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The Galeon 1.3.x Rant, Part 2½: Two completely different minds? //at 01:55 //by abe

from the flamewar dept.

Hmmm, there are people who left Usenet for Blogging. I never understood how blogging could replace Usenet. But at the moment I realize that Erich’s and my flamewar discussion about Galeon, GNOME and UI design is just like some thread in some newsgroup. That frightens me. But I have to answer to his recent posting, though, since his blog has no comment function. ;-)

So here’s my reply to his reply. :-)

Please, never claim again that kazekahase as a good UI. It’s sooo stupid.

Well, I haven’t played around with it long enough and already found some bugs to claim that, but it at least shows the right approach to how I expect a web browser to be: Fast and intuitively to use and configurable. So I do not claim that — yet.

close tab icon in the toolbar on the very left

Firefox has that, too, just on right side. If Kazekahase would have that as the only close button for tabs, I would agree that this isn’t that good. But it also has configurable close icons for each tab. And if the toolbar would be configurable, you easily could get rid of it. (I would remove it, too.)

preferences icon in the toolbar (I want to work, not toy around with my preferences!)

Just don’t click on it. And while you talk about it: Yet another thing I dislike with Galeon 1.3.x over 1.2.x is that it has no more “Settings” in the main menu. *eg*

No default keybinding for view source, view source opens in the back

Changed that easily by hovering with the mouse over “View source” and pressing Ctrl-U. Regarding the opening in the back, I agree with you. But since Kazekahase is still in a quite early state (in comparison to Galeon) I expect that this will change…

user level setting is useless, as shown by nautilus. Everone wants to punish himself by seeing all the options he has (and doesn’t understand)

There! Look! You said it: “Everyone wants configrability.” So why don’t give it to the users? Do you like dictators? I don’t. (With the usual exception: “Except if me being the dictator…” ;-)

A little bit later, you wrote:

No! Don’t tell people that there are more options. Don’t make them waste time by investigating what they could do, just let them use the browser…

You like censorship, too? Sorry, but since when a developer has to and can decide if looking through the configuration options is a waste of time or not for the user?

Do you think, looking through the list of packages to know what is available in dselect or aptitude is a waste of time? I’m sorry, but for me that’s the biggest fun in a new installation or after an dist-upgrade. Same counts for configuring a newly discovered application. What do you think was the first thing I did after starting Kazekahase? Yes, I went through all the configuration menus before loading a single web page.

two search fields wasting screen real estate (I already hate the one in firefox up there…

Yeah, history search could be done using the location field. But regarding “waste”: The default toolbar of Galeon 1.3.x wastes quite a lot of space by putting the location field in a toolbar of its own. (Can’t remember how the default toolbar in Galeon 1.2.x was… :-)

Default encoding: arabic […] Font settings let me choose the arabic fonts first…

Yeah, wondered about that, too, and will probably file a bug report about that.

autodetection disabled according to prefs.

Not sure about this. I saw that with other browsers (Galeon 1.3.20 under Sid for example *eg*), too, and it just meant “on” in comparsion to the other options which just hardwire the charset.

Fixed tab width not using my screen efficiently (“GNOM”) is all fitting on the tab label, thats a total waste!

Gotcha! Yet another thing I hate with Galeon 1.3.x. In Galeon 1.2.x this was configurable, in Galeon 1.3.x all tabs have the same width. Really a waste of space. But you probably can tell me how I can change this since you have changed it in your Galeon, too, or? (You have changed something in the configuration of your browser? Really?!? Woah! SCNR.)

Why do I have a “switch proxy” checkbox in the menu when I don’t have a proxy?

Why there is a possibility to configure a proxy if you don’t have one?

Don’t tell me that it makes more sense to you to setup stuff like Emacs- vs. windows-style keybindings in every single application you use. That is just stupid, sorry.

It may be of use to configure some keybindings globally. But there always should be the possibility to change them locally. BTW: AFAIK GTK offers such global keybindings, but GNOME is just overkill for me.

Also I don’t like mouse gestures.

You don’t have to use them. Just keep them switched off. But don’t disregard the thousands of people who use and like them.

When they were introduced in Galeon I tried them, but I never got a hang for them.

Mouse gestures in fact were initially my main reason to use Galeon and not Mozilla. I first heard about mouse gestures in Opera 3.x and in my HCI classes at university. I like them and started using them with Opera 3 under Windows. I very quickly found out that the Linux browsers I used, didn’t have them, because I got so used to them, that I kept making mouse gestures in browsers which have never heard about it. And Opera wasn’t available for Linux at that time. So I found Galeon (1.2.x of course ;-).

And in general they are not faster in my opinion.

It’s just like gear shifting in a car: After a while you just don’t even have to think about it anymore. You just do it. You’re used to it. You can’t say, that counts for click back buttons, do you? (Well, it counts for hitting escape buttons, depending on you keyboard. ;-)

They lack interim feedback IMHO.

