Egged Getter 0.1

The Egged Getter has been lost in the mists of time. However, it’s code has largely been integrated into TransportDroidIL. An old version of the Python code has been pasted at the end of this post. Here’s a little something I’ve been messing with: A simple fetcher script for the Egged (Israeli bus company) site. I’ve made a deskbar applet which uses it, which was fun to do :) (I’m looking for other cool ideas to implement as deskbar applets)...

February 1, 2008 · 3 min · Ohad Lutzky

Two reasons Apple suck

First of all, new iPods won’t work on Linux. Now, while it’s very obvious that the idea is to block competition against other music vendors, that makes it even less legitimate. Good thing we’re starting to see some very nice cheap players out there - I’ve been rather impressed with the Meizu M6 MiniPlayer. Secondly, they didn’t think of this: Indexed search within the “Open” dialog. It’s in Ubuntu Gutsy, and really makes desktop search (implemented with Tracker in gutsy) worthwhile....

September 16, 2007 · 1 min · Ohad Lutzky

Myspace sucks

Life is good, for the most part. And as a technology enthusiast, there are many new and cool things to see online. For example, there’s the new Schools site, part of the Vaya project which helps Israeli schools use Linux; this site uses the up-and-coming Lahak CMS, built on the Django framework, and looks very promising to the eyes of the bidi-lingual webmaster. However, some things just plain suck. One of them is myspace; today, in an attempt to make it more legible, I found that My Band’s Page implements all of its styling changes by a “style” tag hidden within the “Members” text block....

May 17, 2007 · 2 min · Ohad Lutzky

Beautiful ideas

This man has some beautiful design ideas for the Linux desktop.

February 8, 2007 · 1 min · Ohad Lutzky

Why Vista worries me

I’ve heard the latest Security Now, regarding the debate between Dave Marsh and Peter Guttman on DRM in Windows Vista. While a few good points were made, the major one - in my opinion - was not. DRM, in a practical sense, is deeply flawed: The idea is to give you your media - say, a WMA piece of music - and a program to play it with - say, Windows Media Player - but encrypt the media....

February 7, 2007 · 4 min · Ohad Lutzky

On Vista

Everyone knew this was going to be an interesting one to watch. Die-hard Microsoft fans were sure Vista would be the final nail in the Open Source coffin, die-hard Linux fans were sure that the release would be Microsoft’s demise. Myself - I’m sitting and enjoying the show. It’s always very interesting to show Beryl to non-Linux users. They are almost always highly impressed, and are often completely in shock that Linux is a graphical system - many people still believe Linux is command-line only....

February 4, 2007 · 4 min · Ohad Lutzky

Software Perfection - Lost in the details

Sometimes imperfections in Software drive me nuts. It’s what drove me away from Windows. It’s what keeps me switching back and forth between desktop environments. It’s what has me wasting a lot of time getting the software to do what I want, instead of getting anything done. I even have two particularily good examples. Firefox and Opera are my two favorite browsers. Opera is actually not as good, in my taste, as Firefox....

January 25, 2007 · 2 min · Ohad Lutzky