Friday, December 31, 2004

Heard from the slashdot vine

I heard the following comment on slashdot and I thought it was a cool way of dealing with the windows to linux migration. The peeps were talking about Microsoft not being worried about Firefox!

So try this approach, I use it.

Setup an X server with a pretty desktop.

Tell the users "We'd like to enable you to work faster. From this point forward, just doubleclick this. We installed a new version of Office and Internet explorer, they are called OpenOffice and Firefox. If you don't like this, feel free to use your Windows98 system."

I had zero Win98 users within a month, and zero Windows XP users within 3 months. That's a 400+ user environment.

They still think it's new Windows. The management thinks that not paying for 400 terminal services licenses is priceless.
Coool, shows that you can really move away you know.

i am manulite

Rules That Guys Wish Women Knew

I got this from an email forward and I thought why not post it to here
as well.

1. Crying is blackmail.
2. Ask for what you want. Subtle hints don't work.
3. Don't cut your hair. Ever.
4. Sometimes, we're not thinking about you. Live with it.
5. Get rid of your cat.
6. Anything we said six or eight months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
7. Anything you wear is fine. Really.
8. Christopher Columbus didn't need directions, and neither do we.
9. You have too many shoes.
10. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.
11. Learn to work the toilet seat; if it's up, put it down.
12. Mark anniversaries on a calendar.
13. Yes, peeing standing up is more difficult than peeing from point
blank range. We're bound to miss sometimes.
14. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers.
15. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
16. Don't fake it. We'd rather be ineffective than deceived.
17. Sunday = Sports.
18. If you don't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us
to act like soap-opera guys.
19. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the
ways makes you sad and angry, we meant the other one.
20. Let us ogle. If we don't look at other women, how can we know how
pretty you are?
21. Don't rub the lamp if you don't want the genie to come out.
22. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it
done -- not both.
23. Women wearing Wonderbras and low-cut blouses lose their right to
complain about having their boobs stared at.
24. You have enough clothes.
25. Nothing says "I love you" like sex.

i am manulite

Thursday, December 30, 2004

I hate Yahoo! [Part I]

Having moved from M$ Windblows to linux, one starts getting frustrated by all things Micro$oft. You will hate a site that is "optimized for IE 6" and anything that thinks Windblows is the only platform.

Yahoo Compose Mail Options

I used to love Yahoo, I'm still attached to it in a big way, but it has slowly started to piss me off, especially when it fails to support the very things I like it for, on my Linux platform. So i've decided to post all the annoyances that I encounter with yahoo onto this blog, this is the first.

As a linux user, and naturally a firefox user, u'd think that a rich text editor is a given on Yahoo Compose mail screen. I mean if blogspot can do it in firefox then surely Yahoo! can. Maybe they can, but they didn't.

Try composing an email in firefox and what you will get is a simple text editor, I did not notice this until today when I wanted to post some HTML message to my blog. I thought maybe my options are not set right, but then, well... Yahoo! thinks everything's MicroSucks, only available in IE 5. what?

I know gmail does not support HTML outgoing but hey its still beta, and they dont discriminate...

The number that I am

I came across this site and i thought it was kinda funny. Here are my results for the "Whats your number?" quiz

You Are the Enthusiast
You are outgoing and playful - always seeing the happy side to life. You're enthusiastic and excitable. You love anything new. Multi-talented, you do many things well... and find success easy. You prefer to keep things light with others. Opening up is hard for you.

i am manulite

The Invites still unused

I still have the 3 invites that I offered the day before christmas. Just let me know why I should give them to you that's all!

i am manulite

Converting PDF files to html (or text)

Have you ever wanted to convert your pdf documents to html? Have you then tried to google for a pdf converter and came up with a thousand sites where you download a trial of this or a trial of that? I did that before, and in one of my google results it managed to send me to what then seemed like the most obvious place one would try first; the Adobe site! They have an online tools section where you can convert your pdf files to text or html.

