Tuesday, May 31, 2011

YAWAS - Yet another web annotation system


I don't know why it's called "yet another" - its really the only one.  The next best one is wiredmarker, which is great, but uses a local database, so you need to put its database on dropbox for the annotations to be portable.  If like myself you surf from more than one computer, then yawas is nice not only because it uses google bookmarks so its portable but works for firefox and chrome.  The nice thing about using google bookmarks over, say diigo, is that getting a google account is less obtrusive than diigo or the other portable web annotation sytems (diigo, shiftspace, sidewiki, webnotes, stickis) and yawas also doesn't need you to install a fricking toolbar, and doesn't pop crap up in your viewing space either (I'm looking at you shiftspace you topheavy ankle chain.)  I hate toolbars.

However, I like yawas - just install it and go.  All you need is a google account, and that's it.  Google accounts, although I don't feel very comfortable with them, are better than the other account alternatives because google doesn't try to shove social bookmarking down your throat 24/7 like the others do.  There's a wikipedia entry on web annotations, but doesn't have the two best ones, yawas and wiredmarker.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Things to do after installing ubuntu

To make Ubuntu more useful, here's what I've been doing after installing:

  1. run updates
  2. enable additional drivers
  3. set resolution
  4. Enable universe, restricted, multiverse under "Ubuntu software"
  5. run update manager
  6. Enable Canonical Partners under software
  7. install ubuntu restricted extras
  8. enable pre-released and unsupported updates
  9. enable download all updates in the background
  10. run update manager
  11. install greasemonkey and adblock with software manager
  12. install checkinstall, gvim, epiphany, chromium, gnumeric, dia, inkscape, gimp, pdfedit, xournal,decrypt file, gpa, openshot, gns3, wireshark, tshark,murrine themes, community themes, preload
  13. added ppa for nvidia drivers (details here) and install
  14. added ppa for webkit/epiphany (here)
  15. added ppa for wireshark/tshark/dia (here) (these do daily updates :-)
  16. installed rgba ppa (here) but don't enable it yet
  17. installed dropbox
  18. added elementary desktop ppa (here)
  19. installed elementary icons, theme, artwork, gnome artwork, colors (used synaptic - the ubuntu software center doesn't handle theme/artwork well)
  20. Installed localepurge, bleachbit, gnome activity journal
  21. went here to fix elementary dark panels and firefox elementary theme
  22. installed compiz fusion from here
  23. added gns3 ppa from here
  24. added wine ppa from here and installed wine 1.3
  25. added ubuntu tweak ppa from here (page at ubuntutweek.com here)
  26. added ppa for gnomenu from here