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  1. I'm surprised you feel that way, n0wak. I really like the control WordPress's template system gives me, and I've never had any problems navigating it at all. Perhaps you're making it a bit too hard for yourself by trying to edit the rather complex default theme? It's far, far easier if you grab the blank WordPress theme which just contains some empty divs and the bare bone PHP, or perhaps just get the PHP includes from from the online pot o' tags and put them into 100% custom built HTML yourself.

    Aha, that'll be where I went wrong too. Blank theme? ;) I stripped out the first one I laid my hands on and reformed it.

    As for complexity, I wouldn't say it was difficult, but editing those PHP files was a bit more complex than normal XHTML and CSS.

  2. But this is not only about user experience.


    recently a couple of lines of code were discovered in windows NT by crazy coders going through the programming line by line. This code was a backdoor into the computer - its name was obviously NSA-something or other.

    That was 1999. Noone outside of MS or the NSA really knows the truth about it. It was the public half of a key, indeed with NSA in the name. A lot of people claimed it was a backdoor left open for the NSA. Microsoft denied it. AFAIK nothing was proven or demonstrated other than the existence of the key, and it's plausible that "NSA" might have been randomly generated or stood for something completely different to "National Security Agency".

    I think things like the old MS music store now having no support and being incompatible with Zunes - all due to different DRM schemes - is good enough for pointing out the basic untrustworthiness of such systems ;)

  3. I wouldn't say making new themes is a doddle, as I remarked earlier the way pages/tags split over multiple PHP files is a bit of a difference to bog standard XHTML and CSS files.

    (Or is the method more like blogger for

    Also, much as I love it Wordpress is a little cruddy if you want to use it to manage images. Even with a plugin like photopress, the choose/upload/categorise/insert process is lengthier than it should be and making thumbnail galleries is a ball ache.

  4. I don't know, that seems like a lot of blogger FUD to me.


    It's sadly a deep part of the modern electronics experience, whether the masses realise it or not. You could boycott anything that uses copyright protection that's more in the interests of copyright holders than consumers, but you'd be missing out on a hell of a lot.

    It's more than FUD: Pirated content is demonstrably of higher quality than DRMed ass, and DRM often gets in the way of legitimate users while merely presenting an unwelcome but surmountable challenge for technical users. From an interesting article by the new DG of ELSPA:

    The second reason, however, is that there is obvious demand for software to be available online, and to be easier for users to manipulate. The ability for users to download software, to install it without a CD, to store it on their hard drive (either in their PC or their next-gen console), to play it without load delays from a Memory Stick - these are things which users want to do, and which you can't do with legitimate software.

    The awful truth is that using pirate software is often a better user experience than using legitimate software - and this is where the industry should focus its efforts. The tide of music piracy is being pushed back, little by little, by initiatives like iTunes and eMusic. These offer the same products as the pirate networks, but with better quality, more user-friendly interfaces, added bonuses and a low price which is enough to entice many users away from pirate products and back to legitimate goods.

    The video games industry needs to learn from this, and fast - because the head-start which it has over music and movies due to the size and complexity of its products will not last long in the face of escalating network speeds.

    Things like the Sony Rootkit and Starforce aren't FUD either: they're companies covertly attacking their own markets because they still equate "pirate" with "criminal", "gang", and illegal, rival businesses.

    Vista is built entirely from the same philosophy. I can't see people bending over and taking it when their current "HD ready" hardware remains unsigned. Call me a zealot, but copyright laws weren't designed for this situation, they were put into place when publishers started exploiting each other. Pirate operations running stalls at car boot fairs are comparable, but consumers torrenting are not. Copyright, the way our societies have created it in the past few centuries, just can't scale down like that and wasn't designed to.

  5. You mean online, or that you can install on your own server?

    For ones on your own server, I second Marek's recommendation of Wordpress. It's quite customisable even if you're non-technical, as there are loads of plugins and themes out there.

