20 posts • joined Thursday 5th May 2011 14:37 GMT
Modern crime dramas
Or you have a CSI-esque image enhancement system that can zoom on the reflection in a shop window of a $20 bill across the street, read the serial number, and convict the Bad Guy. Complete with "tchtchtch" sound effects as the serial number digits roll into view on a big counter in the middle of the screen, "bing" when there's a match, and a nice big red flashing dialog box just to make doubly sure.
I wish my UIs were as exciting.
IT-related even if completely off-topic.
For some reason, that put me in mind
...of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GrantNaylor_RedDwarf.jpg
Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers.
I use Mint
I also donate to the Mint project. Because desktop Linux needs at least one good distribution* where the direction of travel is community-driven, rather than being arbitrarily dictated by the likes of Canonical & Mark Shuttleworth.
* Yes, I'm aware there are others. I'm sure they're great. But I like and use Mint, so that's the one I support.
Look at a satellite view of Google HQ
Loads of the roof area is covered in solar panels. Looks like they're internally dogfooding the idea, at least.
Explosion, because I'm sure you could get a few megawatts off that.
> I look forward to finding out what the plane with the asymmetrically-placed hole on its nose is
Box number 7? That's a Canberra. I think 5 is an Ikara. I know some of the others too, but wouldn't want to come off as an anorak or anything.
I was in Woomera for a couple of days about 15yrs ago. It was pretty quiet, but people did live there. I think these days it's run by the Australian MoD and if anything is a bit more active.
I have encountered several websites that *used* it
However, I never installed it. Either the site didn't *require* it, or I went someplace else for my content.
"Not really sure why people buy any Kindle devices these days when the iPad runs the Kindle app"
I bought one because I wanted to be able to read e-books. I wanted to be able to read them in direct sunlight. I didn't want to worry about charging the thing every few days (or even weeks, as it turns out). I didn't care about games, video etc.
And, importantly, I didn't want to spend the sharp end of five hundred quid for the privilege.
Everyone's needs are different, but considering the number of Kindles Amazon has apparently managed to shift it seems like I'm not alone in wanting these things.
Amen to that
My second-hand (but still-in-warranty-because-Lenovo-warranty-is-excellent) ThinkPad T500 is probably the best laptop I've ever owned*.
I'd be extremely disappointed if they started cutting corners. There are plenty of cheap and trashy PCs out there already, but not so much upmarket stuff.
And their Linux support is excellent, if that sort of thing matters to you.
*To be fair, one or two of my work HPs have been OK too.
Canonical use systems other than Ubuntu
Their design people, for example, have been fairly open about it in the past. Some other areas less so, such as the brochure I got sent that extolled the maturity of Linux on the desktop but was made in InDesign ;-b Maybe it was their design team who did it.
More on topic, this is the first Matt Asay article in some time that didn't make me want to pull my hair out. Kudos.
"change purely for the sake of change [rather] than anything a user might call useful"
Right there. That review phrase sums up the last few releases of Ubuntu for me.
"the devices belong to Apple and the users are just renting them out"
This reminds me a bit of the classic "switch to Mac" parody:
"I don't feel like I'm operating the Mac so much as I'm just there sharing the Mac experience..."