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I was asked to download a copy of Sun’s Solaris and in the process needed to install the Java runtime environment on my Linux server/mess-about-workstation. Sun have redesigned their website since I was last there, and it looks great.

I found it odd that it didn’t work correctly in Konqueror as it’s a browser for Unix and Linux, and that it didn’t look right in Firefox on Windows 2000 either. I found it particularly odd as the CSS was invalidated by the inclusion of Proprietary Mozilla CSS Properties. So you think they’d have checked it in Firefox right? So why the overlapping blocks of text?

And it’s a shame to see that the HTML didn’t validate either. Still, I guess there’s still a few more years of being able to use the excuse “well our site is run by a CMS so you see we couldn’t quite get it to validate”.

Anyhoo, not to focus on the negative for too long, I think it’s a great looking site and I’ve been able to find all the stuff I’ve needed during my visits.

Update:OK, the visual rendering now seems to be fixed in both browsers – they were probably updating the homepage.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, June 14th, 2005


You’ll need to be registered at Salon to view this article, but here are some points I found particularly interesting:

More urgently, the Bush administration’s delusional state about the progress of its war suggests that it is incompetent to safeguard the nation’s security.


The Sunni Arabs, who largely did not vote, have only 17 members in the 275-seat parliament. They therefore are grossly underrepresented among the voting delegates on the committee charged with writing a new constitution, a situation that has contributed to the ongoing insurgency and threatens Iraq’s future. The Shiites and Kurds both voted enthusiastically. The Shiite religious parties that had been close to Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian hard-liners swept to power in the Legislature.


As journalist Sarah Whalen pointed out in the Arab News, the increasingly effective guerrilla war has vindicated Baghdad Bob. “Baghdad Bob” (his real name was Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf) was the spokesman for the Iraqi regime who issued an endless stream of ludicrous pronouncements about how the mighty Iraq army was turning Baghdad into a mass grave for Americans, and so on. Today, many of his predictions, such as the one that the Iraqis would hurl “bullets and shoes” at the invading U.S. military, not bouquets of roses, have come true. But if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Sahhaf has been honored on a higher plane. His rhetorical strategy, of simply denying reality, has now been taken over by his arch-nemesis, George W. Bush.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Words of wisdom from Number 43

“The world is more peaceful and more free under my leadership” – George W Bush

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

The flipside….

Funny bugger – from “Windows rapidly approaching desktop usability”

The SimplyMEPIS version of GNU/Linux I run on my “workhorse” laptop computer includes a full-featured office suite, ftp, chat, and graphics software, and dozens of other useful programs on its installation CD. Windows XP included none of these, and most of the equivalent packages available for Windows are costly. Some, like Microsoft’s Office software (which is similar to but doesn’t read as many file formats and won’t directly save your work as PDFs), cost more than the operating system itself.

Roseneath, Wellington, Monday, June 13th, 2005

Mac and Intel

The Mac is soon to have an Intel processor at its heart. I’ve never been a Mac-head, but it seems like a shame. A little less diversity in computer land. Does this mean that I’ll be able to buy Mac OS and run it on a PC? Will it mean cheaper Macs? Does it matter what the chip in a Mac is?

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Three years of bucketFountain

I missed the birthday myself. When I put the site together I doubted that I’d be able to keep it going for a year, but there you go….

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, June 7th, 2005


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