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Things that Annoy Me.

September 18, 2008

Its been a while since I been here  so I guess I should write something couldn’t think of anything vast so thought I would write a few things that annoy me.

  1. Itunes for Windows – the boring grey drab interface. It looks badly out of place on windows machines. Apple do suck at writing software for windows.
  2. Itunes for windows – why is not capable of monitoring folders and  adding any new content automatically. Windows Media Player does it. It is not that hard.
  3. Safari for windows – why the hell did apple both with this poor excuse for a browser. It cant even render fonts clearly. It also provides further proof that Apple suck at Windows software.
  4. OS fanboys who assume switching to their OS of choice will cure all your ills. GET OVER IT AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!!. Just because it works for you doesn’t mean it works for everyone. Despite what they think a lot of people use another OS because they want to.
  5. Vista FUD – the media and alleged experts are responsible for most of this. Despite what they tell U it will not cause your immediate death or will your computer blow up. I run it on 3 computers and guess what I am still alive and I like it.
  6. Google Gmail – FFS Google give people the option to turn conversation view off. Despite what you think not everybody thinks it is a great thing and fix up IMAP so it works properly if I say on my client to exclude a “folder” don’t continue to download it.

On another note lets talk about communicating with the community. Microsoft cop a lot of heat for a lot of things but out of Apple, Google and Microsoft, Microsoft is miles ahead of the others. A lot of the teams and individuals at Microsoft  have blogs. Apple  like there hardware and software is a closed shop. Sure google has blogs but how many allow you to leave comments and how many of their authors supply contact emails ? Not many, if any to quote Scribe. The Microsoft blogs nearly all allow you to leave comments (even bad ones) and many provide contact emails. Most of them will go out of there way if you have a genuine query or issue to help you. So well done to Microsoft for this you should be congratulated for the effort you put in.

Ok thats enough from me. Catch ya later.

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Apple Fanboys

July 9, 2008

I have written before about fanboys  but I am going to again.

Apple fanboys are the most arrogant, ignorant and pathetic people I have ever come across. Firstly I am not talking about the majority of Apple users who are sane reasonable people who use Apple hardware/software because  it does the job they need it to do and respect it for what it is.  You can hold a normal reasoned conversation with one of these people and they are the people who are most helpful with people new to Apple.

Fanboys on the other hand have tunnel vision and  believe their view is the correct view and anything that goes against their view is rubbish and must be wrong. Any criticism of Apple is not justified in their view regardless of facts and common sense. They do more damage to Apple than good.  Blind faith in anything is dangerous. You need to be able to see the big picture to make good decisions. To fanboys using Apple products will cure all your problems even if they don’t know what your problems are.

Fanboys are the tools that line up to be the “first” to get a product (see the iphone 3G lines). Its sad to think they need to do this and that in their life they cant find something more constructive to do.

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What I Use

November 9, 2007

After reading the post on the Vista team blog I pointed a comment to this blog to show what computer equipment I use. Reading it just now I realise that it is missing some details so I will give a clearer idea of what I use. I will update this this as things change.

My Main PC

  • O/S – Vista Business (32 bit)
  • Processor – Intel Core 2 Duo – 6600 @ 2.40GHz
  • Memory – 3GB
  • Video – Nvidia GeForce 8600GT – 512mb
  • HDD – 1 x 120GB SATA (Primary) – 1 x 500GB SATA
  • DVD/CD Combo reader/writer
  • Memory Card reader
  • Monitors – 21″ Samsung 215tw(1680 x 1050) – 24″ Dell (1920 x 1200)
  • Keyboard & mouse – Logitech MX3200 wireless
  • Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Altec Lanseng 621 Speakers
  • External USB 200G HDD used for Backup

    This was built by me and lives in a Antec Case

Laptop

  • Acer TravelMate 4234WLMi
  • Core 2 Duo T5600 / 1.83 GHz – Centrino Duo
  • RAM 1.5 GB
  • GeForce Go 7300 Video
  • O/S Vista Business (32 bit)

Printer

Canon Pixma ip5000

Portable Music Devices

Ipod 80G Black Classic using – Shure SE210 Sound Isolating Earphones (Black)
Ipod Nano 2nd Gen 2GB – Using ER-6 earphones

I use WIndows Media Player as my main jukebox but rip CDs and subscribe to podcasts via Itunes. All music tracks are mp3 format.

Digital Camera

  • Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)
  • Twin lens kit (18-55) & 75-300
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens
  • BG-E3 Battery Grip

Game Consoles

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Sony PS3
  • Xbox 360 Pro  – currently serving as a paperweight (avoid this console at all costs)
  • Wireless Steering wheel for Xbox

Software (Not all listed just the main stuff)

  1. Office 2007 Home and Student
  2. Outlook 2007
  3. FireFox 2.0.0.10
  4. Dreamweaver CS3
  5. Visual Studio 2005 – Standard Edition
  6. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
  7. WIndows Live Writer
  8. Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
  9. ImgBurn
  10. NOD32 – AntiVirus
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Fanboys and the damage they do

August 4, 2007

If you have spent any time on forums or on places like digg or slashdot you will come across them. Fanboys – users who fanatically  support  a OS or hardware manufacturer to the point that they are blind to any actual problems with their OS/Hardware. At their worst they are arrogant , ignorant people who do more damage to the thing they support than good and are often the reason people avoid getting into the thing they support. It becomes pointless trying to have reasonable conversation with people like this and in the end they end up frustrating and turning away people that may have been considering they tech they support.

There are the 3 basic groups you can find out there and some of those have groups within them.

Mac Fanboys

Mac fanboys have been some of the worst I have come across. They will say something is brilliant and blindly ignore the faults within the device etc. witness the excessive hype that was the iphone. Sure its a good phone but it has a lot off issues which started to become apparent as more level headed reviewers gave their feedback.

Linux Fanboys.

Often come across as elitist snobs who look down their noses at people who ask what they consider to be “stupid” questions. To make it worse there are splinter groups with linux that attach each other. The ubuntu vs gentoo or pick any of the 100’s of distro and witness the fanboism that exists between those groups.

Windows/Microsoft fanboys

Not as obvious as the other but this I think is to do that they are a very small % in a huge area. I probably have seen less of these more because most of my expertise is in this area so I tend to solve my own issues but I have seen enough to know they can be as bad as the others

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