Firefox reaches milestone,over 1 billion downloads

Posted: 7/31/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Wow I knew Firefox was good and the 1 billion don't surprise me to much and from the article over on switched Mozilla will mark the occasion by launching a new site, and supposedly going live on Monday. Firefox just has so many useful extentions and add ons it is a very customizable browser much better than IE or any others for that matter, congratulations to the Fox.
Read more at Switched.

Make windows show in bottom panel of Gnome

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After installing Cairo-dock I deleted my top panel in Gnome and wiped out just about everything in the bottom panel and then I noticed that Firefox or any other window I opened did not appear on the panel, I found a quick fix for this over at Only Ubuntu Linux. A Google search put me onto this and it worked like a charm got my windows appearing again on the panel so I know what I have open. C/P from Only Ubuntu Linux;

First open up a terminal window: Applications > Accessories > Terminal

Enter the following command

killall gnome-panel

If there was an applet blocking your windows list that should have resolved the problem. If not read on.

Now Right click on the bottom panel and click "Add to Panel"

Scroll down to the bottom and click "Window List" then click add and click close.

Your windows should appear now.

Desktop Ubuntu

Posted: 7/30/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Desktop Ubuntu, originally uploaded by bigbluenation.

I worked on this look here a while, tweak here and tweak there, this is a screen shot of Jaunty Jackalope 9.04 Gnome Ubuntu with some modifications. Click on photo to go to flickr for a larger view.

ubuntu: brought to you by Microsoft

Posted: 7/27/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Here is a laugh for today check out this Dell netbook with the Microsoft operating system Ubuntu 8.04, for Dell's information this is a Linux operating system oh well every now and then we need a good laugh.

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Masigasig template at deluxe templates

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Great looking template I got over at deluxe templates, I really like the color combo of this template clear and clean look and takes a spot at one of my favorite templates go over and give this one a look.

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KDE's Plasma netbook, ars takes a look at the prototype

Posted: 7/26/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

This could be a real ground breaker for Linux, it seems netbooks are gaining more popularity these days and over at ars they take a look at the prototype to see how it compares with the conventional KDE environment;

The Linux platform is beginning to gain mainstream acceptance on
low-cost netbook devices. The growing popularity of netbooks presents a
major opportunity for the open source operating system, but it also
comes with some challenges. One of the most significant problems is
that much of the open source software that is available today for the
desktop is not designed to deliver an optimal user experience on small

Linux distributors and application developers are exploring
alternate user interface concepts that will work well at low
resolutions without compromising productivity. There is also a clear
need to boost usability as netbook devices are broadly intended for the
regular consumer market. The KDE desktop environment has recently
gained a new specialized netbook interface that leverages the strengths
of KDE's unique Plasma technology. Ars tested it on Kubuntu to see how
it compares to the conventional KDE desktop experience.

Read the whole article on arstechnica

Netbook in action video

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Looking for a little more design in a bookcase?

Posted: 7/25/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Picked this up over at Yanko Design, one neat looking bookcase, check out the vid;

MYDNA BOOKCASE from joel escalona on Vimeo.

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Microsoft offers a deal to EU on Explorer

Posted: 7/24/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

The European Commission said in a statement Friday that Microsoft /quotes/comstock/15*!msft/quotes/nls/msft (MSFT 23.51, +0.06, +0.26%) has proposed offering Windows users a "ballot screen" from which they could, "if they wished - easily install competing Web browsers."

Microsoft later confirmed the proposal, noting in a statement that if accepted, it would mark "a big step forward in addressing a decade of legal issues and would be good news for European consumers and our partners in the industry."

Market Watch

In other the folks in Europe will be able to choose if they want to use an alternative to the Internet Explorer browser. Brussels first began pushing Microsoft towards offering PC users a choice of internet browsers early this year, though the software company resisted the move, claiming it would hurt PC makers. The company published a proposal on Friday that would present all PC users who have Windows XP, Windows Vista or the forthcoming Windows 7 with a “ballot screen” offering them a choice of browsers, to be downloaded over the Internet.

Nice 4 column template called Protonema

Posted: 7/23/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

I don't know if I have ever tried out a 4 column before, but I have tried quite a few so I might have but this one here is definitely a keeper. It sets up real easy and I like the color combo of this one, got this one over at bTemplates.

Install onto USB, make a bootable drive

Posted: 7/22/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Windows only: Free application uSbuntu Live Creator installs a Live CD from an ISO image onto your USB flash drive—much more useful, portable, and easy to deal with than carrying around a CD. Sounds like you make make any Ubuntu distro into a portable OS, kind of a have Linux, will travel idea. I like this, found it over at Life Hacker,
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Black Rain

Posted: 7/21/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Black Rain, originally uploaded by bigbluenation.

Here is one to check out from the dark side, Ubuntu 9.04 x86_64

I think I got all the links in there for you, wallpaper,theme and the icon set I choose for this one however, the blue icon set looks great to.

