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Syncing your Delicious Bookmarks

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:24 am on Friday, December 11, 2009

I’ve written about syncing your bookmarks on Linux before.

I’ve been using the method with GMarks and the Google Toolbar plugin for some time and it works just fine. I also have a Delicious account that I use for work, that I like to access and save book marks to from any computer., this is where SimpleDelicious comes into play.

Simple and seamless delicious bookmarks management from your FireFox browser menu. Unlike others it’s aimed to be simple to use and not bloated with invasive and unnecessary features.
features:

-Add and delete delicious tags/bookmarks from the browser menu, as simple as that

And it really it is, it’s a quick install then enter your account information and you’re good to go. I find the sorting on it is a little strange as it organizes by tags rather than folders, but it works. If you remember where you put something or have a good organizing system (unlike my assortment of random tags that seemed like a good idea at the time) you’ll always be able to find what you’re looking for. You can always use the web front end to search and organize your bookmarks if you have to, but this firefox plugin makes syncing and adding to your delicious bookmarks easy!

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Best iPhone Error Message Ever

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:45 am on Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Best iPhone Error Message Ever

Best iPhone Error Message Ever

Not Linux related at all but I thought it was funny.  So, yea. Ignore the giant DISMISS_ALERT button, that’s an error caused by me being stupid, but I thought the actual message was pretty funny.

After dialing a “special” number that I strategically obfuscated using gimp and then may have failed to upload the correct one. I get an:

“Error performing request, No Error”.

Although interesting, I now need to find some one without a jail broken phone to see if they get the same message just for the lols. Anyway this sort of stuff can be found all over the place, I just think its funny to find it on such a trendy hipster user oriented device.

When not to script it

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:37 am on Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I’ve come across a number of programs in the past and thought to myself,

“Why didn’t they script this, it would be so much easier.”

After thinking about it for a while it all makes sense now. It seems that I had the shell script bug, everything must be done in the shell! In reality while the shell is great and all, it is not without its flaws. There are somethings the shell is great at and should be used for, then there others it shouldn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to script as much as the next guy, but sometimes I think people get lost in its simplicity. Some people use it for everything without fail. Perhaps this is because they don’t know otherwise, or maybe because they too have the shell script bug.

There are many reasons to use the shell and I’m not against using it by any means. This is simply a list of when it may not be suitable to whip out the shell and start scripting. If there is any I missed, please add them in the comments and they may eventually make it into a revised post. I’ll do the same if I come up with any more. Onto the list!

Distribution / Portability – Ever try to distribute a script? Well, most of the time its not a problem, but sometimes you’ll get bit in the ass. Not all systems are created equal. Some have missing packages, or something doesn’t work the EXACT same way.

Simplicity – Sometimes bash is elegant. Well, it depends on your definition I guess. Some argue that scripting is simple, where as others that have to support or maintain it will be ready to cut you. I know I’m sharpening my shanks right now for some revenge. Seriously though, choose a language that makes it easy to K.I.S.S (keep it simple, stupid.)

Performance – Lets kick in the after burners. This is one I don’t have much experience in although I should probably look into it. The shell is sort of like a glider, it gets the jobs done, but I wouldn’t want to race it against a jet or anything. If you’re considering scripting, just time the process to make sure it meets your performance needs. Most of the time, if it is for you, you’ll be fine right? I mean you’ve got all of the time in the world and can wait overnight if you have to. I’d rather not, but have been known to wait on a slow script out of laziness.

Maintenance – Nightmare code. Dependency Hell. Some may have seen the t-shirt or heard the phrase,

“Programming is like sex; one mistake, and you’ll support it forever”

Yea scripting this is sort of like that, except you can always abandon and upgrade your scripts :)

Security – Keep it secure, there are many issues with security in shell scripts. We wont get into them now but if you wear a tinfoil hat when using a computer, you may not want to rely on shell scripts to do your top secret stuff.