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Purdy (2383)

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Bleh - not feeling creative right now. You can check me out on PerlMonks [].

Journal of Purdy (2383)

Wednesday May 22, 2002
12:31 PM


[ #5153 ]
Well, I finally gave up on having Linux as my workstation here at work. While it was cool having virtual desktops, a real stable environment, etc, it really came down to productivity - something that Linux just couldn't provide me with (perhaps it's b/c I grew up on Windows):
  • Scroll wheel: Sure I had a crappy OEM Logitech mouse, but Linux for some reason couldn't handle it. It sure comes in handy when dealing with a lengthy piece of code.
  • Printing: Got a Novell network and got it set up, but for some KDE applications, it wouldn't work and for others (StarOffice, the console 'lpr' command) it would.
  • CD Ripping: I was using RipperX (on the old drive) and it would take hours to rip a CD. Needless to say, RealJukebox does this in minutes.
  • CD Burner: I could only burn a CD and after doing a modprobe ide-scsi. cdrecord is an awesome application - I do give that props... but ...
  • CD Mounting: After getting my new CD-RW drive installed, I couldn't mount CD's anymore.
  • Coding: I'm not a gvim or emacs guy - I like project-based IDE's to work within. I tried Glimmer and Komodo, both of which were either slow or had functionality missing that I needed. I'm now using Crimson Editor on Windows right now.

So now I have a cheesy/instable Win98 workstation, but at least I found a virtual desktop shareware app (Cool Desk) and Putty & WinSCP are cool apps, too.

Of course, I'm just waitin' 'til I get a new tiBook/OS X, hopefully later this year.


Update: Added the coding point... I'm sure this list will grow as I think of other things that bugged me.

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  • Windows 2000 seems reasonably stable (compared to 9x/ME). You may want to consider that. Or not =)
      ---ict / Spoon
    • Agreed - I just haven't a copy of Win2K here at work. I use Win2K at home and it's very nice.


      • Normally, I'd agree.

        But my copy has just decided that it wants to crash any installers that run. On the bright side, Emperor: Battle for Dune is already installed. On the not so bright side, programs that my gf would like to learn to use aren't.


          ---ict / Spoon