This is amazing, music from a tree

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Halarious lawsuit: Apple conspiring with the Mafia

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This is one of the best lawsuits that I have read in a while, George McKenna filed a 124 page complaint in District Court in Missouri against Apple and a group of other defendants and to me is one for the record books;

McKenna alleges that Apple conspired with the Italian Mafia to affix special receivers to an iPod shuffle he purchased on eBay and an iPod mini purchased in an Apple Store. These receivers were allegedly used by the Mafia to transmit threatening messages to the iPods.

Which simply goes to show that nothing should surprise us any more, should we then call this a frevilious lawsuit? Or, does it say to us that we can actually file a suit about anything we choose, what ever the case it makes for good blogging.
Read more about the suit at AppleInsider

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Nice magazine template called Mobipress

Posted: 7/19/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

This is a nice looking template called magazine, very easy to set up and one very sharp looking template. It is getting hard to choose really just which template to use since there are so many nice ones out there, and I don't believe that I have a magazine type as of yet in the fav column but this template fits that bill rather nicely. Read about and download this template here;
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Pyrmont template for blogger,elegant and black

Posted: 7/18/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Very dark and nice looking template, very easy to set up all I had to do was change my date format to get this one going and add my code in that I use on most my templates, check this one out at; (be sure and read the installation and settings link)

Installing Adobe Air on (x86_64) Ubuntu

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I have finally gotten rid of windows all together and installed the 9.04 Ubuntu Linux on it, one program I used a lot (on windows) was Adobe Air and while surfing the web I ran into a lot of help guides from all over and I have the 64bit version. This quick help guide over at how to forge has put me finally on the right track and following the directions to the letter I finally got my tweet deck working on Linux, the 64bit poses a little problems or it did for me looking around for the right things I need and I ended up downloading the VLC media player for my media purposes this thing will handle about any thing you can throw at it. Just download it from the synaptic pacage manager, but to get it working great you will need to add a few more things, to much of a novice to start going over all that right now,lol, anyway getting back to the Adobe AIR, if you have the 64bit follow these instructions to the letter;
How To Forge Adobe Air x86_64

Ubuntu Linux

Posted: 7/17/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Ubuntu Linux, originally uploaded by bigbluenation.

Trying out the 64bit version, I did not run into to many problems except with the cd and dvd player but a little searching put me on the right road and added the necessary software.

Link to where I got my Firefox theme and my wallpaper, and the dust theme is downloadable here also, but I beliewve you might already have it I can't remember? But anyway if you don't here is the download page;
Firefox theme,wallpaper,dust theme for Linux

Absa Bank South Africa arms ATM with pepper spray

Posted: 7/15/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Apparently to deter the would be crooks Absa Bank one of the African's largest financial institution has installed cameras and pepper spray canisters on 11 of it's machines in the Cape. You might be saying to yourself what if this thing malfunctions? And it did exactly that;

Recently, the plan was theoretically executed to perfection in the town of Fish Hoek, but the recipients of the pepper spray burst were innocent maintenance workers instead of attempted thieves. The repairmen had to seek immediate medical attention.

I mean think about it,,anything could happen to cause these things to malfunction and seriously injure someone whether it be a maintenance worker or just a customer making a with drawel and would not count on a visit to the emergency room.

Read all about this one at Switched

Natural Health Template Environmentally Friendly

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This blog design is simply awesome not only is it a three column but it just says environment all over it, I set this one up with that in mind it has a lot of link area where you can link some of your favourite blogs and link to areas of your interest. In taking the nature of this template in mind I linked to some of my favorite environmental and green blogs, I like the designs where you can put a lot of links in and this one passes with flying colors and with a small amount of tweaking you can set up the subscribe by e-mail rather quickly. I grabbed this one over at bTemplates so go over and check it out or give it a try for yourself this is definately one for the favorite column.
Read about and download Natural Health template

Google voice connects all

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I will link you to PSFK for this one, they have a video set up for this also seems pretty straight forward on the set-up. I have heard about this but have not gotten around to actually trying it out apparently this will ring all of your existing phones when you get an incoming call, seems like a great idea I might have to give this a shot and see how it works;

Google has launched a new service that hopes to make using your current phones much better. Google Voice offers a personal phone number that rings all of your existing phones when people call; all of your voicemail in one inbox; free voicemail transcripts; low-priced international calling and even a do-not-vcall spam filter.

Read and see the video at PSFK

Paper Wall template,put some color on your blog

Posted: 7/14/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

This is a nice change for a template, I got this over at Deluxe Templates and thought I would give it a try.

Very easy to set up and a really nice looking template that is a little different from the rest, recently there have been a lot of really nice templates coming out and this one is no different and earns a spot in the favourites of mine.
So if you are looking for one a little different with some nice colors to go with it go over and give this one a try.
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Lori Schneider scales Everest despite MS

Posted: 7/11/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

She first had dreamed of climbing Everest at the age of 16 but a diagnosis in 1999 seemed to put a damper on her dream,

Ms Schneider first noticed something was wrong when she woke up one morning with numbness in the leg and arm on one side of her body.

