'Just Stuff' Category

Windows 7 and its Missing Quick Launch Bar

Monday, October 12th, 2009

windows-7-quick-launch-barWindows 7 comes with a lot of fuss/excitement/promotion around it but when it comes down to it, it’s all about how it compares with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and even Ubuntu. And while by far most people out there are still Window XP or Vista users, everyone seems to hate Vista. It doesn’t help Windows either that Apple makes really cool products like iPhones and Mac Books. Windows 7 is Microsoft’s solution to the challenge of improving its own really good OS and also meeting the coolness of Apple’s products.

My experience with Windows 7 has been mixed. I upgraded from Vista and the main problem with that was that Windows 7 requires 16GB free hard disk space to upgrade. It seems it’s a common problem. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution besides uninstalling apps. In the end the Windows 7 installer was happy with 12 GB free space and after the upgrade the winsxs folder was cleared and I had over 20GB free.

Windows 7 comes with a bunch of new goodies, most of them quite useful, but the taskbar has been changed to be just a tad too much like Mac OS X and it’s missing the good old Quick Launch bar. Luckily it turns out it’s still there, though just a bit hidden. Now that my Quick Launch bar is back I feel at home again and the rest feels much like Vista.


Leap Day Facts

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Here are some interesting things to know about leap years.

* A troptical year is 365.242190 days long. A regular year has 365 days and a leap year 366.
* February 2008 has 5 Fridays, the last time that happened was in 1980.
* The Gregorian calendar was adopted to account for leap years. The Julian calendar had too many.

Read more interesting info about leap years at timeanddate.com

Daily Links 2008-01-26

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Friday, January 11th, 2008
  • This is pretty funny and a very clever advertising idea for the Windows Home Server. It’s trying to get people comfortable with the idea that servers have a place in homes.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Google hacks project

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

This Zurich based Google engineer has a few interesting Google hacks, check out his interesting projects. Most of these hacks use algorithms to parse Google search results.

I also like his thinking that while Google is a great company and they produce great products, they are a power house that keeps many secrets and can easily become corrupt. It would be much more comforting and encouraging if it were an open source project and everyone had free access to the search algorithms with the ability to contribute. Sure there will be smartasses that benefit in the short run, but an open source community will find ways to hone the ever growing algorithm closer to what people want from it. Google’s income comes from its ad network, what is the downside of making their search open source?

A Useless (or not) Javascript Hack

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Since I haven’t posted for over a month, I figured I could at least share this useless Javascript hack. Actually it may have some use but the ethics may be questionable… Anyway, it’s quite fun! On any Web page, enter the following in your browser’s address bar and hit enter. You can then delete and edit the Web page contents.

javascript: document.body.contentEditable = "true"; document.designMode= "on"; void 0
Google hack using Javascript
For example, I went to Google and did a search for the “best blog ever”. Needless to say Da Vinci Planet wasn’t number 1 (or 2, or 3…), but then after pasting the text above into the address bar I was able to edit the Web page and voilà I’m number 1!

Google Maps Humor

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Google Maps Humor - New York to Paris

Google Maps has a sense of humor. Try this:
Google Maps NY to Paris instructions

1. Go to google.com.
2. Click on Maps.
3. Click on Get Directions.
4. From: New York, New York.
5. To: Paris, France.
(Or go directly to the link here)
6. Then, read line #23.
7. Laugh.

Oh, and it will take about 29 days 7 hours! :)

Web 3.0: The Semantic Web

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

There is so much hype around Web 2.0, yet very few people seem to really know what it is. I recently heard about someone suggesting that they were going to redesign their site this year to “make it Web 2.0â€?; and next year to “Web 3.0â€?. I thought that Web 2.0 was a stretch for many companies and few understood it, never mind Web 3.0! What is Web 3.0 anyway?! I figured this was just big talk, but decided to look into it because Web 2.0 is very real and I guess eventually a newer generation Web will follow Web 2.0. (more…)

Index Card Fun

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

indexedblogspotcom.pngIndexed is a site where the owner, Jessica Hagy, sketches diagrams of arbitrary ideas onto index cards to “make fun of some things and sense of others”. Great sense of humor!

It’s interesting from an SEO perspective because the site does not have much indexable content, but it has original content in the form of images. It’s the originality through creativity and simplicity that attracts users and that is more valuable than SEO.

Type is an organism

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

The Vitruvius ManCool site of the week, typorganism, has a few very neat interactive tools. I have no idea what the purpose is, but it’s fun :) . I created this image using the ASCII-O-MATIC tool.

Typorganism is a Series of Communication Experiments exploring Computational Interaction Design and Interactive Kynetic Typography based on the Metaphorical Notion of Typography, Type is a Lifeform,…

Sudoku Portable

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The popular Sudoku game is avaliable at SourceForge in portable form so it requires no installation.

Sudoku Portable is a an addictive puzzle game originally created in France over 100 years ago. It features a 9×9 grid containing 9 3×3 grids. Within this you arrange the numbers 1 through 9. But, each number can only appear once in each of the 9 3×3 grids. And it can only appear once in each row and on each column. It’s a simple concept, but it can get addictive quickly.

Sudoku Portable – portableapps.com

Technosocial Architect

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Thomas Vander Wal has a great post in his blog on social interaction with technology, which he refers to as technosocial. His perspective is that there is a gap between what information and when people need information versus what techologists provide. In my full-time job I am responsible for implementing Web metrics and it is always surprising to see how much information people *want*, but then never really look at or understand. :)

We (as designers and developers) focus on making our technology easy to use and providing a good experience in the domain we control.

People want to use the information when they need it, which is quite often outside the domains we as designers and developers control.

Technosocial Architect – vanderwal.net