

“Hm whats wrong there then?” I had a quick look in the back-end but nothing obvious stood out so hopped on the Forum where I got the login module from. “Aha I wonder if that’s the problem” Yep sure enough I had disabled the ‘Show in front end’ in the configuration file.

I have now been publicly flogged which is funny really as I normally have to pay for that sort of service. :-)

Drop Box Fail

Dropbox logoI’ve been doing a fair bit of stuff at work that I also need to work on at home, usually I copy to a USB drive and transfer files that way but thought I would take another look at DropBox.

Given the current hype with cloud computing, or at least my idea of cloud computing this fits in well, its a synchronisation application that lets you transfer files from one machine to another (Or multiple machines) the only downside is your data is on the DropBox server so for the paranoid its probably not ideal.

Going off on a tangent, a couple of years ago I was involved with the iFolder Project by Novell this was prior to its current revamp under Kablink basically its the same principle except you can host the ‘Server’ yourself so long as you have access to the Internet with that machine there is nothing stopping you syncing folders pretty much anywhere in the world.

Any way I don’t keep my machines at home switched on 24/7 so this is not an option for me hence the DropBox. I’m not the head of a multi national organisation or a bank so most of the stuff I sync is pretty inert (“Inert? yeah wouldn’t ert a fly”) I run a few different machines Arch Linux obviously but also openSUSE and (Waits for spam hate mail) Windows XP Pro. As you can imagine the XP installs of DropBox was fine also the openSUSE install was pretty painless unfortunately Arch Linux is another story.

Now dear reader my system is KDE-Mod which to be honest should not have made a difference so I went ahead and did $: yaourt nautilus-dropbox of course the clue was in the Nautilus bit but hey who concentrates when they are excited? No errors was reported so in theory we should be good to go?

Oh no we aren’t, OK lets hop over to the wiki and see whats what. Ah so I should have done the manual install “Without Nautilus” OK I’ll have a go at that. Now I’m not sure what I’ve done wrong should I have done all this as Root? I can see the three folders they are talking about but the ‘test’ script refuses to work. :-(

For the minute I’m just logging on to my DropBox account via Firefox and doing the old “Drag-n-drop” routine I suppose I’ll have to lift the hood up and have a rummage around to try and fix it or at least clean up the part installs spewed over my system.

Arch Mobile

archmobileI came across the Arch on Freerunner site by accident a couple of weeks ago, before I started seeing posts about it on the arch-general mailing list.

I’m not a mobile phone fan as far as I’m concerned I just want to make a call, send a text and maybe the odd picture and thats it what caught my attention was the image of Arch Linux running on an N800.

Now I own an N810 which Father Christmas gave me two years ago, its pretty good but to be honest I have blitz’s with it some months I’ll use it most days other times it sits in my pocket feeling unloved and unused. I have installed Easy-Debian but would love to have Arch on instead the problem is there are instructions for getting it on the Freerunner but not specific ones for the N800 let alone the N810. If you read the projects home page the Author seems a little disgruntled and openly admits that the project is ‘stalled’ for the minute.

shout-at-machineI need to beg, steal, borrow or buy an 8GB Mini SD card, which is another gripe, what is it with Google et al? You type in 8GB Mini SD and it comes back with loads of Micro SD options! I find myself screaming at the screen “I cant use Micro SD I want Mini you steaming pile of horse dung” anyway once I have acquired a memory card I will have a go at installing and see if I can turn my N810 into a brick.

If anyone has a proper step by step guide for installing on an N810 can they let me know, send me a link or email me the instructions. Goes Live!

extra-extra2The site went live! on Sunday it is a bit rough and ready but hey I’m not expecting to win ‘Open Source Designer of the Year Award’.

Yes there is still Loren Ipsum text spewed all over the place and maybe the odd module is visible that shouldn’t be but overall its usable and presentable. I’ve had some positive feed back already and (Hopefully) actual people have started to sign up. reaches stage 2

So the Joomla website is installed and has been updated to the latest version. The IRC component has been installed, actually I’m sort of proud of that I’ve done my very 1st Hack at least I think that’s what its called?

I took someones component (Its OK its GPL) and edited the <iframe> contained in an HTML file then changed some of the parameters in the .php file I had to do a few trial and errors to get the size right and change some of the wording but amazingly it actually works!

The idea is to let visitors to the site have access I know your thinking “But everyone has a chat client” but there maybe somebody who hasn’t got one or they are at work and cant use one.

I’ve also installed Agora Forum and setup some of the categorys I’m pretty sure there are more sections that need adding but I guess posters will soon let me know whats needed.

Dave is being a little treasure and putting up with my furious emails with regards Can you run this command please Dave?” or “Can you check the permissions?” Dave has now added the logo to our email account which he and I are jealously guarding as everyone in the world will want one when the site is launched because all the cool users will hang out at

I’ve had to put the launch date back a week as there are still some areas that need sorting out and I’ve not finished changing the demo text to something real.