Friday, September 29, 2006

Henry Miller

from The World Of Sex..., 1941

Over and over again I have said that there is no way out of the present impasse. If we were wide awake we would be instantly struck by the horrors which surround us ... We would drop our tools, quit our jobs, deny our obligations, pay no taxes, observe no laws, and so on. Could the man or woman who is thoroughly awakened possibly do the crazy things which are now expected of him or her every moment of the day?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Notepad Too

I normall hit Windows-R, then type "notepad", then hit enter, probably 25 times a day or more. The simplicity of notepad trumps all the other word processing apps i have on my computer right now. What it lacks in syntax highlighting it makes up for ten fold without its auto formatting, underlining things it doesn't recognize, and saving in raw format.

But! Recently I was guided to notepad2! It adds the few things I would want it too and keeps the simplicty and quickness of the original notepad. I've managed to get it on my right-click context menu in windows explorer, but am still battling to replace notepad.exe with notepad2.exe. Windows isn't exactly being cooperative.

I found notepad2 on Scott Hanselman's Ultimate List of Developer and Power User Tools. Since POWER USER sounds a lot cooler than 'developer', I'll consider myself one of those. Hanselmans blog is also a must read for other, uhh.... POWER USERS.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The first name in news

This morning "Forbes on Fox" had a couple analysts on with the answer to the Iran problem. They propose that in order to reach a peaceful relationship with Iran, the US should start doing business with the Iranian government. "Ipods, not bombs."

All together, the 4 of them sat up there selling this idea to viewers around the country. "Look at history! Look at China, look at Russia, both prospering countries on good terms with the US these days."

They didn't even have one person on there resisting this idea. Am I the only one watching this thinking its insane? Every dollar we send to Iran will be used to try and kill us!

This is not China. This is not Russia. They want us dead because they believe that God wants us dead. And all the capitalist dollars in the world aren't going to change that.

Friday, September 22, 2006

OS, PS, BS

As part of my recent quest to enjoy using my computer, I've attempted to install the ubuntu operating system. The Xgl features of it are very enticing to me. The install process, despite all the boasts by linux diehards, was anything but smooth. Being a computer programmer by profession, and having used computers for nearly 10 years now, I was surprised to find myself unable to get the OS running after 4 hours of trying.

Anyway, I still haven't given up yet. I do need a second hard drive to install it on though. Someone at work gave me one for free, but its f'd and unusable. Also, when i first installed the hard drive, i ran the PC without my case closed, and without some of my fans running. The power supply burnt out, and i had to run to best buy to buy a new one. I got one with 50 more watts of power and am SHOCKED at the performance increase i've noticed in my computer. Apparently I had the wrong PS before. Anyway, I'm flying now.

I'm still trying to get Ubuntu installed, first step though is to find an ATA-100 (or less) drive for free or extremely cheap to install it on. In the meantime, i've found a cool toy to waste $20 and hold me over in the fun department :)

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

We Want Fun

I'm sick of using Windows. Almost 10 years i've been using a computer now, and the whole time i've been using microsoft windows. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP.... so many windows. Always the same experience. The start menu is in the lower left, the task bar goes along the side of the screen, programs run in boxes, and are represented by little rectangles in the taskbar. Gayness galore.

Windows Vista RC1 was released a few days ago. Vista is touted as the "most visual operating system Microsoft has ever released." I have seen vidoes showing programs running in all shapes of "windows." I have seen videos of programs being manipulated in 3D by the user. I'm talking about the windows themselves, not some program with 3D rendering!

I got to use Vista on a computer at work recently, and guess what. The start menu was on the lower left. The taskbar went along the side of the screen. The programs were represented by little rectangles in the taskbar. I was goddamn pissed.

The laptop that my job gave me is too heavy to lug back and forth everyday, so I'm buying one for myself that is lighter. I intend to fully enjoy using this computer, and so I cannot purchase a laptop running Vista. You just lost yourselves a sale MS bitches.

I am so desperate for a new user experience that I'm buying myself one of these this month. Fun to use and visually appealing makes a difference, dammit.

UPDATE: This is perfect timing!