Today’s Dilbert Was Written With Us In Mind

Yep, that’s me…

Dilbert is a favorite strip of many office workers and geeks, and barely a week goes by where you can’t identify with one of the strips Scott Adams has done, but today’s looks like it was written with gadget geeks in mind, so I just had to share it.

[From Today’s Dilbert Was Written With Us In Mind]

Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 11:15 am  Comments (1)  

Steven Poole – Goodbye, cruel Word

Steven Poole – Goodbye, cruel Word:

An account of someone who, for the first time in what seems forever for him, does not use Word anymore, does not even have it installed…..

It’s a great write-up to explain what is wrong with bloated software, and where the problems are that you face as a market leader. Microsoft, for a long time, was measured in it’s releases on how many new checkboxes you could make next to a product. That is just no longer true.

Published in: on September 3, 2007 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  

How the vi editor would seem if it has been made by Microsoft

Marigan’s Weblog

Funny. Comments are a bit unfair, as those kind of helpers were not really designed for the readers of those weblogs… But funny.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 9:22 am  Leave a Comment  

The Future of Web 2.0

The Future of Web 2.0:
From the O’Reilly feeds. Probably one of the best predictions i have seen for a while 🙂

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Why Vista’s DRM is bad for you…

Forbes published this article, which is a good read on the motivations behind the recent DRM initiatives inside Windows Vista. Bruce Schneier is probably correct on most of this, which, in deed, paint’s a dark future for consumers. It’s going to be interesting to see who will win in this clash of cultures: The ReMix generation vs. the ageing Dinosaurs of traditional Media (and i count Microsoft fairly in the ageing Dinosaur camp – their intention is to win by helping the Dinosaurs win…).

Published in: on February 13, 2007 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Why Windows will never be on par with the Mac…

Got this from my special friends at Longhormblogs…

Nvidia Faces Potential Legal Trouble Over Vista Driver Issues:
The quotable one is:

“And I’d like to know how Nvidia was able to achieve Microsoft’s Vista certification with such crappy drivers. That’s probably what disappoints me the most.”

That is exactly the reason why Windows always has been buggy and trashy and always will be. Microsoft has no real control over driver development, and seriously, when they want to ship Vista, they will, even if NVIDIA is obviously not ready. They do certify substandard drivers, because they have to do that – you can not really ship a monster gaming upgrade to Windows without their premier partner for graphics card being on board, right?

Apple controls their hardware and drivers. That has it’s own set of disadvantages, but, behold, only once in 2 years did I had a crash due to driver issues (World of Warcraft started up over 4GB of Ram, and did some funky stuff to the 3d init.. fixed now, but you really needed to make sure that WoW did not start over 4GB for a few weeks…).

Published in: on February 13, 2007 at 11:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Breakthrough Service: Apple’s Secret Weapon – O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

Breakthrough Service: Apple’s Secret Weapon – O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog

When you read that story, all i can think of is: try this with Dell. Not only was the onsite service really good, but he get’s a replacement machine that is newer/better than the original machine?

Published in: on December 6, 2006 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  

C# library in action

It’s always nice to see people using your work. I stumbled across this blogpost where Greg created a blogger backup utility, using the .NET client library to talk to the GData interface for Blogger. If you are interested, check it out, as he is using some neat tricks to work around limitations in the GData implementation on the old service.

Published in: on November 21, 2006 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

The new iPod Shuffle

While I was traveling in California last week, I went by an Apple Store and picked up the new iPod Shuffle. When I do travel, i don’t take an iPod with me anymore, mainly because I already take a PSP with me (for watching movies on the plane – the screen is just far superior to the in-flight seat video, or an iPod video). But the PSP is not a good music player (bulky, bad battery time, awkward to control), so I was looking for a companion player.

The new Shuffle fits that bill nicely. You have to hold one to just understand how “small” that thing is, and still functional. Sound is good (at least I don’t hear a difference compared to my other iPod), battery lifetime is great, and the build in clip is just so convenient.

Highly recommend stocking stuffer….

Published in: on November 15, 2006 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

IE7 sure is memory hungry

I downloaded IE7 today and installed it inside a test installation of XP I have around. Installation went fine, and the downloadpackage was surprisingly small for something like IE.

After the obligatory reboot (you have to wonder if Windows setup routines by now have a “reboot anyhow” setting – it is so rare today not to have to reboot) IE was installed and ready to rumble.

I tested memory consumption by opening up 5 tabs: (logged in),,, and Checking the taskmanager i see that this consumes a lofty 83 MB of RAM.

That sounds a lot, so i fire up FireFox, and load the same set of pages. 39 MB of RAM. To verify this against the latest version, i start up another Windows VM and install FireFox 2.0 RC3 (notably, the download is only 5.6 MB).

Loading the same set of pages in FireFox 2.0 takes 35 MB of RAM. Not a huge difference, but good 10% less than the predecessor.

Then there is the issue of screenrefresh times. I have the fastest system money can buy (or at least close to it) with an ATI 1900XT graphics card. I do not expect a windowing operation to be visible slow. Clicking between Tabs in IE7 “feels” slow. It’s not instantaneous, it’s not like really slow either, but you can see a difference when you click on the same Tabs in IE7 compared to Firefox.

I will certainly not switch away from FireFox, not just because of this, but mainly because all the FireFox extensions that i love to use would not be there. But, engineering wise, this does not look like a good start.

Published in: on October 19, 2006 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment