Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to fix script error with HP Printer Assistant

You may get the following error when you run HP Printer Assistant.

Followed by something like this.

If there's a corruption to the Windows Script engine then you can get this problem. You'll need to re-install Windows Script.

That should fix it.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Firefox UI redesign coming in Firefox 29

The recent release of Firefox 28 brought VP9 decoding and Opus support to WebM among others but it looks like Firefox 29 will be a much bigger change than we've seen in recent years.

New customisation UI in Firefox 29

Firefox 29 (now in Beta) will bring a new menu button and a new customisation UI to allow the user make the browser UI truly personal. Hopefully the Linux version will feature this as well. It's often that these new toys are only for Windows/Mac users and Linux fans get left out.

There will also be improvements to Firefox Sync and the GamePad API is now finalised and enabled.

The release notes has more information.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Locally integrated menus coming in Ubuntu 14.04

After replacing the traditional menu bar with the global menu, Ubuntu will now have local menus in the application title bar.

Locally integrated menu in Ubuntu. Source:
It took a bit of getting used to when they switched over to global menus. Now it's time to get used to the new order. I much prefer this "closer to home" solution though. You don't always want to run applications maximised which means global menus can be quite a distance away from the relevant application.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS should enter Final Beta this month. Might be a good time to check it out.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

HTC One & Android 4.4.2

I'm, of course, happy to get the latest Android release for my device. I just don't necessarily like everything I see...

Android 4.4.2 update with Sense 5.5
Let's see. HTC Sense is still at version 5.5 so no changes there.

After the update

The battery icon is all white now. When I'm charging it's grey with a lightning bolt. I'd have preferred the previous colorful look. Especially in the case of the battery level indicator, it's nice to have an idea if you're dangerously low on energy at a glance with or without the percentage beside it.

Oh well, it's just cosmetic. I'll live.

The update changelog says there's been memory management improvements and I think I'm seeing a little of it. The Gallery app seems to be better at remembering it's past state between sessions now. The SMS app also doesn't look like it's lagging during it's crossfade animation. But a device with 2GB RAM is hardly the best place to look for these signs. A device closer to the minimum limits would be a better place to find improvements in this department.

Generally, things are more or less the same after the Android 4.4 update. If you liked the way things were before, you'll still like them now. Maybe just a tad more as you notice visible small improvements here and there.

Performance improvements are always welcome, but it's not something you can feel subjectively given how well Android 4.3/4.2 performs already.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Firefox 27 released

Ah~ another fresh release of Firefox. Ubuntu users should be getting this within the next few days. Now with SPDY 3.1 support and TLS 1.1/1.2 enabled.

Mozilla's own Social API now supports running more than one service at a time. Multitasking 2.0? Does anybody actually make use of the services enabled by Social API?

Firefox 28 should enter Beta within a week or so.

Well, anyway, here's the release notes for the complete story.