RPM sucks

rpm is definitely the worst package manager out there. It’s way to difficult to use. For instance, given a rpm how do you list the files in it?

I tried

rpm --list --file my.rpm

I simply get the rpm help screen again. Hmmm, I guess it’s time to type

rpm --help

I search for –list and find that you must specify –query and –package. Ok that makes sense. So I type in

rpm -qlp my.rpm

. Ah so package is different than file.

Metacity and Wireframe

On my lowly PIII 650Mhz with 512MB ram and an Nvidia GeForce2 MX with 32MB, Metacity and GNOME run slow. Especially when moving windows around, metacity insisted that fullframe window movement was needed. Well, I decided to look on the net again to see if this has changed. And I found the solution right here.

HP ScanJet 4670

I returned the defective scanner back to Staple’s and got a working one. I pulled it out of the box, plugged the cables in and viola! It is a nice scanner. Fits nicely on the desk and a lot quieter than the old SCSI HP ScanJet 5P. Now I’m going to list the 5p on ebay.

HP ScanJet 4670 Scanner

I went to Staples today to buy a new scanner, the HP ScanJet 4670 vertical scanner. They had a great price. The scanner was $199.99 (retail) with a $30 instant rebate making it $169.99. The cheapest I found online was $178. So with tax (7% here in NC) it came out to $181.99 and no waiting for shipping.

Now for the bad part. I got it home, I installed the software which went fine. I hooked up the scanner to the computer and couldn’t scan. Windows XP didn’t even see it. The HP software couldn’t find the scanner either. I noticed the power light was off. So I hit the power button. Nothing happened. “Hmmm”, I thought. (ok that’s not what I really thought it was more like this piece of !@#%!@&#%!@(%^!@&#%^!@(*^ ). I thought it was the plug or something. So I moved it to another outlet and VIOLA power. I went to touch the scanner and no power. Once again stumped. I touched the power cable and again power. I realized that if I moved the power cable around the scanner would go on and off. Now that was annoying a short in the cable. Normally, I would attempt to fix this, but having just bought it today, it’s going back tomorrow.

Once I get the new one installed I’ll give a full review. I will only connect it to my wife’s Windows XP machine. I won’t bother trying to make Linux work with it. Not worth the hassle.