Siglas - Sigla Database, Acrónimos, Abreviatura e Símbolos


New site, Siglas (means Acronym in Portuguese) this one is a portuguese database for acronyms and abbreviations and other kind of small information, its quick and easy and simple to use!

Nulo Simple Weather


A quick 2day hackathon later! and here is Nulo Weather! Its a simple weather site, i know i know its nothing new, but i thought i could make something a bit better, a mix between overly simple (does it rain or not) and the abundance of overly complicated weather sites out there.

Its simple and plain, it shows the weather now, today and tomorrow, it uses geolocation to try and give you your weather right away but you can search any city anywhere to check its weather.

  • The good... humm it runs pretty quickly and looks if i say so myself pretty spanky good!
  • The bad... its unfortunately not perfect, with the lack of a decent weather API's im using Yahoo Weather API (probably with time ill have to change), although good its still a bit wanky and not 100% responsive, also the geolocation isnt perfect and if no city is presented you are greeted with a random city, but if its a strange city Yahoo Weather API might just fail and you are greeted with a empty page... oh well ^_^'
So yeah go check it out and see if you like it! ^_^

Incult - Search Scientific Books and Documents


New site! Yay! Welcome to Incult yep snazy domain, its a pretty cool and simple science search engine, the cool thing is that it caches copies of the works so you can always find the books and documents you need, for now we are focusing on public domain works, but in the future we will add also free documents and everything in between.

Other cool features is that if it doesn't find any book on the database it will use google search (focused on the best book and documents sites) to give you some good alternatives, so win+win.

As of now the database is still being worked on, we have just a basic web scraper working, so its still gonna get more improvements, but for now like the death star... it is fully operational! ^_^

Review LibreOffice 3.6 Vs OpenOffice 3.4 Vs MsOffice Vs iWorks (on Win/Mac/Linux)


So there was a lot of confusion and some complaints about my previous faceoff OpenOffice vs LibreOffice, some stuff was deserved (not providing the test files was silly, but i did use office documents so i couldn't without messing with them), making a strange graph with strange values, not including the other operating systems even though the results were close, so I'm fixing all of this on this review, it will be simple and similar in point (comparison of performance for a small business office), because im doing this review as much for me as anyone else, in an office setting, were performance is the most important thing followed by a responsive layout and good formatting (stuff like compatibility or features are not as important since all of the software here has the features we want and used for years!).

This is the setup i will be using (and yes i wont be using my ssd powered hardware, because i dont have any at the office):
  • Windows 7 - Intel T3200 2Ghz (2 Cores) - 3GB - HD 7200RPM.
  • Ubuntu 12.04 - (with gnome classic of course, unity?... please...) Same specs as Win7, its dual boot.
  • Mac OSX 10.6.8 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz (2 Cores) - 4GB - HD 7200RPM.
The files i will be using are (you can get them here):
  • Small Excel File - 44KB
  • Large Excel File - 3.3MB
  • Small Doc File - 80KB
  • Large Doc File22MB
Why no OpenDocument (.odf or .od) or Office Open XML (.docx or .xlsx)? Well cause 90% of our files are .xls or .doc and normally when we receive in any other format, we convert it to .xls or .doc (Office 2003 format), as well as LibreOffice 3.5 (what we are using now) can pretty much open any file-type, so i'm aiming to what we normally use.

For the software, all operating systems are up to date, i've disabled as much software as i can from all of them prior to the tests (that means, anti-virus, dropbox, etc), also on windows 7 im using Ms Office 2003 and on Mac im using Office 2008 and iWork 09, the reason being these are the only ones i own and its mostly for comparison purposes, all installations were on the typical settings and on Mac i did close the software every-time, so hot start was with the program fully closed.

Libreoffice and Openoffice need to do some tweaks on first run, so i did first runs with no files just to finish that, also for each cold start, the measurement is the time of the first run of the file (this time around, no averages!), time is as follows 1:15:30.45 (1 hour, 15 minutes, 30 seconds and 45 centiseconds), also only added the CPU on the large .doc because that was the only one that freaked out the Office's, on all the other files CPU dropped to 0 or very near it after loading.


