Archive for April 14th, 2011

Ubuntu OpenOffice Quickstarter prevents Gnome shutdown

I ran into an issue where, after clicking “Shut Down” in Gnome, the dialog box would simply close and shutdown would never happen. To get my system to shut down, I would have to open a terminal and shutdown using the command shutdown -h now.

As it turns out, if you have the quickstarter open and open an office document, it will somehow block shutdown. This is a known issue OpenOffice 3.2, and has been reported in Lanchpad as bug #542002 and bug #562027.

To reproduce:

Enable the quickstarter in Tools > Options > > Memory > Enable Systray Quickstarter

Now open an office document.

Try to shut down using the Gnome power button.

The dialog box closes and nothing happens.

In order to fix this, simply disable the systray quickstarter:

Right-click on the Quickstarter icon and choose “Disable Systray Quickstarter”

The quickstarter loads portions of OpenOffice into memory, which seems to save 2-3 seconds of load time. In my opinion the 2-3 seconds gained loading OpenOffice is not worth the hassle of having to shut down using a terminal command. I’ve since disabled the quickstarter and have left it that way.

Questions, comments, and feedback on this are welcome, as always.



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This blog is no longer DoFollow

Without going into a lot of background about the nofollow attribute and the DoFollow movement, I’ll simply state the point of this: This blog is no longer DoFollow due to comment spamThat said, let me get on with the why.

I had listed my blog as DoFollow a while back and had requested to have it added to a few lists of DoFollow blogs. Shortly after, I saw an increase in traffic, but it brought with it a sharp increase in comment spam.

In fact, I watched the trend for quite some time: When there was an inbound click from a DoFollow list, there was a flood of spam comments moments after, almost always from the same IP address. In a small number of cases it was from a cluster of IP addresses, meaning the spammer was likely using a botnet or a set of proxies to post the spam comments.

This was a tough decision to make: Did I trade the incoming traffic (and potential ad revenue) for a drop in comment spam? Yes. Not only that, but I realize I can’t accurately measure traffic if the numbers are being skewed from comment spammers skimming through pages to find something they can contextually spam.

So that’s that.

So do you think I made the right decision in converting to NoFollow? Do you have a blog that you’ve made the decision to be NoFollow or DoFollow? Please share your thoughts and experience in the comments below. Thank you.

— Thanks for noticing the typo, NMI

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