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Oldies: selected posts from November 2005

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Posted on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 20:55 IST (last updated: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 21:34 IST)

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Here's my next version of "Selected Posts." It's been a while, actually and from November 2005, I have a fairly large selection of posts to offer you.

Choice: the spice of Desktop Linux - Here I wrote about why Desktop Linux is not limited to just KDE or Gnome. You actually have a wide range of lightweight Window Managers to choose from and they are not as heavily loaded with features as the full fledged Desktop Environments. If you need a GUI for your work, but don't need it to "get in the way" like KDE or Gnome sometimes can, use one of those!

Is the internet really polluted by blogs? - some years ago, people questioned the relevance of blogs. Read this article to find out what I thought about the issue. Surprisingly, it has suddenly become relevant today in the context of SEO penalties imposed on sponsored blogging by a popular search engine ;)

Why I don't debate online these days - Ask any experienced online forum user and you will get the answer to this question. Meaningless debate over the same topics over and over, adding nothing new to the original topic can become very tiresome as I found out during my extended stint at LinuxQuestions.org forums.

phpBB upgrade tips - I never really regretted giving up phpBB 2.0 after an endless cycle of security problems followed by quick, patchy updates. Upgrading a well-modded phpBB forum is akin to a visit to the dentist. And till date phpBB 3.0 is still officially "unstable." :roll:

The bloggers' definition of success - This article will tell you my blogging philosophy. It is somewhat long-winded by my current standards, but it's still worth a read. Till now I guess I've broadly followed those principles.

SUSE 10 review - A (surprisingly positive) review of SUSE 10. Since then, I've changed my views. I don't currently want to use SUSE and I guess I will never really use SUSE Linux. A big yawn probably sums up my current attitude to SUSE Linux (and many other Linux distributions) better than any words. I'm currently at the stage where Linux by itself doesn't interest me so much as what productive work I can do with it. I guess the novelty factor wore off long ago. :)

That's all for this edition. Oh, and don't forget to check the full archives for November 2005. There are some other good articles I've left out, among them some cricket articles (I was actively blogging about cricket those days). So feel free to leave behind your thoughts on any of them. :>>

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4 comment(s)

  1. Among all these, I liked the post defining the meta-blogging phenomenon and success in the blogosphere the best. It is interesting to see in perspective. While high number of incoming links is surely an ego-boost, I believe that writing what I want to express rather than what will get me the higher ranks on some popular site is more important, at least personally.

    New post with new content please! :)

    Comment by Sudipta Chatterjee (visitor) on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 07:03 IST #
  2. Sudipta, good to see you back after a while. :-)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 @ 08:10 IST #
  3. You know, I think I read all of those.

    Comment by (visitor) on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 @ 22:34 IST #
  4. Thanks RT. In a small way, I'm trying to revive my older articles ;-)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sat, Dec 1, 2007 @ 10:11 IST #

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