December 22, 2011

It's Winter!

Feign your mock-happiness here.

Oh, it's not all that bad.  Winter is technically the time some very good things happen: there's some major holidays (Christmas, Hannukah, New Years) and all the parties that ensue (that's a good thing, right?)  For some families they even invite a fat man in a red suit to come into the house in the middle of the night withthe vague hope that he'll leave presents (I know - scary, right?). There's the comaraderie among friends and family and the general well-wishing. Some folks even like the cold weather and the different sports and activities it offers, like skiing and sleigh riding. See also: pelting your family member with snowballs.
Oh, who are we kidding? Winter is barely tolerable.  It's cold, it's miserable, and the time change that occurred in November will have everyone going stir crazy by the time March comes. At least you can do things without the humidity. That's a plus. We're just going to have to make it through this.

While we're discussing the seasonal change to winter, here's some sites that explain it in more detail. Enjoy. Stay warm and celebrate.

November 06, 2011

Daylight Savings Time

A great explanation, tongue in cheek at times but on the whole quite accurate, of Daylight Savings Time: it's origins, ramifications and usefulness in our current world.  Recommended. 

And change those clocks today, if you live in one of the affected areas.

September 01, 2011

Is This the New Windows Explorer?

Techcruch today has a story on a mock-up that looks like an updated Windows Explorer. Only one problem: it looks nothing like any version of Windows Explorer ever released. While most die-hard Windows users can readily admit that Windows Explorer was in dire need of new features (witness the plethora of third party makers like Explorer++ and PowerDesk that are quite popular) a facelift certainly wasn't one of them.  In fact, Microsoft seems to have done the unimaginable: taken the basic workhorse but quite fine interface of Windows Explorer and given it the (gasp) Microsoft Office interface treatment. The bastards! It's almost as if they want to annoy their users or reduce productivity. Maybe both.
Personally, this looks like something that was overthought. Too many buttons, too many features, all displayed on the GUI. Designed by Committee perhaps, or maybe a small team gone wild.  In any event, it's certainly not a great interface and does not help the user do their job or easily perform their tasks. And make no mistake:  these are things a well-designed interface should do.

Read the full details and see it for yourself.

March 25, 2011

Putting up a Paywall.

Couldn't resist. Something in this reminded me of The Revision Bar.