Rogue Imagineer
元:Browser Compatibility is so bad it's embarassing...

If www browser compatibility is a reflection of the ability of software engineers (as a professional group) to deliver something of value to the public, we have failed at an embarassing level.

Today I read about a download available from Microsoft. It was purported to be free, I just had to register with Microsoft Passport. Unfortunately, clicking the register button in Safari yielded no action at all. So I booted up IE for Macintosh, same problem. Then, I noticed a small link that said "Get one now", referring to a Passport account. I clicked on the link and was able to get almost all the way through the registration procedure until it got to the challenge/response section which was aimed at proving I was a real person, and not a 'robot'. No matter how many times I tried, the authentication scheme always told me that I had entered the wrong number of characters. I even clicked on "I can't see the picture", and got an audio recording of the same challenge. Sure enough, my response to the challenge was wrong: I had "recognized" a "T" instead of the correct character "7". I corrected it, but got the same error message.

I double, triple, quadruple checked my response, and as always, was told I had entered the incorrect number of characters.

So now, I've booted up VirtualPC on my PowerBook to see if Internet Explorer for Windows is up to the challenge of letting me register for Passport.
Yep, worked the first time.


By : Browser Compatibility is so bad it's embarassing... 0 comments

元:Cory Doctorow

Here's a timely piece by way of Cory Doctorow which every software designer should read. I think it is much more important than what the "interface gurus" have to say. I say timely, because I just updated one of my master todo lists, all of which are stored in plain text files. Not included in his notes, but just as important is what I call 'data file format rot', which is something like link rot. Consider these other types of todo management list software which I have tried (with various levels of success) to employ:

1. Track Record which was a defect tracking system developed by the makers of 'Brief', one of my favorite text editors of all time. I still have a Win16 version of TrackRecord with a bunch of files stored in the object-oriented database. However, to access it, I need to keep a copy of VirtualPC handy.
2. Task-management software for my Palm-enabled Samsung phone. I'm sure there are some todo lists on that phone which have items I have forgotten. The phone is around somewhere. Let's see, to retrieve, find a PC with a 9-pin serial port, install the Palm desktop, sync, and export.
3. Word. I have some word documents around that have todo lists from pre-1995. Microsoft has been pretty good about including backwards-compatible file readers in Office. However, I ran into a situation recently where a Word for Windows 2.0 file wouldn't open. I got a message about this, and had to, let's see, run Word 6.0 (also a Windows 3.1 application) and save the file as RTF. Speaking of RTF, great format invented by Microsoft.
4. Nokia phone. I use the ToDo list function in my phone in lieu of paper notes. It works great, and I almost always have my phone with me. A lot of times I will see a product that I want to research later on the internet. The phone allows me to type in the product information without bothering the sales clerk, who probably thinks you are going to buy in the store without checking the price online....

It is definitely the case that Text files have served me well in keeping track of what things to do.

Danny O'Brien's Life Hacks.
Here are my running notes from Danny O'Brien's NotCon recapulation of his "Life Hacks" talk. Danny interviewed a bunch of prolific geeks and asked them how they do it: this is his distillation of the habits of the geeks who spew the most code, words and such. Wish he'd turn this into a book already!
People use todo.txt (Ford's is 27,000 lines long).

By : Cory Doctorow 0 comments



 Mac App Store Receipt Dumper    
 Hollywood Canada    
 [Site Map]    

Copyright © 2005-2021
All Rights Reserved