Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 21:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Change platforms. Whenever you can. Ever since I got into computing, I've lived according to a very simple adage: change platforms all the time. For reasons I won't go into, the importance of this adage was reaffirmed today, and I figured I'd share it with you all - and hopefully, get a few of you to follow this adage as well.
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Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Thu 21st Mar 2013 23:38 UTC
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I tend to limit my "change platforms constantly" to the occasional virtual machine and jumping into whole new fields of endeavor. (eg. I just bought an Arduino and a copy of "The art of electronics, Second Edition")

I understand what you're saying in the context of desktops, but I get so much value out of extremely small performance optimizations in the apps and configurations I already use that switching platforms is often far more pain than it's worth... unless it's just a new Linux desktop environment. I left KDE for LXDE in an afternoon and the only thing keeping me on LXDE is that I haven't yet had time to check whether Razor-qt is as snappy. (I use LXDE on my desktop and Trinity on my thumbdrives, so I actually notice the sluggishness that "modern" DEs add to the mix.)

Well... I'm also kind of doubtful Razor-qt would bring me much. I get the impression that, since I'm already running quite the grab-bag of applications, using Openbox, and can't find anything I like more than PCManFM and Midnight Commander, "running Razor-qt" would probably just mean replacing LXPanel... which is the component I have the fewest complaints about.

Similar problem to why I only use Geeqie as an image viewer. No other image viewer does as good a job at balancing responsiveness with minimal chance of an image getting skipped if I scroll-wheel through so quickly that I only see the top 10-25% before the incremental load is aborted by the next wheel click.

It's easier than scrolling through a list of thumbnails (because I can keep my eyes locked on one point and a bigger image is easier for me to recognize... even only partially loaded) and it lets me make sense of what I'm seeing in a manner similar to HTTP pipelining. (While I'm looking at one image, I'm waiting for my conscious opinion of the previous image or two. That way, I can stop and rewind to get to what I wanted, but I can still search large folders of images at a faster pace than if I only advanced after having a conscious reaction to each image.)

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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 00:05 in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
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Oh, yeah, and as a matter of principle, I stick to open-source OSes and Firefox.

Chromium builds of Chrome were the closest thing to a WebKit-based browser which met my needs and they started going downhill before they reached feature parity with Firefox. (eg. forcing the address bar to hide "http://", requiring $5 to open a developer account on the Google extension site, making it difficult to install extensions from outside the extension site, etc.)

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