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Who the hell is this?

21 November 2003

I ran across this site this week. Who is this dude? He runs a Windows web site I guess. He also writes for some Windows magazines. Anyway, he is just annoying. If you read some of his posts you may see why I feel this way. He does a good job of sounding pretty neutral, even pointing out he has a couple Macs. What he does though is constantly point out how wonderful Microsoft is and how crappy Apple is in comparison. One example, he has a post from November 11 entitled Let the Patching Begin He states: Apple’s latest OS is only two weeks old, but its already coming under fire for a number of problems. Today, Apple released the first major upgrade to Panther, dubbed OS X 10.3.1, which addresses a number of the early teething problems its latest cat foisted on early adopters. Boy, that is terrible right? Already a patch? Never mind that if you keep your Windows machine up to date you will need to install critical updates on a weekly basis. He also constantly pokes at the user interface of OS X, how it is a classic GUI. He makes statements about how Windows has evolved and how the next version of Windows will be amazing for users. First, Windows has not changed much from it’s first incarnation and has not changed at all really since Windows 95. Second, and many Windows people do this, he comparing OS X to a version of Windows that will not be available until 2005! Anyway, this guy just annoyed me.

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Here we go again!

20 November 2003

Well, I’ve finished my big redesign. I know the site doesn’t look incredibly different but I am really proud of it. The last couple incarnations of my site have just been modifications of other ideas I have seen on the web. This time I took a blank slate all did it all. Of course, the site probably doesn’t really look all that original but really, when was the last time you saw a really original design on the web? The reason I am so happy with things is because I took the time to figure quite a bit of stuff out. Most notably CSS (cascading style sheets). There are no tables used in this site. All the layout is CSS. I also made sure everything is valid XHTML. So my web site is 100% standards compliant now. Hopefully, this will mean nothing to you, the viewer. If you are using a current web browser the site should look fine. One exception though. If you are using Internet Explorer, even the most recent version, the logo at the top probably looks bad. That is because Internet Explorer cannot handle transparent PNG images. I was going to fix it but decided to say f* you Microsoft, fix your browser. As I was coding the site I ran across several references to Internet Explorer non-compliance. You’d think a company making so much money would spend a bit of it to make sure their web browser is standards compliant. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with how things turned out in the end.

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