June 6th, 2003

leaves

in other news. . .

Galeon is a kick-ass browser.
GAIM's dependancies suck ass.
XMMS is the best damn music player I've see yet.
X based Email clients suck ass. But then, I was using Calypso on Win and that's one tough act to follow.
GIMP is teh roxor.

Just one more year or so of development and Linux distros will reach the point where they will be ready for "prime time". It's frustrating, in a way, using it and seeing how close it is, but knowing that it's not at the point yet where you can recommend it to your co-workers.
leaves

you know what I love?

after all this time, all these years, I am still the *ONLY* person on ICQ and Yahoo with my nickname. :) I just love having chosen something so wonderfully unique.

For an idea how long I've had my nick on ICQ, my number is roughly 2.9M. Not quite as low as some other people I know, but still low compared to the new ones they are handing out today.
scsi

FINALLY!

so, after much hunting, I finally found a version of GAIM compiled with SuSE dependancies. Normally I can install Redhat RPMS without any problem at all, but Gaim was a bitch and used a few specific files that are different between RH and SuSE, so it kept crashing.

Now it looks like it's up and running stable. yay! :)
leaves

grrr..

I despise tech support lackies who automatically assume that whatever you say the problem might be, you must be wrong.

I emailed the support for my domain host asking them what happened to the ImageMagick install on my server (as my image gallery requires it), and they wrote back that there were some network glitches that evening that they fixed, and it should be up now.

I ignore the obvious fallacy in their reasoning and go ahead and try again anyways. Still same problem and I tell them that I think there's something wonky with the install. They write back asking for the error codes.. so I go and turn on debug mode, and try it again.

lo and behold! it says it can't load the ImageMagick libraries!

I don't care how clueless the user may seem, if they say "I think it's xyz" you should at least humour them and give xyz a glance! Why is it that tech support lackies seem trained to treat the client as a complete clueless idiot?!?!