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Monday, July 8, 2002

Mouse Gestures in Mozilla

Mozilla has "borrowed" some really nice features that Opera pioneered. The key one is tabbed browsing which is incredibly nice. The other is a project at Optimoz that adds mouse gestures to Mozilla. Mouse gestures allow you to perform various functions (view source, open a new tab, etc.) with a click and moving the mouse. If you are familiar with the PalmOS's graffiti, you should feel right at home. They are a really nice addition. Check them out!

One minor caveat, if you are using Linux, you need to run Mozilla as root to install the gestures. After that, issue the command

chmod -R a+r /usr/lib/mozilla-1.0.0/chrome/mozgest
to give all users permission to use them. This should be fixed in a future release. Obviously this will only be a problem if you have Mozilla set up for multiuser access or installed the RPM version (as I did).

gcc3 in Red Hat 7.3

My only real complaint about Red Hat 7.3 is that it didn't come with a version of gcc 3.x. Thankfully, a kind soul at Red Hat has posted gcc3 RPMs. I downloaded everything in the 3.1-5 directory except the source RPMs. It all installed without a hitch. Now to do some compiling!

Pondering the Imponderable

Well that was fun. Not. We just had a pretty good thunderstorm here with amazingly accurate lightning. One bolt struck the substation that is powering the whole city and another struck the house right behind ours. Thankfully, the repairs were minor to the substation and power is restored. I'm really glad I have a UPS! Also thankfully, the damage to my neighbor's house seems to be minimal. The thought of my computer being that close to oblivion is troubling to say the least.

Sunday, July 7, 2002

America's Army Impressions

I downloaded the massive (208M) America's Army: Operation game, powered by the Unreal Engine. It plays rather nicely on my system. I've never fired an M16, so I can't say how comparable it is, but I have a friend that went through basic training so I could ask him. The only problem about the game that I've heard is that you have to play the training missions (after the third one) online and only HomeLanFed had servers running. There's supposed to be a patch available soon to allow for dedicated servers. Otherwise, the game is cool and it's free. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Janis Ian on MP3

There's a fascinating article on music downloads via the Internet over on, Janis Ian's website. It's interesting to see a recording artist comment on the music industry and its attitude towards the Internet and new music technology in general. Here's a particularly good quote (in my opinion, of course):
And it's difficult to convince an educated audience that artists and record labels are about to go down the drain because they, the consumer, are downloading music. Particularly when they're paying $50-$125 apiece for concert tickets, and $15.99 for a new CD they know costs less than a dollar to manufacture and distribute.

A.T. Hun comments: Wow. That is a really good article. I especially like the information at the end that shows unless you sell a zillion records, the record company owns you. Maybe if there are some smart artists out there, they could go all MP3 or sell their CDs only online and cut out the RIAA, the middlemen, and the stores altogether. Any takers?

J.t.Qbe comments: Actually, I think some already do that.

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