Does Alt-Left has feedback? Do you have a force feedback keyboard?

Apart from using the mouse usually is quite slow anyway…

You use always the tab key to navigate through web sites or your bookmarks? (As far as I remember, you aren’t a big fan of type-ahead find either…)

I’m a keyboard and command-line freak, I hold talks about command-line efficiency. But when it comes to the web, I need mainly two things to navigate: A location bar with history completion and auto-suggestion and a mouse with at least three buttons and a scroll wheel. My web browser is also the only graphical application I use regularly. Everything else runs in text-mode.

I consider mouse gestures to be another big hype.

Well, then it’s a hype which works very good for about eight or nine years for me.

I load about 50 (internal and external) web pages when I log in.
Oh my god. I would DIE if I had to work that way!

You don’t have to, but I want to. Why should I open all that pages manually, if Galeon can load sessions?

I let you use browsers the way you do (just use them and adapt yourself), and you let me use browsers the way, I do (configure and adapt them).

Today, also Wouter Verhelst joined the discussion with visualising very nice and clearly what the core of our discussion is: How to deal with experienced users who know what they want at same time as with beginners who should be able to start working right off.

Regarding Wouters rhetoric question, why he left GNOME, my answer is: Because I just don’t need it. I tried sawmill/sawfish and metacity with GNOME, but it just didn’t satisfy me and it doesn’t have anything I really need. fvwm2 with the keybindings a friend of mine and me developed during our HCI studies at university (about 8 or 9 years ago) worked better and were easier to implement. So after a few months of using a GNOME desktop I got back to good ol’ fvwm, which still works fine and fast on my 400 MHz desktop, although fvwm evolved over the years from version 1.0 to 2.5 since then.

Theory Girl //at 01:55 //by abe

from the cover dept.

“Theory Girl” is a cover of “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel played by The CSE Band (you can also get the MP3 on their website) with insightful, computer science related lyrics. They also have some other nice CS related parodies like “Mr Grad TA Man” (“Mr. Tambourine Man”) and “The End Of Grad School” (“Sound of Silence”).

Now playing: The CSE Band — Theory Girl

Tell me which music you like and I tell who you are //at 01:55 //by abe

from the now-playing dept.

The German science news site is reporting that your music taste is very closely related to your personality and that it’s easier to judge people by the music they hear than by seeing pictures or videos of them. Source is a scientific study by Dr. Samuel Gosling and Peter Rentfrow from The University of Texas at Austin.

Man, that would give an interesting quiz meme on the Planets! ;-)

I wonder, how my usually negative or decade-based definition of my music taste is that way analysable: I like nearly every music from the ’60s to the ’90s except hip-hop, rap and techno. :-)

Now playing: Jethro Tull — Something’s On The Move

German voting statistics viewed from a Debian System //at 01:54 //by abe

from the screenshot dept.

The last years I always sticked to the voting statistics of the ARD Tagesschau, since the only acceptable other news source in German television, ZDF heute corporated with MSNBC.

But this year, also the Tagesschau showed the Microsoft logo in some statistic on TV, which the German Linux association LIVE tried to get removed by stating that this an illegal advertisment in a political TV show.

Well, they weren’t successful, but at least the statistics on the web don’t show an M$ logo. But they have another problem:

My desktop system, a Pentium II with 400 MHz and 578 MB of RAM, is still running Woody, because I yet can’t live without Galeon 1.2.x, which was replaced on Sarge by Galeon 1.3.x — a complete rewrite which lacks most features I liked in Galeon 1.2.x. Galeon 1.2.x doesn’t show the above mentioned website that good, so I tried some browsers from Sarge. But none of them showed that page correctly:

Galeon 1.2.5 based on Mozilla 1.4.2 from Debian 3.0 Woody

Firefox 1.0.4 from Debian 3.1 Sarge

Konqueror 3.3.2 from Debian 3.1 Sarge

Dillo 0.8.3 from Debian 3.1 Sarge

So interestingly, the page is best readable in Konqueror and Dillo while only Firefox doesn’t show all of the main content of the page.

Somehow I fear, the pages have been “optimised” for MSIE, while the ZDF voting statistics page just don’t work at all: It needs JavaShit and Flash. *plonk*

Regarding the published extrapolations: I’m at least happy that CDU (black, right conservative) and FDP (yellow, business liberal / free market) probably won’t have a majority. But what this will result in is still unknown. There are too many options open for our politicians to do any prediction. I would probably prefer Red-Red-Green or Red-Green as we have it at them moment. Worst case for me would be Black-Yellow.

Heute nacht regnet’s eh nicht… //at 01:45 //by abe

Aus der Murphys-Gesetz Abteilung

Dachte ich. Und der Wetterbericht auch. Und so ließ das Dach der Ente offen. Komm’ ich morgens schneller weg, dachte ich.

