Archive for January, 2005

Fantastic Four Movie Trailer

January 31, 2005 in City of Heroes | Comments (0)

I’m probably behind the times on this one, but I had not seen this trailer before. Looks pretty good (aside from Ben Grimm being a little lumpy). I love that super hero movies have become so popular, and that today’s technology has finally made it possible to do them right.

Cheap Catchup

January 30, 2005 in General | Comments (0)

It’s true, I fell behind on my blog, so I’ve been making crap posts to fill it up. What can I say? If I want a full blog at the end of the month, I have to backfill a little bit.

I’ll try to make it a higher priority in February. Hopefully in February of 2005.

SecurityFocus HOME News: Teen sentenced for releasing Blaster worm variant

January 29, 2005 in General | Comments (0)

This is a story that I found on the internet.

5 Megabit Roadrunner

January 28, 2005 in General | Comments (0)

We’re supposed to have this by the end of the month… but why ruin it with an AOL account?

Wired Article Found

January 26, 2005 in General | Comments (0)

This is a link to the Wired article I had mentioned before.

Wired Commentary on Marvel versus NCSoft Suit

January 25, 2005 in City of Heroes | Comments (0)

The latest issue of Wired has a little article that seems to legitimize Marvel’s claim that you can create copies of their characters in City of Heroes, showing example likenesses of The Hulk, DareDevil, Elektra, and Storm.

While they did invent some reasonable sendups of the these heroes, they are certainly not exact copies. The article does say that the suit implies you should have to buy a license to pretend, but I don’t think that showing how “easy it is to make copies” will help City of Heroes fans or NCSoft in any way.

I searched the Wired site but the article is apparently only in the print version right now (or I just didn’t find it).

Some people say that Marvel almost has to file this kind of suit just to protect their intellectual property regardless of any “true” infringement, that if they don’t pursue this they may not be able to support future litigation if real infringement ever does occur. I hope this is the case so I can stop being mad at Marvel.

Ruby on Rails

January 24, 2005 in General,Ruby | Comments (0)

I need to look at this. Can’t tell if it’s important to me or not. I love Ruby, and I’ve spent considerable time on an application framework that runs over the web and standalone in Windows (although not Ruby based). Even if it’s not a tool that I would have a use for, I would like to see how similar our development concepts were, if at all.

This looks more like my kind of keyboard…

January 23, 2005 in General | Comments (0)

Too bad it’s so expensive ($359.00US). I wish I could try one for about a week. Also lets you use a foot switch, which means you could move ctrl, alt, shift, etc., down to the floor. I like the notion. My feet get bored when I’m typing.

To view the whole site (this is pulled out of a frame), click here.

Alphabetical Keyboard

January 22, 2005 in General | Comments (1)

I learned on the QWERTY layout and can type wickedly fast. I realize that the layout really matters less than having learned touch typing skills (if I had been on Dvorak from the start I’m sure I would go just as fast or faster – it’s just too hard to unlearn it now). However, to use an alphabetical layout for a keyboard strikes me as odd. I guess that most people can’t be bothered with learning hot keys, much less how to really type (kills me to see someone reach for the mouse to hit the Okay button in a message box when all they have to do is hit Enter or the space bar). Text editors like VIM are much faster and more efficient than graphical text editors like Notepad, but many people don’t type well enough to know this.

A Keyboard Designed for Any User

While this might be a good new attempt at making the keyboard more usable to people who don’t know how to type, it certainly isn’t for “any” user. This kind of keyboard would do nothing but slow me down and make me concentrate on the keyboard and not on what I’m trying to say in text.

Still, I know enough two fingered typists that it could be a good thing.

Documentation: There is no middle ground

January 21, 2005 in General | Comments (0)

I try so very hard to keep track of things so that I don’t repeat my mistakes, but it seems so difficult to document things in useful ways. Here is what usually happens to me:

  • I document too much, logging every tiny step along the way, winding up with a huge pile of notes that are too cumbersome to wade through to find anything useful.
  • I document too little (the usual case). Then, when some piece of (usually recent) data would be useful or even save the day, I cannot find it, or it is conspicuously absent from the notes that I do have.
  • I scatter my documentation, starting logs on paper, blogs on computers, notes in source… so many places that may or may not contain the key bit of information required to solve a problem.

I’ve tried so many systems: Notebooks, software packages, memory tricks, etc. I can never seem to settle on one mode or model, I don’t stick with any one of them long enough to ingrain into my habit making machinery. Nothing has solved the problem for me. I either laboriously scribble down every bit of minutiae that occurs, or I blunder through without tracing my steps and just hope for the best. Regardless of which I do, the piece of data that I need is always the one that I failed to record, the action that I must prove is the one I left undocumented.