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Lets take a step back…

Just could not resist posting this. Was reading a article on ‘TechReport.com‘ where one of the comments on the article goes like this:

What’s the deal with ruining interfaces everywhere? It’s almost like everyone is competing, who will make the worst one.

Ribbon, Linux Unity, now Windows 8… Why?!” – Madman

This is so ironic on so many levels… But it’s so true. Lately a lot of things feel like they are moving in the wrong direction (don’t even start on politics…).

The only good ‘step backwards’ is the one where you retreat a few steps to look at this bigger picture – just to realize it might actually look worse! haha (in a chokingly desperate voice…)

IT ‘tips’

A few ‘IT’ tips

1. When you are looking into a problem – always check the obvious things first

2. If you cannot solve a problem yourself – read the manual

3. Don’t trust users to explain ‘what’ the problem is. Those are just symptoms

4. Remember, computers ‘can’ make mistakes – very fast ones these days!

5. Out of memory errors usually are not because of memory problems…

6. Never give users more functionality than they need – otherwise you have to maintain that too!

7.  The best debugging tool is a message box (alert in js) – just don’t forget to take them out again!

and some general wishdom…

1. Never assume things will always go well. They generally have a habit not to

2. Never underestimate the power or impact of users doing stupid things

3. You only get 2 kinds of hard drives… those that have failed, and those that soon will. Apparently these days this rule applies to most hardware components…

4. Crysis wasn’t created in one day, but you can play through it in a day

The day the world lost Jobs

Today is a sad day for the IT industry (but the whole world as well). One of the great names of the industry has passed away – Steve Jobs. Whether you like or dislike his company or products you have to admit that he had a big influence – mostly positive, even if you are supporting one of his rivals!

This morning I got up an hour too early… thanks to the new Microsoft Windows Phone Mango update that for some reason changed my regional settings to ‘Damascus’ duh! They (the Damascusians) must be on daylight savings time or something since their time is one hour ahead of us (here in good old SA). I got up doing all my usual routine stuff – throwing the dogs out the backdoor hehe no actually just setting up their food and beds outside – I noticed I could still see the stars, which is weird as lately it is getting light the time when I got up, but I didn’t ‘register’ it in my head just yet. Only a few minutes later the wife asks me why the radio clock still says it is 4:50! oops! So there I was an hour too early to go to work. Played a bit more with my Mango when I came across the Twitter entries from people about mr Jobs….

So, thanks (semi sarcastically) to Microsoft to wake me up early this morning just to realize the world has lost ‘Jobs’…

Blowing up the planet… kinda..

Nice article from Phil Plait (The guy from Bad Astronomy) wrote an article about the math to do exactly this. Turns out it isn’t that easy (if possible/practical at all) but if you really, really really need to do it….

3 reasons we can’t blow up a planet sci-fi style

There is an easier way to solve the problem of you wanting to ‘kill’ a planet – just leave and find another one that would make you happy. It’s much easier and better (for us still living on this one…)

G-

Is it just me or does Google+ seem very quiet lately? At one point people were raving and bragging about how much better it is than that ‘other’ social site. Seems the ‘show’ is over and the people got bored with it being just ‘another’ social web site ‘out there’. I guess you sometimes win and sometimes loose… right google?

Thankfully Microsoft didn’t get crazy and created their own version… oh wait, they had one for years but no one is paying attention to it anymore anyway… Windows Live which should rather be called Windows dying.. (just joking).

At least Microsoft don’t push it in your face anymore so it is not that bad. I still use my Hotmail account – which I incidentally had since ‘BEFORE’ Microsoft bought Hotmail all those many moons ago.

Anyway, was fun while it lasted. Cheers G-.. I mean +, whatevar