So… Busy Monday.
We demoed our Mitsubishi product this morning ( a big relief to shane and myself). Then around 11:30 this morning we hit 500,000 Unique quotes on the Volvo Configurator. We’d been counting down for a few weeks now.
Then Nilton convinced me to go to the gym again. Man do I hurt… that being said it didn’t hurt as much to start as it did when I first started going to the gym (back in Brandon), it just hurt a lot more after. :-S
Finally I got the camera Jen left before she left fixed and got the appropriate cables for it. (The flickr photos were taken with her underwater olympos. ($250 camera, $120 repair bill-that’s why she left it behind, $100 for a memory card, $20 cable…. net value of gift ~0… but I’m not complaining…. it’s a good camera 🙂 )
Then before I crashed this evening I picked up a couple of packets of cards. Robin showed up this morning with a pack, I’d seen them before on line and figured they looked pretty neat, but didn’t realize you could get them here. 4 packs @ $5 each later (which is really a pretty good deal) I had my own mini fleet.
I figured why not test the new camera with some techniques for macro photography that I learned from dan’s website… The result?
Big (5 mega pixel) pictures of small ships.
I’m thinking I should have done this on my coffe table, but 1) It’s glass and dealing with the reflections is a little beyond my ken at the moment – but I did gvet some interesting effects in my dirty floor :), and 2) that would require cleaning it off 🙁
Now to be truthfull I did try the camera last week when I went curling (another story… Another post) But between the sweeping and resulting pounding of my circulary system, and my lack of knowledge of the camera, the pictures didn’t come out that well..
PS. Those are the smallest dice I have ever seen!
So at work recently I’ve been listening to my mp3’s with winamp, as I’ve kinda given up on the battery in my 5 year old ipod.
The problem is that I run itunes at home, I love the search capability better than winamp’s, and as my work machine only has a small section of my tunes (that I’ve ferried in with an illicit USB key) and a collection I ‘acquired’ from a co-worker who moved on to much greener pastures lately- I don’t need the search, organization, and management features that iTunes has and winamp doesn’t (or has implemented very poorly). That plus I need all the screen real-estate I can get at work, as I’m spoiled at home with 2 monitors.
But recently I’ve found myself pressing the next button in winamp, and waiting for the track to skip forward but instead find the track switching. Considering I found this behavior extremely annoying when I first downloaded iTunes, I find it ironic that I’m itching to get it into another applicaiton. It’s even funnier when you consider I’m not fully trained on iTunes and often end up with the opposite situation at home, where I want to skip tracks, but press the next button for a split-second too long and find myself 5 seconds further into the song. 🙁
What brings up this rant? I just downloaded a bleeding edge copy of the latest version of firefox… but one with a twist. I downloaded a portable version of the alpha of firefox 2.0. That means that it’s a self contained program and won’t mess with a previous copy. Get it here.
Anyways back to the button thing… Previous versions of firefox have waffled back and forth between having the button to close your tab on the tab or on the upper right corner. I hated it in firefox 1.0 when they placed the button in the corner.. but in the last 20 minutes with this browser, I’ve closed the wrong tab… (mainly one I opened in the background and never got to see as it’s on the right side as well), now that they’ve changed it back to the way I used to like it.
So the question is does proper interface design really matter once your users have been trained (or have mapped an action in to muscle memory at least?) Or is it really just a issue for purists and “dinning philosophers” to worry about. This brings me back to the thing I like the least about the GNU/Open Source/Linux crowd… the bitching and moaning about minor issues… which leads to worse… branching, forking, and multiple projects that do the same thing. Open Source is great for things, it’s just that we don’t need 10 different window managers that implement one feature I want and not others, 10 different instant messenger programs… etc…. the worst culprit in all this is RMS-which in my mind has become synonymous with blow hard.
Anyways… rant over… need to sleep.