The Kiloblog

2009-06-04

0439 Hours – IE8: no spills no thrills

Filed under: kilowimp,review,software — raka @ 21:10

I had launched Internet Explorer 7 determined to find some higher purpose than downloading Firefox. If found it in 30 seconds – and downloaded Google Chrome. My reason is expunged from memory. Later, for fairness’ sake, I used IE8 for hundreds of hours.

And it wasn’t bad at all.

The interface is fine. Most features I use come via well known keyboard and mouse magic. RSS easy easy. Tabs are coloured pastel by some almost scruitable temporal principle. This should make them easy to find. It does make them pretty. Best of all, zooming just expands the whole page about the mouse cursor. No more getting lost in text reflow.

Firefoxers and Operagoers be warned: I couldn’t rescue a closed tab. Worse yet, IE8 is Microsoftishly slow. I feel it when I scale and I feel it when I scroll; even my beautiful beast box fights to keep up.

IE8 is good, but I won’t keep it. Lacking Chrome’s grace, it gives me no thrill.

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2009-05-21

0107 hours – How can I break it?

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 23:18
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The kiloWIMP is now over 100 hours old, and I thank those who have taken an interest. Still, my ton is not as eventfull as FDR’s or BHObama’s. For good or ill, those two stirred some Hornets. I’ve just surfed the net. So far I report that (excepting one blackscreen) Windows works, if you don’t break it. So now I challenge you readers, how should I put Vista through it’s paces?

I will consider doing the zaniest things, within these rules:

  1. It should take only an hour or two.
  2. It has to seem like a good idea. That means:
    • It must seem like a good idea to me at the time
    • It must be a thing that a sensible person might also want to try
    • I can’t set out to damage my computer.

2009-05-19

0057 hours – Dark Memories

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 21:59
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Now that it’s done, my unixy heart sings with Schadenfreude.   It was less fun back when Windows was blackscreening – hard.  It was my fault of course, I had insulted it.  I should never have left my notes for that post on the hard drive. While creating this blog, I being a fool, loosed Windows Update in the background. It installed drivers.

At first all was fine, then the screen went streaky, and then black. It stayed that where for an hour, before I power cycled out of the BSOD. And out of the next one.

The third boot fit. After a few easy clicks, I had a happy machine. Complete, I think, with a smug new nVIDIA driver.

P.S. Tomorrow I’ll write something nice, I promise. In the meantime, read Orwell.

2009-05-18

0033 hour – A Mirror at Aytea?

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 22:00

The bloggish folk at aytea.com claim to earn a crust teachings others to use Microsoft Applications. However, just as I need their help, they have decided to explore linux!

BTW: They are going to a room without Windows. I am not in a room, but I have a window!

2009-05-17

0000 hour – Vista

Filed under: kilowimp,software — raka @ 13:43
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Have you seen Window’s black boot screen? It’s all dark and foreboding with sinister little letters spelling out Microsoft’s name. Those princes of marketing should have known better than to make themselves look so very much like an evil, world dominating megacorporation.

Dark images aside, Raka has no hatred of Windows. XP runs solidly and rightly scorns some conventions of GUI. Vista is more decorated, but is neither gaudy nor maddening. Although Vista can make fast computers run slow, it’s load does not slow the rampant black stallion under my feet.

Yet Windows still incompetently condescends to treat users like idiots for the OS’ on faults. Vista rightly makes it easier to hibernate than to shut down; except when software is updated. Since windows shuts down computers and not processes, it “encourages” shutdowns by sneakily transfiguring the “hibernate” button into an “update and shutdown” button.

It need not be this way!

0000 hour – The kiloWIMP experiment

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 13:19
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Friends, know that I, Raka, know that you know me. Why else would you read this post? Being thus among friends, and also free, I presume to blog about Geeky Shite. Of course, you already know much about G.S., but I urge you yo read on, and to comment. Together we might discover much that we do not already know.

For example you might beleive that Raka is a Command Line Zealot, who has abided since the fall of DOS in Linux’ textual harbour, shunning the invidious encroachment of Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers (WIMPs). Yet the machine under my feet executes not the dulcet instructions of any Unixy kernel; it is too busy presenting to me a Vista for WIMPs.

Startle not! I have no religion. I believe in experiment, and this one is the kiloWIMP, a tour into the GUI world of WIMPs. I promise, for the next 1024 hours, not to install Linux on this machine. On this blog, I will report the results – one kilobyte at a time.

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