Windows 7

Small .xls Large .xls Small .doc Large .doc
cold hot mem cold hot mem cold hot mem cold hot mem CPU%
LibreOffice 3.6 21.0 5.12 46.3MB 7.38 6.30 50.7MB 6.67 3.85 44.6MB 1:18.88 1:18.71 124.7MB 50
OpenOffice 3.4 9.64 4.60 36.7MB 5.57 4.89 39.2MB 5.99 3.53 32.5MB 2:13.42 2:14.91 114.3MB 20/30
MsOffice 2003 1.83 0.72 3MB 1.71 1.05 8.6MB 2.40 0.79 9.9MB 6.36 5.45 25.2MB 15

Clear winner here is MsOffice 2003 blazes past LibreOffice 3.6 and OpenOffice 3.4, still its kinda weird that altough nitpicking, its OpenOffice that still nudges past LibreOffice and takes second place, and even on the large .doc where it took almost 1 more minute to load than LibreOffice it still was way more responsive after loading, while LibreOffice was hanging and lagging hard (using a full core) and it also crashed on shutting down.

Mac OSX 10.6.8

Small .xls Large .xls Small .doc Large .doc
cold hot mem cold hot mem cold hot mem cold hot mem CPU%
LibreOffice 3.6 14.11 10.94 124 11.94 11.58 133 12.71 10.83 131 39.71 39.44 222 100
OpenOffice 3.4 15.40 11.96 125 12.81 12.55 133 12.81 11.56 125 3:03.75 3:04.01 204 2
MsOffice 2008 40.60 15.38 151 19.55 18.80 171 19.90 17.31 177 18.57 17.76 183 6
iWork 09 1:55.53 10.1 199 15.61 15.63 188 8.66 6.21 171 4:31.28 3:28.0 479 45

First things first, the winner here is pretty much LibreOffice 3.6, still it seems to struggle hard on the large .doc, it hangs hard and has a hard time with it (although it opened the file surprisingly fast) the biggest loser here is iWork, since not only does it struggle to open files but between all the Office's it was the only one that had bad formatting, MsOffice 2008 was good enough on everything.

Ubuntu 12.04

Small .xls Large .xls Small .doc Large .doc
cold hot mem cold hot mem cold hot mem cold hot mem CPU%
LibreOffice 3.5.6.2 5.16 2.82 36 5.03 4.04 42 5.06 3.11 30 1:13.32 1:14.02 46 6
LibreOffice 3.6 6.86 4.13 38 6.47 5.43 43 5.28 4.06 34 41.89 41.73 90 108
OpenOffice 3.4 10.19 4.37 35 6.11 5.82 44 5.16 4.29 27 2:58.73 2:53.53 80 110

WTF! All 3 Offices performed really great, the winner here is LibreOffice 3.5, but not by a wide margin, and on the large .doc all of them suffered on one thing or another, LibreOffice 3.5 had bad formatting on the large .doc, but was pretty responsive after loading, LibreOffice 3.6 and OpenOffice 3.4 were both lagging hard and made it almost impossible to view or edit the large .doc.

Conclusion


Here is a quick chart of best performance (with whatever operating system works best) for the small .xls and .doc, what we get here is that if you want best performance it depends a lot on the operating system, for Windows 7, MsOffice 2003 blows past the competition, its by far the best, i actually even enjoy the "lazy loading" that it does with the large .doc where it doesn't load it all at once but opens pretty fast, besides that OpenOffice 3.4 kinda still works best than LibreOffice 3.6.

For Mac your choice is LibreOffice 3.6, it works like a charm, next up would probably be MSOffice 2008 just cause it has good compatibility and kinda treats all files equaly, but overall Mac OSX 10.6 is pretty disappointing for Office Performance with nothing loading faster than 10 seconds.

For Linux (Ubuntu 12.04), apparently LibreOffice 3.5 is freaking king, still OpenOffice 3.4 and LibreOffice 3.6 run pretty good too, they feel native and run almost like MSOffice 2003 on Windows 7, super fast and slick i barely see the annoying splash screen (ie any application that has a splash screen just means its going to be slow)!!!, i also like to point out that I'm using the same computer for Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04, so yeah great performance for all.

As a side note, in my office its all Win7 machines, mostly cause some of the software, like accounting software is windows only and there are no alternatives, so using another operating system would be troublesome even if doable (virtual machines and such), but this performance on Linux does give me pause, especially with how Linux nowadays does play fairly well with windows networks and windows computers, and with LibreOffice and OpenOffice seem to fairly stagnated in performance on Windows, going for Linux might just do the trick.

Should You Use Hotlink Protection?


This is a quick post about something that has troubled and intrigued me over the years, should you use hotlink protection?

What is a Hotlink?


First of all if you don't know what im talking about, its pretty simple, when someone visits your site, their browser downloads all the pictures, text, code to make the page show up, but what happens if someone copies the url of one of your images and puts it on their page? then when someone goes to their page, it will show up your image on their site, so effectively you are giving away bandwidth to someone else.

Sounds bad, right? That is when hotlink protection comes up, there are different ways of doing it, but its basically just a couple of tweaks to the software/code/server to block anyone besides your site from using your content...

