Quirky Unicorn progressing

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Just a short note.

I fixed the network tray applet. The source required "return 1;" in the timer function (any non-0 value), otherwise a zero got returned which caused the timer to stop operating.

Cups (the cupsd daemon actually) has a dependency on a systemd library, that I was loath to put into my build. I tried recompiling cups, but couldn't get it to print, or rather it did once, then got "filter failure" and I couldn't figure out what it was that I had previously done right.
Yeah, well it is precisely this endless cycle of upgrade headache that I don't want to get back into again.

So, I used cups from Quirky Tahr, a downgrade from version 1.7.5 to 1.7.1. Printing now works fine.

I compiled the latest SeaMonkey, version 2.30.

Quirky Unicorn coming

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I mentioned recently that I might release a "Christmas Special" Quirky.

Well, I have decided to do it.

I am right now running "Quirky Unicorn", built from Ubuntu 14.10 beta2 Utopic Unicorn DEB packages.

I would like to acknowledge where I have "borrowed" the above image from (a free iPad/iPhone game):

I will probably release Quirky Unicorn before Christmas. Especially as Ubuntu 14.10 is due for release on October 23, 2014.

A pleasant experience, this is the first bootup, and everything so far is working, except the network tray icon is showing the network as disconnected, whereas the network is actually working.

I intend to improve a few things in the Quirky build-system, and update many PET packages.

Any feedback can be provided via the Contact Me link above.
I probably should create a thread in the Puppy Forum.

Galaxy Note 4 bend test

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Ha ha, I expected Samsung to take full advantage of the iPhone 6 #bendgate, and here it is:


The "butt test" is quite amusing.

Except not quite realistic, as the bending forces in the back pocket are more likely to be more of a twisting force, or more applied on one side than the other.

It is the force applied on one side that is the downfall of the iPhone 6, due to weakness near the frame cutout for the buttons.

That situation has not yet been tested for the Note 4.

Note 4 "clever" advert

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Well, you will go either way, either think this is very clever, or you might cringe right through:


A couple of people I know, who have seen it, reckon it is brilliant. One of those people is employed in marketing, and told me that this video is superb "brand awareness" for the Note 4.

it has been suggested that Samsung might split it up into sections, for screening on TV.

iPhone "bendgate" saga

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I have been following this closely. I was wondering how Apple is handling this in the background, in "damage control" mode.

Here is one answer:

I expected this. Media outlets that are dependent on Apple in some way, either with a pro-Apple stance or in receipt of advertising, or other favours from Apple, I would expect to give very muted coverage of #bendgate, even no coverage.

In the meantime, Apple will be frantically redesigning the case, but not after millions have been produced.
Also, I expect that some Apple employees will find their careers at Apple come to a sudden end, as scapegoats are sought.

A Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was also tested in the video -- it is interesting because the Note 3 is all-plastic, whereas the Note 4 has a metal rim -- meaning that the Note 4 might not "spring back" quite so well -- which will be funny, as Samsung have finally bowed to consumer pressure for a metal phone, partly anyway, when it might turn out that technically plastic is a better material to use.

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