[2005-08-24] We moved to a new office recently. That's one subject that I think I'll avoid discussing [suffice to say that it could have gone better]. What's fun though is the new office has motion sensors to turn the lights on around the office. This is kind of a stupid thing to derive joy from, but the sensors are sensitive enough that if I print out a page to one of the printers in the other room while the lights are off, they automatically turn on. [2005-07-12] I reliase that I've written about nothing but Apple the last few updates, but here's another; I love apple hardware designers. Last night I poured a cup of water onto my keyboard... This is a laptop, that's a bad thing. There's an explicitly designed little rampy thing, for exactly this situation. I picked up the latop, tilted it towards me, and all the water ran out. I continued using it, without noticing any difference. [2005-06-22] Yay for software that forces you to agree to the GPL to install it, thereby showing a total lack of understanding of what the GPL actually is. In apparently unrelated news, NeoOffice/J is still crap and still better than MS Office [for reference, when I was bitching about MS Office on here a while ago, it was on OSX] [2005-06-07] Because everyone's not heard enough of Apple in the last couple days, how's this for a fucking stellar piece of design: If you plug in an iPod shuffle to the powerbook, it's too wide, and covers up the other USB port, and one of either the video, or the firewire, ports. [2005-05-31] Ten-day review of OSX. Well, shit. There's not much I can really say, I gotta be honest. The system, as a whole, rocks. I've been compiling a shitlist of features that I want, or things that I genuinely don't like. Features that I want are mostly all solved by installing a third party app. Which is fair, because that same list of features are arguably 3rd party in most linux distros. The only two things on my real shitlist are: 1) That brushed metal thing; double clicking the title bar skooshes down; but I don't know where the title bar is, because the brushed metal is everywhere, seamlessly. iTunes, I'm looking at you. 2) Does dragging something in an app to the trashcan delete it? Who knows? XCode sure doesn't. Most apps seem to do the same thing, though. Basically, consistency. Exactly what Apple is meant to be good at. And ten days later, I literally have those two [real] complaints, and that's it. There are other minor gripes, but they're mostly penny-ante shit that only matters in the context of my previous workflows. In somewhat related news, only Apple would have the sheer balls to create a product with no features, and then sell it as if it's a good thing. I'm talking about the iPod shuffle. "You can't actually choose what you listen to" "Once you're listening to something, you can't tell what it is". These are not stellar pieces of design philosophy when you're working on an mp3 player. And yet, I love it. See, having bought a mac, and having discovered that iTunes is really nice, I ripped all my music. Woo. So now I needed an MP3 player. And truly wonderful bugger that he is, Greg [aka treke] gave me a shuffle. I didn't feel too bad, since it was given to him for free and he didn't like it much. So that was pretty damn nice of him. Anyways. Turns out that I have a *lot* of jazz. And a *lot* of soundtrack material that's instrumental, boring, quiet, and long. In conclusion, I have tasted the Apple Kool-Aid thoroughly, and it tastes Goooooood. It has pleasing flavor, odor, and looks [even the carton it comes in looks nice], and is only addictive in a "I choose to be addicted" kinda way. [2005-05-26] I feel absolutely, unequivocally, completely and utterly, validated. Tonight was the last episode of Lost. While I missed most of the series due to reasons previously described, the end... Didn't. Big cliffhanger. What a surprise. No-one found out shit, and everyone will have to wait until the next series to find out anything. I'll lay down cash that the same thing happens next time, and you *still* won't know the answers. [2005-05-22] I joined the dark side yesterday; I'm now the proud owner of an Apple Powerbook. Woo. [2005-05-06] I remember when I was in 6th form [in the UK, that's two years until you're eighteen and go to university]. I had a bunch of friends that I hung out with *all* the time. I've not really kept in contact with them as much as I should have, mostly because I'm an asshole. I strongly doubt any of y'all read this, but if you do, hi! Anyways. My point. Ever since I started using Linux, I've dumped pretty much everything I had that was windows-related. I literally haven't got much use for CDs of windows or dos programs, so I gave [or threw] them all away. Only one CD ever survived. That CD is Worms United. You remember, that game from Team17, the one that was the original Worms, with the expansion pack? Basically, Worms before it suffered the second-system effect and turned to poo. I always had this dream that I'd play it again. I played Worms United for HOURS and HOURS in 6th form with that crowd. I remember wasting more hours doing that than pretty much anything else, in the whole world. Well, the other day I dug that one CD out again. Obviously it's not native to linux, but DOS emulation is pretty much a solved problem as far as I'm concerned, so I'm prepared to choke down dosbox. And damn, it works WELL. Well, anyways. That was just a random happy memory that I suspect no-one but me cares about.