The Rise of Social and CDN's

There was a time when bandwidth and hosting was expensive (like in Australia heheheh), where hosting a image or video was costly, but nowadays we live with a different set of rules, hosting and bandwidth is pretty cheap, not only that but a lot of the social websites depend and interconnect with the content on the web (facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc... are very popular because they provide a platform for sharing content, and sometimes that content is in your site).

I kinda think that whats important now is to have good content and popular content, so things like someone hot-linking are no longer a issue of cost, but one of opportunity, its also a type of problem that nowadays can be easily fixed with the use of CDN's or cheap hosting.

Hotlink protection is also another form of a walled garden, and although suitable for some types of sites, most would gain more from being open and easily accessible, search engines will appreciate and users even more, so... should you use hotlink protection, im kinda inclined to say no! not anymore ^_^.

Why Am I Moving Away from Google Analytic's




Oh Urchin how far have you fallen... the old Google Analytic's interface is dead and now we are all forced into the new interface, not that i care that much and yeah the new interface as a huge bunch of new features, like real-time stats, multi-channel funnels, social stats, mobile stats and a bunch of other neet stuff, thats cool, but that's not all...

So my reason to drop Google Analytic's is simple, unlike what Google might want you to believe, the service is not free, Google gets a lot back from "offering" Google Analytic's, it can increase its tracking of the internet, even if anonymous, its still more power to Google's big brother machine, also its a way like Google Webmaster to find more about the web, who links to who and how, its also a way of pushing its Adwords business, still I'm not that paranoid and i did feel like what Google offered was a pretty simple and advance stats tool.

So yeah... my real reason to quit is their re-design, the new Google Analytic's has lots of awesome features, but unfortunately it completely and absolutely sucks if you have more than 1 site, the new design didn't just add stuff it removed a lot of old stuff and made the whole interface slower and clunkier, here are some of the stuff i hate on the new Google  Analytic's:

  1. The Whole Stats Engine is Slow - Maybe because of the real-time stuff, I've seen it drag down page load even with asynchronous loading (that just means it doesn't block other page elements, it still takes some time to load).
  2. The Interface is Slow - Its kinda going a bit of the way of Gmail, you keep adding stuff and the beautiful Ajax becomes a dragged out process, if you see small yellow "loading" markers or full page "please wait loading", then the ajax interface isn't helping at all.
  3. The Interface is Confusing - Quoting the Google  Analytic's team "We are particularly proud of the attention to detail that our user experience team has put into making the interface easy to use, understandable and beautiful", hummm Google? hello! your user experience team sucks! beautiful... well maybe, it does conform better with Google's now passion with grey and orange, but easy to use and understandable that's just funny, now, to do the exact same things that you used to do, you have to click 3 times more, stuff is hidden or on different places, it also has a lot of stuff laying around and 1/3 is always junk (links to news and help and other Google products...).
  4. You Cant See Aggregation Stats - Ohh yeah have more than 1 site? you used to be able to know how your network was doing, now you cant... why? its not that hard to add it.
  5. You cant see Simplified Stats of every Site - There is no way to give a quick glance on all the sites you have, see like before 2 or 3 simple metrics, like visitors, pageviews and trend (if you your visitors are up or down), no you get white space for your trouble.

But don't trust my word, here are some examples of what i'm talking....

Google Analytic's Dashboard



What am i supposed todo with this? its a huge blank page starting at me, has no value, no data, just a bunch of junk... so anyone starting Google Analytic's does so with at least 1 extra click!

Joking! you need 2 extra clicks to go anywhere, brilliant stuff here!

Domain Stats Page




What is this... madness!!!! Yep that's the main page, filled with... lots of redundant junk, badly organized and slow as shit, yes i know you can customize, but come on!!!! i have 70+ sites and 100+ domains, am i going to customize every single page to make it bearable?


Ohh you wanna change the domain? its just a easy 4 step process!

So to sum it up, i call this one a FAIL! the new Google Analytic's is new eye candy with new features, but for that they destroyed the usability and good old features, that coupled with slow speed and awkward interface kinda killed it for me, I'm moving to Wordpress Stats and Statcounter, i know i wont be able to see aggregated stats but at least these ones are cleaner and quicker and i can always add later on a quick stat package for my entire network.

New ICANN Internet Extensions?

So the freaking "we rule the web" ICANN has decided to start launching custom TLD, encase you dont know what i mean, its simple, ICANN is the organization in charge of regulating the domain name space (like  most of the domains in the internet, .com .net ....), and they decided that anyone with money can have their very own .horny or .smartypants, so we can have a im.horny ... gawd that beautiful!

So why do i think this another ICANN farce!

