Apple iBooks are sweet. Nice, small, solid,
smooth, fast, little things with excellent battery life.
Very happy with that purchase.
Not so happy with my ADSL. Telstra's BigPond sucks.
They're incompetent at doing the install (three months
before I even get an appointment, which is then cancelled
because hey, they didn't mean to make the appointment in the
first place, sorry about that, do you remember the name of
the guy who called you by any chance? and another month
before the actual appointment, then another week or two
before the installation), they're incompetent at keeping the
underlying routing sensible (trying to ping other local ADSL
users gets me one response, then nothing until I leave it
for ten minutes, at which point I can get another response,
then, again, nothing; and large packets sent to me simply
get dropped somewhere upstream from me (and no it
is not my MTU or MRU), they still haven't managed
to work out how to offer static IP addresses), they're
incompetent at support (responding to reports a couple of
days late, which happens to be after the problem's been
fixed, escalating reports to email addresses that don't
exist, managing to let reports just sit around for weeks
without any updates, and insisting that I not only use a
Windows box, but that I cold boot, and reinstall it before
they're willing to even bother checking if the problem might
be on their end), and they're even incompetent at billing
(their printed invoices list an account code without a
leading 0, that their pay by phone services insists must be
present). Sprinkle all the above liberally with curses,
swear words, and insinuations about animal ancestry and
illegitimate parentage, and you have a vague idea how
irritating this is. Or get broadband yourself. Bah.
Is it just me, or does anyone else fail to see the relevance
of this .NET and mono nonsense? Linux's answer to .NET?
Pfft. It may be rude to answer with a question, but a better
response would've been "Who cares?". .NET's features are
purely market related and non-technical. Sure, there's a
bunch of new implementations of old ideas. You can upgrade
software off the internet easily! You can write a program
and then run it on different computers! You can have your
software run remotely rather than locally! There's nothing
new here: I do all this every day, right now. What's new is
--- well, to be honest, what's new is you can do it on
Windows. It's nice to see some, what, twenty year old
features might finally make it to the world's premier
software platform in the next couple of years. But hey.
What's really new is the way all these things are
tied straight back into the good ol' Microsoft monopoly. And
quite frankly, who cares about that? Personally, I'm not
even vaguely interested in what Microsoft wants to do to
maintain it's monopoly. If there were some interesting
technical features here, sure, it might be worth looking at,
or thinking about, but there aren't. Mono is nothing more
than Samba, something that might be useful for
interoperability, but provides almost no real benefits of
its own. Technically, it's a pointless distraction, that
doesn't even deserve diary rants like this one.
Jef Raskin's book, The Humane Interface is
nifty. A zooming file or window manager (one where you get
to move north/south/east/west and zoom in and zoom out, but
don't get to "open" things) would be very interesting to
Question of the day: when was the last time you found a
problem in some free software, tracked down exactly what
caused it, and sent the author a detailed report on why it
was a bug and how to reproduce it? When was the last time
you complained about some bug, but didn't do the above?
Thought of the day: if we don't charge anything to let
people use or modify our software for their own use, is it
too much to ask people to go a long way out of their way,
just to submit a bug report or a feature request?