|added Tue December 09 2003 at 7:16 PM
|Okay, assume for a minute that I had a wife. Which I don't. And it doesn't matter anyway, because by the end of this post, she's apparently been killed three (maybe four, depending on how you interpret number 2) times.
**I** didn't say I killed my wife.
I **didn't** say I killed my wife.
I didn't **say** I killed my wife.
I didn't say **I** killed my wife.
I didn't say I **killed** my wife.
I didn't say I killed **my** wife.
I didn't say I killed my **wife**.
Note how each sentence means a very different thing, simply by moving the emphasis from one word to the next.
And, before you think I'm a genius for figuring this out, I should let you know it's ripped straight off of NSLog();, who in turn stole it from someone I've never heard about before, who copied an un-named girl. Isn't the internet great?
|added Tue December 09 2003 at 8:07 PM
|Okay, I'm going to be commenting on this article, so you may want to read it or skim over it before you read my (not so humble) opinions on the matter.
Apparently, this Scoble person is some kind of bigshot developer that has some influence with the next windows OS in development. This scares the heck outta me, cause a lot of his ideas are pure insanity. Okay, maybe not pure insanity, but I heartily disagree with him on a lot...
"1) Longhorn doesn't accurately set my resolution." - I can understand if you're on an LCD screen where a different resolution results in a slightly blurry screen, but I'm on a CRT and I'm half blind. I don't want my screen resolution turned up to its maximum. Most new people are going to want their font sizes as big as possible so that they can read where they're going easier. So make the default the lowest resolution, and let those with good eyes turn it up as they wish.
"2) I hate not having icons on the desktop." - Good point here. I typically use my desktop as a dump of temporary files and some quick access files. I agree with some peoples' arguments that they never see the desktop. I am that way sometimes, which is why I have the desktop folder as a toolbar on my taskbar... I can click on desktop in the lower right hand corner and scroll up to whatever file I'm wanting (that I dumped on the desktop, of course) without ever seeing the desktop.
"3) Why do we need a screen saver turned on by default?" - Personally, I like having my slideshow pop up when I've been inactive for a while. It's fun to watch as I fall asleep. Personal preference, though. I sometimes will set my monitor to turn off (power-saving mode) after a few minutes and forgo the screen-saver.
"4) My screen refresh rate is set too low." - I concur. Screen refresh rates should default to higher values.
"5) The Start Menu isn't how I like it." - Okay, this is going to be a complaint no matter what they do. Fact of the matter is that different people like it to look differently. So change it yourself. This guy can't possibly expect the rest of the world to conform to his choice of defaults. I had to laugh at one comment on grouping similar taskbar buttons. Their reason for grouping is that they have so many files open at the same time, and they specifically mentioned multiple IMs. It's funny they mention multiple IMs because that's exactly the reason why I ungrouped the taskbar. I wish that I could group all the IE's and folders and the like, because I never use the taskbar for those when I'm actually working. Alt+tab all the way... lets you keep your hand on the keyboard instead of the mouse. However, when someone IMs me, it flashes in the taskbar and I Alt+tab to the conversation. If it's grouped, then I have no idea who's trying to talk and I am forced to use the mouse.
"6) I hate double-clicking." - This is the one that bugs me more than any other. First of all, I would hate to accidentally click one of my .php or .fla files (there's a lot of them sitting on my desktop, because that's what I've been playing with the last couple months) and have to wait for DreamWeaver (I know, I should use some other program for php, but I don't, so back off) or Flash to start up. Those are very big programs, they take a while to load. Furthermore, I rely very heavily on selecting icons. I delete by selecting the icon and using shift+delete. I select the icon to change its name and/or extension (I have extensions turned on just for this reason). I select the icon to copy/paste pictures into new directories. I select the icon a lot. Single click would be horrible.
Furthermoe, the underlining in links does not decrease the readability one bit. Granted, it's distracting because I always want to see where the link goes, but you have the same problem with footnotes. I like to clearly see what links I have available, and often the best way is by looking for underlining. That's why you should never underline text in a web-document, unless it's a link...
He talks about a couple other issues, but none of them flame me as bad. Basically, the whole point of the article is a random person trying to say that his preferences for configurations should be made default. In general, all defaults should be set to the beginner, and let the advanced user customize as desired.
In specific, his ideas aren't even true for all advanced users. Part of being an "advanced user" is that we play with computers enough that we have our own style and our own way of doing things, hence we want to customize it our own way. His sweeping statements that these settings are desirable for all advanced users is poppy-cock. In my not-so-humble advanced user opinion.