November 11th, 2009

i hate microsoft, hate microsoft

Alan Norton: 10 things I'd like to see in the next version of Windows

Yeah, yeah. I get so many newsletters via email that it's hard for me to keep up with all of them. But I need to keep up with IT-related subjects and with web-creation subjects, so...

I really enjoyed what Alan Norton shared today: 10 things I'd like to see in the next version of Windows

I haven't tried Windows 7 yet, but I'm actually anxious to do so. I've heard some really good things. However, Alan's number one suggested change still worries me! Here's what he says:

quotes left 1: A smaller footprint

Let's get real-world for a moment. Vista and now Windows 7 have reached the size limit for dial-up users. The huge service packs and updates are the problem (Figure A). Millions are still using dial-up and downloading the updates following a clean reinstall can take days to complete. quotes right

I strongly feel that the OS shouldn't be a huge resource-drain. Frankly, as someone who uses graphics programs a lot, I'd like to save my resources for other purposes! And all Microsoft programs (like Word and Excel, in other words) are also resource-hogs, so...

There's a certain weird arrogance in the assumption that all users will have new and loaded computers and connect to the internet with cable or DSL. Or maybe only the IMPORTANT users -- the ones who matter to Microsoft -- are those who meet those requirements.

As a webmaster, I'm always trying to think about the opposite of the 'power user' -- that person who has an older computer, is using an older browser (probably because his computer won't support a newer version) and is on dial-up. (I could go on about PDF files that are too damn large -- don't get me started -- but that's another discussion! And one I was having yesterday, considering I always prefer smaller PDFs at our festival website.) Being inclusive requires us to think about the fact that not everyone can afford to have the 'best' and latest when it comes to computers and connections!

Seriously, I know I go on and on about my issues with Microsoft, but I do have some valid reasons for how I feel. Most of us will be using Microsoft products forever, but I'd like to feel better about doing so, I really would. And when Microsoft starts to recognize the concerns of all those 'little people' better, I'll change my tune a ton, I promise! (smile)
need coffee, coffee now

Expectations? They're Outrageous, Of Course!

Our expectations have really become ridiculous -- there's no doubt about it. We have a hard time realizing that you can't always reach someone right this minute, because of our technology. People do still need to be away from their cell phones and computers, after all!

And I'm as bad as everyone else. I admit it.

But it's okay to go to the bathroom, have a coffee break, go to lunch, be in a meeting (sans cell), be busy with a work-related project, be busy with a non-work-related project, go to the doctor, get your hair cut, take a nap, SLEEP and lots, lots more.

And it doesn't mean you're slacking off if you're not immediately available, even if many tend to perceive it as such!

We need to lower our expectations. I'm going to work on that, because I can't preach it if I don't practice it!

No wonder it's such a stressful world. Instead of appreciating the positive advantages of technology, we lose sight of the very human people who are behind all of it...

melvin briefcase, busy melvin

Busy Computer Day at Home (yikes)

I'm so dead beat right now -- and I have a sore throat and am cranky.

But Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I did split a beer when she finally got home from the office at 7:00. She told me she'd felt so lousy this morning she was thinking she wouldn't be able to go to work -- and then she's there late. Typical!

She, too, is worn out. It was her idea that we have a beer, which we've both earned today!

This was supposed to be my day to sleep in and take it easy, but I had IT work first thing this morning and then got in to do things and just stuck with it all day. I was still working when Marilyn got home.

It was a funny sight, with two laptops set up on the desk, another on a rolling stool, and our two desktops across the room. At one point I was literally working on all five computers at once! Now how much more IT related can you get?

I dropped my website jump drive and the outside case broke. I couldn't get it back together, so I had to transfer all the files to another jump. (sigh) I was pretty shook up at that point. And I had one of those flu headaches (still have a little one), so I was a mess at that point. The old website jump was blue and the new one is white (like my IT jump), so it's going to be confusing, I'm sure. (damn)

And I was hunting for one of the two PowerPoint jump drives (where we keep all of the many PowerPoints we've created), but I couldn't find either of them. Marilyn had one at work, but I've no clue where the other one is! I wanted to use them to test a PowerPoint on our new Presentation laptop to finish the process of setting it up... (I still need to do that, by the way, so I'm not done for the night!)

I can't wait to go take a nap and maybe read a little in my book...

And I've got a busy day (with meetings) set up for tomorrow, so I should try and get a decent night's rest if possible.

But don't get me wrong -- I do love my work! I'll be hauling three computers to work tomorrow, but it's all good! (smile)