ICANN is a Bullshit Organization - When you sell the .com and .net business to Verisign without any kind of oversight, that says everything, ICANN is a business not a organization, they dont care about the internet, they care about their bottom line, the real cost of a domain registration is negligible, its cents, but they charge everyone 10$ for any domain!

Custom TLD's are a basic Shake-Down - The same way when new TLDs launch or new TLDs are de-regulated there is always a landgrab from thousands of companies that simply want to protect their brand/identity by having every single domain, so any new TLD will always have a couple of thousands sales guaranteed.

The are already vanity TLDs - Opennic has .geek, .free, .bbs, .parody, .oss, .indy, .fur, .ing, .micro, .dyn, .neo for free? yeah fucking free! why? cause it doesnt cost anything to add a TLD despite what ICANN keeps saying! Go to your hosts file on the computer and change google.com to 127.0.0.1 and sudenly when your write google.com on your browser you get nothing (cause you are bypassing your DNS and telling your computer that google.com is in your computer instead of the web) thats what DNS is! poiting a number to a name, that is ALL.

There are pleanty of TLD's already - Yes and un-used, there is plenty to choose (.info .us .eu .me .biz .xxx .asia .mobi .... besides all the country domains), adding more will just make everything even more confusing, whats the point? how will it help any internet user? it wont, nowadays we are already getting stuck on the... its confusing.com? nooo its confusing.org or maybe confusing.de, cant remember the site, but with these TLD's you will have such gems as .lol or .youtube ... so its www.youtube.com or www.youtube what? where?

What am i supossed to do with this - Cause only rich people and corporations can get their very own TLD's what is everyone supposed to do about it? Go and buy domains under these idiotic TLD's? Fuck that shit...

Blogger Changes for Worst



Ok, I admit it! I use Blogger, actually i use it on 2 of my sites (this site! and on ecchi), the reason for that is mostly legacy, that and they are 2 fanboyish sites, where i randomly post random stuff, so there is no big need for more control or whatnot, they exist mostly as scraps and places to vent, after all thats why sites like Blogger, Tumblr or Wordpress.com exist, to make it easy as pie to publish content, or so it would seem.

So why am im not enjoying the new Blogger? its a much needed refresh after mostly years of neglect! True, and change in my view is mostly always a good thing, but this new blogger feels and seems like change for the sake of change, like when Adoble launches a new product line or Firefox launches a new version (both have a tendency to instead of improving the old to push the new), so what are my gripes?

The Blogger Dashboard



Clearly the new dashboard is a remake of the old one, thats fine with me, also there are some good things about it, showing some micro stats and some quick links (although those were also on the old layout), thats good! if you have 2 blogs, but if you have 20, its pretty shitty! the whole design, is so wide and white that you are lost in it, it takes so much room that only 5 blogs appear.

Also the new dashboard is incredibly slow, everything takes a couple more than it should, Google sees html as slow, AJAX is the way of the future, everything updates itself, its all seamless and awesome!!! well No! Not really, the whole thing is a mess, its like when you click on a link on a html site you feel the microseconds to jump to the next page, its like a snap feeling (page refreshes to show a new page), here you have the slow drag feeling, the page doesn't refresh but it loads... eventually.

Also whoever designed this was high on orange and on wasting space, from the top down, first grey bar you have the blogger logo and on the other side my nickname and some links to edit my profile or google account... great use of space, especially on 2 features that... humm everyone uses all the time?

Second bar you have my nickname again and the title! my blogs! oh how sweetly irrelevant, on the other side of the bar you get 2 drop-downs, one for language (something i like to see all the time and change constantly to keep myself fresh) and options, of course all of these options are absolutely positively super duper handy! Here they are:
  • Blogger Help - The first option? I think this needs no further comment.
  • Send Feedback - Hum? Im seeing double, in the bottom there is a button saying the exact same thing, hell that button is on every page!
  • Connect to Google+ - Yes we all know Google hates Orkut.
  • Old Blogger Interface - My favorite option! i think it should have its own button and be called "Go back to the new new blogger, its the same as the old but still better than the new", ohh maybe thats too much text for a button, but im glad it made it into this crowded options menu.
  • About New Look - For when "Blogger Help" and "Send Feedback" is just not enough!
Then you get the blogs displayed, of course to create a new blog, you just click the button "New Blog" you cant miss it, cause that tiny button is taking a 1\3 column on the left side, I also like the responsive design tweaks, but just if you have 1024px or lower screen, if you go higher you just get extra empty space... how responsive of you.

