Firefox 1.0.7 upgrade in Ubuntu Hoary

workaround for Firefox 1.0.7 upgrade:

execute sudo apt-get remove firefox firefox-gnome-support mozilla-firefox mozilla-firefox-gnome-support. Then, once that’s finished, run sudo apt-get install mozilla-firefox mozilla-firefox-gnome-support.

source:
The Firefox 1.0.7 upgrade in Ubuntu Hoary

Toys made from Tin and Wire

The toy museum in Riehen is showing African toys made from tin and wire:

Museen Basel

Riehen Info

According to a newspaper article, the above show focuses on toys from West Africa.

A couple of years ago, a friend and I were discussing an idea to import these very original, handmade toys. I have seen some great toys in Blantyre.

It also explains why some wire fences disappear so fast… kids finding new uses.

From Mac to PC and Back

Some useful tips to keep in mind if you’re moving Powerpoint slides from
Mac to PC and back:

  • Quicktime-compressed images won’t work on the PC
  • Quicktime movies seldom work on PCs. Use MPEG or AVI instead.
  • Links to external graphics files will break. Embed all graphics.
  • Links to most media files will break UNLESS you copy the media file to the folder where the PowerPoint file is, and only then insert it.
  • Check Format, Replace Fonts to see what fonts are used in your presentation. You can safely count on Arial, Times New Roman, Courier and Symbol being present on every PC. Tahoma and Verdana will probably be present on any PC with Office 97 or later, but may not be there if the PC has only the free PowerPoint Viewer. Mac versions of PowerPoint can’t embed fonts.
  • Use only RGB color for your PowerPoint graphics. PowerPoint will convert CMYK or Pantone colors to RGB anyway. It’s better to do it yourself so you can control the conversion. In case that’s not a convincing argument, try this: PowerPoint may substitute a red X for CMYK graphics. Ouch. Stick with RGB.
  • Ungroup, then regroup imported graphics to convert them to PowerPoint shapes. Do the same to inserted charts if you don’t need them to be editable on the other platform.
  • Don’t squeeze your text too tightly into placeholders. Font substitution and slight differences in text rendering on Mac vs PC can cause your text to get truncated or spill out of too-tight text boxes.

evaluating Drupal 4.6.3

I’ve finally downloaded and installed Drupal to get an idea if this would be a possible CMS for a small web project I’m planning to start.

Installing the basic modules and setting up the MySQL database was straightforward. No problems here.

What I’m finding more daunting is the CMS interface itself. There are a lot of modules and settings. And it takes some time to grasp the concept and terminology.

For example, it took me a while to figure out how to create a simple menu. I found this posting that suggested using the so-called Menu on-the-fly module. I guess, I would have expected this to be part of the basic install. Or maybe there’s another simple way that I’m missing.

I haven’t had a look at how to change the design of a theme or how to build my own theme.

Drupal offers a lot of options and additional modules. But at this point I’m worried that the CMS interface is too complex for the end users I’m planning for. And probably too much effort to customize for a small web project.

hard copy version of your Flickr album

get a printed version of your Flickr photos at:

Qoop*

This might be useful for friends and relatives that live very *offline*.

via kottke.org

(* what a company name! I wonder how it is pronounced… I think you should always consider what the name sounds like over the phone, or in an international context, or when the press decides to write negative headlines and makes use of word plays …)