Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


XP is indeed very fast

Like night and day: everything feels so much snappier on XP than Vista. OpenOffice loads in half a second rather than ten. Thunderbird doesn't crash. Wifi connections stay connected. Locking and unlocking the screen happens instantly - no more long delays.

Downsides: I miss the way Alt-Tab on Vista displays thumbnails of all the windows, but TaskSwitchPowerToy.exe from MS at least lets me click on an icon. I still sometimes hit the 'Windows' key and start typing something to search for, before realizing I don't have a search input any more.

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New Windows install checklist

- Colinux [+disk image]
- WinPcap
- PuTTY [+registry]
- Launchy and PuTTY plugin
- Firefox [+profiles]
- Thunderbird [+profiles]
- Skype
- Pidgin [+settings]
- Adobe Reader
- Notepad++
- Winamp
- Synergy
- Python
- Git
- Cygwin
- OpenOffice
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Open source Facebook platform

Yes please - open source FBML, FQL, FBJS and FB API on the way!

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