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November 1, 2011

google reader updated–for the worse

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , — noocyte @ 7:37

So today I was notified that Google Reader has been updated with a new interface! Brilliant I thought; I love new stuff and the reader was beginning to look a little long in the tooth. But as soon as it loaded I though: dang, that’s not an improvement! It looks alright, but too much screen realestate is lost to navigation or whatever.. Take a look at the pic below:

Google Reader

There are a total of 3 rows of navigation/toolbars, that’s just too much for me! The row with the red button on (it says “Abonner”) should be merged with the one above; that would help a lot. As it stands right now I’m not happy with the new interface…

Update: It’s also dead slow and often does not respond at all… Not happy!


October 8, 2009

Incredible new utility

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , — noocyte @ 7:40

I just discovered a cool new utility from Microsoft: Disk2vhd. It’s built by the Sysinternals team; Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell. It’ll capture any disk on your system as a VHD; meaning you can transfer a physical machine to a virtual environment in a snap. I’m going to try to use it to get away from Hyper-V on my laptop, so I can install Windows 7 and run just Virtual PC. I’m thinking I can use this to make  a “running” backup of old computers as well. So when I’m ready to ditch a computer and get a replacement or pave it I can just capture the disk and store it on my Windows Home Server for later. Why would I do this? Because I always forget something; a document on my dekstop or some odd file in the temp folder… Or I can just boot it and see what that great litt utility I  installed 2 years ago on the old Dell laptop was called, because I can’t remember anymore… 😉

October 15, 2008

Gamerscore Blog : Dead Space – A Horror Lover’s First Impressions

Filed under: Link, Personal — Tags: , — noocyte @ 8:40

I’m not much for shooter (excluding GoW) nor Horrors (excluding 7th Guest), but DirtyDivas short review of Dead Space was funny. It ended with this priceless quote:

The onslaught of games has begun. I need better time management skills. This whole work thing and that sleeping thing is not conducive to my gaming time.

Gamerscore Blog : Dead Space – A Horror Lover’s First Impressions

September 30, 2008

Linux Hater’s Blog: Mini-Rant

Filed under: Link, Personal — Tags: , , — noocyte @ 8:33

A lot of the posts on this blog are a bit over the top, foul language and completely biased opinions, but this quote is hilarious:

If you upgrade your version of Windows and an application breaks, it’s Microsoft’s fault. If you upgrade your version of OS X and your application breaks, it’s the ISV’s fault. If you upgrade your version of Linux and your application breaks, well, that’s your own damn fault.

Linux Hater’s Blog: Mini-Rant

July 25, 2008

Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista’s image

Filed under: Link, Personal — Tags: — noocyte @ 15:23

Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista’s image – SuperSite Blog

While up in Sonoma a few weeks ago, I was finishing off something on my laptop and our friends came into the hotel room. One of them, looking at the laptop said, “that’s beautiful. Is that Mac OS X?” (Qualifier: She is a graphic designer. What can you do?) I said, “no, that’s Windows Vista.” And she replied,” Wow. It’s really nice looking. I heard it was awful.”

I like Vista, I really do. It’s better than Xp in some ways and as good in others. I’ve yet to find something that is worse than Xp.

July 22, 2008

We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200. Help Us Build It.

Filed under: Link, Personal — Tags: , , — noocyte @ 10:16

We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200. Help Us Build It.

I’m tired of waiting – I want a dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the web. Nothing fancy like the Dell latitude XT, which costs $2,500. Just a Macbook Air-thin touch screen machine that runs Firefox and possibly Skype on top of a Linux kernel. It doesn’t exist today, and as far as we can tell no one is creating one. So let’s design it, build a few and then open source the specs so anyone can create them.

Yes. That’s it, bring it to me now. Yes. Do this now! 🙂

Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 – RTM!

Filed under: Link, Personal — Tags: — noocyte @ 8:36

Home Server Hacks: Power Pack 1 – Come and get it!

The team is pleased to announce that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is now available on the Microsoft Download Center!

So, finally the much awaited Power Pack 1 is finally ready to be downloaded! This download will fix the data corruption bug that’s been haunting WHS for 8 or 9 months now and it enables backup of Vista 64bit clients. And a few other bits as well, but those two I believe is the highlights.

July 21, 2008

Update processes and "additional software"

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , — noocyte @ 22:37

So when I turned on my laptop today there was two notifications (actually three; new e-mail); new updates on Windows Update and a new update to Java. The Windows Update process was easy enough, only a few security updates. And the Java update appeared to be simple, but then after clicking “Next” once or twice this screen comes up:


So, what wrong with this screen? Well, what the heck does OpenOffice have to do with an update to Java?! I don’t have OpenOffice, so there is no reason to update it! In fact the check box is checked by default, so if my mom were doing this she would have gotten OpenOffice installed (I presume) without her understanding why…

But alright, I can uncheck the checkbox and proceed to the next screen, where the update begins. This is what greets me:


Man that’s ugly! And “This may take a few minutes” actually took 4 or 5 minutes… Compared to my Windows Update that took maybe 2 minutes…

Java is looking more and more like Real Player or Quicktime… I hate it when companies tries to sell you more than you ask for. Stop it, now, please!

PS: The Java update did not require a reboot, the Windows Update does unfortunately.

July 15, 2008

What Makes a Great Developer?

Filed under: Link, Personal, Work — Tags: , — noocyte @ 10:51

What Makes a Great Developer? – Blog – Added Bytes

They’re very easily bored by repetitive work (see laziness) and spend most of their time ploughing through it looking for an interesting and challenging (and hopefully new) problem to solve. The less time they can spend on the repetitive, the higher the frequency of the challenges.

I found that the quote above most accurately describes me; I hate doing the same thing over and I love learning new stuff. 🙂

July 3, 2008

Can you read this…

Filed under: Link, Personal — Tags: — noocyte @ 11:37

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Somebody has taken the time to break down this text and analyze the heck out of it… Pretty cool!

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