Simply send an email with your pdf attachement to pdf2txt{AT} or to pdf2html{AT}

Dont ask me why you'd want to convert, I did it for someone I knew and I did ask why.

I am manulite

Friday, December 24, 2004

Some Gmail Invites for Christmas

I have a couple of Gmail invites (again!) and I'm feeling in a good mood. I'm giving away 3 invites to any 3 people, just tell me why I should give it to you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Another language, another blog

Seeing how i go on and on about being african i've sat down and did some thinking, I need a blog in shona, so what i'll do is start another one, this one purely in shona, and the thing is, i'll translate all the posts to this blog.

you can check it out on

i am manulite.

Of Spam, blogs and google

A few days after starting this blog, someone sends me an email to my faithful yahoo and it goes

hi manulite,

i saw yo blog at blogspot, and i was wondering are you really from africa? did you grow up in a typical african village? do you think we could be friends? i'd like to learn more about african cultures...



So i quickly run to this site thinking damn, my email is displaying all over the place, the next thing i'll have thousands of the so much hated spam mail. not a single reference. i think again, i'm now using the beloved gmail, so if this person got my email ad, they'd have found my gmail address(if they could, i know some can do it somehow). getting worried i think how did whoeva this is get my email address? feeling kinda threatened, i reply

hi xxx

how did you get my email address?


can be polite sometimes. so whoever on the other end quickly replies, of course trying to be nice as usual, they tell me about google, how you can type in a keyword and then it sort of gives you everything there is to know about that keyword. It makes sense to me so i launch my firefox (google is one of my 3 home pages!) so i type "manulite", not feeling very lucky, i click Google Search, and everything makes even more sense, i've been around, well mostly looking for help, and mostly about linux, but i've been around.

i've also been not too careful because on more than a handful of those sites my email is clearly pasted for any email harvestors to reap where they did not sow. its not like i'm too worried about it, but the other time i had my yahoo totally flooded with emails from some funny virus that claimed to be microsoft support sending me one of their numerous fixes (though i'm completely pro-linux, and all the pc's i use have to run some flavour of linux).

so but that's how whoever on the other end got my email address. of course we continue to chat on email, he wants us to be friends, and learn the african culture and stuff. I tell whoever it is on th other side, i'm cool with it, (though i might have to read a coupla books to jog my memory on this subject of my african culture).

but still the first email is still quite interesting, i did not write it in full here, but am i really from africa? damn right i am, and i'm too proud not to say it. i've chatted with a lot of people on the internet and i've come across a lot of peeps who still think africa is a complete jungle, they expect the airports to be strips of tar in the middle of nowhere, where planes have to give way to passing animals. well they are not very wrong!

so me and whoever on the other side, we've exchanged a couple of emails where i furnish whoever with a few howto's. e.g "Broadband Internet Under a Tree, How To", "How To Minimize Animal Noises While On Voice Chat" and "How To Ride An Elephant To Work".

of course i will be putting up the how-to site where everyone can download, and in the spirit of sharing i'll also put them up on those p2p networks that are making a lot of noise with copyrights people, only i wont make noise because all this stuff is copylefted.

i am manulite.

Friday, December 17, 2004

The 12 things of Christmas...

...that I've only read in books and watched on TV.

12. We definately did not have "The 12 days of Christmas"... and if you could kindly stop confusing me about whether it comes before or after.

11. The fireplace. When I was growing up, the "fireplace" was what you normally call your stove, and your grill, and your oven. The cooking was done on the fireplace, stuffed stockings had no business lying around our kitchenware!

10. The stuffed stockings. Those ones you would not dare stuff them with anything. Oversized, yes, but they were your only pair... for school, period. You'd see them in one color and one color only, grey, and you'd see them in one place and only one place, inside your only pair of school shoes.

