Adobe Illustrator CS3 Exception

There is one really nasty bug in Adobe Illustrator CS3 which manifests when trying to save a file. Everytime I tried this operation I was receiving an error telling me that Illustrator.exe has thrown exception and suggesting me to use debugger. After trying lots of stuff including installing all updates from Adobe I found the reason – my Print Spooler Service was configured to start manually and therefor not running.

So in summary: if you plan to save files from Adobe Illustrator CS3 keep your Print Spooler service running.

HTML5 Working Draft Released

Today W3C released the first draft for the next generation HTML language. There are plenty of differences including lots of new semantic tags (header, footer etc) , couple of APIs (2D drawing, drag and drop, network), new events and other cool stuff. Of course the guys have done great work with revising the language structure (cleaning up some tags and attributes) and still achieving backwards compatibility. Also I liked the idea of making HTML5 a XML language.

for more info check the official pages:

http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-html5-20080122/ Working Draft

http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-html5-diff-20080122/ – Differences between HTML4 and HTML5

Install KDE4 on Debian Unstable (Sid)

Update:

With KDE 4.1 kicking the traffic to this page has increased dramatically. So for installing KDE 4.1 on Debian unstable you have to generally follow the same instructions (add expreimental repository to your sources.list)

More instructions on the Debian KDE Team website

Today I tried the new KDE4 on my Debian Sid distribution and decided it is still not usable for everyday desktop environment. After the full of dependency issues installation I ended up with piles of software removed and yes running KDE4.

Positive:

  • works noticeably faster
  • cool effects
  • gadgets(widgets)
  • totally new experience – live previews, funky menu, new icons and theme
  • new multimedia engines

Negative:

  • Some effects bugs
  • not compatible with some old programs – at least were uninstalled while installing KDE4

For now I will not update my main copy of Debian Unstable

Anyway short how-to if you still decide to try it yourself:

  1. Backup everything – I personally copied my whole Debian partition to another one and installed there.
  2. Remove all KDE and Compiz packages that are already installed otherwise you will have plenty of dependencies problems and apt shouting various errors.
  3. Add
    deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main non-free contrib

    to your /etc/apt/sources.list

  4. apt-get update && apt-get -t experimental install kdebase kdebase-workspace
    extragear-plasma kdegraphics kdegames kdemultimedia kdenetwork kdeutils kdeedu kdeadmin
    kdetoys kdeartwork kdesdk

Covarege of Flexcamp (Sofia, Bulgaria)

On 17 Jan 2008 took place the first event in Bulgaria dedicated to Adobe Flex and building RIA with it. It was well organized by Gugga and RIABG with one exception – it was in a weekly day which for sure lowered the number of visitors.

Summary of the things that were interesting to me:

  1. A sneak preview of Adobe Thermo – there are couple of videos already on YouTube
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XecRJgbdCtU
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzAKlSE_-9o
  2. Adobe Flex 3 CRUD Database Wizard
  3. Couple of presentations which included good explanations for Flex databinding mechanism
  4. A demo of SWFAddress deeplinking utility

Of course there were some disappointments too – there was one presentation about laptop.bg which looked like payed commercial because it didn’t showed anything connected with Flex even the site itself and one more: the guy sitting in front of me took the iPod :(

Anyway it was a good experience, I hope there will be plenty more.

Debian Icedove 2.0.0.9-2 no RSS Feeds

After updating to the latest Icedove (Thunderbird) package from the Unstable (Sid) repository my feeds stopped coming.

The solution is editing /etc/icedove/pref/icedove.js and comment the following line:

pref(“network.protocol-handler.external.http”, true);

After that everything works fine!

For further explanation check the bugreport