Blue on Windows Vista

April 2, 2008

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I came into the office this morning to see that Blue had some opinions he wished to express about Windows Vista.

"In 1999 Microsoft gave us Windows ME, seven years later they gave us Windows ME 2 (Windows Vista)" – Blue

J: What do you mean Blue?

B: Well do remember Windows ME back in the 1990s? That was one poor excuse of an Operating System, built on not much better Windows 98 before it!

J: Yes I do, it was terrible, specially when you consider Windows 2000 Professional was available at the same time for business people. But surely Vista isn’t as bad as Windows ME Blue?

B: Your right, it isn’t, its worst that Windows ME! Vista is like a bad Sequel after XP, think Star Trek V, Sting 2, Star Wars 1, Speed 2, Batman & Robin, Jaws 4, Spiderman 4.

J: What, they are doing another Spiderman film?

B: Yeah!

J: So what is so wrong with Windows Vista?

B: Well you got a new machine the other day after your last Vista machine couldn’t repair itself and to be honest was a little under powered anyway (2.8 GHz 1.5 GB RAM and 128MB Video) . You also had a clients Vista machine that couldn’t repair itself either that week!

J: Yes and yes, but now my old Machine has Linux Ubuntu 8.04 on it.

B: I know, it feels like a new machine does it? And with 3D desktop enabled it puts Vista and Mac visual effects to shame?

J: Your right, it does Blue. But I think that’s a topic for another day

B: Well here is my list of complaints so far…

1. Forget about speed unless you have a 2.0GHz Duo machine and then I’d be looking at Quad Core if you can stretch to it

2. Control Panel mayhem, I can’t find anything quickly

J: Ah, but your meant to search for everything in Vista, programs, email, documents etc, that’s the thinking behind Vista

b: True, but try searching for "Windows Updates" and nothing will appear because you didn’t type it "Windows Update", that’s just laziness on Microsoft part

J: Okay, next

3. Coping files over network has only been fixed with Service Pack 1, why would they ship an OS with a problem like this?

4. Service Pack 1 actually slows down Vista, forget about it speeding things up or adding any new features

5. Mapped Network drives in a Workgroup environment never remember your passwords

6. How many ways do you need to shutdown the computer? Sometimes it doesn’t actually shutdown, it sleeps and even that doesn’t work correctly on your new desktop computer, remember this morning you wasted 20 minutes?

J: Okay, okay we are getting the picture, so what do you suggest?

B: Not much choice, Microsoft will stop large computer manufactures from ship XP machines in June, Windows 7 won’t be around till 2009/10. Linux debate always comes down to the choice of applications you need to run and isn’t as easy as Windows or Apple, although this is improving. Apple operating system has MS Office and Adobe applications going for it, but they are expensive compared to the specs of a Windows machine and if you’re a large company, Apple Servers are ludicrously expensive bit of kit, £3,000 for a basic server. What do you think Jamie?

J: Well I think if your out for a new laptop or desktop which will run Vista, 2 GB of RAM, 2 GHz Duo Processors and separate video card which doesn’t steal system memory or is what you should be aiming at.

Author: Support @ 8:00 am




Linux FTP Server with a Graphical User Interface (GUI)

March 27, 2008

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Linux is a great Operating System which can give small businesses access to enterprise quality products normally only available for the big boys. The downside to going down the Linux and Open Source route compare to a Windows based solution, is the configuration can be less user friendly. This was highlighted recently when I needed a FTP Server with a graphical user interface which a Windows end user would be happy using.

Don’t get me wrong the open source movement is improving all the time, you need only take a look at Ubuntu and compare it to Windows Vista or Mac OSX, you’d be surprised. Although most comments on Linux forums when this question is asked, is why do you need GUI for FTP Server?

Simple, not all businesses have an IT department and 99% of people would run scared if you showed them command shell, "I want Windows" would probably be the cry!

Back to the topic in hand, a Linux FTP Server with a graphical user interface (GUI). Well, I struggled to find any all in one solutions which seem to be abundant on the Windows platform, Xlightftpd, Cerberusftp, Filezilla Server etc. The solution so far seems to be add on programs that provide GUI to existing FTP software on the Linux platform. Which kind of makes sense given the maturity of FTP Server software on Linux, why re-invent the wheel?

