Monthly Archives: October 2006

Min första kartong

Alla gör vi vår första kartong någon gång i livet. Det är för många en stor händelse som aldrig glöms bort. Själv gjorde jag min debut hösten 2006, strax innan jag fyllde 27. Det som kanske skiljer mig från många andra kartongpionjärer är att min kartong till stor del genererades automatiskt med datorhjälp, den nya tekniken som har revolutionerat informationsvärlden de senaste åren. En annan detalj som gör min kartong unik är det faktum att den inte riktigt gick att vika ihop på grund av att vitala delar av den saknades.

Min första kartong hade dock inte varit möjlig utan det stöd jag fick av Niklas Pettersson, en kartongkonnässör av rang, som hjälpte mig att komma till insikt i relevanta, men bortglömda tekniska detaljer. Med denna nya vetskap i bagaget blickar jag tillbaka med förundran och vördnad över det som just skett.

Slutligen vill jag passa på att ge ett tips till de som ännu inte tagit de första skälvande stegen i sin kartongkarriär: i en EM5 ska längssläde två och framåt naturligtvis få sin position angedd relativt till den föregående längssläden, inget annat!

Mozilla Calendar bugs

Enough bug reporting for today. I’ll be sure to report more of the issues I’ve found with Mozilla Calendar/Sunbird/Lightning in the future.

  • 357329 – Some (dark) calendar colors use black text
  • 357334 – Quick editing of new event requires three clicks
  • 357338 – Show category icons in the actual calendar entries
  • 357339 – Replace Categories with Tags
  • 357340 – Ability to select which calendar events show up in event list

Update: One more bug:

  • 357384 – Wrong sorting of Task priority

Update 2: Couple more bugs:

  • 357502 – Not possible to create task with “All day” dates (no times)
  • 357504 – Repeated title for events spanning over multiple days

The complex world of calendars

Organizing your life digitally is hard.

When it comes to e-mail and calendaring, I’m very picky about keeping it universally accessible. I want my mail available whenever I need it, regardless of where I am and what computer/mobile/OS is the current flavor of the month. My mail and calendars are the most important digital bits of my life.

When it comes to e-mailing, I’ve pretty much found a working solution where I can access my mail anywhere, anytime. A big part of the solution was the switch to a web-based mail solution: GMail (once again, Google comes to rescue). It lets me store all my mail on secure and reliable servers, while at the same time allowing me to access it using Mozilla Thunderbird. It’s a very good combination. If I’m at work or at home, I use Thunderbird and has direct access to all my mail, both sent and received. It doesn’t matter if I’m running Windows XP or Linux, because Thunderbird can share your mail on a dual-boot system. When I’m on the road (actually the rail), I can access my mail using the web browser of my mobile. While it’s not nearly as convenient as using a real computer, it works. Sometimes, it’s a lifesaver to be able to send a quick e-mail when you’re not in front of a computer. It even let me keep contact with my friends while on the Azores.

Now, to the problem: there is no universally accessible calendaring solution.

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Since Gmail proved to be so successful in fulfilling all my mailing needs, picking Google Calendar as my calendar of choice was only natural. It has a great web interface with drag-and-drop functionality, multiple calendars support, and the ability to subscribe to public calendars. It also allows you to export your calendars if you would like to switch calendar service in the future. However, you can only use Google’s web interface to modify your calendars. While there is support to display your calendar in e.g. Mozilla Lightning, any attempts to modify it within Lightning will only result in error messages. That’s because Google’s calendars are read-only for other clients. To be fair, I regard Google’s web interface far superior usability-wise compared to Lightning, but not being able to modify your calendar while offline is a great limitation. Also, I have not yet been successful in synchronizing Google Calendar with my mobile, even though there is a program called GCalSync that claims being able to do exactly this.

So my question is, what is the perfect calendaring solution? Is there any free calendar solution out there that supports editing your calendars in any client, and has a decent web interface for those occasions when you’re not using your own computer? Or am I better off trying to set up a CalDAV server myself in Linux?

Replace Evolution with Thunderbird in Ubuntu

Ubuntu ships with Mozilla Firefox as their web browser, and Evolution as their mail client. However, this poll in the Ubuntu forums clearly shows that a majority of Ubuntu’s user base forum regulars prefer Thunderbird:

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I think Ubuntu should change the default mail client to Thunderbird, especially now when the Thunderbird developers team up with Eudora to make the mail client even better. Asa Dotzler summarizes it in a good way:

The next version of Eudora will ship on top of the Mozilla Thunderbird framework, with some modifications to accommodate users who are familiar with the Eudora user interface. The two teams will be working together in the Mozilla CVS repository and both products will benefit from that collaboration. The two products serve different user bases today so there will be distinct product releases, but it’s still a big win for both.

Think about it for a second. The Eudora developers and the Thunderbird developers working together will result in the most concentrated group of experts on how mail should work on the face of the planet. I think that’s damn cool.

While I’m not sure about the different user bases of the products, I’m pretty sure this is a good thing for the future Thunderbird development.

Recovering from broken boot loader

If you’re like me — a fanatic Linux tester using Windows part time — you’ve probably experienced a few installation failures. When that happens, sometimes the Linux installation breaks the grub boot loader, leaving you with a computer that won’t do anything besides displaying a discouraging black grub console. Well, here’s how to actually boot your Windows installation manually from that grub console. If the console isn’t already there when you start the computer, simply hit ‘c’ and then type the following:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
boot

That will boot you into Windows again, so you can e.g. burn a new copy of a working Linux distro which would fix the situation permanently. Obviously, this doesn’t work for the distros that use lilo instead of grub, but most popular distros use grub today, including Ubuntu, Fedora Core, and SuSE.

Note that the numbers in (hd0,0) represent the drive number and the partition number, both starting at zero. So if Windows is e.g. on the second partition of the first disk, use (hd0,1) instead.