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Nov. 7th, 2001 | 01:12 pm

So you might've seen it on slashdot, the codeweavers product crossover

It works... I just watched a quicktime movie in my linux web browser galeon. Yesterday I saw shockwave "content" for the first time.

I tried using konqueror but their netscape plugin support doesn't work correctly.

As an aside I think it's really obnoxious that several of the current commercial web pages are so unfriendly to non-mainstream OSs. Or even to people with disabilities. My ultra boring web page can be easily read by a text-to-speach synthesizer, animated-shockwave menus can't.

But I was getting sick of all the popups saying "Hey you need to download shockwave." Followed shortly by "Oops sorry, we don't support your OS" in yet another windows.

Hmmm and I didn't even install the word viewer plugin. Though do I really want to be able to read those *@#$&! word files people send as email?

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Bram Boroson, Master of Subtle Ways and Straight

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from: bram
date: Nov. 7th, 2001 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Hey, linux is hardly a "non-mainstream OS."

In a few years, I predict it will be hard to buy a new computer with a version of Windows installed. I think Microsoft's fortunes are ready for a nosedive!

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from: ex_elgecko29
date: Nov. 7th, 2001 04:07 pm (UTC)
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I honestly hope you're right about future new computers, but the general malaise people seem to have towards learning how to actually use a computer makes my worry to the contrary.

Then again, the rising Micro$oft cost of software could do volumes to aid in an exodus.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 7th, 2001 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Really? Why?

Is it because the've been amazingly arrogant and have angered pretty much everyone else in the computer industry?

Though I'd tend to agree somewhat with elgecko, getting people to change can be really, really hard.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 7th, 2001 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Although I've heard rumors that cash poor non-profits are trying to use open-source software...

I wonder if that counts as a start?

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Nov. 8th, 2001 05:11 am (UTC)
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But I was getting sick of all the popups saying "Hey you need to download shockwave." Followed shortly by "Oops sorry, we don't support your OS" in yet another windows.


Right on, sister! (do people say still say things like that?). I had a rant on this subject in my own journal some time back. How many times do I have to tell a site that I don't want to download Blastwave Slowtime Mediamonkey or whatever?

When it comes to computers, I'm a real conservative. The web was at it's best around 1990. Most of the really good utilities were written in the 1970's. Desktop publishing was much better before WYSIWYG reared it's ugly head.

On the other hand, I love playing Quake with my new GeForce card, so I'm not a total reactionary ;-)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 12th, 2001 09:58 pm (UTC)
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When it comes to computers, I'm a real conservative.

You mean there's people who think that living in GUI's all the time is a good thing?

Weird.

My connection with the machine just seems so much faster when I'm on a keyboard, then when being forced to use the mouse all the time...

I only wish internet kiosks in web cafes had an ssh client installed.

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