I've hated Microsoft Excel for some time now...and I just thought I'd share reason #427,665 to hate it. The default behavior for new documents creates 3 sheets. In the majority of spreadsheets, people don't use or need the other two sheets (most Excel documents turn out to be a single sheet). In fact, I'd speculate that the average Excel user doesn't even know that there can be multiple sheets in a single document.
Hey! Microsoft! This behavior is totally unnecessary! It forces me to go over and check out the other sheets, just in case somebody put something over there surreptitiously.
You'd think it silly if MS Word created 3-page documents by default, right? Then why this Excel craziness?
I suck. Wanna know why? Cuz I never post, that's why!
So my bro came down this weekend and we celebrated his birthday. It was a good time. We ended up going downtown to catch King Missile III live. Very very great stuff. It was a blast for me to see him again after 11 or so years (when I saw him last in Austin, TX). I had a good chance to speak with him a little bit and I bought 2 albums from him. One, apparently, was released in 1997 and had, like, zero distrobution. The other is their newest release which hasn't been picked up yet for wide(r) distribution. In either case, it's very great stuff.
The down side is that some asshole plowed into my car while we were parked downtown having a good time. I didn't realize that there was anything wrong until we hit the freeway...where I noticed that the road noise was considerably louder than usual. When we got back, sure enough, there's a huge dent in my door and the door doesn't seal properly. I had it adusted today for the tune of about $1600. Wonderful. I just love having to make a deductable because some [probably drunk] jerk wasn't careful. People suck.
So if you like listening to streaming audio, I highly recommend God's Dog. It's a pretty tight little genre, but I've been hooked lately.
Oh, well, let's see. I'm still living. I'm interested in entirely too many things.
While I was in Seattle, I purchased a Pioneer LaserDisc (heh, remember those things?) remote control for a buck fifty at a thrift store. The only real reason I had any interest in it is the jog controller. I figure, if it's hackable, it's a nice little handheld controller. I think that perhaps I'll look at adding a [few] port[s] to it for generic controller purposes. There's a twisty spring-actived shuttle control around the jog wheel (I'm sure you've seen them) that I'm hoping is resistive. I may even (as time allows) hack together a PIC circuit to support the remote via IR. Maybe not, but it's an idean.
Also, while in Seattle, we found our way to an open market where Stacy and I scored some insanely bizaare semi vintage postcards. I need to scan these things, they're so utterly strange. I paid a buck a piece for the midget handling bread, JAKE the alligator man, and some disturbing greetings from some livestock-now-meat handlers. Perfection.
Now, that all that's out of the way, allow me to link whore for a bit...
If you're bored and in need of a time-consuming distraction, then LinkSwarm comes to your rescue. Think memepool with a warez-flavored style.
I was going to go to the PLUG meeting last night, but it took me like 30 minutes to get halfway there, so I said fuck it and went home. I would have been late. It would have been rude.
Since Dean told me about his (er, Rebel's) new pc-slash-PVR, I've been totally jealous. I've been thinking more and more about rolling my own linux-based PVR. I can't fucking stand commercials any longer. MythTVlooks absolutely amazing, and I really like the idea of avoiding monthly fees (ala tivo) and not getting tied into a propriatary product that could kick it. Fortunately, these guys suggest some reasonable hardware, the key things being a Shuttle mainboard in a slim case. Gah, it's all about the benjamins. Perhaps one day I'll just break down and buy the components to build myself a nice little open PVR unit. Until then, I tinker with XMLTV and love marvel at how well it works.
And last, but not least, I ran across the Miranda IM client today, something that really looks interesting. Smaller is better, and damn, it even supports Jabber.
Well, if you're like me, then perhaps you're sick of the bloat in Winamp version 3. It's not really a horrible product, except for the silly little fact that it doesn't work properly, it's slow, VERY bloated, and, at least on my setup, likes to crash pretty frequently. Hell, I'd even install it again if they would release an update! Damn guys, get with it! I'm not the only one complaining!
So then maybe you're interested in trying Zinf, formerly FreeAmp. It's an open source mp3/ogg player for a variety of platforms, most notably Windows and Linux.
Zinf the good: Pretty small footprint, quick to open and play files, nice clean playlist and file indexing module kicks the shit out of Winamp3 when it comes to speed, even across a LAN. It also uses MusicBrainz (an excellent project!) for CD identification.
Zinf the bad: Um, the keyboard bindings are undocumented and are less intuitive than Winamp's. All the skins/themes (including the default) are really quite fucking ugly, compared with the nice eye-candy that Winamp has. Forget visualizations and plugins. For anybody who has more than a few thousand mp3s, it needs a way to search/filter the indexed list.
Summary: Just want to listen to some music and hate waiting for Winamp to load and/or crash and/or freeze? Try Zinf.