Posts Tagged ‘computers’

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The Sabbath and the Sunday

11 August, 2009

This isn’t going to be a list, just some thoughts that I’ve had recently. As some of you may know, for the past month (maybe five weeks?) I haven’t been using my computer on Sundays. This isn’t a religious thing or anything, I just wanted one day a week that I would be internet/technology free, and Sunday seemed easiest. But a week ago I realised that the better day would be Saturday. That way, if anyone had something that needed my urgent attention before work/school on Monday, I could still deal with it in advance, since anything that happened on Saturday would most likely be about Monday.

And this got me to thinking. The Jewish day of rest is in a much better position than the Christian one. But, not originally. When it was only Saturday, that would have no advantages or disadvantages. But as soon as Sunday popped up too and became the mainstream, that meant that the Jews were one day back, and so could catch up when Christians couldn’t (on Sunday). This wouldn’t be as much of a big deal before computers and other instantaneous communication, but it must have made some kind of effect.

The Jews also have the sundown to sundown deal going, which also seems like a good idea, because no one day is completely taken up by religion, but parts of two.

So yeah, Jews=awesome. Also, sabbath sounds so cool, compared to Sunday, at least.

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Lists #7, #8, and #9: Size Doesn’t Matter

7 July, 2009

These are a few things that have been on my mind recently, yet didn’t have enough entries to really be lists on their own. So, without further ado, three short but interesting lists:

Things That Remind Me of Summer (and make me wish for it at any time of year, even though winter is my favorite season)

  • Ray Bradbury (particularly Dandelion Wine, although a lot of his other stuff too)
  • Bob Seger (not sure why this one, but it’s always been true)
  • The Midwest (whenever I picture an ideal summer, it’s always in the Midwest. Which may have something to do with the other two entries. It’s also odd, because I’ve been in the Midwest in summer. Way too hot for me. But not in my mind…)

Movies That I Hate That Everyone Else Likes (and thinks I should like)

  • Fight Club (it’s fine, but not the best thing ever)
  • The Usual Suspects (it cheats. I won’t explain, in case you haven’t seen it, but if you have you probably know what I mean.)
  • Harold and Maude (HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE)
  • Donnie Darko (ditto)

Pulp Fiction, however, which I feel belongs in the same grouping as most of those, I really enjoyed.

Finally,

Things I Don’t Understand (however hard I try)

  • How cranes are put up. (think about it)
  • Why cigarettes aren’t prohibitively expensive.
  • Computers.

That’s all folks!

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Another Plug. Well, Sorta.

15 March, 2008

I am a dedicated Firefox user. However, recently, Firefox 2 has really been letting me down. So, on a whim, I tried Firefox 3, which is currently in beta testing. And it’s amazing. It’s so much quicker than its predecessor, it fits better into the Apple aesthetic, and it has a lot of really cool features, like an autofill address bar that is easy to use and you don’t get what you aren’t looking for.

That being said, a lot of extensions and add-ons don’t work on 3 quite yet. And it has the possibility of screwing up your settings for the old Firefox, if you just download it and open it (your profile files consider it the same program, which gets confusing.) But never fear, there are two solutions! The first, which I use, is MultiFirefox. It allows you to keep multiple profiles and multiple versions of Firefox open at the same time, so there’s no risk involved with using the new version. It’s Mac-only, though. The second option is to use the portable version of Firefox 3, which, as I understand it, works completely on its own, and so doesn’t change your files. This one is only for Windows, so you really have to choose between the two based on your system.

So give it a shot. It has a lot of great features, and it’s very interesting because, as it is a beta, it’s still changing. They take your feedback and put it into the next version. I was lucky enough to start using it only a few days before a new beta came out, and unlike most beta products I use, the changes were really noticeable. And that’s exciting. Especially to know that your comments are actually going to use to build a better product.

And of course, it’s free! What have you got to lose?

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All Hail Apple.

16 November, 2007

Just a little more about me, spawned from the release today of Mac OS X 10.5.1. I’m sort of a macaholic. I got Leopard basically the day it came out (although, to be fair, I actually installed it using my roommates install disc) and I’ve always been a proponent of Macs over PCs. This has stretched into many other avenues — as a young teenager getting my first video game system that hooked up to my TV, I chose a Gamecube over an Xbox purely because the latter was made by Microsoft, and I refused to buy anything created by that hellish company.

But seriously. Macs are amazing. I guess it really depends on what you grew up with. I grew up with Macs, and that’s what I love. Actually, my first computer (which still exists and functions) was a green and black screened computer made by that famous manufacturer of personal computers, AT&T. I had no idea they ever did anything other than telecommunications… But this computer was amazing. Oregon Trail, ThinkQuest, all these old games that are just amazing, regardless of their crappy graphics. They had to rely on interesting narratives, ideas, etc. We had so many of those text adventures — Zork, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and so on. The other thing about this computer was it was so easy to program. GWBasic was the main language, and me and my brother made all sorts of things with it, from a rodeo program to a simple greeting program, in which you entered your name, and it responded with a personalized response. This last one started with the names of our family and friends, and soon expanded onto stranger characters, such as the muppets, cartoon characters, books, etc.

But I digress. Macs. Yes, Macs are superior. They are more expensive, but the hardware and software is advancing faster than it appears to be in PCs (I have nothing to base this on, so correct me if I’m wrong). And, well, already film and photo and other artsy projects are much better on macs, so if the software manufacturers catch on and start making more programs for macs — which they are, more all the time —, the Mac could conceivable take over the market from the PC. Because that’s the main thing they have that we don’t — software. In fact, the takeover has already happened some places. Just recently, it was revealed that in Japan, Apple received 53% of the market share (of software operating systems, that is, not computers in general), beating out PCs for the first time. Which is pretty cool. And they always say that Japan is more advanced, that future technologies come out of Japan. Let’s hope that that future tech has a nice big apple on it.