9. Christmas cards. Ok maybe I saw one or two while i was growing up, but i could not get them out of the shop windows.

8. Christmas carols. They were all in english and the best we could do was to "listen along" while being played on radio.

7. Christmas Carol singers going around the neighbourhood. Those ones would never have gone three houses down the lane, i think it had something to do with maintaining the peace and quiet...

6. Wrapped up Christmas presents. Well the truth is it was not only about christmas, presents, in general, were never known to us as we grew up. But i remember i got a dollar once from a distant relative of ours, the day before one christmas and i was so chaffed.

5. The Christmas Tree. We had plenty of trees, but i think none of them would have fit in our house, plus i think it made more sense to chop it up for firewood, than to store it in the house for christmas.

4. The decorations. These we had nowhere to put them, and anyway its had not like we had them in the first place.

3. White Christmas. I later learnt it was white because of what is called snow, something that comes from the sky like rain, only its frozen, hence white.

2. Chimneys. Most of the fireburning was done outside. If we had to do it inside, we'd simply open the door.

1. Santa. Coming from the North Pole, i think he'd get tired if ever he had decided to come down here, we are way down south, plus I think he did not see any point in it, we had no chimney, or stockings, or wish lists (we only had wishes) or anything so there really was no point for him.
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Sometimes the Internet makes me feel strange. Strange because I sometimes think that it is amazing. Amazing in that 5 years ago I would have not imagined what it does for me. It sends my emails (an I actually get a reply), it sends them fast, so fast my grandma could not understand it when I tried to explain to her.

Recently it has also debugged my Java application, umm, that was after it had taught me Java itself sometime back as well. So I feel strange, and amazed. It taught me web-design, the moment I saw that I could be good at it I stopped. It made me a few friends from countries so far away from me I cannot even afford a flight ticket. Then blogging...

I have been around for a while, and I started hearing about blogs sometime back, but me being me, I had to wait until I felt like I'm naked if I dont keep a blog. I had to wait until it was cooler to keep a blog than to google for free beer and get free software instead. So now I'm finally here, and if you ask me its still way much cooler to google than to blog. So why am I here?

Well eh, the thing is umm... Well, blogging is the future Internet, and come to think of it as well, I think, as from this moment I write, that the two best things to ever happen to the Internet are google (thank God for google), and blogs. That ofcourse excludes 1Gig free email and IRC and ...

But to be honest, I've always thought that there is already an information overload, too many things people can read, and listen, and watch and play on the Internet. So I was not too keen on the idea of keeping a blog which will be stacked in some corner of the net, and chances of anyone reading it being so slim I could not see them under a microscope.

And the other thing that bugged me a bit was the fact that most of these servers are out there in countries so far away someone could convince me they do not exist. Coming from Africa, southern Africa, in Zimbabwe, who knows how many servers, and proxies, and firewalls my stuff is exposed to before it reaches some servers most likely in the States? And well, when it finally gets there, who guarantees me that none of those proxies or firewalls will not deny me access to that which I put there yesterday, and that which others put there as well? Who guarantees I wont wake up in the morning and overnight I've been enclosed is some great firewall (like china's firewall) and all I can browse are servers in Africa?

But then again hey, my emails are out there as well, though I have the others in here, but still those out there are as exposed as this blog I've finally started. So if I lose them all, or if I stop blogging here anymore, remember me as the guy who left his stuff outside and got locked inside.

Talking about remembering me, the other reason I feel funny doing this blogging thing is that, everyone writes as if they know you'll read, as if they think they've got some level of importance that will get people wanting to know them. I might be doing the same thing here, forgive me, thats just how its done.

Phew, I'm getting tired now, plus I'm not used to writting in propercase, I normally write everything in lowercase, but I tried to be neat for once. If my english is bad, please forgive me, its a second language, I could write in shona my proper language but eh, you would have not been able to get this far!

So welcome to my blog, I'm Manulite.

Moving In...

If you come to think of it, this was way overdue. Give me a while to figure out this whole system.