Ubuntu 5.10 anyone?

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Digg last week had an article entitled Why Every Windows User Needs a Linux Live CD.

Regular blog readers will remember that on 12 September my PC went down in a spectacular fashion, and that I managed to update my blog, check my email and surf the web using a combination of my Psion 7Book and an Ubuntu 5.04 Linux Live CD.

I can therefore thoroughly recommend a Linux Live CD for getting you out of those sticky situations. I have four copies of the official Ubuntu 5.10 Linux Live CD to give away … anyone? dust? no? anyone?

Don’t do emails!

This image has nothing to do with Bob Geldof or email. I just liked it.

An interesting article on the BBC News website: Bob Geldof rails against e-mails.

Live8 organiser Bob Geldof has revealed his contempt for e-mails, blaming them for tying up people’s time and stopping genuine action.
Mr Geldof told a conference in London that e-mails “give a feeling of action, which is a mistake”.

He told delegates that what workers achieve each day will be linked to the number of e-mails they ignore.

He explained that the “doing part” of a job is proportionate to the amount of e-mails you do not answer.

“E-mails get in the way of serious consideration of what you want to do,” Mr Geldof said.

Absolutely right! That’s what I say.

I can’t tell you how many half-hours get wasted as I trawl through my Inbox trying to decide which emails to reply to immediately, which to flag for later, and which to delete. Even yesterday (my day off) I quickly scanned through my “Newsletters” folder in Outlook and simply pressed and held down the delete key on my keyboard.

What annoys me too is people who don’t think their emails through before they send them. The number of emails I get with no subject, or no contact details (signature), or they’ve missed out some vital piece of information. Because email is such a fast medium we often get caught up in the fast pace, instead of slowing down and making sure what we’ve written is what we want to say. The number of emails that I get that I take the wrong way, which wouldn’t happen if the writer had taken a little longer in composing. Or that has an attachment missing (I do that occasionally).

Here are 8 email mistakes that make you look bad on the Microsoft website.

My most productive and satisfying days are often spend away from my email. Mind you, the only days I’m away from my email I’m on holiday!

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 RC3 released

The latest Release Candidate (RC3) of the Mozilla Firefox web browser has just been released. As it says over at the Mozilla HQ:

Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download. This is the second release candidate of our next generation Firefox browser, to be released later this year, and it is being made available to our developer and testing community for compatibility testing and to solicit feedback.

Firefox 1.5 can’t be that far away; the current version is Firefox 1.0.7. This is confirmed by this article on Ars Technica posted on Wednesday.

Firefox 1.5 includes a large number of critical new features and bug fixes. Users can look forward to complete support for ECMAScript for XML (E4X), drag and drop tab placement support, browser cache enhancements, massive improvements in rendering performance, a fully operational automatic update system that can finally do patching, and support for rendering pixel graphics (Canvas) and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

It appears too from that article that Mozilla Firefox has now gained a 10% share in the browser market that has been dominated for years by Microsoft Internet Explorer, having been downloaded now more than 100 million times since the official launch of v.1.0 twelve months ago, in November 2004. Which I helped in a little way (US $30) to finance.