Last night my iSight arrived. I spent a good hour just making faces :-P One thing I noticed though is that the iBook stand doesn’t seem to be firmly gripped to my laptop. I tighted the screw, but I can still remove it without any effort. Any tips on that?

One hundred brazillion dollars!

Spotted on

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: “Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed in an accident” “OH DEAR GOD NO!!!” George W. Bush exclaims. “That’s terrible!!” His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the president sits, head in hands. Finally, the President, devastated, looks up and asks………. “How many is a Brazillion??!”

Ugly MS Access application

Some Microsoft Access programmers should really learn how to design a GUI. I was watching a presentation yesterday and this guy showed an Access application and I thought it was really ugly. I don’t have a screenshot, but I can use the one above to make many points about what is wrong there

  • The title isn’t centered and is useless, because that should be in the window bar
  • The separation bar is ugly
  • The number of months is not right-aligned like the rest of the fields
  • The total number of kilometers (10000) doesn’t have the thousand separator like payment on account (2.400,00)
  • The comments next to the fields aren’t really needed and their being in bold distracts attention away from the important fields of the application
  • The buttons with images are really ugly, and the labels above them should be on the button
  • The label above the email button isn’t centered and the button seems to have been randomly placed on the form (maybe it’s a game like when you need to stick a tail to an ass with your eyes covered when you are a kid?)
  • The model contract button has a different font color and is underlined
  • No button on this form has the same size
  • I have no idea what the binoculars with a question mark button does
  • The distance between the text fields under the “This price includes:” section is not equal. That’s equally true for the labels to their left
  • One text field (the dressing of) is a tad longer than the others

A pretty bad UI. I think someone should read a book on designing good interfaces!

Does VS rot the brain

Disclaimer: I haven’t use VS in a couple of years

Slashdot asks if Microsoft Visual Studio rots a programmer’s brain. In my opinion, I don’t think it does. For the experienced programmer, it probably helps with productivity, especially when it comes to GUI applications: who wants to code those by hand? Also, features like IntelliSense or “jump to definition” probably help programmers get up to speed faster when they take on a new application.

However, I don’t think people who begin programming should be exposed to Visual Studio immediatly. They should use a basic text editor to do console applications (or just use a REPL) to learn how the fundamentals of programming work. Then, they can take on Visual Studio.

I’m pretty sure that VS is less damagable for your brain than COBOL.

Guess what I bought?

Yup, last night, I ordered a 30GB white iPod. I engraved a little message on the back:

Vincy says smile!

A little crazy, but I’ve been having some problems with my 10GB 3rd-gen iPod, so I figured I might as well get a new one and use the old one for backup purposes.