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April 20, 2008

Greatest Pencil Sharpener Ever

I love it.


Flash! A–ah!

Writing about web page http://vpi.net/

Dilbert.com has just had a redesign, so I decided to complain about how bad the website of the designers is. Each main point has sub-points*.

  1. It appears to be entirely Flash-based. This is a bad thing:
    • I can't middle click on anything; well, I can but it achieves nothing. If I want to open a link in a new tab, dammit, who are you to stop me?
    • My scroll wheel doesn't work in the sections that have scroll bars.
    • The "Request a quote" button keeps animating. This is annoying; I don't want a damn quote, and no amount of swooshing is going to change my mind.
    • When I point at "Our Work", some more links slide into view. When I move down to "Clients", the options disappear and I end up pointing at "Our Demo"...
    • Pages take too long to load; without flash I'd at least be able to read some text while images continued loading.
    • Loading new Flash pages doesn't appear to trigger Firefox's progress bar, so it looks like nothing's happening when i look at the place I usually look to see if anything's happening.
    • Since the content never stands still, there is no guarantee that the Home page does not clearly identify what the company actually does.
    • If you disable Flash, the plain text version that replaces the Flash one is rather boring. If they hadn't used Flash in the first place, the "proper" website would be interesting. It also isn't even finished...
    • There's probably more, but I'm sick of the website...

Also I can't see any prices anywhere; not even "ballpark" figures. I don't want to "request a quote"; I want concrete or rough figures now.

(I feel I should point out that I have nothing against Flash itself; when used as part of a webpage (as with YouTube and their videos) it's fine. The problem comes when the entire website is Flash.)

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* There is only one main point; everything that's wrong with the website stems from that one mistake.


April 19, 2008

TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 4

Follow-up to TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 3 from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

The long-awaited, much-anticipated sequel to TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 3: TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 4!

Please Note: this instalment is a slightly different format: three alternatives are presented, and you may choose the third one... I mean, "whichever you prefer".

Vista/XP* Sucks

Vista/XP* doesn't suck, OS X is just better.

OS X Sucks

OS X doesn't suck, Vista/XP* is just better.

Vista/XP* and OS X Both Suck

Vista/XP* and OS X don't both suck, Linux just wipes the floor with them.

Stay tuned for Part 5... at some point in the future... maybe.

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* Delete as appropriate.


TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #94 YouTube Whispers

Similar to Wikipedia Whispers, but using YouTube's Related Videos. To play, one chooses a video on YouTube (any video will do - even a random one), then you just choose Related Videos and see how quickly you can reach a video the seems totally unrelated to the original article. For example:

  1. Discovery Channel The world is just awesome commercial - An advert for Discovery Channel. (It has Stephen Hawking and the Mythbusters!)
  2. A car that runs 200 miles on compressed air - Piece about a French guy that developed a car that runs on compressed air.
  3. Compressed Air Powered Go Cart 2 - Exactly what it sounds like. The second of three videos, apparently.
  4. Crazy go-kart jump - A go-kart jump whose success depends on your point of view...
  5. brother flipping go-kart - Drink driving in a go-kart.
  6. street racing - Another "Ronseal" video*....
  7. Police VS Street Racer [Greatest Police Chase] - Police chase from a helicopter.
  8. Ghost Car Vanishes During Police Chase !!! wow ! - Ghost Car... yeah, right...
  9. Ghost Car - The video of the car on the winding road with the zombie jumping out at the end.
  10. scary - Another stupid "jump out and say 'boo!'" video.
  11. The Matrix Movie Mistakes - Matrix bloopers.

So there we are, "The Earth is wonderful" to "the Earth is fake" in 11 videos...

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* It does exactly what it says on the tin.


April 13, 2008

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #1 StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles.

It's brilliant; if I have time to kill, I can literally spend hours Stumbling through different pages.


April 05, 2008

Mobile Phones on a Plane

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7330850.stm

Apparently, early last week, Ofcom okayed the use of mobile phones on airliners at any height above 3km. This has confused me and leads me to the following points:

  • What happened to the belief that electronic devices emit harmful pilot killer rays? I always doubted there would be any issues (given the high amount of shielding on the cables), but Health & Safety are usually much harder to convince...
  • If mobile phones are capable of transmitting signals between 1.8 miles (3km) and 6.6 miles (cruising altitude of 747, apparently) why do I always have so few bars for the signal strength?
  • Isn't the real reason for the ban on mobile phones supposed to be that it encourages people to use the airline's ridiculously expensive built-in phones? Surely, therefore, mobiles are still going to be prohibited...
  • Also, why only above 3000m? Why is it dangerous (presumably) below 3km, but perfectly safe above?

April 04, 2008

Policing internet 'not ISP's job'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7329801.stm

The guy who runs TalkTalk's broadband has announced that he's not going to bow to pressure from the music industry to stop people sharing music, stating that it is not his job to be an internet policeman.

I find it hard to sympathize with the music industry. I do not mean I support sharing music illegally, I just mean that it's hard to sympathize with a multi-billion dollar industry trying to get more money.

Of course it's not really in the best interests of the ISPs to disconnect users for illegal file sharing; the ISPs aren't losing money from royalties, but they are gaining money from broadband subscriptions.

Maybe I'm just being cynical...


April 03, 2008

2 for 1 deal on laundry captions

Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apprentice_%28UK_Series_Four%29#Week_2:_A_Dirty_Job

In the latest episode (episode 2) of the 4th season of The Apprentice, the teams had to set up an overnight laundry business. The men did it fine, but the women made the mistake of choosing to go for many small jobs, and managed to mix up - and actually lose - some of the items...

Which leads us on to:

Losing your clients' laundry: Epic Fail

and

Laundry Business: You're Doing it Wrong


April 01, 2008

Still funny, though

Writing about web page http://uk.news.yahoo.com/vdunet/20080401/ttc-hackers-attack-international-space-s-6315470.html

I am absolutly certain that this story is an April Fool, but any excuse for a funny caption...

April Fool: ISS still using Win 3.1 - Epic Fail


To lighten the mood

Heathrow Terminal 5: Epic Fail

Original photo by terminal5insider.


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