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We are hiring!

February 17th, 2011 by Martin

Are you a Flex developer that love UX and cool  application design? Do you love Erlang and want to build something with it? Or are you interested in Linux customisation/tuning or even embedded devices? Yes? So why not work together? Our company is looking for developers that want to work on cutting edge technologies. If you are interested do not hesitate to contact me for more information. ;)

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Using Gnome Shell with Vino/VNC remote connection

March 8th, 2010 by Martin

I use remote connection on a daily basis. My home computer is only a terminal to my office workstation so to speak. But I had a problem with it while using Compiz or Gnome Shell for my desktop. After successful login using VNC I received only  static picture of desktop. No interaction was possible. While looking on Google to solve it I found following commands that fixed my problem:

gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/remote_access/disable_xdamage

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Ubuntu – unable to see desktop icons

January 4th, 2010 by Martin

From time to time I was facing strange behaviour of my Ubuntu Gnome desktop. After some action (e.g. drag’n dropping object on desktop while cleaning up mess) all my icons and desktop objects disappeared only background image left. It was not so frequent, but it was definitely not a good experience ;). Finally I found a simple solution to work around it.

Just restart nautilus and my desktop was restored.

Thats it.

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Enterprise Architect usability nightmare

November 10th, 2009 by Martin

ea_ux_nightmareI am not an UML fan, but I have to use it from time to time. To create models I am using Enterprise Architect from Sparx Systems. It is not industry leading software and I think it has good  relation between value and price. It is quite complex tool with a lot of features and some of them are little bit tricky to use. Overall experience is quite good, but what I am missing is UX  strategy or concept. UI is not simple nor intuitive as many complex tools these days are. One IMHO crucial and critical issue that make me angry was toolbar especially Undo/Redo buttons. As you can see from screenshot icon usage is totally confusing. Your right brain hemisphere gained experience that icon with floppy drive represents saving to disk file. Usage of this icon in different context is more than unhappy decision. I have to say that I clicked it number of times before I remembered this “if”.

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Just another smooth upgrade to next Ubuntu release

November 1st, 2009 by Martin

Yep, I upgraded my workstation to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Linux. Upgrade process was as usually smooth without any troubles.  I again put myself into risk by upgrading over remote connection using VNC. But no problem at all. Just better performance and more polished desktop. Ubuntu just rocks. Thank you guys!

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London Stock Exchange Lesson

October 8th, 2009 by Martin

I have to say that I am not surprised by news about London Stock Exchange. It is just an example of enterprise software status these days. It is shame that someone is promoting 100% availability. It is just not possible… 99,8% maybe but definitely not on top of MS SQL 2000. Small quiz: Why companies like Amazon or Google are not using Microsoft technologies? I think it is not a question of money for licenses ;).

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Never ending problems with Google XML Sitemap plugin

July 30th, 2009 by Martin

From time to time I have some problems with my WordPress installation. It is usually related to upgrade to a new version and plugins of course. It is expect able for plugins to stop working with new version of host code. Most of plugins works well, but Google XML Sitemaps plugin causes a lot of pain to me. I believe it is every upgrade. I am feeling frustrated, because I can not publish or generally manage my posts without ending on blank page. I am not feeling about debugging these issues (sorry), I am feeling more like to reinvent the wheel and write my own plugin. I know that it is not an open source way (no I do not want to fork it), but I think I can make it more simple and better. ;)

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Microsoft has its head deep in sand!

June 18th, 2009 by Martin

I am long term Windows developer (not only of course). I always tried to be fair and objective when I was talking about Microsoft, Linux, Open Source and such topics…  But today I came about this link. It was classical example of total ignorance that will lead to dead of company in a long terms. Not now, not tomorrow, but will die in a few years from now. I felt really sad while I was reading that lies. I know it is not about technology, it is about business and money ;). Thank you very much, I prefer different world.

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Why good task should be S.M.A.R.T!

June 11th, 2009 by Martin

To be smart is not enough these days. Our perception is limited to supplied information and its accuracy. And software project success raise and fails with accuracy and level of problem/domain specification.  Whenever I am faced with some task, I am asking myself: “Is it S.M.A.R.T.?”.  It does not matter whether I am describing task to someone else or I received this task from someone else.

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Power of UNIX

June 5th, 2009 by Martin

I found a very nice quote from Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie, fathers  of UNIX, that I really like:

A powerful operating system for interactive use need not be expensive either in equipment or in human effort. We hope that users of Unix will find that the most important characteristics of the system are its simplicity, elegance, and ease of use.

There is no need to say anything more to that… That is why I prefer Linux and other UNIX based systems.

Happy birthday!

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