Lori Schneider on Everest
I think the real hardship on Everest is maintaining a positive attitude for two months
Lori Schneider

The condition progressed to the side of her face, and eventually both sides of her body.

Three years ago Lori bested the highest peak in North America Mt. McKinley. The financial burden was high though to climb Everest she used up all her savings sold her home and took out a loan, Lori said the hardship of climbing Everest was maintaining a positive attitude for 2 months.

In achieving her goal, she has joined some of the world's most accomplished climbers and bested many others.

"It was very surreal, you couldn't see anything [because of the blizzard], so I couldn't see the beauty that surrounded me."

"We had to rush down so fast, but I did get a chance to give my father a call and yell: 'I made it, I made it'."

"It wasn't until the next morning when I woke up in my tent after climbing for 17 hours the day before, and then all of the sudden I thought: 'Oh my gosh, I just climbed Mt Everest yesterday!'."

I really enjoyed reading Lori's story because despite a bad diagnosis she has accomplised her dream of ascending Everest good job Lori.

Read the whole story

Wooden Fence Blogger Template something new

Posted: 7/10/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

This template is a lot different than a lot that I have tried recently and because of this and the nature of it this one quickly earns a place as one of my favorites, this one is surprisingly easy to set up I thought a lot and checked out a lot of HTML colors to get the correct color that matches closely to the color layout of this template, but I think I got pretty darn close to give a look at just how nice this one looks, read about and Download this template.
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Great looking template called LightWord

Posted: 7/09/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Great looking template called LightWord from Deluxe Templates, this one is simple and light very nice and minimalistic well worth checking this out, the top bar or navigation bar I changed a little, when I added more links they dropped down under the ones there so I made the bar a little longer and in the code located somewhere above this this tag; ]]></b:skin> where you find this code;

#front_menu {

I simply made the width in mine to read 400 px so mine looks like this;

#front_menu {

This allowed me more links to line up there, great looking template.

Palin: My whining is different than Hillary Clinton's

Posted: 7/08/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

What a glorious article from think progress where Palin tries to put into perspective her whining versus Hillary Clinton;

What I said was, it doesn’t do her or anybody else any good to whine about the criticism. And that’s why I’m trying to make it clear that the criticism, I invite that. But freedom of speech and that invitation to constructively criticize a public servant is a lot different than the allowance to lie, to continually falsely accuse a public servant when they have proven over and over again that they have not done what the accuser is saying they did. It doesn’t cost them a dime to continue to accuse. That’s a whole different situation. But that’s why when I talk about the political potshots that I take or my family takes, we can handle that. I can handle that. I expect it. But there has to be opportunity provided for truth to get out there, and truth isn’t getting out there when the political game that’s being played right now is going to continue, and it is.

Sarah Palin

Managed to stop mission aborted in IE-8

Posted: 7/06/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

So far mission aborted has stopped crashing, moved my Google tracking and scroll to the top of the body tag instead of the bottom of it, I did have it right above the </body> tag at the bottom but moved it under the <body> tag toward the top and seemed to get rid of mission aborted crash that was happening in IE on me. So far seems to be working as of now but hey with IE that is subject to change at any moment. I would not bother with it but a lot of people are using the IE browser since Microsoft places it on every one's computer and there are a lot that don't go to the trouble of downloading a browser like FireFox that don't have problems like this or at least in my dealings with them they haven't.

Battered women need not apply

Posted: 7/05/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

This article will tell you the story of Rodi Alvarado from Guatemala and the plight and suffrage from her husband and the endless bureaucracy of the handling of the situation by the government of passing the buck from one to another, the U.S has no provisions that cover victims of domestic violence. It is a story that we all need to read and take a look at the endless red tape this woman was put through and the big excuse really is allowing this would open some loop-hole of an influx of cases claiming asylum in the U.S because of domestic violence, and this possibly could be some truth but some kind of play book should be drawn up or someone should react to this kind of treatment I read about in this public record article and I know that this would be one of the worst cases but at what point does an agency act on this and not pass the buck to someone else?
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Grassley tells Iowan just how to get his insurance

Posted: 7/04/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

And this one is good, folks if you want good insurance, work for the government. There just is no argument left here.

Testing Firefox 3.5 with a great theme

Posted: 7/01/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Just downloaded the 3.5 version and it seems to perform better than it's predecessors before it having said this, go and download for yourself and surf with the new Fox very quick and responsive and the reason I prefer Firefox so much is because of it's add-ons. Flock browser has a lot of good features to it but Firefox has the most add-ons I surf with Flock sometimes because it is so integrated with the social networks but no browser can compete the many Firefox add-ons and that works best for me.
Download the new Firefox 3.5
Download FoxWorld theme

The FoxWorld theme is a great looking theme, I don't have but a few themes and this is one of them, so far it is my favorite 3.5 theme for Firefox and don't take my word for it go over and check it out yourself, happy surfing.

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Whats new in Firefox 3.5

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Grabbed this video over at cnet, with Firefox the add-ons alone are worth it and with Firefox I don't have the constant aggravation of trying to get Internet Explorer to cooperate and that makes the choice a very clear one for me.