    If you know XHTML and CSS you can make your own theme quite easily, but you do need to get your head around the bits of PHP a page is generated from and find the right way to split your start and end tags across them.

  6. I had to teach my knuckles how to crack in the first place. It was really hard and hurt like hell. But basically I used the same motion I do now, I just had to press really freaking hard.

    That's how I learned to do it. At 13, a friend asked me "Can you crack your knuckles?", and I couldn't at first, then once it happened I couldn't stop. My toes crack if I curl them hard too.

  7. The arthritis thing about knuckle cracking is a myth. The cracking sound is gas being sucked out of the synovial fluid in the joint, which gets reabsorbed in about 20 minutes. Cracking joints grants you extra mobility until the gas reabsorbs (which is why concert pianists crack their knuckles), the trade off is slight thickening of the cartilage around the joints later in life, leading to a slight, permanent reduction in mobility.

    This message brought to you by annoyed children debunking the bullshit of their squeamish mothers.

  8. Also this (about 53 seconds in).

    :eek: For some reason that reminds me of A Clockwork Orange. The first shot of PeeWee is absolutely chilling. If the Cyndi voiced bit switched suddenly to a shot of him stabbing someone or something, it'd just... fit :eek:shudder

  9. Kill your inner policeman Miffy. Let the humour out.

    I used to be able to blow air out of one of my tear ducts. It made a squeaking sound too. I once held a mic up to my eye and did it through some massive speakers, which really grossed my older brother out.

  10. I'm nowhere near an authority as I'm pretty new to it myself, but I've heard generally positive rumblings about support for nvidia. I did have to find drivers and install them, and it wasn't quite as easy as doing it with Windows, but it's a breeze compared to the couple of days a friend spent trying to get ATI graphics to work properly in a laptop.

  11. Um, just to cut past all the "open source is bollocks!", "no it's not!" tiresomeness:

    OSS operating systems currently seem to be about where Mozilla was before it became Firefox: Impressive, but a bit shaky and not quite user friendly enough.

    Linux is inherently customisable, which gets rid of a lot of things that irk me about Windows. I'm not going to pretend that other annoyances haven't replaced them (poor support for some video formats, high learning overheads to get certain things up and running, etc.), but overall they're a more bearable set. It's flexibility means that if you think something is pointless, you can almost certainly get rid of it.

    Those irks I mentioned are genuine arguments against Linux. These ones are hypothetical:

    How is, this in any form, superior? It just needlessly hogs resources.

    *drum roll*

    Welcome to the world of subjective value judgments! There is no needlessness or needfulness here.

    wrt resources, Beryl uses the GPU, and when you're doing anything other than massive graphical transforms, a negligible amount of CPU and RAM on top of that. Same for virtual desktops: negligible resource usage for a subjective return.

    Virtual desktops are handy for grouping windows - having photoshop and an IM client on the same desktop used to drive me insane. Not your bag? Well ok then. I need not convince you otherwise.

  12. It's actually quite intuitive.

    I've been using Beryl for a few weeks, it's quite a clear way of organising windows. CTRL+ ALT+LMB allows you to move the cube using the mouse (It snaps to the nearest desktop when you let go).

    Being able to shove windows you don't use much to one side is really handy, because four desktops allow you to dump them as related sets (So, for instance you can put all your web stuff on one desktop and music on another). It also has the OSX type thing where moving the mouse into a corner gives you thumbnails of all open windows. Between the two, it's much faster and more intuitive than hunting and pecking on a taskbar.

    I avoided Linux like the plague for years because OSS could be so unstable, but Ubuntu now is usuable for anyone who can proficiently dick around with computers. I think it's still not quite there for average users; I've had to learn a lot to run it adequately, but I spend way more time in it than XP now.

    A lot of Beryl is just "pointless" glitz, but deep down in there is some actual functionality. Here's a

    (The OSX dock shown is a different mod).

    @ Coldkill: That is the normal virtual desktop setup of Linux, Beryl is just a different front end which also keeps the standard interface at the bottom right.