Archive for February, 2009

The Gtk+ File Chooser Dialog, Take II

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

OpenSuSE 11.1 updated the Gnome File Chooser and it now looks like this:


Recall that my premise is that the file chooser’s function is to help the user choose files. By my count, the area used for files is 29% in the above dialog, including header and scroll bar. That simply is not right! Why does the “Places” section (which I rarely use) and its buttons take up that much space? Further, what does the path bar give me that adding the path into the location entry and putting “..” into the file list does not give me?

Things get a lot worse if a file preview is added. Here’s how uploading the above image looked in Mozilla:


There is room for an incredible 2-4 letters of the file names! And the full “Places” and path bar sections, of course.

Could someone please defend the Gnome File Chooser so I do not have to suggest taking it out back and having it shot!

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Interwoven Alignment Preambles

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Thomas, that is a fine rant, but I look in vain for the answer to the question of whether you could get work done after spending 15 minutes learning git instead of cursing it for not having the same command line arguments as cvs. I am sure that with counseling you could get over typing “–help” instead of “-h”.

One of my favourite error messages in from TeX. Stuff this into TeX and look in the log:


It will tell you that “Interwoven alignment preambles are not allowed”. A bit cryptic, you might say, but TeX comes with a manual, i.e., The TeXbook which helpfully explains

If you have been so devious as to get this message, you will understand it, and you deserve no sympathy.