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I ripped out Firefox on my Mac and replaced it with Waterfox. The extensions still work.

Have to say Waterfox is much more stable and responsive than Firefox as they stripped out all the garbage.

Getting ready to replace Ubuntu's Unity gui with KDE Plasma on my Linux box. There is no way in hell I am using that piece of garbage called Gnome. The nice thing about Linux is you can swap out the GUI with not a whole lot of aggravation.
On the other hand, I've read anecdotally that the encryption used in Cryptkeeper is much weaker than the accepted state of the art.  I don't know about that. My gut feeling is that Cryptkeeper would be completely safe for storing tax and financial and personal records and other stuff.

But I like it because in addition to stability Cryptkeeper appears to be a well integrated part of the file system. The folder containing the virtual encrypted folder is under /home/someuser. When not in use (not mounted) this folder isn't available.

To use the encrypted volume you first run the command "cryptkeeper" which displays a key icon on one of the desktop panels. When you click that key you get a small dialog prompting you for the password. When you enter the correct password the volume is automatically mounted.

The authors planned for the base encrypted files to be backed up, restored, and manipulated as objects in their own right as necessary. Cryptkeeper has an import function to import another installation's encrypted files into storage on the computer.
Another bonus benefit:

Certain open source tools are MUCH better in stability and performance in Linux than they are in their comparable ports in Windows.

Specifically, The Gimp image tool. (A sort of open source Photoshop.)

In Windows the damned thing was crashing all of the time.

In Linux, the identical UI and features, but rock-solid.
Thanks, Benali.

Also, not using Firefox, which seemed to behave like a piece of buggy malware, was a positive move. Firefox on Linux is NOT my recommendation now. The developers are idiots and have tampered with a great ecosystem.

To add to my screed... after I stopped using Firefox, my system become much more responsive and quick. Firefox before the unusable (for me) recent Quantum release would stop and stall every few seconds during use. It made any kind of text entry extremely painful. I also observed that the CPU was pegged at around 15% CPU use just sitting idle but still having that damned browser running - and a constantly growing memory burden of up to 3-4 GB depending on how long I ran Firefox. (I know this for a fact because closing the browser caused both issues to cease until the next time I used FF.)

Moving to Pale Moon and avoiding the use of Firefox altogether has made the system much livelier and there is only the token idle CPU consumption now.

Also, check this out. I use the "inspector" tool in a browser quite often (it lets you peek at Javascript, HTML, and CSS in detail.) In Firefox they used to have an absolutely awesome inspector. After a certain release (I think v 48) the "3D" capability of the inspector was removed. Morons.

I NEED THAT to see what's going on when stuff gets hidden on a web page. Also it shows the association of page elements grouped inside DIV's and other container elements.

Dumb assh*les.


Pale Moon is Unfrozen Cave Man Firefox, basically.

Example (this site home viewed in Pale Moon 3d view):

Wow, great information. Thanks for sharing your hard-won experience.

Yeah, I think if you check Encrypt when you install linux, it only encrypts your Home folder using encryptfs. Not much flexibility.

As you show, Cryptkeeper has some really important benefits.  Thanks again, I'm filing this in my LEARNING_KEY_STUFF folder.
Gorn, thanks so much for the command for starting multiple Palemoon instances. I didn't know that... very useful!

Adding to your general Linux comments --

Updates -- doesn't cause the issues people encounter in Windows updates. From years of experience across many computers, I've very rarely encountered trouble. No reboots ever after updating (unless you're upgrading releases).

Suspend / Hibernate / Standby
-- here's an area linux falls short on. Doesn't work on many computers -- and the only way to find out for your specific computer is by time-consuming trial and error, testing all options. Oops!

Stability -- I've had much better luck than the Gorn in this area, probably because he has serious programmer requirements whereas I only support common end-user needs (office, browsers, email, social media, etc)

For example, I placed a PC as a group-use machine in a small charitable organization nearly 3 years ago. Never heard about it again until last week when they finally melted the disk drive. So 3 years of use in an end-user community with no administrator and no problems -- an excellent record by any standard.

Self-determination / control
-- this is the biggie. Being pushed around by a vendor and confronted with artificial constraints is just too much, imho.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Unique Selling Proposition
« Last post by I D Shukhov on March 19, 2018, 11:56:00 am »
According to the Wikipedia article ( it's "one's 'personal brand' in the marketplace"  and a "unique benefit exhibited by a company, service, product or brand that enables it to stand out from competitors".

The need for a USP seems particularly necessary in the crowded IT field.  Lack of a USP is exactly the reason people here have been discouraged from learning some skill and then attempting to get hired as a "commodity programmer".

I suppose we might think back on our careers to see if we can find a USP, or if one cannot satisfactorily be found, think about what one might look like for the future.


Discussions - Public / Re: Ok, So I Made Some Changes!
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on March 19, 2018, 11:30:34 am »
I love the blinking cursor at the top.
You could do like the POWs did at the Hanoi Hilton.  They complied with their captor's interviews (to avoid torture), but were completely emotionless so anyone back home could see they were just being zombies with nothing going on inside.

Thats great!
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