Aug 16

Rule

Rule: If you have photos embedded in your page and they are clickable, they should be larger than what’s embedded in your page.

If they aren’t at least 30% larger, it’s not worth it to click on them.

And if they are smaller, being slapped with a trout should ensue immediately.

Aug 16

Knife

I don’t feel any need nor desire to carry a gun, but without a pocket knife I feel nearly naked. They are so useful and handy to have around.

Partially it’s because I’ve been carrying one since I was six, I think. Yeah, I grew up in North Florida, in a world that is now gone. Things were very different then.

Aug 15

Perfection or nostalgia

Did this guy take some kind of dumbass pill or something?

Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly.

The book business, perfect? The publishing industry is absolutely chock full of collusion, country-exclusive deals, rights issues, blockbuster focus and innumerable other problems. And books are very expensive. Only someone like Godin with a great deal of money would claim they are cheap.

Of course ebooks aren’t perfect. No system is perfect. And bookstores are indeed pretty cool places. But it’s not like public spaces have to disappear as books do — that is not a fait accompli. No. That is just a choice, like privatizing everything, or building Wal-Marts everywhere.

Aug 10

Knowledge lost

Apparently something I’ve speculated about is already occurring, as general purpose computing disappears.

The truth is, kids can’t use general purpose computers, and neither can most of the adults I know. There’s a narrow range of individuals whom, at school, I consider technically savvy. These are roughly the thirty to fifty year-olds that have owned a computer for much of their adult lives.

GP computers are the most powerful devices any human has ever been given. Most people barely use a small fraction of their power. Even me. That they will effectively disappear in my lifetime de jure or de facto is quite sad.

Aug 09

Proj

For a project we’re going to embark on soon, I have a lot of money in my checking account. Like, a real lot.

When you realize you can buy that absolutely gorgeous blue used Aston Martin V8 Vantage right down the street in straight cash, it’s a bit harder to resist.

Of course I am resisting. I want to do the project far more. I don’t even want an Aston Martin. Even if I were truly rich, I’d probably not buy one. But it’s so damn pretty.

It’s just so much harder to resist is all I am saying when you can show up with a briefcase full of hundreds, point to the car, fling the briefcase open and say “Gimme.”

Aug 09

Bit

Any illusions Americans have about living in a free society should now be completely destroyed.

They should’ve been already, but the revelations of late leave absolutely no room for doubt.

Agreed, completely:

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Why anyone – especially any business — would use a US company or software, I have no idea. Wish I didn’t have to myself.

The company I work for hosted their mail in Canada. That was much wiser than I thought at the time.

Aug 09

NOPE

Anything that starts with “If you love Thomas Kinkade’s art…” gets a big NOPE and a close of the window from me right away. Nothing that comes after that can be any good.

Aug 09

Imaging

Today, I am taking an image of my main machine that I can reload at will. I don’t plan to upgrade any software really in the future as it’s all getting worse and more difficult to use as it’s made idiot-friendly, metro-fied and all useful features taken away.

I don’t know how long this will last me. I am hoping I can get five years out of the browser (Firefox 22) before technology advances and I can no longer correctly view lots of web pages. The Windows 7 install itself given the history of XP should be ok for another 10 years or so.

In a way, this is sort of like the opposite of getting old. The senescent usually complain with great vitriol about the “simpler times” as the world gets too complicated for them.

Instead as the world is simplified I am not able to cope as I need the complex and powerful tools to undertake activities that interest me as well as for working.

Never could’ve imagined as I’ve watched software and hardware advance since the early ‘80s that we’d come to a point where software actually starts getting far worse and is less useful and capable.

In fact, some of the software released now is less capable due to its over-simplification and idiot-friendliness than applications I used in the mid-80s.

That is just unconscionable.

Aug 08

Mourn

I just learned from this comment that in the latest Firefox alpha builds they are removing the ability altogether for users to even have a status bar and add-on bar. Not even an add-on will provide it I’ve determined from looking elsewhere.

Why is all software going the Gnome 3 route? I can’t understand it. Do the developers – who presumably are technically competent – actually want to use software so crappy? I can’t imagine why.

I hope I can get by on the current version of Firefox for the next 4-5 years. After that, I will probably just mostly stop making much use of the internet as it will have regressed so much.

I wish someone would fork Firefox and make it usable again, but I know that is unlikely.