Archive | November, 2007

Should I Bubble?

27 Nov07

Working on a fun AS3 project now, where I’ll make some UI components. The components has several events that they want to notify the world about, but I’d love some help on a design decision: should the events dispatched from a component bubble per default?

Microsoft just don’t care…

18 Nov07

When I got a Mac one and a half year ago, I never thought I’d become an Apple fan-boy. I still have my gaming PC that I keep upgrading and it’s caused my a lot of griefs lately. The power supply on my uber-fancy gaming case broke down. The machine had to be restarted 10-15 times until XP booted. All this restarting while booting screwed up the harddrive. So, now I’ve spent a bunch of $$$ on a new case, PSU and harddrive but I still can’t get it up and running - because of sloppy programming.

After installing XP, I started installing the required drivers, but I have just one problem:
You need a mouse to install the mouse!

IMG_0813.jpgNo, I’m not kidding. You have to click the device found, but it is not possible to navigate to it using the keyboard. I order to install Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer for Bluetooth, you need to have a wired mouse! I don’t have one since my kids played with the old wired one I had and now it’s broken. Not only are the batteries this mouse requires expensive, now I’ll have to buy a mouse to use my mouse? Seriously - the reason why I think Microsoft is going down the drain faster than you can say “OSX” is that their coders simply does not care about the end user. They just don’t care if they make crappy software.

Being a gamer and a mac-lover is kind of problematic, so I guess I’ll keep the gaming PC for now. Here’s a fun reminder to myself why I have a gaming PC:

Apple is improving somewhat in this area though, but it’s far away from a gaming platform. Too bad Microsoft snapped Bungie/Halo back on 2000….

The OLPC starts shipping

13 Nov07

OLPC.jpgI just saw Scott post about a project that I’ve followed with great interest, the OLPC. Originally dubbed the $100 laptop, the cost is currently about $200 per machine. I assume that the price will lower as the number of machines produced go up. To boost this process the people behind started a campaign where by giving one, you can also get one yourself. The basic idea is to offer low priced computers to developing countries. What I see as the single biggest thing coming out of this is Knowledge. The information available on the web is massive. These machines can really help giving under-developed places opportunities they’d never have and improve a lot of lives.

The OLPC website has very limited info, but for those interested, I recommend checking out the Google TechTalks video where the project was presented. It’s a little long, but this machine is totally cutting edge in all the ways it saves power and connects. Well worth checking out! Unfortunately, anyone outside the US/Canada cannot donate for now.

I also noticed something really cool, T-Mobile are giving away a full years hotspot access to anyone contributing! Really nice of them, even though it can be considered marketing. I spend maybe $50-$100 on random T-Mobile access per year, so it could actually reduce the price of giving in my case.

Life of an evangelist

12 Nov07

I loved Scott Barnes entries at MossyBlog. About a year ago, Scott started with Microsoft and now he has a brand new blog titled “Life of an evangelist” with video, photos and even his own comic strip! Go check it out!