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Guide to Surviving Windows 7
Walt Mossberg's Guide to Surviving Windows 7:


From The Rant Puppets who've been featuring a lot of Walt "I'm right and you're stupid" lately.


The Revolution
Wow, you sometimes hear the phrase "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" which I always assumed to be some canonical saying from the advertising industry. Turns out it's actually a song.

It's cool to actually hear it, so check it out.

via: http://inessential.com

Edit: Wikipedia has an extensive list of pop culture references in the song.

Some preliminary thoughts about Google OS
Google's announcement:
The software architecture is simple Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform

Kottke writes:
Sure, GooOS is not an operating system as a programmer would define it but it's an OS from the perspective of the user

I think there is a problem here that none of the comments I've read today adress. A user may not care about what a programmer thinks is a good programming environment but in the end they are the ones that code the apps a user actually uses.

The web isn't a terribly nice environment to code in if you want something beyond simple stuff. Webdevelopers started using scripting languages like Perl, CGI, PHP, ASP, JSP and Ruby and the like because HTML+Javascript is terrible for application development. You want data storage, application logic and state preservation; and traditional web languages aren't good at that. You need a scripting language at least and even then you need to run that on a server, not on a browser. Despite all the effort Google is putting into making Google Docs available offline hardly anyone "normal" (that is, not a web-savvy, technical minded user) knows about it and it's terribly difficult to code. Probably more so than in traditional C like environments.

When Apple released the original iPhone all you could do was code webapps for it and there was much boo-ing. When they released the SDK a year ago with the release of the iPhone 3G countless coders jumped on that ship and started coding in Objective C. In fact news came out yesterday that there are now almost 60.000 applications available on the iTunes store. That's a sick amount even if you can guesstimate that there are about 15 lighter applications, 30 fart noise apps, 30 different Mahjong games and about 75 Sudoko clones.

If Google seriously thinks that the web is the ultimate platform for app development they have a shock coming to them. But then I think they know that and that that's the reason they're targeting the netbook market now. If you buy an underpowered device you do not expect state of the art and niche apps.
As Apple has proven, if you give programmers more and better tools developers will jump on that, and that requires allowing system level API access, even though the iPhone isn't more powerful than a netbook and therefore should be even more geared towards webapps.

It will be interesting to watch how this plays out but I doubt Apple is worried. Microsoft may be worried about the low-end home market but there's no way this will ever seriously hurt them in the business world. Not for another 10 or 15 years at least.

Oh my god, grandfather has turned into a pineapple!
Today I had a meeting in Amsterdam about a new federated search engine from Ebsco, one of the largest database providers for my work. We're not in the market for a new federated search engine at the moment as we still have 2 years to go on our current contract but I thought it would be get a look at this new product as next year we'll be critically examining our current one so as to have enough time to consider the next step.

It also happened to be in a small room off the Hortus and as I like nature stuff and admission was free I got a chance to have a look.

Generally I don't really like Hortuses (is that a word?). Seeing a thousand plants bunched up in 100 square meters with little hard-to-read hand-scribbled labels feels a bit sad in some way. Most of the plants also looked a bit tired due to the extreme heat.

But I did get to see a very lovely and almost endearing little pineapple in the butterfly house.

Clicky for the set with 3 other pictures of lovely butterflies.

oh opera
The day has just started but this review of Opera's new browser has already made my day.

Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance

*tumbleweeds*
Please excuse the silence around here. I've been busy at work, we're doing the Dutch version of 23 things. This is a course that teaches library staff various web 2.0 tools like weblogs, Flickr, wikis, RSS readers, social networks and forces them to think about them and how they might be implemented in a library setting. It's a fun course but takes a lot of time, I am a coach so that means I not only follow the course myself but also attempt to guide several people through it. The 23 things aren't all actually tools on the web, some of the things are just moments to reflect on stuff learned previously. As part of this I keep a weblog (yes, I've been cheating on you, I am seeing a weblog on the side, it's not you baby, it's me) and comment on other people's blogs. This is taking a bit more time than I expected and I haven't really felt the urge to write here as well.

Another thing is that I've been dabbling with video editing again. Last time I did this the OOOk Default: team were amateur VJs and most of the work we did was done in Premiere 4 and 5, as well as After Effects. Things have sure changed. I have After Effects CS3 and Premiere Pro CS3 but the interfaces have changed so much that it's hard to adapt to old ways of working. In fact I am finding it easier to work in iMovie as that's more intuitive to use and it DOESN'T MESS UP THE FRACKING SOUND!
Adobe's interface designers have gone mad and their editing tools have become arcane and cumbersome. By contrast iMovie has hit the spot for me. At first glance the editing tools are extremely limited but with a bit of time you can accomplish quite nice things. Plus it DOESN'T MESS UP THE FRACKING SOUND! In fact I really thought I might not like iMovie thinking it was way too limited but Apple has left out all the non-essentials and just focussed on getting the important bits right. I'm using version 6 which is a bit old by now and I understand things have changed a bit in later versions but don't have any experience with those.

The thing I'm working on is a compilation of some epic fights in Ulduar, which is a new dungeon in World of Warcraft. I may show it to you all when it's finished.

On photoshop's native file format
http://code.google.com/p/xee/source/browse/trunk/XeePhotoshopLoader.m?spec=svn28&r=11#107
// Trying to get data out of a PSD file is like trying to find something in the attic of
// your eccentric old uncle who died in a freak freshwater shark attack on his 58th
// birthday.


via: Michael Tsai

Laughing all the way to the bank
Jees, as if the cold I'm coming down with isn't enough to clot my brains, the brits have to come up with this crazy job-creation scheme:
Psychics given 4,500 government funding to teach people to communicate with the dead.

See the funny crazy people laugh! I'd laugh too if I was scamming people and got rewarded like this.

Conversion?
To: virtualpetrockhelp @ virtualpetrock.nl
Subject: VPR feedback - helpme
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Reply-To: xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 23:12:08 +0100 (CET)

Hans <xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote on 26-03-2009, 23:12:08 about "helpme":

Must... buy... AppleMac... becuz... need... to... have... VPR! *sigh!*

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