Archive for July, 2005

Opera will finally stop referring to itself as Internet Explorer!

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Opera will finally stop referring to itself as Internet Explorer! This has been way past-due.

Blink link

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Mmmm… an improved blink tag.

Thanks, Toshok! (;

Google’s ups and downs

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Google Maps has a new map mode called hybrid. It’s quite nice, but it’s a bit hard to use at the moment as all the navigational images are broken thanks to the stupid SOGO search engine that has, once again, stolen Google’s domain.

Hopefully Google will be restored to its usual Googleness sometime soon.

Lunch adventures: the search for the missing restaurant

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

While Rodney and I were walking all around Kendall square trying to solve a lunchtime mystery for two consecutive days (without any clues — other than Google Maps pointing us to a field), I thought, “I should blog about this.” (Evidently, Rodney thought the same thing.)

We were searching for the highly rated Aceituna Cafe in the sultry summer afternoon. It turned out that those ratings were totally bogus, as they were incredibly overinflated. The place was also not cheap (standard lunch fare ran around $7 to $9 for a typical dish, even for vegetarian food). In addition, our “Mediterranean Experience” included tacky ambiance, American pop music from the 80’s, and food from non-Mediterranean lands (mostly consisting of stuff from the Middle East).

Rodney beat me to the story — you can read more of the details on his blog post.

For once, we had hoped to find something:
# Good
# Cheap
# In the Kendall Square area

(Usually, it’s a game of pick one two of three. Jose’s foodtruck is typically my favorite, but I like to mix things up and go somewhere new from time to time.)

Amazing photos from Wikipedia’s Featured Pictures

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Wikipedia’s Featured Pictures page features many breathtaking pictures.

On Golden Pond

Friday, July 15th, 2005

We watched On Golden Pond over the span of two nights (we finished it up last night). I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t already.

GIMP wishlist

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

I use the GIMP almost every day when making graphics on Linux, and I’ve been doing so for a long time.

Of the top of my head, here is a list of things I wish the GIMP had:

# *Layer grouping*
# *Recovery of unsaved and recently-not-saved files*; there is a temporary swap space, and GIMP should be able to retrieve files from it
# *16-bit/channel support*
# *Easy record & playback actions*
# Refinement of some of the dialogs to save space
# Along with the previous point, possibly a small version of most widgets (small scrollbar, small sliders, etc.), also to save space
# Less default filters & add-on filterpacks (there are so many filters by default, and I only use a small handfull, so it’s sometimes hard to find some)
# Combine some of the filters in a filter browser preview thing, or at least have a consistant preview among filters
# Proper packing of dialogs (resizing totally breaks on most filters, usually in the preview window, but also in other places)
# Layer “comps” (Photoshop added this a couple versions back, iirc — it’s a saved state of layer status including visibility, opacity, and layer mode)
# The ability to save workspaces, as I hate accidently closing my custom layers dialog window group and losing the layout and custom dialog tabs I tossed in there
# Versioning of files would be nice, could possibly be handled outside of the GIMP too
# Compression of XCF files by default, instead of having to do filename.xcf.gz (which, thankfully, *is* handled in the GIMP transparently)

I’m sure there are many more things that could be listed, but these are the features I can think of right off the top of my head.

By-the-way, It has nearly been a decade of the GIMP! Hooray! (: