Archive for November, 2002

Deprecated save icons

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

I just realized something quite funny.

If you have an application that has a save icon in the toolbar, odds are that it is an iconic representation of a floppy. Most people do not save things to floppies anymore on a modern system. An extension of this is that, on a Mac, the same convention is used in various applications, such as Microsoft Office for OS X, where the floppy icon used for save is present in the application running on a computer system which has not had a floppy drive for several years now.

The floppy, a proud contributor to interface cruft.

Now that it is established that floppies are (mostly) dead, what would be a better icon for a save button?

Gnome 2.1

Tuesday, November 12th, 2002

Check out the page for Gnome 2.1. I did the themes you see used in every screenshot. (:

Nifty.

(Btw: Red Hat 8.0 already has a lot of the changes included… For the ones, like a few Nautilus improvements, I can’t wait. It will rock.)

Weather ’tis nobler…

Tuesday, November 12th, 2002

Yesterday: Tornado watch and warning. Today: Rain… and lots of it!

In addition to the constantly heavy rain this morning, flashes of lightning and booms of thunder have been lingering in the otherwise overcast sky. It’s great. We’re in a severe weather warning and also under a flash flood notice as I type this news post.Weather.com has the local scoop.

For alternative views on what’s going on outside my door, check Accuweather or Weather Underground.

Photos: Phipps Conservatory

Monday, November 11th, 2002

I took pictures inside the Phipps Conservatory while in Pittsburgh. Lots of flowers, sculptures, bonsai trees paper cranes, and various other things can be seen in the collection.

Check out all the photos!

Photos: From the 2002 Fall Tour: New River, Pittsburgh, Ximian People

Friday, November 8th, 2002

The photos from my fall trip are now making their way to the website!

For your enjoyment, there are three new sets including a scenic overview of an old river in West Virginia strangely named the "New River", my travels with Stan around Pittsburgh’s downtown area, and photographs of some of the people up in Boston who are associated with Ximian, the company comitted to developing an ever-evolving open source mail suite for Linux.

The New River is a place I went white-water rafting a number of years ago. (Has it almost been a decade since?) You can check it out from the nice overlook I took the pictures from where I recently returned to shoot the fast-paced river.
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Pittsburgh is a fun place to visit, especially when you have the ever-witty Stan lingering around. The city has lots of great skylines to take advantage of when shooting photographs. It’s also a great place to go boating, see lots of reflective buildings, or ride an old miner’s cart up a hill. Whatever you do, please stay away from the terribly poisonous gigantic metal bugs who know how to open doors. (Okay — so they’re fake, thankfully! *smile*)
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Ximian people like to hang out around the exteriors of restaurants, play with wireless communication gadgets, and shoot pictures with digital cameras, all while looking suave and secretly ironic. If you look close, you might see me cheezing it up in a blurry shot or two.
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Of course, I have several other photographs from my road trip which I’m planning on posting soon. These are just a select few sets uploaded out of chronological order. I’ll fill in the gaps with glimpses of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall, sights around northern New York state, scenery from Vermont, and more visual excerpts from my recent vacation. Check back often and stay tuned… (:

Feeling better

Thursday, November 7th, 2002

I’m feeling better. I am still not 100% better, but the doc said that it should be "safe" to go back to work by now if I was feeling up to it. He said that I shouldn’t really be contagious at this point unless I cough or sneeze directly on someone’s face. I plan on not doing that.

So, I’m at work now. Fun, fun. (:

Vote!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2002

I voted today. Did you?

After visiting the doctor, I drove to the elementry school (after all, it was on my way home). It was definately the wrong time to vote. The busses were filing through the campus and there was a long line of Cary soccer-moms in mini-vans causing a big, bad traffic jam at the little school. I was in the wrong line and didn’t know it. The randomly placed flags on the vans threw me off. I thought it was the voting lane. It was the kid-pickup line. As I didn’t have a kid to pick-up, it was definately not the right lane for me.

The visitor parking was full, so I parked in the administration parking (despite the omnious towing signs). It was pouring down rain. To complicate the matters further, I was sniffling as I was shuffling my sick self into the voting corridor.

I picked up the pen that the kind older lady offered as I started filling out forms. "Wow! Another lefty!" She continued with an explanation, "It seems like we have had at least one out of every five people here today be one of you south-paws." I smiled as I continued to fill out the form. Oddly enough, I didn’t have to show any form of I.D.

I proceeded to the next table and picked up my ballot. No butterflies, no chads, no shady ATM-like proprietary electronic voting boxes were involved. Here in this district, it’s as simple as connecting the arrow to point at the candidate of your selection, as long as you use the pen they provide. Simple enough. It was actually easier than the old computer-graded bubble tests of high school especialy since there was no way to get a completely wrong answer.

I stood in front of one of the shielded boxes. It was too easy to vote for all Democrat or Republican. All you had to do was to essentially complete one arrow to be finished! For taking the effort to go out and vote, I hope no one took the easy route. Free voting for is privelage that other countries (Iraq, for example) don’t have. We have to make sure we research the candidates and vote not simply on the party’s campaigns, but for what the candidate stands for (taking into account their past records). Sometimes, sure, it might be like choosing for the lesser of two evils, but at least it’s not a total sell-out. Having the auto-party option at the top makes it not only unfair for all of the Republicans and the Democrats running for offices, but virtually negates any likelihood that one from another party (Libertarian, Green Party, etc.) or someone running as an independent will ever make it to office.

Honestly, I did a bit of homework on which candidate to cast my vote towards. I’m not going to go into all the details, but I chose a mix of Republicans, Democrats, and others to whom I felt could best represent the issues and values that I hold important.

Obviously, for Congress, it does matter which party you vote for, as the majority rules in the house. It’s a shame, but it’s pretty much true. Luckily, with positions in less of a media spotlight, there can be a bit more leniency on party lines.

I hope that a lot of people put some thought and effort to go out and vote today. It’s not a perfect system by any stretch, but it’s what we have, and it works.

As far as the disproportionate amount of left-handers in the polls, I wonder if that is either because we’re more concerned about politics or if the past few Presidental races had any influence. You do know that Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and even H. Ross Perot were all left-handed, right? Of course, it could be written off as living in an area which might happen to have a larger-than 10% base of left-handed individuals (but I have no evidence for or against that). *shrug*