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November 16, 2007

How to make Flock work a bit better for long time users

Filed under: All — rslomkow @ 4:46 pm

Reality is Flock has had some upgrading problems if you have been a long time Flock user, you may
find some instability in 1.0 if you have upgraded multiple times.  There is a way to trash your profile without losing everything (saved passwords, cookies, …)  WARNING you will still lose some of your profile data and potentially extensions and search-plugins.

1) Open Feeds -> Feed Options -> Export Feeds
Remember where you saved this. “flock-export.opml” is the name I will refer to it as later.

2) If you have been using firefox (as you probably have if flock has been crashing on you)
in these examples “USERNAME” needs to be replaced with your username on the system.

2.1) quit firefox

2.2) Rename your firefox profile directory

2.2a) Windows

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

Rename Firefox to Firefox-lkg

2.2b) Macintosh

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox

Rename Firefox to Firefox-lkg

2.2c) Linux


Rename firefox to firefox-lkg

3) quit both flock keep this blog post in a text editor or something

4) move your flock profile aside

4a) Windows

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Flock\Browser

Rename Browser to Browser-old

4b) Macintosh

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Flock

Rename Flock to Flock-old

4c) Linux


rename browser to browser-old

5) Copy your old flock profile to the location for a Firefox profile

5a) Windows

copy C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Flock\Browser-old to C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

5b) Macintosh

copy /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Flock-old to /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox

5c) Linux

cp -rp ~/.flock/browser-old ~/.mozilla/firefox

6) Start Flock

6.1) tell Flock to import information from Firefox

7) Fix your feeds.

7.1) open feeds

7.2) delete all feeds

7.3 in feeds -> feed options -> import feeds
now select the file you saved earlier! flock-export.opml

7.4 WAIT, at least 10 minutes.  If you have lots of feeds it will take a while for them all to load.

8) Quit flock gracefully

9) Start Flock again and you should be ready to go with a new more stable, faster peppier flock.

10) Restore your Firefox profile

10a) Windows

1) delete C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox

2) rename C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox-lkg
to Firefox

10b) Macintosh

1) delete /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox

2) rename /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Firefox-lkg
to Firefox

10c) Linux

1) rm -rf ~/.mozilla/firefox

2) mv -i ~/.mozilla/firefox-lkg ~/.mozilla/firefox

This should clear out any corrupt rdf files, or clucene indexes, remove any outdated files.  It will also wipe out any extensions you have installed so be warned!  But my experience is it give a  far less buggy flock experience.

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November 8, 2007

test of alternate keyboards

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 8:11 pm

This is a test of öpüäß

but as this is a mac I suspect all the characters just work even when using a silly third party keyboard.

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Test alternate keyboard bugs

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 8:08 pm

ö as in ä § ß

do these come out OK     

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Test alternate keyboard bugs

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 8:08 pm

ö as in ä § ß

do these come out OK     

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Test alternate keyboard bugs

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 8:04 pm

ö as in ä § ß

do these come out OK     

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Test alternate keyboard bugs

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 8:04 pm

ö as in ä § ß

do these come out OK     

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May 23, 2007

Cormorant is around the corner.

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 9:45 pm

Just doing my testing cycle when we get close to release.

OK here is my mono.  It aggravates the pinched nerve on the top of my foot, but it does help me shoot out of the water.

  • I blame my pair of too narrow sandals
  1. for the pinched
  2. nerve
But the silly formatting.   Is just

me using features.

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August 18, 2006

Flock in print (just a little article)

Filed under: All — rslomkow @ 4:59 pm

Flock ist DER Browser für Web 2.0. Ein Amerikaner entwickelt ihn – in München. Wir waren da

TOMORROW in Kooperation mit MSN – Heft – Heftinhalt – In dieser Ausgabe

I got my sample copies today of Tomorrow magazine, which has a 4 page spread about the goals of flock and working in the Internet age.

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July 13, 2006

This is a little demo

Filed under: Testing — rslomkow @ 10:26 am

Easier bild zu nemehnSc

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A terrorist bomb attack on Mumbai’s commuter trains has killed more than 180 people. This ra

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June 28, 2006

Where have all the branches gone i18n & flock

Filed under: Development — rslomkow @ 11:01 am

Just going through branch confusion here.  The cardinal release is going on and we are preparing for another minor update.  At the same time it is beginning to diverge from trunk (274 Files changed, 17,513 lines of code changed for added), which is getting low testing coverage at the moment.  The plan is after the next set of minor releases to merge branches/cardinal back into trunk (hopefully by Monday July 3rd, but we will see what other emergencies pop up.)

The current branches/cardinal-i18n-phase1 branch is literally only for copying spellbound locale names to mozilla localal names ie: “pl-PL ” become “pl”.  This is just so that contributers can see that their localizations work.  Once the localizations mostly work and after the next cardinal release we will then release the Internationalized version of Cardinal, that means we know people will be able to localize it.  We will probalby release some build for locale’s officially as well, but it will take a while for my poor little server to cycle through them.

After the merge to cardinal we will do the second phase of internationalizaion, and then second phase of localization and then we will have happy l10n builds of a table version of flock for flockstars around the world! is up as the build status indicator for l10n buils.  Currently only Linux and Windows.  It is doing a full build of the software with the locale set, so it takes quite a while.  Windows even LONGER, as there is no access to a cache and it is running two instances of windows under vmware.  I have some tuning parameters to try to help with the speed.  Namely lowering the allocated RAM so that both vmware instances never has access to more memory than is physically in the system.  And disabeling vmware’s cache (which disables the suspend feature) with “mainMem.useNamedFile=FALSE” it seems to have helped with the other vmware instance by reducing the number of io’s on the server.  The biggest speed savings on our P4 boxes was to disable the use native virtualization flag, though I am still not sure where that is stored, but our Sysadmin Chis Hatty told me that is what he changed to get the biggest speed boost.

I still need to work with Zbigniew to figure out where we are going to place this stuff, the current build deliver system won’t archive as many builds in a public place as we have locale’s.  That is a topic for another post, what to do about build strategys archival, and delivery.  Termie mentioned BuildBot and a I am now seriously considering it, even though it would take much longer to start using it, than to hack the features we currenlty need into fbuilder.

Moving forward we need to make Internationalization a more core part of our work flow.  As it stands people are scared of it and thinks it breaks things.  Maybe Zbiniew needs to run some i18n clinics in California, so developers can do things the right way the first time, rather than have him attempt to fix their code later.

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