Category Archives: Rant

How to get back your Opera 10b3 preferences when upgrading to Opera10 RC

I’ve been using Opera 10 on OS X for a few months now. Even though it crashes a few times a day I’m still kind of attached to it, not exactly sure why.

Interesting thing happened with latest upgrade from Opera 10 beta 3 to their Release Candidate. They’ve decided that I don’t really need my bookmarks anymore and that I want to revert to 9.63 bookmarks for some reason, even though I’ve never used that version of Opera. To make it nicer on end user, they say: This RC will no longer use the Beta preferences we’ve been using throughout the development cycle, but upgrade your old 9.64 preferences if you haven’t already done this.

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Anyway, what happens if you actually _want_ to get your Beta preferences on OS X?

Simple, go to:

1. Quit Opera

2. Go to ~/Library/Preferences/ and look for “Opera Preferences 10” and “Opera Preferences”

3. Rename “Opera Preferences” to “Opera Preferences.old”

4. Rename “Opera Preferences 10″ to ” Opera Preferences”

5. Start Opera

This will give you back your Opera 10 beta Preferences, allowing you to continue your normal work. Too bad Opera doesn’t provide a transition path and makes us seek out configuration files. I’ve also failed to find this information in their Knowledge base, hence this blog post.

Anyway, if this RC crashes just a couple a times a day (compared to beta versions), I’ll be a happy camper. Maybe they’ll even get proper Unicode working on of these days.

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Full disclosure is important

In last few months I started playing with idea that Microsoft products might be worth checking out again. The last time I used their stuff was in Windows 2000 era. After that it was just Linux and then with years more and more OS X until I also stopped bothering with Linux.

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Image by Selene Farci via Flickr

This effectively means that my perception of their stuff and experience is almost over a decade old. While we’re always happy to bash the people that haven’t tried alternatives like Linux and are dismissing open source as a viable business opportunity, I think we should be equally critical of our own insight.

In this regard two interesting things happened:

  • I started wondering loudly if we should rethink some of our open source strategies in favor of new offerings from Microsoft. Maybe their featureset can actually battle the religion of open source?
  • Microsoft Slovenia for some reason decided to reach out to me and enabled me to go to MIX’09.

The combined process of both things made a sell-out at the end of the day. Probably some stronger words were also used in the process. At least this is how it was perceived by the part of the community.

Lesson learned

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Transparency and full disclosure are important when you’re trying to play an active role in community. While nobody says anything about my job @zemanta or things I say about blogging, I haven’t earned my reputation in regards to Microsoft related technology and it makes me suspicous.

When someone as big as Microsoft shows you some attention it’s important to talk to them what this actually means so it’s easier to do a full disclosure about your affiliation.

Oh .. the full disclosure

Right now there’s nothing much, they sponsored MIX’09 conference ticket and we’ve had some great talks about possible cooperation on a number of different projects. Hopefuly I’ll be able to bring some of their expertise and insight to the community with time, but everything is very much in brainstorming phase.

Now stop bashing and help me learn some new things! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Am I the only one having this problem?

World of technology is often full of weird things and you often can’t tell if you’re supposed to scream at your ISP, computer or just curse the full moon.

Yet, there’s a simple solution to figuring out part of the problem: crowdsourcing

Today I wanted to check out some statistics on Crazy Egg, a site that generates a heat map of what your users clicked, and it kept timing out. Wondering if I was the only having the problem, I decided to do a Twitter Search for keyword crazyegg

This is what I got back:

CrazyEgg search on Search.Twitter.com
CrazyEgg search on Search.Twitter.com

It’s clear that I’m not the only one having problems and that I actually should consider removing their tracking code until they fixed their servers.

Thanks Crowd! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Are you flying? Something WILL go wrong

I’m typing this from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, as the final leg of my two week 7 planes journey. it went suprsingly well, except for a couple of minor disaster on the way, as it happens usually on all my flights.

What went wrong this time, you ask? When I tried to check-in they told me, I’m not in the system. Further running around the airport showed that someone from my air career canceled my flight ticket back, on the day I started my trip to New York (about two weeks), for a ticket that was bought one month earlier.

GOIN TO FIGHT CRIMEZ BRB
Image by Matt Biddulph via Flickr

Luckily this time, it just meant that I had to pay 100รขโ€šยฌ to get myself back on the plane, together with one hour adrenaline rush to figure out correct bureaucratic process just to do that.

This is not the first time something like this happened to me, basically every time I fly I can expact that something will happen, usually not catastrophic but annoying and very time consuming. They’ll figure out something is wrong with the ticket, need some extra money, want to shift your plane route, etc.

The advice in this case is really simple, and something that saved me many times my flight:

Be at the Airport at least 3 hours early.

Airports have great coffee shops and bookstores and extra adrenaline rush is not worth your youth.

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Why removal of gaming videos from Vimeo is dangerous for the web

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A few days agoo Vimeo, popular service for video hosting, announced on their staff blog, that they’re no longer going to allow gaming videos on their service. The full policy of their removal is:

The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo. Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps, or any other video gaming videos that simply depict individuals playing a video game. Videos falling into this category will be subject to deletion as of September 1st; new videos of this type will be removed.

Full blog post at vimeo staff blog.

I think this is really bad for the service and their social contract with the web in general, since it breaks all the web-pages that embed their videos. The fact that Vimeo decided to remove the old videos means that after 1st of September, a lot of old blog posts, forum links and such will be suddenly broken. As such I think that they should keep old files, just disallow uploads of new ones.

Why am I concerned with this? The truth is, I’m not uploading any gaming videos or even understand the idea behind it. I am on the other hand the person who decides for Zemanta, where we should host our online content, like our screencasts.

The fact that there are already a lot of reviews out there that embeed our screencast, makes me worried what could happen in the future if the Vimeo team decides that screencast is not artistic expression enough, or that our videos do not foster proper community. Will they ask us to remove the videos, in turn breaking old blog reviews?

While I’m not ready to move away from Vimeo for now, it does make me feel somewhat uneasy about the choice in first place and I’ll watch out for an alternative video site for new uploads.

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