They also decided to continue including the reading pane (basically a poor man's google reader), who uses this? Let me think of a time i needed to get into my blogging software to read other peoples shit? hummm suffice to say its not practical, its not nice, its basically throwing random feeds at you. Ohh and of course it takes half the screen and there is no way of minimising or closing it, you just have to try and use a bit of imagination, and think of a blogger dashboard without that oversized rss widget!

The new dashboard also hangs/goes into a infinite loop if you try to login forcing https, yeah, who wants encrypted logins... what do you have to hide, blogger guy! no one reads your cat blog anyways!

The Blogger Editor





Did i say the dashboard was slow? sorry i mean everything is slow, its slow in firefox, safari and even google's chrome, its slow by design, if you concentrate and listen... listen really well... you can actually hear the screams of javascript dying, thats how slow, unresponsive and obnoxious it is!

But when it eventually loads something, you are greeted with even more white and orange, its like writing in a Sunnny D comercial, its so refreshing that im actually becoming orange blind.



Here however there is a somewhat better use of the white space, but still their "responsive design" leaves a lot to be desired, their sidebar on the left side only minimizes if your screen is small, if its large its always open, no choice, also on the "Compose" side of things you have a tiny tiny box to write, while on the "HTML" you have a large box, and going back and forth actually loses formatting (a space written on html is not translated into compose, you literally have to put the html tag for space or paragraph), thats just silly, the HTML part on a editor is not really to edit html its to tweak the code of a post...

Also your infinite image posting options, not that its a bad thing, i prefer more than too few, its just a bit confusing, like you dont know if you are posting images on Picasa or Blogger (or is that gone?) from Picasa or from Google+ or from your webcam, where do those go? into Picasa or Google+, i dont know... maybe i shouldn't touch it more!

The New Themes / Dynamic Views





Should i mention those weirdly, barely functional, cooliris wannabe clones (being cooliris kinda a apple coverflowish clone), javascript infilled, bloat hazardous new themes?

Who had this great ideia? Hummm? I bet it was the same guy that designed the new blogger, he just went nuts on a power-trip, the new themes are simply not good, they break a lot of function and usability for the sake of fancy effects, blogs are to be read and enjoyed, not to be wowed by fancy sliding effects, although nice, they add little to nothing for the reader/visitor, it actually makes it worst.
  • These new themes are slow! - You betcha, a theme that has a loading icon is already a sign of bad things to come (like a software with a splash screen), especially when blogger staff says they load 40% faster... what? ohh you mean after the long loading signs it becomes faster? ohhh no? it must be one of those "perceived faster", or maybe a sidebar is 40% of the design, if we kill a sidebar... 40% faster! by the way the screenshot on top of a dynamic view loading was super easy to take, no need to hurry before it finished loading...
  • These new themes are not easy to navigate! - They aren't! Sure the fonts are nice and readable, but you can choose any font for your blog, but try and navigate anywhere on a dynamic view...  let this scrolling quest begin!
  • These new themes are all basically the same! - They are and half of them aren't even that nice, and most are made for a specific kind of formated posts, so any average blog will look like shit in them!
  • These new themes have crippled search! - Try it on a average sized blog... i dare you! ... to find anything...
  • These new themes have no sidebar! - So they basically want to push oversized, slow jazzed up tumblr themes on everyone... nice...
We all know Google quit the "Dont be evil" some time ago, and although i still use some Google products i cant say i trust them all that much, for sure me, like most of you will stay very clear from things like Google+ and Google Drive, as i would never sign up my cat to Google+ , if not the subpar facebook clone, the risk of his account getting banned and all his cute kitty pictures being lost forever... NOOOOO!

But when did Google stop making clean, simple and fast designs? Google Search is as bloated as ever, sometimes i have difficulty searching cause im writing something and instant is firing off and pages are loading and i realise that i cant even concentrate on what i was searching (and yes i know you can disable it, but how many times have i disabled instant or safe filter to have them show back on later on, even when im logged in!), what happen to the mili-second clean pages of search? what happen to clean, simple UI's and focused design on one thing that does one job awesomely well!

Well, yeah the new updated Blogger sucks, its slow, buggier, way more complicated than it should be, not that user-friendly and overall a disappointment, and most likely when this new blogger turns into the official one, ill have to pack my bags and move over to tumblr, apparently the only sensible offering on the market today.

Note: Why no Wordpress.com?, well I also have some minor issues with wordpress.com since they seem in comparison with blogger and tumblr, the ones that offer less options and flexibility, ohh and worst! they are way more picky about the kind of content they let you publish (the 2 blogs i had there were "suspended" at one point or another), yes i know its their choice and platform, and yes they eventually un-suspended me, but that just makes me stay away.

