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Discussion in 'Site Issues & Suggestions' started by dunetraveller, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. dunetraveller

    dunetraveller Barefooters
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    I was wondering if there is an optimal operating system or browser to use with the site. Depending on what combination I am using I am able to do, or unable, different things. Sometimes I am unable to use bold, or italics. All the time the quotes never appear in the white block, but I see that TJ's posts are in the blocks, so it's definitely possible, but not sure why. Is the site optimal for Windows, or Mac, or some other OS? Is Opera, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or some other browser optimal? I hate having style elements available to use and yet when I try and use them it's a no-go.

    John T.
     

  2. stomper

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    Dune, I can explain the quote

    Dune, I can explain the quote block behavior to you. It's not browser- or OS-related. It has to do with the CMS used to program the site, and (given our nonexistent budget) it may not be fixed anytime soon. (Though you are free to make a contribution!!)

    First thing to try: When you ask for the quote and then see the edited space in the reply you need to eliminate all extra white space (spaces or carriage returns) between the QUOTE= in square brackets and the actual beginning of the quote; and the /QUOTE in square brackets and the actual end of the quote. Then when you save your post it will actually appear in the quote block. Probably.

    Second thing to try: you might want to look at the DISABLE/ENABLE RICH TEXT toggle and INPUT FORMAT selections beneath the message text you are editing. Enable rich text. Use filtered HTML if you can choose that.

    Good luck!
     
  3. stomper

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    ps, I'm not sure why using

    ps, I'm not sure why using different setups you would have different abilities. It could be that cookies from the BRS site are saving some of your settings. You might want to erase those cookies on problematic browsers and then let them be reset.

    Things work quirkily, but fine, for me using Chrome or Firefox 5 on both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.
     
  4. Matt

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    Linux Mint.  I paid just as

    Linux Mint. I paid just as much for Mint as i did for my usual footwear.
     
  5. Barefoot TJ

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    I have all the latest flavors

    I have all the latest flavors of Windows and no problems. I also use both IE and Firefox, and they behave nearly the same, no problems from either of them.

    Stomper has given some good resolutions, so try those, but also be sure you are using the very latest version of your browser.
     
  6. dunetraveller

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    stomper wrote:When you ask

    Gonna give it a go and see how it is.....

    Hmmm.. this is kinda exciting

    Not sure if I want to hit save or not...

    Oh, what the heck.... *avoid the history eraser button...*

    John T.
     

  7. dunetraveller

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    Oh, by the way, how much

    Oh, by the way, how much money might it take to get to where it is fixed? Could work on that this year. Seriously.

    John T.
     

  8. Barefoot TJ

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    There are other priorities

    There are other priorities ahead of this one, DT. You gotta trust me on this.
     
  9. Gkikas

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    OMG there are TWO other Linux

    OMG there are TWO other Linux users here???? I shouldn't be surprised, given the cutting edge, somewhat counterculture bunch we seem to be.

    I've been using Kubuntu Linux for many years, now. stomper, Matt.... high fives!
     
  10. stomper

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    ok, gkikas, geek-off:please

    ok, gkikas, geek-off:

    please comment on two or more of the following:

    1) kubuntu vs. ubuntu

    2) R the statistical language vs. SAS vs. SPSS

    3) porter vs. stout.

    4) Daft Punk vs. The Postal Service

    5) girls/guys with glasses vs. girls/guys without. (extra credit for working in that glob of tape on the nosebridge.)
     
  11. Gkikas

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    1)  I prefer Kubuntu to

    1) I prefer Kubuntu to Ubuntu because I think KDE is a stronger, better supported desktop environment than Gnome, which I never liked anyway.

    2) Not familiar with R, but I used to support SAS installations on AIX servers back in 1999. Heard of SPSS, but that's it.

    3) I don't know the differences between porter and stout, only that I love stouts and drink them properly lukewarm. I've sent back poorly poured pints.

    4) I'm more into the Grateful Dead, Zappa and Stevie Ray Vaughan era than anything really recent.

    5) I vote glasses, because women look way sexier taking off glasses than contact lenses.
     
  12. stomper

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    Gkikas wrote:1)  KDE is a

    yup it's gotten pretty good in the past few years.

    a shame, kind of like barefoot running for statistics. I'm still on my long gradual transition. But it makes you perceive data differently.

    Porters are heavy like stouts, but are generally sweeter . If in Oregon, try Black Butte Porter.

    Okay, now Grateful Dead I will never understand. :(

    Oh, no need to take them off! ;)
     
  13. Smelph

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    I ran Linux mint for a while

    I ran Linux mint for a while myself, but at the time I had too many windows programs I needed to run (read: I was a warcrack addict) and couldn't get Linux to play nice wit my graphics card (it didn't have proper drivers for it at the time). That was a few years ago, and I have since traded in my shaman for a pair of non-existent running shoes (playing a shaman at the time was very similar to being a BFR; I smell a blog post!), so Linux may be something I could live with these days if I had the time to set it up right.
     
  14. stomper

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    Smelph, it's so much easier

    Smelph, it's so much easier than it used to be. I have dual-boot systems because I have a few applications (e.g. Quicken, Netflix) that only use Windows. But a lot of the time I'm in Linux, and often the software options in Linux are superior, and the way Linux works just makes so much more sense (once you get used to it).

    Obviously if you have mission critical data and apps you will want to experiment on a different computer, or at a bare minmimum back up thoroughly. But it's not nearly the risk it used to be; even dual-boot installs are very straightforward now with an installer of Kubuntu's quality. I don't know much about the other flavors of Linux but I know there are some good ones.

    Once you get really productive in Linux, it is a bit liberating. The way certain things (such as software updates) work in Linux makes so much sense, you'll be like "I always thought it could be this way." Read this blog post: http://bottleworld.net/?p=142
     
  15. Matt

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    I'm definitely a newbie

    I'm definitely a newbie Linux-wise. I had Slackware many, many years ago, but life got in the way, and I just recently got back into Linux. The new flavors of Linux are way, way beyond what was around a decade or more ago. When I installed Mint, it was like getting a new laptop. It's nice to have an OS that's more powerful, yet much lighter on its feet that Windows. There are many similarities to barefoot running when you stop to think about it a little.
     
  16. dunetraveller

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    I tried getting into Linux

    I tried getting into Linux some years ago. Tried Debian and DSL. Realized quickly I was going to have to become quite the intrepid explorer to get any new program to work with it. Kinda killed my interest after a while, but not totally. I just needed a more complete package to make things easier. It did finally drive the proverbial stake into the heart of Windows for me. I would probably be using Red Hat now if I hadn't gone out and bought a macbook pro. :)

    John T.
     

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