Windows 7

May 22, 2009

Wammo tells me he’s installed the pre-release version of Windows 7 and it’s like being born again. His computer (get this) actually does what he wants it to do! ZOMG! Revolutionary.

I’m reminded of my old boss at IDG Communications, Pat McGovern, and a story he tells of the first time he saw Steve Jobs demonstrate the Mac OS.

Steve had invited Pat and some other assorted luminaries to check out his new product and was, the way Pat tells it, quite anxious that they be impressed. He ran them through the demo, showed off the “mouse” and the “graphical user interface” and some other bits and pieces and stood back.

“Well, Pat. What do you think?”

Pat McGovern, for those that don’t know him, is well over six foot tall and has been kicking around the IT publishing industry since before there was an IT publishing industry. He set up IDC Research to monitor this growing market but couldn’t find any publication that wanted to take his research. So he founded IDG Communications and set up Computerworld and the rest is history. Pat was a big cheese and if you could get Pat on side, you were made.

“What do you think?” asked Steve, with (I like to think) a tremor in his voice.

Pat stood up, looked around the room at the assembled journos and said, “If this catches on, we’re all out of a job. It just works”. Thankfully, it never did, and so countless millions of pages of reviews, tips, tricks, support and help were able to be written and re-hashed over and over …

Windows 7 is best summed up, however, by XKCD and if I can make it fit, the comic is below. You should, however, go visit XKCD and look at all the comics and let your mouse hover over each one as there’s a secret message for those In The Know.

It’s mostly a fail until such time as I can move the post down below my sidebar. Hmmm. Any WordPress gurus who know what they’re doing out there?

It’s a thing of beauty:

From the master of the batshit.

EDIT: Hmmm. Can’t shrinky dink it to the right size. Anyone speak computer? A little help?

EDIT II: Hmmm. Now I’ve moved it down you can see all of the cartoon BUT the mouse over doesn’t deliver the same results! Will try to edit. No, actually, I’ll just point you to the original at the XKCD website and you can mouse over there.

I do like a good online cartoon and alongside XKCD and Questionable Content I now regularly read Anders loves Maria.

It’s a heartwarming story of two young Swedish folk who decide to have a baby. The art work has improved over the opening comic and the story line is great.

Did I mention it’s full of nudity and sex? Well it is. It’s also got some wicked dialogue, great character development and as of this week some tremendous plot twists.

As well as nudity and sex.

Plus some great scenes from around Stockholm (where I have been and really enjoyed…). And the nudity and sex.

It’s official

July 4, 2008

Firefox 3.0 has become the official single biggest download in a 24 hour period.

“The final record breaking 8,002,530 downloads for Firefox 3.0 took place in June with parties in over 25 countries”

I’ve been using FF3.0 for a while now and I’m enjoying it. Faster to load pages, easier to move around AND long extensions on XKCD. Nice.

Boom De Yada

June 28, 2008

That’s all I have to say really.

Well, that and this of course.


(PS – Stephen Hawking rules, as do Mythbusters and Randall Munroe)

PPS – Having watched the clip about oh, a million times this morning, some things become apparent.

Firstly, the words don’t necessarily synch with what’s on the screen. For example “I love when great whites fly” is sung over pictures of an orca (which I recently discovered is a kind of dolphin not a whale at all) while De Niece tells me that’s not magma but in fact lava. Does this say something about the validity of Discovery Channel TV shows? I don’t know.

And secondly, I really don’t mind. It’s fun.

so when I went looking for this cartoon this morning, I found something about dinosaurs

and when I went to XKCD, I found Questionable Content.

Well I thought it was funny.

Science. Still working.

November 27, 2007

When my parents were born, antibiotics were yet to be mass produced. When I was born, the CT scanner was yet to be used on a human. In 1977 we saw the first full body MRI scan. My wife had her Stealth scan in the early 2000s before our youngest daughter was born.

What’s next to be developed I wonder?

Today the Herald carries this story (from the UK Independent) about Philips and a new generation of CT scanner. The pictures are amazing and I was stunned to see the suggestion that EMI managed to invest in the first CT scanner simply because the company made so much money from The Beatles. Who knew!

Science. It [still] works.