The List

I’ve not had chance to test any as yet but will report back when I find a suitable solution, in the meantime he is what I have found so far…

GPROFTPD- Proftpd FTP server

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GPROFTPD is an easy to use GTK+ administration tool for the proftpd standalone server. GProftpd and Proftpd gives admins access to virtual hosting, 8 layers of security including chrooted users and encrypted transfers on both the data and/or control channels. It is ideal for both standard ftp serving and webhotels.

http://freshmeat.net/projects/gproftpd/

PureAdmin – Graphical FTP Server Management Utility

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PureAdmin is a graphical tool used to make the management of PureFTPd a little easier. It uses the GTK+2.x widgets for its GUI and thus are not dependent on a specific desktop environment such as GNOME or KDE. It is, however, designed with the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines in mind so it should integrate nicely with at least GNOME.

http://purify.sourceforge.net/index.php

KcmPureftpd – KDE Admin Pure-ftpd

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KcmPureftpd is an KDE KControl module for configuring pure-ftpd FTP server. The goal is to have medium users to configure their server securely and conveniently, without the burden of knowing tons of command line switches.

kproftpd – KDE Frontend for configuring ProFTPD

http://freshmeat.net/projects/kcmpureftpd/

Kproftpd is a graphical Qt and KDE libs based frontend to the ProFTPD ftp-server. The target is to build a easy to use application, to configure the proftpd. its designed with the help of KDevelop.

Webmin

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Webmin is browser based product that allows you to manage a wide range of services running on your Linux box, including FTP servers.

http://www.webmin.com/

ProMA – Web Based admin tool for ProFTPd

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ProMA is a PHP-based system for administrating a ProFTPd server that stores users in a MySQL database. Its features include support for multiple administrators, mail notifications when new users register and when accounts are approved, closing of accounts temporarily, and a notepad per user for the admins.

http://freshmeat.net/projects/proma/

JProftpd

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A very simple Java based admin tool for use with ProFTPd.

http://www.cli.di.unipi.it/~checchi/

PPMy – Web based ProFTPd Manager

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PPMy is a simple Web-based administration utility to administer users and groups to a ProFTPD server, storing users and groups in a MySQL database.

http://ppmy.sourceforge.net/

GADMIN-ProFTPd – Gnome Admin

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GAdmin-ProFTPD is a GTK+ frontend for the ProFTPD standalone server. It gives admins access to virtual hosting and eight layers of security, including chrooted users and encrypted transfers on both the data and/or control channels.

 http://mange.dynalias.org/linux.html

ProFTPd Admin – Another Web Base Admin Tool

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A web-based tool written in PHP aimed at managing users and groups for a ftp-server called "proFTPd".

http://proftpd-adm.sourceforge.net/

 

Others?

Missed any worth mentioning? Leave a comment and we’ll update the post.

Author: Support @ 11:56 pm




What fonts can I use on my Website?

February 1, 2008

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Twice this week I have been asked what fonts can I use on my website?

Not that many is the short answer.

You might have hundreds of fonts available on your computer, this doesn’t mean everyone else does. Depending on the operating system (Windows, Linux, Apple) , web browser (Firefox, IE, Safari) and programs installed (Office, Photoshop etc) will effect the range of fonts you have. You can certain download more, but people visiting your web site aren’t going to do that. So what fonts are general safe to use on your blog or company website?

From some digging around the general opinion seems to be around 8-10 fonts are pretty safe to use. It doesn’t mean you can’t use images for headers and sub headings etc, but for the bulk of text you are pretty much limited.

What are the Options?

So here is a quick sample of the options available to you, but make sure you have a glance over the next section, as you will see that this still varies from computer to computer, web browser to web browser.

Verdana

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Georgia

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Tahoma

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Arial

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Times New Roman

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Courier New

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Helvetica

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Lucida Console

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Palatino Linotype

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

MS Sans Serif

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Impact

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Quisque consectetuer, tortor id pharetra sollicitudin, urna metus eleifend elit, sed venenatis dui nisl et orci. Nunc orci tortor, suscipit sit amet, interdum quis, egestas ut, ipsum.

Aenean nisl lectus, interdum non, mollis sed, adipiscing in, diam. Etiam sodales neque. Aliquam tortor. Integer pellentesque, tortor ac nonummy gravida, velit sapien suscipit magna, vel adipiscing lorem arcu vel dui.

Trains, Planes and Operating Systems

And just to confuse you more, these fonts can also vary in style depending on the web browser, computer settings and version of the operating system you are running. Although, to be honest don’t worry too much about this, its impossible for any web sites to look identical on every machine out there.

Linux Operating System

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Windows XP

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Apple Mac

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For more information on this subject check out…

Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents

and

Web-Safe Fonts for Your Site

What is your advice about fonts and websites, I’m no expert on the subject so I would love to hear your thoughts?

Author: Support @ 4:25 pm
Category: Web development




All Russian schools to run Linux by 2009

October 17, 2007

Tux the Linux Mascot

Russia has taken steps to combat software piracy in its schools by choosing to go completely open source and use the Linux operating system over Microsoft Windows.

Since Russia entered the World Trade Organisation, laws on this subject are much stricter, meaning it can no longer turn a blind eye to software piracy. So faced with a massive licensing bill to become legal, they have chosen to go completely open source.

I’m sure other countries will be eager to see how this pans out for the Russian education authority.

More at the BBC…

One possible decision was to buy licenses for all the software being used – but so much software was being used, it proved too expensive… so the decision was taken to use free software, although not immediately, but over three years.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7034828.stm

Author: Support @ 8:00 am
Category: Open Source,Windows