Sunday, February 15, 2009

Remaining thin-client issues decrease by 1/2

I'll never forget what I heard once: the people who die from eating poisonous mushrooms are the mushroom experts. While a little bit of knowledge may be dangerous, a lot of knowledge can be fatal. Not that I've got a lot of Linux/command-line knowledge, but I know enough to... dig more holes...

I couldn't get nice flash stuff like the one at the top of http://www.thinkfree.com. No, it wasn't simply updating flash which of course isn't simple. After updating I couldn't get firefox to use the new plugin--it insisted on using Flash 8, not Flash 10. Hours later... I solved that problem, encountered the issue with Ubuntu 8.0.4, Flash 10, PulseAudio and crashing firefox, and solved that mostly, with the help of http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=789578. Anyway, one can now watch videos on the web though it's not too smooth.

I tried to then see if the Java applets such as these physics simulations worked, but alas they still don't. I hope that dealing with the slowness of CmapTools (which is Java based) will solve this problem. But, from what I gleaned from this recent discussion is that the problem might be more in NIC issues than in Java, but that really it's unknown. "They're working on it..."

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