eclipse juno – the worst release of all times

Enough is enough, I am working with the eclipse juno release for already two month and it still keeps me disappointing on daily base.

Now some of you will say: “Oh great, another flame post on a great piece of software hundreds thousands of people invested large amounts of energy and time. Dude, just get real and help fixing those issues instead of moaning around…”

To those of you I say… ye you right… partially. Don’t get me wrong I do realize the immense effort put into eclipse project and surroundings by the countless heroes of open source. I am just sad and angry (sangry) that all this effort has led to this… really disappointing result.

Now to the facts (read – my subjective experiences). I am strongly encouraging you, the seeking, NOT to migrate to eclipse juno, period! Just don’t! Here are my reasons:

– The new interface face-lift is a fail. Toolbar is horrible, static, changed button positions for no apparent reason, ability to reduce perspective part in toolbar is just gone. Advantages? None, even if I think hard and positive – I can’t imagine any;

– Window position. What the hell? I am just used to place window in some place, then close eclipse, reopen it and the window layout is the same it was when I closed it. Not in eclipse juno, not for me. Some windows keep their position, some just don’t no matter what I try. So basically each re-start of eclipse is accompanied by re-arrangement of windows;

– XML-Editor huh? I hope it’s me, I really do, but every time I open xml-file in in-place editor, eclipse juno just goes slo-mo (slow motion) – every navigation, every cursor position move, every typed character literally keeps eclipse self-busy for minutes. Now I edit whole bunch of my xml based config files with gEdit and every time I double click on that xml file per reflex I have this minute long swearing attack, after that I get up and go make me a cup of tee and when I come back, maybe just maybe eclipse has finished rendering (or whatever it does during those minutes and minutes of non-responsiveness);

– Stability. Worse, worst – many times a day, it just dies. Just like that, no message, no exception pop-up window nothing, at some point all the windows just dissapear and the process is not listed anymore… magical stuff indeed;


Need more arguments, let me think (and work a little while) and I will add them to this post.


Thunderbird not properly opening URLs contained in e-mails

At some point during the frequent update orgy of my bellowed Ubuntu oneiric I over-updated…

The result was that every time I was attempting to open an URL within Thunderbird, my web browser (firefox) displayed following:

thunderbird urls not working

God knows I tried everything (forums, irc, blogs, twitters)… to no avail.

Help came unexpectedly from this thread.

Some dude explained how to change url-handler from firefox to chrome and that’s when it struck me.



I noticed in his post the line “firefox %s”. And was wondering why in my case the url is converted to “%u”. I checked the url-handler configuration of mine by:

$ gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command
firefox %u

and then changed it to:

$ gconftool-2 --type string -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command "firefox %s"

Voilà, the problem solved!

WordPress: those wicked “access denied” errors

Yes, I had those as well

wordpress failed to open stream: Permission denied in…

and those

Unable to create directory …/httpdocs/wp-content/uploads/… . Is its parent directory writable by the server?

And yes was searching web fiercely for a solution here: WordPress Support, here: WordPress Mu then here for a change: WordPress Deutschland ORG just to see all those guys suggesting chmod.

I mean, if I have a windows server am I banned to have no support, no community, no right to setup WordPress blog? 🙂

well I went to Plesk File Manager of my domain hoping to find some way to chmod that folder on windows server… and succeeded!

Here’s what you do:

1. Navigate to the folder where WordPress is installed (e.g.

2. After clicking on key-symbol and getting permission setting screen, just give FULL permissions to your Plesk IIS User (the account your IIS runs under):

That was it! After this change I could suddenly upload images, change theme template files, all the other things I wanted so bad and couldn’t because WordPress didn’t have sufficient rights!