Dann nachts aufwachen, weil irgendwas plötzlich so rauscht. Nach ein paar Sekunden war ich in meiner Jeans und meinen Tevas auf dem Weg nach unten, raus aus dem Haus, zum Auto hinrennen, den Regen nach kurzem Grummeln ignorierend. Es schiffte in Kübeln.

Murphy vs. XTaran — 1:0

So schnell es geht, das Dach zugerollt, auf den Fahrersitz gesessen und das Dach von innen eingerastet (was normalweise nur von außen geht, erst recht mit dem zusätzlichen Sonnensegel über den vorderen Sitzen) und zugemacht. Uff. Das Sonnensegel hatte wenigstens die Sitzflächen der Vordersitze einigermaßen trocken gehalten. Glück im Unglück.

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Das Merkel wird Kanzler //at 01:44 //by abe

Aus der Och-menno Abteilung

Ob Treibholz jetzt immer noch stolz auf dieses Land ist? SvenK nimmt’s wenigstens mit Humor, auch wenn er vor ein paar Wochen noch suizidgefährdet klang.

Naja, das Merkel ist ja zum Glück nicht ganz so schlimm wie Dubya, aber ich frage mich grade trotzdem, ob nach nun auch kommt. Geben tut’s das ja schonmal, gehören einem Herrn Reiner Rusch aus Haan, leitet aber auf eine W3 Solutions GmbH in Berlin weiter. Schade…

Hmmm… oder gibt’s allerdings noch nicht. Und zeigt in einem Frame auf, was aber grade nicht erreichbar ist. Naja, wenigstens dafür entschuldigt hat sich der Besitzer ja mit der Domain schonmal…

*weiterles* Soso, Stoiber wird also Wirtschaftsminister. Da werden sich die Dealer aber freuen.

Nuja, wollen wir mal hoffen, daß die Große Koalition nicht — wie einer meiner Kollegen hier schwarzmalt — die Zweitstimme bei Wahlen und die Bürgerrechte abschafft. Letztere sind eh schon tief genug gesunken. Und wir wollen hoffen, daß Gysi Recht behält und die Große Koalition recht bald wieder auseinanderbricht und man dann — ohne Schröder — auf Rot-Rot-Grün hoffen darf. Denn schließlich hat Schröder […] aus der SPD eine zweite Union gemacht, wie Gysi so schön im taz-Interview formuliert. Schröder scheint nun aufgegeben zu haben. Und ohne den Möchtegern-CDUler Schröder kann man wieder Hoffnung für die SPD haben. (Und ja, ich bin unverbesserlicher Optimist. ;-)

Now playing: Skyclad — Fainting by Numbers

Nachtrag, 19:45 Uhr: Gerade lese ich in der taz in einen Artikel um die Direktkandidatur des wegen antisemitischer Äußerungen aus der CDU ausgeschlossenen Martin Hohmann: Sollte Hohmann wirklich die meisten Erststimmen bekommen und direkt in den Bundestag einziehen, würden die Zweitstimmen der Hohmann-Wähler ungültig. Das sieht das Wahlgesetz bei Direktkandidaten vor, die keine Landesliste im Rücken haben. Kann mir bitte jemand den Sinn hinter dieser Regelung erklären und wieso ich trotz ausfühlichsten Unterrichtungen über das deutsche Wahlrecht zu Schulzeiten und politischem Interesse noch nie etwas davon gehört habe? (Nebenbei: Hohmann hat immerhin 21,5% der Erststimmen bekommen, die CDU aber trotz Befürchtungen das Direktmandat mit 39,1% der Stimmen vor der SPD mit 29,7% gewonnen.)

Jesus Christus Sohn des Fliegenden Spaghettimonsters? //at 01:44 //by abe

Aus der Was-Dubya-kann-können-wir-schon-lange Abteilung

Nachdem insbesondere der Präsident eines gewissen Staates (United States of Jesus oder so ähnlich), in dem es offiziell genauso wie unserem Staate eine Trennung von Staat und Kirche geben soll, massiv die Lehre vom “Intelligenten Design” des Universums propagiert und dies auch als Zweifel an der Darwinschen Evolutionstheorie im Biologieunterricht lehren läßt, hat sich eine sympatisch-zynische Gegen-Religion gebildet: Die Pastafari, die an das Fliegenede Spaghettimonster als Gott “glauben”. Sie haben sich zum Ziel gesetzt im Schuluntericht in Kansas gleichberechtigt mit der kreationistischen Ansicht von Dubya gelehrt zu werden.

Boing Boing bietet sogar 1 Millionen US-Dollar Belohnung für denjenigen, der empirisch widerlegt, daß Jesus Christus Sohn des Fliegenden Spaghettimonsters ist.

Nette Religion das ist, genauso wie der Jediismus. Aber Darwinisten, Atheïsten und Agnostiker sind mir trotzdem wesentlich sympathischer.

Now playing: Herbert Grönemeyer — Amerika

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