Interface

Just finished a great book. It’s called Interface and it’s by Stephen Bury who if you didn’t know is Neil Stephenson in disguise. NS is one of my favorite people. He’s an ok writer, but he’s brilliant and he thinks the way I do, so I like him a lot.

Anyway, the book is about a presidential election but there’s a slight twist in that one of the canditates has a biochip implanted in his head that is tied to a network of average americans. He has the ability to know instantly how something he is saying is coming across to the country.

The book is old and precedes most of NS more well known work. It was written in 1994. In some ways I was surprised that it was 10+ years old in others I wasn’t. The surprises came from how profetic the writing was. I thought that often it was talkig about the current presidentiaal administration and the current state of politics. In other tech ways, it was a bit outdated, but that really didn’t matter to the story that much

Overall it was a really fun read. I recommend it.

Interface

Just finished a great book. It’s called Interface and it’s by Stephen Bury who if you didn’t know is Neil Stephenson in disguise. NS is one of my favorite people. He’s an ok writer, but he’s brilliant and he thinks the way I do, so I like him a lot.

Anyway, the book is about a presidential election but there’s a slight twist in that one of the canditates has a biochip implanted in his head that is tied to a network of average americans. He has the ability to know instantly how something he is saying is coming across to the country.

The book is old and precedes most of NS more well known work. It was written in 1994. In some ways I was surprised that it was 10+ years old in others I wasn’t. The surprises came from how profetic the writing was. I thought that often it was talkig about the current presidentiaal administration and the current state of politics. In other tech ways, it was a bit outdated, but that really didn’t matter to the story that much

Overall it was a really fun read. I recommend it.

Why I will never buy another mac : reasons 1,2 and 3

1) There is no easy way to move files across volumes

I have a server where I hold most of my files. But I can’t move files from my mac to the server easily..it takes me 2 steps when it should take one. Assuming I have both folders open (which is a topic for another post), I can drag the files from one folder to the other. However, (using some strange Mac logic) they are only copied. This is unlike the behaviour when I drag from one folder to another on the same volume which turns out to be a move. Ok, fine, I’ll accept that you want different behavior in this case, just give me a way to move the files in this case. As it is, after the copy operation I have to then take the same files and drag them to the trash.

In Windows (oh how I miss it), one simply clicks and drags the files using the right mouse button and then when they get to their destination, you can choose copy or move as your operation.. how novel. I tried the right click drag on the mac, can’t be done..

2) delete files must be a drag to the trash

In Windows (oh how I miss it), to delete a selected file I could simply click the delete or backspace button on my keyboard, or if I was feeling like doing a hard way, I right click on it and select delete. Neither of these options work on the Mac. nope, I must click and drag the file(s) to the trash. Yay.. that’s really useful and helps me out a bunch..

3) create new folder.

Yup, in Windows (oh how I miss it), you can be anywhere and be just a right click away from creating a new folder. This will only work on the Mac if you are hovering above the Desktop. It won’t work in a folder, or anywhere else.. Why not? Who designed this interface and more importantly, how is it that so many people love this OS? What am I missing?

Why I will never buy another mac : reasons 1,2 and 3

1) There is no easy way to move files across volumes

I have a server where I hold most of my files. But I can’t move files from my mac to the server easily..it takes me 2 steps when it should take one. Assuming I have both folders open (which is a topic for another post), I can drag the files from one folder to the other. However, (using some strange Mac logic) they are only copied. This is unlike the behaviour when I drag from one folder to another on the same volume which turns out to be a move. Ok, fine, I’ll accept that you want different behavior in this case, just give me a way to move the files in this case. As it is, after the copy operation I have to then take the same files and drag them to the trash.

In Windows (oh how I miss it), one simply clicks and drags the files using the right mouse button and then when they get to their destination, you can choose copy or move as your operation.. how novel. I tried the right click drag on the mac, can’t be done..

2) delete files must be a drag to the trash

In Windows (oh how I miss it), to delete a selected file I could simply click the delete or backspace button on my keyboard, or if I was feeling like doing a hard way, I right click on it and select delete. Neither of these options work on the Mac. nope, I must click and drag the file(s) to the trash. Yay.. that’s really useful and helps me out a bunch..

3) create new folder.

Yup, in Windows (oh how I miss it), you can be anywhere and be just a right click away from creating a new folder. This will only work on the Mac if you are hovering above the Desktop. It won’t work in a folder, or anywhere else.. Why not? Who designed this interface and more importantly, how is it that so many people love this OS? What am I missing?

Theme Park Maps

I thought this link was pretty cool. It’s a compilation of theme park maps from all over from way back when I was a kid until today.. It’s cool to see the old Great Adventure or Hershey Park maps from the 70’s and 80’s no?

Divertor

Ok..I know I subjected you to blood and guts in the last movie, but this one is totally worth it.. It’s a Smigel cartoon.. Don’t watch if you are a red-stater…