Archive for July, 2009

I Just got a MAC

I have been trying to get one since as long as I can remember. Anyway, I got one now…and its quick, very quick to see the shortcomings of windows when using a mac, here are some: I don’t have to click a zillion times(sorry I exaggerate, maybe 6times or more) to perform the basic tasks. I dont have to click start when I really want to shutdown(lol), I have a control panel that is not confusing(even MAC beats some linux distros here), multi touch mouse pad, dashboard that actually is a dashboard, and not something that gets in your way, I don’t have to mention slick design, ease of installing softwares(although I have to pay through my nose for some of them). But its not all heaven and paradise. I have some things against my mac. No home and end keys, no pgup and pgdn keys(anyway I prefer my multitouch keypad to pdup and pgdn). Aside these, all the others are my own undoings, like it took me a while to locate the terminal(my bad), it also took me a while to be able to use iSight(in built camera)(also my bad).

But all in all, I think the MAC OS is the best OS in the world. I have been trying to write the “one OS to rule them all” blog for a while, and I think now I can write it. I see my MAC as combining the power of UNIX with great and intuitive GUI on a very good hardware.

And to crown it all, there is a netbeans for MAC. So all my codes still work. I got everything up and running in no time at all.

To mimic someone we all know “Its really a great great great experience. I hope this ecstasy will last for a long long long time.”

ciao

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Bing Is Not Google

There is a popular drug in Nigeria called panadol. The manufacturers have this funny advert and the last line says “if no be panadol, he no fit be like panadol” meaning if its not panadol, it can not function like panadol.

I have read a lot of posts online about bing and truthfully most of these posts looks like microsoft sponsored to me. Bing is an awesome search engine, the best thing from microsoft in years. But to say because it has a few features that Google didn’t have makes it better than Google, please say something else. Here is my 2cents on the bing issue.

Bing’s features are OK, I used it for some time too, just to get a feel of it. It is a very good product keeping in mind that it is coming from the same stables that produced Vista. But I have to go back to google after a while. Apart from the fact that google is an habit, “if no be google, he no fit be like google”. I will show you a few examples.

goto http://www.bing-vs-google.com

type without the quotes “define:dashboard”, then “define:netbeans” and then “define:java”. I use this feature often, because it not only helps me with definitions but also with spellings. If you dont see any difference, lets move on to the next

type without the quotes “1cm in m”  bing wont do the conversion for you and it wont even suggest that you should type “1 cm in m” instead. Obviously the space between 1 and cm is very important for bing to work. But at least tell me so. It was when I was composing this post that a friend pointed out that i need the extra space between 1 and cm. lets go on

type without the quotes “filetype:PDF softpedia” “filetype:PDF java.sun.com”. The results speak for themselves. When I want to download something from a site, I also use this feature.

other ones I have come to use often are

info:www.java.com, weather:Lagos and lots more.

My point is, it is not about the search or the fact that I can preview sites and videos(I have firefox plugins that does that, I almost felt it is normal) or that you can show me search history or that you have a finer homepage, or that you have nifty shortcuts for doing things, it all boils down to the things you are used to doing, habit. Say what you might, I know people who still use IE6, out of habit. Bing is a very good search engine, better than most competitors and competition is good. But at this stage if anyone think bing is better than google, I also think the person should re-evaluate. I work in an IT company and we also have non-technical staff members. I asked them their opinion and 90% of them believed google is better. I asked them to continue using bing for two days and after then about 80% still prefer google. These are the same people who prefered firefox over IE6 in the first 30mins of use. If anyone think microsoft will have it smooth as it does with netscape, they should rethink. I just hope this is not another Zune project. This post http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/RDM.Tech.Q1.07/050A729F-9A90-41FB-8788-CEB0DF3455E9.html is a 2007 post comparing Zune and iPhone. The writer definitely knows better now. Time will tell…time will tell.

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Profanitometer

If there was ever a device like that, I would be running at full speed, say around 400 to 500 KM/h. I used the F words, B words and any other profanity you could think of. I say b..lshit without blinking an eye, My use of f..k is underrated if you say I used it like 1000times a day. I am wondering if this is a trait of programmers or I am just being naughty…..

Let me give you an example, when I am working on something cool and I got it working, I will look at myself and say I am f..king bad guy, or say I am the bada** hacker. If it aint working you will hear me saying b..ls**t over and over and over….you will also hear me saying f..k this guy or screw that nigger or stuffs like that when I see codes that pissed me off(i dont say it to the programmers face lol). When something says something or does something funny, i will say that dude is f..king crazy. I found out that I use the profanities more when I am programming, around computers or around other programmers. And my case is somewhat mild compared to some of the other programmers I converse with. One dude in one of the companies I have worked for used the word so much so that management passed a “no F word before 4pm rule!”.

Today I was directiing someone to do something for me over yahoo messenger, He said the thing will take about 40mins to complete, I expected it to take less than 15 mins and the next thing I typed was b…ls**t. The guy responded with “what is that?” and then I realised I have used the profanity word with someone I shouldnt have used it with. This is not the first time something like this is occurring.

My question is, is this a programmers’ trait or is it just me?

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