Archive for November, 2004

Japan

28Nov04

We all know Japan is a crazy country. And it’s a good thing. But they are crazy.

Todays crazy-link: Mac wallpapers the Japan way

And for old times sake, the amazing Princess Azumanga

 

Just received the IKEA catalog, and I am terrified to see them making the same mistake many people did a couple years back around here (many still do, although I am of the impression it’s getting better). The mistake? Referring to a computer, in most cases the usual form factor of a tower, as the “harddrive”. IKEA now offers “computer desks with straps for holding the harddrive in place”… I really didn’t expect this from such educated swedes… although, its clear at least some of the pictures in the catalog are not from Sweden. I noticed something as rare as a gas stove 🙂

 

First Snow

17Nov04

FirstsnowToday is the day. First snow. Christmas is drawing close, no doubt about it. And only 2 more days for the 3rd Harry Potter DVD release 🙂

 

The Incredible

15Nov04

So, yesterday I watched The Incredibles. It was dubbed in norwegian, but that wasn’t a major problem. I was actually quite surprised to see they not only dubbed the movie, but also the trailer for Cars, which was shown in advance, and the Pixar short “Boundin’“. That was actually pretty awesome. The Incredibles movie though… wow, it was better than I had expected. The James Bond-esque music was amazing. The animation was amazing. The reflections in the fashion designers glasses were amazing. Just overall a great movie, both technically and… otherwise. Go see it 🙂

 

With Firefox 1.0 out the door, I thought about switching from Safari full-time. However, I realize it’ll still take quite some time before I’ll be able to take that move…

The probably biggest miss in Firefox is the keychain integration. Firstly it means I need to enter a master password each time I want Firefox to fill out my login details. Which really ruins the point – I have no trouble remembering my logins, I’m just too lazy to enter them, that’s all. And also I miss out on all the great auto-fill features, like filling out your details on a order form.

Also, no favicons in the Bookmarks menu. I really didn’t realize how important this was until I imported all my Safari bookmarks.

I found no way in the final release to turn off warnings like “You are about to leave a secure site” – except for checking a checkbox in the warning dialog. There was no way to turn it off in the preferences. I guess this is actually an attempt at cleaning things up though, which is a good thing.

Basically, the whole Mac integration we find in Apples products – are amiss from Firefox. Perhaps not unexpected, it being a multi-platform browser and all, and for being just that, I think the Mozilla-team has done a very good job already. And we keep hearing promise that it will get better. Plus, it totally kicks Safaris butt when it comes to speed. Whoa! But for now, it looks like I’ll stick to Safari for everyday use, and Firefox for online banking (Safari doesn’t work very good with certificates).

 

Gotta love having a bunch of friends on MSN.

As of version 6 of MSN for the PC, file transfers are now being done P2P – welcome aboard Microsoft. On the Mac however… not so much. We still have to go through the MSN server. Same applies for GAIM-based clients like Adium and Proteus, until the GAIM peeps can find a way to use MSN6’s method. So for now that means: slow as h—.

What’s even more fun though is that Adium, my IM client of choice, has no GUI for file transfers yet, so in a desperate try to make it possible to check status of file transfers, the guys made Adium print the progress to the console log. And I don’t mean like once every minute, no no no…

Stats:
File transferred: a 5.4 MB JPEG image
Time taken: 37 minutes (and we are both on DSL mind you)
# of lines in console log related to the file transfer: 4729 (yes you read that right)

Like I said, gotta love having a bunch of friends on MSN.

 

Gimp-Pimp

02Nov04

Gimp-Print-ComparisonI was going to print out some Photoshop work, when I get the error “A printing error has occurred” – or something along those lines. Crap. So I decided to stop using USB Printer sharing, since I really only used the printer on my other Mac anyway. So I hooked it up, and were just about to install the drivers. Having heard so much nice about Gimp-Print, I decided to give it a spin. And sure I had more options than with the official Epson drivers, stuff like changing the amount of reds and blues – stuff I could do within Photoshop anyway. The real test came when actually trying to print out something. As you can clearly see, Gimp-Crap didn’t succeed very well. So I installed the official drivers. And no cleaning of printing heads were done between the two tests. Both printouts were scanned with same settings, and are unaltered. Epson might not make good printers, but open source drivers are no better…

 

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