Apropos of Nothing

September 20, 2006

Yep, I’ve registered my own domain which is being hostd by the very excellent Dreamhost, so why don’t you all direct your browsers to my brand new blog, now entitled Apropos of Nothing.

It’s not that I disliked Schadenfreude, but I wanted something new. Disagree? Tell me on Apropos of Nothing!


Bitchin’ iTunes

September 15, 2006

Amazingly, iTunes 7 won’t let me change certain settings for video files. What I’d (and certainly Apple, one would think) consider an obvious organizing feature actually doesn’t excist. In addition, the iPod syncing feature is acting up. Hmm. What gives?

I’ve got quite a few seasons of Family Guy and South Park in iPod format archived in iTunes, all archived as “Movies”. Thing is, they’re TV shows, and I’d like them specified as that. But iTunes, quite amazingly, as if the developers simply forgot to include it, won’t allow me to change this setting on more than one file at a time. I don’t have, nor do I want to have, time to edit each and every episode of each and every season just to get them archived and arranged properly. I’d expect this to be fixed rather sharply, seeing as it’s an easily-implemented feature that will relieve Apple of tons of angry users. I can’t imagine that this is anything but a slip-up by the development team due to time constraints leading up to Jobs’ tuesday morning conference. Whatever it is, it’s an essential detail.

Bitchin' iTunes 7

My second grudge is that after my iPod is done syncing, it won’t stop by itself, and I have to press the little x in the status window for it to stop the process. It probably doesn’t harm the iPod or delete any files seeing as the actual syncing is over, but it would be nice to not have to interfere with the update.

Connected iPod

All in all, though, I love the look of the new iTunes. It feels more organized, looks better and runs smoother as far as I can tell. When Apple releases a patch within the next few weeks (definitely when) all will be fine, and the choir of complaints we’ve heard so far will have settled.

Posted in Apple, Applications

Incompetent Business Receives Unmerited Attention

March 24, 2006

Lifehacker reports today that “Ajax word processor ajaxWrite tries to bring the look and feel of Microsoft Word to your browser.”

Most of the advanced features are apparently left out, it doesn’t have collaborative features of Writely, currently lacks a spellchecker and doesn’t allow us to save our documents online.

Wh-what? I can’t save my documents online? Are you telling me that instead of firing up a lightweight Windows word processor like Notepad, Wordpad or Word, I should load up my browser, go to the ajaxWrite site, write my document, save it to the comp, and then use whichever method I prefer to upload it to the internet/e-mail it?

ajaxWrite have decided to embrace us with the amiability of putting in more obstacles in the document writing process, and at the same time – quite bleedin’ impudently, if you ask me – offer us only the most basic of features?

Am I missing something? Tell me if I am.

If I amn’t: ajaxWrite, sod off. Take your bloody VC money, your talented developers and marvellous board room of leaders and please, pretty please – go broke. You’re probably not making much money on this, you’re not offering something new; in fact, you’re offering a service poorer than the ones we already have, and there are no additional or complimentary features that seperate your product apart from even fucking Word 2000.

If you have plans of “expanding” your business into new “areas” and adding “collaborative” features to the application in “near future”, you’ve lost. Look up on recent Google aqcuisitions and you’ll know why your business was antecedently cadaverous. By that I insinuate that you didn’t have a bloody single thing to fare with from the get-go.

Again, a little because I like the schwung of it and a little more because you deserve to be repeatedly smashed in the head with it: SOD OFF.

Unceremonious Tendencies

March 21, 2006

I just came across this on Congoo‘s website:

*Congoo members can view FREE articles every month from each partn site!
The number of free articles per month varies by publisher.

Partnr? The removal of vowels has now been extended into not only regular text, but small print?

This smells rather vigorously of a Web 2.0 company not taking itself too seriously.

Pinch me, will you?

A Couple of Extra Zeros Would Look Good

March 14, 2006

The Shared Spaces blog entry contemplates whether or not the apparent number of 650,000 “total requests” is the actual number of sign-ups, or if it was simply the accumulated number of workers employed at the companies related to the person that signed up. It may not be very important, and it may be common practice in several industries. It still leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.