Wednesday, August 31, 2005

IE compatibility

Here is another idea I'm carrying for the few last days. There are just too many internet sites written with IE specific instructions. Some of them are critical like banks, cellular communication companies, government and academic institutions. This presents a serious handicap for people using non Microsoft operating systems, since there are no compatible IE versions (not counting obsolete IE for Mac).
There are two possible solutions I have been thinking of:
  1. To use Netscapes's approach, by integrating IE compatible engine into Mozilla, or adding IE specific instructions. The drawbacks are that it is legally problemtic and it will encourage even more progrmers to use the lazy IE specific code.
  2. To learn from Microsoft and making Mozilla more programmer friendly than IE by adding extra instructions with better API, but unlike Microsoft, making it free.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Idea for desktop user interface improvement

Some programs have been designed for large resolutions, making life difficult for people with small monitors or compact laptops. The most common problem is when the configuration window is too large to fit the screen making it impossible to reach th "OK" button.
The solution is simple: to shift the view to the missing part of the window by "shifting" the desktop in the needed direction. It could be done with simple key combination like Ctr+Arrows. Note, it is not supposed to enlarge the desktop making it scrolable (wich is very unconfortable), but to simply temporeraly shift it.

I would like to propose this idea for the Gnome and possible KDE projects.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The calm in Blogger

In the last two weeks, it was quiet in my friend's blogs at, since even the most resilient ones ;) were forced to open an LJ account. It a sign to the things to come?

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Back to Ubuntu

After a few weeks with Fedora Linux, I have decided to move back to Ubuntu Linux. Even that Fedora is cosidered more advanced and prestigious, I have decided that Ubuntu answer my needs better, since it doesn't requirs you to build the system for your needs. It just works. I don't yet have the knowlege, nor the time to figure out how to setup Fedora the way I take for granted in Ubuntu. Nor Fedora has that advantage in newer software, since the last Ubuntu apdates. In general, I believe that the future of Linux in desktop lies (if at all) in the Ubuntu like distros, which allow newbies to use Linux without the need to learn lots of geek data.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

My third blog

I have decided to changke my LJ profile. It will no longer be as my private diary, but my own blog in Russian.