Note 2: As I wrote this post on Gmail and copy pasted to Blogger, im sure Google tracked that action down, later today some Google manager will look at that log and think ... humm this should be on the next Gmail build! so just after the Gmail+, Google will launch the brand new Gmailer+ hey and its a success already, from day 1 it has a bazzilion users! Blogging right from your Google+ i mean Gmail, ahhh you know what that means! Humm now that i think about it... at least it would be a better Blogger!

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 Vs LibreOffice 3.5.3


So I've been using LibreOffice on multiple computers on the office, as an obvious alternative to Microsoft's Office, now the reason for moving from OpenOffice to LibreOffice was purely because Oracle is probably the most untrustworthy company in the world (i joke, i joke, but they surely seem a very anti-opensource company), so with the spin-off LibreOffice and especially because they were joining with Go-oo, i thought the move to LibreOffice was the right one!

See my main concerns (and probably like most other users) with Office software are:

  • I need basic Office Functions (Writer/Calc/Presentation);
  • I need compatibility with Microsoft Office documents;
  • I need Performance (Opening fast, closing fast, editing fast, if possible low memory and low cpu)!

What i noticed first with my change to Libreoffice is that it was slightly slower than OpenOffice, i thought it was a bit strange since Go-oo was a bit faster than OpenOffice, still the difference dint seem much at the time and i put if off as the excuse from the LibreOffice camp that the focus right then was on code clean up.

So now that OpenOffice practically died off at the hands of Oracle and was handed down to the Apache foundation to try and become a more open source project again, i kinda would like to give it a go, at least to see how the performance is, so with OpenOffice 3.4 just coming out, lets make a comparison!

Basic Office Functions between OpenOffice 3.4 and LibreOffice 3.5.3

Well there are already a lot, especially on the LibreOffice side of things, but not all are for the better, sure LibreOffice has more tricks and features, but most are to my view (the view of someone that wants a basic office software for a business) mostly irrelevant, also Libreoffice color change is kinda obnoxious, who wants fluorescent green/blue/yellow documents icons? Besides that, i would say in basic office functions OpenOffice and LibreOffice are on par.


Office Compatibility between OpenOffice 3.4 and LibreOffice 3.5.3

Well almost the same, even tough here i kinda have to give a nudge to LibreOffice, since it has way less warnings and quiz options while opening Microsoft Office Documents, the OpenOffice "oh jesus christ i see a macro" warnings are a bit of a overkill and annoying, but yeah they both work pretty good with Microsoft Office documents.


Performance between OpenOffice 3.4 and LibreOffice 3.5.3


I'm using pretty modern computers (multiple core cpus, 4GB ram, fast 7200rpm hard drives), one with Windows XP the other with Windows 7, yes  I'm  not going to compare on the Mac or Linux cause  I'm  not using them on the business side, also although this isn't all that scientific,  I'm  going to take some precautions, my scheme will be installing/rebooting, running cold/running hot, also  I'm  not tweaking any of them for performance, this is out of the box performance, on both  I'm  only installing the writer/spreadsheet/presentation programs, on both  I'm  disabling quick start.


The small.doc is 40KB, the large.doc is 25MB with plenty of formatting and embedded images and graphs, the small.xls is 45KB and the large.xls is 4MB with 20 sheets lots of calculations and graphs.

Note: I've removed the cold start, since they both acted pretty much the same, if starting cold, it adds around 16 seconds whatever the document and whatever the software (that sucks on both software's). I also removed the Windows XP graphic cause it was kinda the same, although all a bit slower than on Windows 7, but that computer is also a bit slower than the Windows 7.

So as we can see, OpenOffice has better performance once warmed up, especially on the large.doc, the difference in opening is huge! Almost half the time to open, and with smaller files it also consistently outperformed LibreOffice, also OpenOffice was very responsive on the Large.doc, while LibreOffice kept hanging while i was scrolling or editing, also for the same document Libreoffice used 43MB of RAM, while OpenOffice used 35MB of RAM.

So now i'm not sure if i should move all my computers back to OpenOffice or if i should wait for LibreOffice 3.6 in a month's time, but i do hope that both distributions start focusing on performance, i think if OpenOffice keeps improving its performance like this, that it really doesn't matter the clean code and all the nice bells and whistles of LibreOffice, most business will make the decision on performance (literally the biggest reason to buy Microsoft Office is performance) to stay with OpenOffice or go back to it, just like me.

Note 1: Seems i should have published the documents i used in this comparison, sorry about that, my fault! but like i said in the comments they were random office documents, i promisse ill make a better comparison when LibreOffice 3.6 comes out!

