* Posts by Citizen99

235 posts • joined 20 Jan 2011


The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Re: That's 50's american cars all over again

I'm a happy user of Trinity (fork of KDE 3.5 in case any reader of this hasn't seen it before) on workstation and laptop. On Devuan BTW.

A fine suite of convenient tools, and no intrusive irritating eye-candy. Windows 7+Classic Shell 'on the metal' for the 0.1% of the time I might need it (retired,so no commercial requirements pressure) ; W7 and XP in virtual machines.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall


Re: Are

I'll offer a variant:- ... handbrakes...

Drives both me & the Missus mad.

x86 Raspberry Pi Desktop is a great way to revive an old PC


Re: 32-bit Linux distributions

Just for the avoidance of misunderstanding, Devuan also offers a 64-bit version.

Bipolar transistors made from organic materials for the first time


Re: Durability?

OC71 ? Luxury! Red-spot and Blue-spot here. Sometimes with self-induced thermal runaway :-D

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI


It shows how terribly dangerous this is. It substitutes 'random' for reality in people's perceptions.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


Re: Now Do an Article About the Top Ten Linux Apps

For my (amateur) film photo editing, Photoshop Elements 2 (came bundled with a scanner years ago) running on Wine does all that I need and is easier to use than Gimp. Also easier than later Photoshops that added a lot of stuff that I don't need.

Linus Torvalds debuts 'boring old plain' Linux kernel 5.18


Re: feature activation

Just like the Blue Spot or Red Spot transistors sold to this boy hobbyist in the '50s,which could be wonderful,or self- combust with thermal runaway

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


Re: Light bulbs

I have a mid-1950s Radiogram, bought second-hand in the mid-1970s. I have a spare set of valves (vacuum tubes), never had to fit one yet. NOR any electrolytic condensor (capacitor). It thunders out the music input from our Virgin box every day.

Thomas Flowers (Colossus) was right.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Re: Er.. Umm... Trinity is a KDE3 fork...

I suspected so also ;-)

... and also, as regards tools, KDE4 'killed' functionalities of e.g. Konqueror, to name but one.


I happen to like Trinity (BTW a fork of KDE 3.5;the clue is in the name). Not only for the layout, to address the main theme of the discussion, but also for some tools that come bundled with it.

Happy to run in VMs,when required, XP, W7 with Classic Shell, various lightweight *ubuntus.

UK suit over reselling surplus Microsoft licenses rolls on


Re: My opinion


Lightweight Linux distribution Slax rides again with v11.2


Devuan is the sanitised fork of Debian. I run ExeGnu Linux which is a nice distro using it with the Trinity KDE3-fork desktop. And any of these can be re-spun to run off USB, UEFI etc.

AI really can't copyright the art it generates – US officials


That is MOST unfair Mr Rimmer Sir, I must comfort myself by mopping clean the engine bay.

To err is human. To really tmux things up requires an engineer


Re: Step outside

Our Italian co-contractor in Milan was giving myself and German co-contractors a lift to our hotels.

German chappie:" Er, shouldn't we be in that lane ?"

Italian host: "Is only a suggestion"

Robot vacuum cleaner employed by Brit budget hotel chain Travelodge flees


"Computer, if you don't open that exit hatch this moment, I shall go straight to your major data banks with a very large axe and give you a reprogramming you will never forget, got that?" Zaphod Beeblbrox

Throw away your Ethernet cables* because MediaTek says Wi-Fi 7 will replace them


Re: You can pry the ethernet cable out of my cold dead hands!

Thicknet Ethernet; wonderfully heavy and solid, especially when you had to successively move a project around various test establishments.

On Christmas night, a computer logs a call to say his user has stopped working…


Indeed, I always preferred to use the Bren in single-shot mode (cadets summer camp).

A smarter alternative to password recognition could be right in front of us: Unique, invisible, maybe even deadly


Re: On a related topic...

I like mine to be comfortably 'run in'

NixOS and the changing face of Linux operating systems


Re: @Charles 9 - rm -rf /*

You can boot an iso-image (if necessary re-mastered to your requirements) from grub in an OS in another partition. That OS could be a minimalist one dedicated solely to providing grub, if you so choose. Data can have its own partition.

When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere


Re: The secret to a long life

"No-one knew the root password"

If it had a floppy drive, Tom's Rootboot might be your friend. Assuming it could boot from floppy and you knew where the p/w was stored on that system, to 'smash'. I also got Tom's Rootboot to run from cdrom if applicable.

Survey shows XP lingers on while Windows 11 makes a 0.21% ripple in the enterprise


Re: Adieu but not goodbye XP

I sometimes fire up an XP VM, on Devuan, to run the user-friendly proprietary s/w for my scanner. Also have W7 in a VM and on a partition, very rarely need to use it.

Two non-Gtk Linux desktops have put out new versions


Re: TDE is a Great fork of KDE3

When KDE4 came out, I took a look at it in another partition; didn't like the way it had replaced some of the functionalities that I like with useless eye-candy. Then I discovered Exe GNU/Linux, a very nice recipe by David Hare of TDE on Devuan - double bonus! This has been my regular workstation OS ever since. LXDE is fine for a live virtual machine for ad-hoc boot-up.

