Category Archives: Tech

Camel toe

2011_trampeltier_1528Yes, WordPress automatically corrects all instances of the spelling with only one capital to the CamelCase version.

Nobody cares about CamelCase!

There really is no need, especially in this day and age where lowercasewebaddress.es and #hashtags are common and easily read. Except, of course, if there is ambiguity. It’s not 1994 anymore. The internet is no longer something new and exotic. wedontcare is as easy to understand as WeDontCare.

How anally retentive can one site get? Does Nintendo go around autocorrecting all comments on Miiverse referring to “Pokemon”? Does TMZ do the same for “Beyonce”? People can spell a word CamelCase, with one capital, with or without an accent. It really doesn’t matter.

Please stop it.

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The new WordPress editor

My God.

You’ve changed something that didn’t need to be changed. Once again.

Let’s see: You’ve moved post settings to the right. I’ve been on WP for almost a year and the lefty leftness of the post settings is something burned into my mind. Now you’ve moved it to the right, which is nigh-on blasphemy. My left-in-all-respects brain cannot handle this!

Now we’ve also got tons and tons of white space around the editor. It looks as ugly and unprofessional as the post settings looks plain. If you really power 27% of the internet as you claim, you could go for a much sleeker look rather than lock up a bunch of GCSE IT pupils for an hour with only the web layout option on Word. On a computer running Vista.

What are you going to do next? Change the logo to a modernist W farted out in roughly two seconds by an overpaid design consultant in the city? That’s probably what you’ll do. I’m surprised you haven’t had any angry letters from a certain German automobile manufacturer yet.

For the last time: If it’s not broke- don’t bother fixing it!

EDIT: Interestingly, the “WordPress” in the title autocorrected to the official CamelCase version. I have no use for CamelCase. Why force it on random bloggers?

 

Your quirky little error messages aren’t cute

So you’re doing work on the computer and a message pops up:

“Oops, there’s been an error. Maybe such and such will help.”

It’s not cute nor does it display a personality other than annoying. Yes, it’s on WordPress too, every time I try to view a new post! It makes me wish for the days of “This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down”. Yes, as a kid I genuinely thought that the police would be notified despite the computer not being connected to the internet.

But it’s still better than this rubbish. The last thing I want when I encounter an error, especially a major one, is the computer being all bright and chipper. “Oops, your USB drive has been reformatted. Sorry about that.” I try to keep the blog 12A but there’s really two words for that: Fuck and You.

Microsoft keeps pushing the envelope- I mean Edge

Another trip to the brilliant /r/assholedesign, another round of Microsoft fuckery.

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Yes, Microsoft is using its own search engine to push Edge propaganda to new Windows 10 users looking for a completely unrelated rival browser. And before you say “well, Google advertises Chrome too”, not on searches for Firefox it doesn’t. To my knowledge anyway, I use both ABP and Ublock Origin. And anyway, Microsoft take it a step further with actual video ads taking up the entire screen! How explicitly pushy can you get? I still half expect them to uninstall rival browsers without user permission.

And here’s a hint for those who use Firefox and DON’T want to use Edge for PDFs- drag the downloaded PDF from the downloads tab into a new tab. Show Microsoft you want nothing to do with this retooled Internet Explorer.

Switch presentation thoughts

Well, Switchmas has come and gone with many questions answered and leaving many new questions unanswered.

The presentation itself was evenly balanced between showing off new software and advertising the features. The “joycons”- the micro pads that attach to the sides of the console- come in standard grey, blue and red with a detachable wrist strap and include a motion sensor that can apparently accurately simulate an empty glass full of ice cubes, NFC capability and and an infrared camera that can measure real-time shape, size and motion of objects. During the Yamauchi era, Nintendo were apprehensive about online interactivity in gaming and only the Gamecube marked their first baby steps into the medium. Now they’re taking it in their stride- possibly even too far- with the capture button on the left joycon that can take still images of gameplay and upload them to social media.

Confirmed new franchises include Arms, a boxing/wrestling hybrid which utilises both joycons, and 1-2-Switch, a collection of party games. Shinya Takahashi said at the presentation that Nintendo took influence from all its prior home and handheld consoles to create the Switch, but 1-2-Switch goes further and takes influence from Nintendo products dating back to 1976 with its Wild Gunman minigame. 1-2-Switch will be a launch title (I can see it being a pack-in) and Arms will follow shortly after. The highly-rated Splatoon will be getting a sequel in the summer, and an all-new Mario platformer will be released in time for Christmas. Super Mario Odyssey again takes a cue from Nintendo’s past, harking back to the days where Mario was said to be from Brooklyn with a New York-influenced city in the real world- New Donk- as the primary setting. Unfavourable comparisons with the Sonic Adventure series have already been levelled at it, but I think Nintendo can do a lot more with the open sandbox mechanic than Sega did. Other titles include the long-anticipated Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an update to the top-selling Wii U game including previous DLC, improved graphics, new characters and new arenas. New entries in the Xenoblade and Fire Emblem series rounded out the first-party offerings with third-party titles including No More Heroes, Skyrim and FIFA also revealed. A short video at the end of the presentation teased several games currently under development including what is believed to be a new entry in the F-Zero series.

But here comes the bad news- online play, for a long time absolutely free on Nintendo systems, will only be free for a limited time followed by payments. Battery life in portable mode will range from two-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours depending on the game being played. Apart from BOTW, the launch lineup looks very weak And finally, it will set you back a cool US$299 or £280, with games apparently retailing for £50-60 a pop in the UK. The console is very good boasting revolutionary new features, but these disadvantages are major hinderances which could lead to low takeup. Nintendo discontinuing the Wii U instead of repositioning it as a budget family console as it did with the original Wii won’t help either.

Microsoft has officially gone too far

I love /r/assholedesign even though it’s updated rather infrequently. One of the new posts, however, is VERY incriminating towards a certain Redmond-based company…

Basically, new Windows units no longer let you select your preferred browser at install. It’s Edge as standard. “Well,” I hear you say. “Easy, I’ll just use it once to get Firefox or Chrome.”

“I don’t think so!” I hear Edge reply. Take a look at THIS:

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That’s right, /u/Mrunibro used both Firefox and Edge to access the Chrome website. Guess which one “can’t reach it”? Either Edge is playing up or (more likely given what we know of their tactics) it is OUTRIGHT BLOCKING ACCESS TO INSTALL RIVAL BROWSERS, WHICH GOES BEYOND “ASSHOLE DESIGN” AND INTO BEING ILLEGAL. They clearly didn’t learn their lessons from the IE and 7 fiascos. One day I half expect to wake up and find my beloved Firefox gone from my system without an explanation.

Nobody wants to use the successor to a browser with such a horrible reputation, Microsoft. So stop bullying us into it.

Microsoft at it again!

Microsoft forcing software onto its users again
Courtesy of the brilliant /r/AssholeDesign on Reddit:

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This is just par for the course for the men, women and others from Redmond. We all know about how they forced Internet Explorer on Windows users for many years. They had to be sued to end the practice. Not learning their lesson, years later they began bullying people into installing Windows 10, sometimes even without their permission. They ended up in court again over it after an older system was irrepairably damaged by an update the user didn’t even ask for. Now they’re at it again with Edge.

Edge, not to be confused with the gaming magazine or the retired professional wrestler, is Microsoft’s supposedly “new and improved” successor to IE. In the Anniversary Update, it turned Edge into the default PDF reader even if one had a reader installed on ses other browser. Now it’s going further, with what’s likely a blatant lie to boot. What next, a popup every time you open Firefox or Chrome saying “upgrade to Edge now”?