Archive for May, 2006
I am now, at home, a mostly exclusive Linux user. There are now only 2 or 3 things that I boot Windows for. And I’m finding now that for many things, Windows is now a burden and in fact less powerful and (which is more significant) less easy than Linux.
Now I know what you’re thinking: you’re thinking I’m talking about compiling a GTK library, or sorting my email, or bittorrenting, or any one of a hundred other geeky tasks that I do. You’re thinking: he can’t mean something that normal people do, like playing videos, listening to music, browsing the web, etc.
Or like printing pictures from a digital camera…?
How do Windows users cope with this? These dialogs are from the same piece of software! Yet Windows is very lacking in control over the printing.
Inform 7 is out, and it looks like a whole new way to write IF. Very exciting! Although I must say I’m surprised by the lack of Linux version: why didn’t they slap a GTK front end on it rather than writing Windows and Mac specific code?
Another year, another E3, another photoset on flickr.
Reports of booth babe bans were exaggerated (yay). But overall, a fairly lacklustre E3. I didn’t queue for the PS3 or the Wii. But I did come home with plenty of free stuff thanks to chatting up the booth babes and being in the right places at the right time. No new graphics card (I’m not good enough at FPS to win one) but I got:
- one polo shirt
- four t-shirts
- two Nintendo DS cases
- a deck of cards
- a yo-yo
- four stress balls
- a notepad
- some notelets
- a tin of breath mints
- three keyrings
- a battery-powered fan
- a pair of “BamBams” thunder sticks
Unfortunately, I couldn’t take mini-Elbeno with me; under-18s (including infants) are not allowed, on pain of being turned away without refund. Pity. Imagine the booth-babe attracting power of a fully armed and operational 1-month-old!
– I am now a legal permanent resident of the USA.
– I got a new digital camera last weekend: the Canon powershot A700. Seems to be performing well so far. Expect E3 pictures soon.