LAN traffic can be wirelessly sniffed from cables with $30 setup, says researcher


Re: New? Bwahaha!

Yet in a large screened room, when mobile phones came in, it was found that they worked inside. Not that they were allowed when operational of course, but it just shows ...

Ubuntu 21.10 brings GNOME 40 debut and a focus on devs


Re: Desnapify ubuntu

Which avoids, in particular, systemd.

Nearly 140 nations – from US and UK to EU, China and India – back 15% minimum corporate tax rate


Re: Isn't it better for the EU if those taxes..nope

Upvoted for the analogy.

ESA and JAXA release Mercury eyecandy, courtesy of spacecraft BepiColumbo


Re: Another reason why Mercury may be interesting to Earthlings

Robots ? I was hoping for the Dwarves with their picks and shovels.

Catch of the day... for Google, anyway: Transatlantic Cornwall cable hauled ashore


Re: just a short seaside donkey ride from GCHQ's Bude listening post on the cliffs

There was a young lady from Bude ...

You know the rest. NSFW.

This way up: James Webb Space Telescope gets ready for shipment after final tests


Re: Bon Voyage

Atlantic, actually, and not that far from Caribbean storms

Explained: The thinking behind the 32GB Windows Format limit on FAT32


Interesting video. And, I nodded in agreement to his remarks on the desirability of tactile knobs and switches for vehicles so that you don't have to stop to safely change radio channel/volume, or climate control.

Euro space boffins hatch comms satellite hijack plan to save Earth from extinction


As I read the first few words I thought it was going to suggest using comms satellites that are already in orbit. At any given time there must be plenty that are chunky enough, (?) The existing station-keeping systems would no doubt be slower that a custom-build, but would have a head start by comparison.

Focus on the camera, mobile devs: 48MP shooters about to become the sweet spot


I see lots of over-saturated pictures on-line, and not necessarily people's phone holiday snaps, but obviously carefully framed pictures of, say, a picturesque Cotswold village or cathedral.

For me it's the cheapo but adequate pocket phone for every-day impromptu use. If I want to take a planned picture, I'll use a classic, no electronics, 6x9 film camera.

Microsoft wasn't joking about the Dev Channel not enforcing hardware checks: Windows 11 pops up on Pi, mobile phone


Hmm. Like to run Windows in a virtual machine (W7 hold-out BTW) when forced to use it. Might throw dev channel W11 at a VM and disable network interface. Out of curiosity.

Debian's Cinnamon desktop maintainer quits because he thinks KDE is better now


TDE = Trinity Desktop Environment

Happily running the KDE 3.5 fork 'on the metal' on Debian, currently Buster, or Devuan, currently Beowolf.

Lubuntu or Xubuntu usually for virtual machines.

Seven-year-old make-me-root bug in Linux service polkit patched


Re: Kernel

Sage ? Err, ...

Shadow over Fedora 34 as maintainer of Java packages quits with some choice words for Red Hat and Eclipse


KDE 3.5 is still available and maintained as TDE Trinity Desktop Environment.

Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'


Re: Wine?

I'm a happy Wine user for programs that will work on it. These tend to be legacy software, sometimes dating back to the 1990s. In some such cases it can be easier than trying to 'run as' them on more 'modern' Windows.

I have XP and W7 VMs for other cases, and W7 to boot from the metal if necessary.

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings


As the wife described Wiltshire villages of her ancestors - ' eave a brick at 'im

Listen, son... Monster trucks just aren't cool anymore. Real winners drive Tesla Roadsters


Re: Hybrids?

For soul, I vote the reciprocating steam engine.

Average convicted British computer criminal is young, male, not highly skilled, researcher finds


Then read them some of your poetry?

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into


Re: Not a translator

It's can be the same mixture when they write in threads on e.g. facebook.

Went to a francophone primary school for a year in Brussels, which helped in later life.


Re: Not a translator

The dreaded 'pile-up'


Re: Skodas and Ladas

Mine had the water pump fail promptly after the warranty period. Oh, and the rust came out of the seams. Got shot of it anyway as the family increased.

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?


Re: Thank goodness for the internet

But with a mournful, puppy-eyed look of regret ...

Tired: Linux fans using the Edge browser. Wired: Linux fans using a Microsoft account to sign into the Edge browser


I've got it on Devuan Beowolf, just for another, separate browser, for ad-hoc use, not for routine browsing. Not invoking any microsoft-orientated functionality on it, it seems simple and straightforward.

Prime suspect: Amazon India apologises for offensive scenes in political thriller


Re: Good Omens

Good Omens implies, or alludes to, many points which would be interesting material for students of theology. With humour.

SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities


"recognize Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities."

That's jolly nice. I look forward to seeing a little green man sticking a parking ticket on the mars rover.

You want me to do WHAT in that prepaid envelope?


Re: Most downvotes ever

The rectal prostate biopsy gets part of the way there in the same direction.

And after the rubber-glove probe from an unexperienced GP I couldn't sit down for nearly a week.


Re: Club 50+

'Over the bridge' in Bristol I think it ended at 75, anyway I've had none since about then.


Re: Club 50+

On the continong, many pans obligingly provide a 'holding' deposit shelf where you may self-assess your output before pulling the handle.

Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000


Withdrawn - the joke had already been made..



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