Archive for May 2009

Back to awesome

I’m back using awesome. I think it’s a good choice for now. It seems to fit me pretty well. I have a floating tab, which I use for pidgin, sonata, and the occasional urxvtc for pacmanning/quick editing. I also have a tab for opera, tab for code (fair layout is awesome for that), and a tab for misc, which I was just using for gimp to change the colors on the sky background. I made a new theme, using arch colors, it looks pretty nice.

The systray is great to have, since I’ve really grown accustomed to always having one, and having one integrated works better 9/10 times you need one. Musca is great… but I think I’ll wait for it to mature a little more.

I don’t know why people complain about the config file…. I find it so easy to follow. I would love to learn lua, seems like it would come in handy for all these jobs I need to apply to.

Review: Cowon D2+

Reading a post in the archlinux forums, and complaining about the not-so-stellar battery life on my 2 year old ipod, I decided to give Cowon D2+ a try.

Pros:

  • Small (Weighs much less than my 5th generation 80GB ipod, and is about 1/3 the size)
  • Touchscreen (Although fairly small (2in x 1.8in I believe), it’s a touchscreen.
  • Sound. Recommended for it’s excellent sound quality, it does sound pretty nice, even with the stock ear buds.
  • Native support of many different formats. Ogg, flac, mp3, mp4 and flash all supported out of the box.
  • Expandable. 16GB internal flash memory, with an SD slot, for limit-less expansion.
  • Cheap. 160 dollars for the 16GB version.
  • Customizable. Haven’t played around with it, but you can change the skin of the interface.
  • Mass Storage Device. Shows in Windows and Linux as a Mass Storage Device. Big plus. I hated using itunes/gtkpod if I just wanted to add some songs to my ipod.

Cons:

  • Small. I know this was listed as a pro above, but the screen is almost too small to be a touchscreen. I have to look at the player to position my finger correctly to hit the skip button.
  • Cheap. Again, listed above as a pro, but this is more of a construction aspect. It’s plastic…. All plastic. I know ipod’s aren’t exactly rugged, but I’ve dropped my ipod a number of times, and it still works fine. My D2+ dropped about 2 feet, and the power button broke off, making it pretty hard to turn on/off the player.
  • Interface. Not really a con, but it’s just different from any interface I’ve ever used. You have to double tap anything to get to the next menu, and the prev/pause/next buttons cover up the name of the song…. Not very good placement.

Even with all the flaws, it’s still a nice little player. If I were able to return it, I probably would, but I’m going to have to stick with it for now.

Mobile blogging!

I just added wordpress to my iphone… So get ready for some mobile blogging while I’m at work!

Bear with me, I'm new at this

New blog! I would be writing this from linux…. but I just finished playing CS 1.6, so I’m still in windows… (windows 7, not too bad)

I’m finding it very hard to stick with a DE/WM on my arch install. My main computers consist of my desktop, which dual boots arch and windows7, and my eeepc which dual boots arch and winxp (perfectly I might add). It’s a little easier to choose a WM for my eeepc, since the screen is only 8.9 inches, it really limits what I can have on there ( Right now I switch off between xfce4 and musca).

My desktop is a different story. Currently I’m using musca, and it’s….. pretty great. I guess the musca site explains it best:

Musca operates as a tiling window manager by default. It uses manual tiling, which means the user determines how the screen is divided into non-overlapping frames, with no restrictions on layout. Application windows always fill their assigned frame, with the exception of transient windows and popup dialog boxes which float above their parent application at the appropriate size. Once visible, applications do not change frames unless so instructed.

When I first tried tiling window managers (started with awesome 2), I thought the idea was pretty cool. In my ignorance, I thought it was a newer concept, but I was very wrong. Tiling window managers have been around for ever. Windows 1 was tiling. I joined awesome pretty late in the game, and just about the time I had a working config, awesome 3 began to get developed, and it changed to a lua config. It really isn’t that bad to configure, and learning lua is definitely a plus. I used awesome for a little, then jumped back and forth between just about every WM. recently I tried dwm, and it seems to minimal for me. Sure, keeping the source code under 2000 lines seems like a nice kiss/minimal approach…. But if the code is still fast, why put a limit on it? I never understood that. I also tried xmonad, but I had gotten so used to the way you can use a mouse in awesome, I didn’t like the keyboard-only xmonad way.

I spent a little bit of time with ratpoison, and while I liked the idea, I felt it wasn’t configurable enough for me. There are key combination’s I had gotten used to, and without being able to set them from inside ratpoison, it wasn’t for me (I know xbindkeys can set bindings, but I didn’t really like the default ratpoison controls for moving windows)

Then I came upon musca. I read about it in the forums, and it seemed like a good mix between ratpoison and a tiling WM…. and that’s exactly what it is. It’s pretty fun to play with, and I have to admit that letting you tile your own windows makes everything better. But I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay with it… I feel like I need a DE on my desktop, because I use more than a terminal most of the time.