May 2003 - Posts
As one might
have expected, the move to the new
weblogs.asp.net domain wreaked havoc with NewsGator. I had to play yet another
round of "clean up the duplicates" - a game which is growing quite tiresome. The
whole problem of duplicate posts is really my only big issue with the blog
experience. NewsGator does it's best to deal with the problem, but it can only
do so much (in this case even the GUIDs changed). Hopefully incremental feeds
will help alleviate this problem.
On the plus side,
NewsGator seems to have recognized the redirect and automatically updated my
subscriptions to use the new URL. How sweet is that?
And as long as I'm ranting, let me mention how tedious it is to see "I know
something I can't tell" posts from Microsofties. If you can't tell, than
Gunderloy, The Daily Grind
Amen, brother. Glad to
see I'm not the only one getting tired of this trend.
The fact that this
article needs to exist is just wrong. ZIP compression support should be a part
of the core framework. Hell, it's been in Java since 1.0.
Whew. Just finished
catching up with my unread blog entries. Though not by reading all 966 posts, of
The end result? A
half-dozen new blogs added to my blogroll.
about the comatose state of IE's evolution at Microsoft. I've been thinking
about posting on the very same topic - I see I'm not the only one feeling this
way. This, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly the problem with monopolies.
Microsoft now dominates the browser market, and have little reason to innovate.
I'm looking for an excuse to switch off of IE, but I haven't found it yet. I
continue to evaluate Mozilla from time to
time, but I still find it too piggy. And I still like IE's ability to run
multiple instances of the browser process (maybe there's a way to do this
in Moz but I haven't found it). Firebird
has potential, as it seems design address the bloat factor of Mozilla. I'll be
keeping an eye on it.
A completely revamped Favorites system (the file
system/shortcut-based model SUCKS - Netscape had a better system in 1.0,
for God's sake), popup killing, full support for the DOM APIs (including
events), better developer
tools in the browser (ala Mozilla) - these are the things I
would kill for.
Oh yeah, and fixing
that stupid bug that causes new browser windows to take an eternity to launch if
you have multiple IE windows open. Geez, that bugs me.
Hi, my name is Kevin,
and I'm a blogaholic.
I just got back from a
conference that kept me out of the office for a week and a half. I had 966 new
blog postings to read.
Clearly my blogroll is
out of control. Drastic action may be required.
I'm still very much a
command-line kind of guy. I get around the Windows UI just fine, but frequently
I find it quicker to just drop to a command prompt to accomplish certain tasks
(especially since Explorer generally sucks at launching apps with command line
params). I like the "My Documents" feature of Windows, as it keeps
documents easily accessible in from the Windows Explorer. However, when I want
to perform a command line operation in My Documents, it's a pain to navigate
there, even with path completion. Plus, C:\Documents and
Settings\Kevind\My Documents is a long string, so my cursor starts 2/3 of the
way over in the window before I've typed a single character.
I recently hit upon
the idea to create an NTFS junction point off the root directory (I called in
mydocs) that points to the "My Documents" directory. I used the Junction tool
from the wizards at Sysinternals. It
worked like a charm, and made "My Documents" much more accessible from the
command line. Of course, this solution wouldn't work too well on a machine
that is shared amongst multiple people. But for me it works
the Microsofties have been singing the praises of Virtual PC for development
work recently. As a long time VMWare user, I share their enthusiasm for this
type of technology. For me, it falls into the "how did we ever live without it"
category. My biggest hope is that Microsoft comes up with a sensible licensing
policy around the thing. The "each VM requires an OS license" model imposed for
VMWare users is exceedingly onerous.
there's a chance Microsoft will now be able to license-and-support-policy VMWare
right out of existence. Let's hope that doesn't happen. Those VMWare guys do
incredible things with software, and I have massive respect for
First InfoWorld and eWeek, then Microsoft's MSDN site, and now PC Magazine. It seems like everybody is going
through a major site redesign these days. Is it the first hint of spring in the
air (at least in the Bay Area, where winter is just ending finally)? A case of
"the other guy is doing it"? Or is everybody just feeling stale at the same
One disturbing trend
is that the sites seem to be moving toward smaller fonts and packing more text
on the screen. Personally, I find the new multi-column eWeek layout to be
difficult to read. They also don't seem to adjust their text size based on the
browser font preference (although maybe they never did). Also, PCMag's site is a
fixed width, it doesn't grow with the width of the browser window. Tre
Nice. I've often
wondered why Microsoft never ported WINIPCFG from Win9x to the NT-based
operating systems. Finally someone else got around to it.
More Posts Next page »