February 2007


“I like to look for things no one else catches. I hate the way drivers never look at the road in old movies.”

(from the movie “Amelie”)

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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This is a link to a neat blog post from a guy who has worked or interned at Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. He talks about what each company is like and compares the working environments. I thought it was really interesting.

Microsoft Google Yahoo Stories

“Lord I groan, Lord I kneel
I’m cryin’ out for something real
‘Cause I know deep in my soul
There must be more

Lord I’m tired, yes I’m weak
I need your power to work in me
But I can’t let go, I keep hanging on
There must be more”

(from “There Must Be More” by David Ruis)

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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There is a new couple that started coming to our Sunday school class a few weeks ago, and we had them over tonight for dinner and to play Catan. Lindsey found out that they played when they first came (I think she asks people when she meets them :-), so we thought it would be a fun chance to get together. Lindsey came over, too, but unfortunately Randy was out of town. So there were five of us, and we played the base game with Seafarers. The new couple has only played the base game before, so we didn’t want to add too much all at once, but they really enjoyed the Seafarers expansion (and Dusty won the game!), so next time we’ll have to break out the Cities and Knights. It’s always fun to find new people to play Catan with!

I don’t usually see a lot of television commercials because we fast-forward through them with our TiVo, but last night I happened to catch a new mac vs pc ad from Apple that was absolutely hilarious. It’s about the User Account Control feature in Vista that I complained about earlier this week. When we saw the commercial, Joy turned to me and said “hey, that’s the thing you were talking about in Vista that you said was really stupid, isn’t it?”. Why yes, yes it is.

You can check out the commercial by going to the “get a mac” ad page and clicking on the “Security” commercial.

“Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.”

(from “The Love Of God” by Frederick Lehman)

I decided to go ahead and install Vista on the new machine. Lenovo already had drivers available for all of the hardware, so that made things pretty simple. The installation of Vista itself was very straightforward, and then I went through a series of install driver –> reboot actions until all of the drivers were installed. In the grand scheme of things, Vista really doesn’t seem all that different from XP. In some ways the interface looks a little snazzier, and they moved everything around in the control panel, but in most respects it’s very similar.

The most annoying new thing (to me at least) is the User Account Control which basically asks you “are you sure?” any time you do anything beyond a basic activity like running a program. Installing anything new, doing something on the internet, or changing almost any settings in the control panel ends up prompting you to ask if that’s really something you want to do or not. That might be okay for somebody who doesn’t know what they are doing, but even then I have serious doubts about it. However, when you do know what you are doing the extra prompt showing up all the time is incredibly annoying (as in the “yes I want to do that which is precisely why I even clicked that button in the first place” kind of annoying).

I have to say, though, despite all of the differences and new annoyances, I’m still glad I went ahead and installed Vista. I will be using this new machine for a long time, and sometime over the next few years I know I would definitely want to move it to Vista, so it just made sense to go ahead and install it now to get that out of the way.

I was a bit worried about how fast Vista would run compared to XP, and while it does take a little longer to reboot, it seems reasonably quick and snappy once it is actually up and running. And the time required to sleep or hibernate seems to have been improved quite a bit, which is very nice on a notebook. So now that the operating system is up and running, I need to install all of the various programs that I use and then I should have everything all set.

Click “more” to see a list of all of the interesting web sites I found this week. I keep track of my favorite sites using del.icio.us, a free web site where you can access your favorite links from any computer and share them with friends. You can also see all of my favorite links (not just the ones from this week).

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