Note 2: Also the Windows XP computer has Microsoft Office 2003 (the only office i have ever bought) and all of the files i tested open INSTANTLY! and in COLD START! even the huge 25MB file, although it seems in that one it only loads the first 6 pages, but scrolling down it keeps showing the rest pretty quickly and smoothly, soo i would add that in the performance department LibreOffice and OpenOffice have still a long Long LONG way to go, even in 2012 they are no comparison in performance to a 2003 software.

Cloud Storage - Skydrive's Storage Claims


Guess I'm back to talking about cloud services, still this time  I'm on Skydrive's tail, when this new Skydrive was announced on the MSDN blog, there was something that i found odd, the reason Microsoft decided to give 7GB of free space to new users, the reasoning being that 99,94% of all Skydrive users only used less than 7GB! Ill even give you their graph!
Neet, but something seems off, and some things do come to mind...

  1. Skydrive was a crippled service, less we not forget but the fact that Skydrive wasn't that popular, was that you had 25GB but you could only upload files through a web form, you had like 100Mb limit for file size, stuff like that, with this... of course the vast majority didn't have the time or patience to upload a lot of files to Skydrive, its completely different from the service that Skydrive is offering now!
  2. 25GB was the calling card, the reason you had so many users in the first place was the 25GB, even though it was hard to use the space, people like big numbers.
  3. There will be some storage envy, even with pretty spanky awesome lower storage price tiers and older users being able to have their 25GB, people that before ignored Skydrive because it was a crippled service, will now just compare it with Dropbox, Google Drive and such, hell with Dropbox you can get way more than 7GB with referrals, and Dropbox is still the superior service!
  4. 7GB is a weird number, it IS! 8GB or 10GB would be better, or better yet, keep the freaking 25GB, if most people just use 7GB there would be no harm at all! RIGHT!!!
As a sidenote I've tried this new Skydrive and i must say it works pretty well on windows 7 (on mac it sucks bad, since its only available to lion), comparing with Dropbox that uses like 60/80 Mb of Ram and about 2/3% CPU, Skydrive uses about 10/20 Mb of Ram and barely touches CPU, it also runs pretty smoothly, so good job there Microsoft, shame about the storage shenanigans.

Google Drive and Cloud Storage


So Google just launched Google Drive and although this has been quite a week on the cloud, and the response from the web to "Google's Dropbox Clone" has been mostly "meh", i do understand the sentiment, it is basically a Dropbox Clone, sure it has some new features but those are mostly baked into Google Docs already, so what is my view on this Goggle Docs+ i mean Google Drive...

Oh Shit it does Sync!

That's awesome if it was released in 2006, its 2012 now and there are plenty of sync everywhere including cloud services, some more simple, some more fancy, but that's pretty much the service, Google launching it now, feels and seems like an afterthought, because Microsoft and Apple went into it, they better do it as well, also it pretty much does only that, its a sync engine for Google Docs and that service although cool is not that awesome and it doesn't replace at all using a local office software.

Oh Snap Google Owns Me!

So most of us are loyal and use a lot of Google Services, i know i do, and the day some algorithm in Google decides to suspend my account for some random reason (ie a bad Google Adwords ad, or putting my nickname on Google+ or whatnot), and of course i can trust the non-existent Google support to help me out, so yeah, using Google nowadays should be done with a backup/alternative always in mind.

Worst! Google unfortunately resides in the USA the home of such nice things as the Patriot Act and the reason why a lot of companies don't host any personal/private information in the USA, cause its too easy to just go into your files, you need warrants and judges to go to your home to check your computers, but going to your cloud files... hummm not so much, and with the latest CISPA, it will just get worst, if banks/governments dont trust putting anything inside US borders, why should we trust Google with our stuff?  (ie i know most other cloud hosting are on US, im just stating the fact that Google is also).

Oh Jeez i have to Pay!

So Google launches Drive and decides to updates its storage price, and the web gives a sigh...

If Google Drive was launched with the previous storage prices it would have been an awesome cloud hosting mini revolution, i would see people using and integrating Google Drive in lots of different ways just to find uses to that cheap pricing on storage, but no! the new prices are 4X or more expensive than it used to be, and now its price is just on par with the cheapest of the pack, so why choose Google Drive? Not on storage price!

Its a Google App Engine all over again, they start with a really cheap price and then when people start using it they change the rules of the game, so if anyone is already deep down on Google Services and needs more storage, they will have to pay 4 times or more just to have THE SAME STORAGE THAT THEY USED TO HAVE! its ridiculous and in my opinion its another huge fail from Google.

But wait it gets worst, now with the new storage prices, Google Services have all different storage limits, like Gmail has 10GB, but Drive has only 5GB and Picasa has 1GB what? but Google+ Photos is unlimited, its ridiculous and besides making it more complicated it also kills the gmail "you never have to delete an e-mail ever again" popular slogan, cause now gmail storage stopped growing... thats just sad T_T so sad...

