September 9th, 2008

Apollo 4 on column of fire

A query

Why do Mozillish browsers render DejaVu Serif Condensed fonts so badly, at least on Linux? In Opera they are rendered stupendously (unlike many other fonts).

Maybe Opera is using the TrueType instruction engine in freetype2 and Mozillish browsers aren’t? Or maybe it's the other way around.

BTW I need to figure out how to get Flock (and other Mozillish browsers) to let me type Esperanto letters in a composing box. In Opera it’s no problem. Flock et al. let me type a circumflex "a" (â) but what about a circumflex "c"? No go.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Lame GTK+ problem solved

I figured out how to input Esperanto letters in Mozillish browsers. It’s because Mozillish browsers use GTK+ for user interface, and GTK+ is lame. I have to set an environment variable telling GTK+ not to use any of its lame input methods and fall back to the default X windows stuff.

This ought to get rid of the need to manually tell gnome-terminal the same thing. I was too lazy to figure out how to get gnome-terminal to do this automatically.

Opera had no similar problems, because it uses Qt instead of GTK+. Qt also is lame, but it's relatively good with languages.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Impressions on Flock

Flock: definitely (for my purposes) an improvement over Firefox or Seamonkey. It’s going to be my new interface for Facebook, for example.

But AFAICT as a general browser it can’t replace Opera for me, even though recent versions of Opera for Linux have not been well behaved. I simply can feel the difference in my painful hands, that I am doing more work with my hands using Flock than using Opera.

Opera gives me what I want and practically need: 13 and a half ways to do anything, without obsolescence-threatened third-party add-ons.

Today was primary day

Today was (open) primary election day. I voted for Al Franken. There were several challengers, but probably nobody you’ve heard of. Likely you weren’t aware that Franken still had to go through a primary, but that’s how it works here (but not for presidential elections, then we have no primary).

There is a lot of misreporting about Minnesota endorsements and nominations, in the national media.