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Html Email and Images
Date: 10/5/2004
Most users coming over to Scribe (esp from Outlook [Express]) wonder why Scribe never shows the images in their HTML email. And the veteran Scribe user knows this is because spammers use it to 'verify' the email address by cross referencing the image loaded with the email sent out.

The question of the week is: If the email is NOT a spam should the user be able to click something to load the images?

My thoughts run along the lines of:
  • Users often make mistakes, so it's better to have no where to stumble.
  • Users like nifty features but not at the expense of safty.


What do you, my thoughtful reader, think?
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i.File Release
Date: 7/5/2004
I've released a new release of i.File and this time there is a binary for linux as well as the source.

This is alpha software, so the usual disclaimers about alpha software that manipulates files applies but I'm really enjoying using it day to day on RedHat 9. YMMV.
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Gnome + KDE d'n'd
Date: 30/4/2004
I was just attaching some files to an email in Linux, and you know what? It's really quick if you don't use a Gnome or KDE application as the source or destination.

For years now I've been bemoaning the craptacular lack of speed that Linux GUI apps seem to be chained to. But now that I've written a) a file manager and b) an email client for Linux I see it's not the GUI (i.e. X11) that is necessarily at fault here, it's also the applications.

You see when I drag a file from my file manager to my email client it works wonderfully. No jerking cursor, halts or long waits. It's all smooth and easy. But if I use the KDE file manager it's a mess of stuttering cursor's trails across the screen, delays and bugs when you touch the edge of a window.

I can see it now... "Matt's Linux distro"... no Gnome, no Kde... just quick and lean little applications to GET WORK DONE.

"Matix!"

Maybe not... to "popular culture" for my taste... The Matrix is still a bitter wound in my memory that hasn't healed.

"Mattoo!" - A flavour of gentoo?
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i.Task on Debian
Date: 27/4/2004
I've heard that on Debian GNU/Linux 3.0r2 i.Task displays an error when trying to load saying it can't find the symbol 'dlopen'. So I've fixed the libraries that it links against and put a new build here.

Would someone with that OS be able to test it for me?

I'd like to know if my fix worked or not.
Update: Looks like it's fixed... thanks.
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For Sale: Fender Strat
Date: 22/4/2004
I'm selling my strat, if you interested take a look.
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i.Task Released
Date: 20/4/2004
I've released a new application for watching processes under Linux called i.Task.

Source and binaries are available.
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