Oh Wow it kinda Sucks!

Ok so Google Drive is syncing to Google Docs, but...no not really, since your documents formated with Google Docs wont sync, yeah thats right, they will only live only on the Google cloud, so when Google kills your account those files will be lost forever, nice file sync Google, its mostly one way... plus at least in my opinion, not supporting linux is just another silly mistake.

Also Google's new "all services have the same terms of service" makes Google retaining/granting ownership or license of any material you upload, unlike competing syncing services, if you put something on Google, even if you delete it later on, Google still owns some rights to it, i know! its fucking embarassing and ridiculous.

Oh chucks i quit!

So whats my take on this Drive... humm ill skip this one, it kinda just makes me dislike Google even more, the old Google ignored users, but this new Google just doesn't respect its users, Google's moto "dont be evil" is pretty close to becoming moot.

Ultimate Adblock Privacy List

[ For you guys that know how this works, the filter subscription url for ablock plus is http://p.oito.eu/privacy.txt ]

I was having a chat the other day about privacy and how the value of facebook is around not only the people/clients, but also everything you/upload/say on facebook is property of facebook and even when you are online all those like buttons, means they are still tracking you and selling who you are and what you do to the highest bidder...

That got me thinking, first thing i did was "clean up my facebook account", ill still use facebook its a great site and communication tool, and i know facebook works like a subversion repository and everything you do is recorded for all time, so my clean up is purely esthetic, but still this way not only is my facebook a bit cleaner but its also a reminder for me to not add more personal stuff there...

Next i searched around for that privacy protection, from Noscript, to an improvement on my hosts file (mine is already a beauty to behold, but more on that on another post), but i realized that i could use the awesome adblocking extension, adblock plus to do that job, especially cause i want for instance to block facebook or twitter buttons, but i dont want to block facebook or twitter, so i searched around and actually found they already have a couple of nice "privacy" filters, i put "" cause although good, they aren't as cutthroat as i want them to be, that took me to my next step....

My very own privacy filter for adblock plus, it isnt huge and its not all encompassing, i have no big issue with small vendors or even a big vendor knowing a bit about me, my issue is they know too much, so this adblock filter is more of a privacy crippler that in conjuction with my hosts file and adblock plain list, makes my web oh so much more wonderful and safe!

How to Install this Beauty

Its simple, get yourself a good browser like firefox or chrome (remember both these browsers already track some of what you do, so if you want to go private all the way go for SRWare or something), then find on their respective Add-Ons/Extensions sites Adblock Plus and install it, then on the adblock plus options you will see a Filter Subscriptions, just add a new one and put whatever name you want, like "Awesome Privacy List" and put this url http://p.oito.eu/privacy.txt and thats it! It will update itself once a week when i add or remove hosts, the original list is part my personal choices and the awesome privacy lists from Abine and Privacy Choice.

Note: Well this was shortlived! but mostly cause a few friends pointed out that other people were already doing this, so why should I! hehehe sorry, so check out Fanboys Anti Tracking+ Annoyances as well as Adversity! Its the ones i use and they kick ass!

Oito Mini Services

Over the years i've created some tools to help me out or just for fun, i had them all over on s2r.org, but i thought with the creation of oito.eu, it would be nicer to share those tools with everyone, the idea was always for them to be simple and fast, hey you might find them useful like i do!
  • oito.eu/ip > the most plain find your ip ever!
  • oito.eu/qr > quick and dirty qr generator, based on google's qr api
  • oito.eu/htm > full featured html editor, for those times where you forgot what was that tag
  • oito.eu/host > pulls the ip and hostname of a site
  • oito.eu/up > the most plain is this site up ever!
  • oito.eu/whois > fast simple whois
  • oito.eu/http > this one is to make quick checks on a site's headers and stuff

Update on the Anti-Spam Txt


In the never ending fight against spam, i decided to update my imageboard anti-spam list, but im also centralizing it and caching it (cdn and stuff on our oito.eu mirror domain), so its easier and quicker to use and update, so now the spam list is here at http://p.oito.eu/spam.txt just copy it over to your own spam list or just use as an extension! Voilá bad-guys gone!

As a note, it mostly includes common bad hosts,spam sites,short url providers and overall nasty sites that have spammed one of our image boards on one time or another, also if you think your site is wrongfully added to our spam list, then just send us a mail on the contact page and if you are right, we will remove you at once!

New Site - Yokatta

Hey hey new site, i introduce to you yokatta.org, its a plain and cute anime/japanese inspired wallpaper site! Always wanted one muhahahaha ^_^