Category: The Daily Grind

Publisher

By , April 15, 2007

So you note the ad on the sidebar– I mean I’m not the biggest fan of displaying ads to my [small number of] readers, but there is a little meaning behind this one. It is the product of a lot of work on the Publisher Program. I don’t really have anything to do with how any of it all looks (the website, the ads themselves), but I have a lot to do with the software that loads each ad, and other software that does all of the backend processing of our data.

It is certainly very satisfying to see the ads on publishers’ sites– for me a very real sense of accomplishment.

Why iMac?

By , March 19, 2006

I have never used a Mac before, and never plan to again given a choice. I mean they have a lot of things going for them, a lot of flashy graphics and widgets, but they have so much wrong: there is so much that isn’t customizable, even when compared to Microsoft; they keyboard is all messed about, so much so that ‘home’ and ‘end’ don’t work as expected in text fields; the unusable menu scheme that takes the menu for a window out, and places it at the top of the desktop; the terrible windowing scheme that brings all windows for an application to the front despite the fact you only want the one you’re selecting; like I need another ‘control’ key, and it’s easy to get confused between which ‘control’ key should use; way too much emphasis is placed on using the mouse when you could acheive it so much faster with the keyboard, and that’s all I plan to bother saying about Mac mice :)

I mean I’m pretty adaptable, and I will probably survive without a change, but I would be so much more comfortable using another operating system, not in the least understanding the penchant for Mac that ‘the company’ seems to have. On the other hand, I can easily see how a user who needs a computer for less intensive, more recreational purposes would find a Mac extremely useful; definitely not for me though.

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