Solid wood computer peripherals

This is just just just... I have no words, as "hideous" is not nearly strong enough! "Executive gifts" indeed.
Wood Contour Corporation proudly presents a luxurious line of well-designed PC peripherals constructed from the finest American hardwoods. Each mouse, keyboard, and LCD monitor displays the result of German precision and technical design for PC peripherals. Wood Contour proudly presents an exquisite line of executive gifts and corporate logo products specifically designed for the non compromising among us.
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Firefly well and truly dead

timminear.net says:
"We have received confirmation from a source at 20th Century Fox that UPN has passed on Firefly. Thank you, everyone, for your tremendous support." (Fox had already cancelled it, and apparently their last hope was to get UPN to pick it up.)

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more KHTML

In a recent post (which he then deleted, cause he says he's working on a more accurate version) David Hyatt elaborated on why they picked KHTML instead of Gecko. (Summary: I was right.) It included these choice quotes:

Here are the two function protoypes that David Baron linked to. I think they pretty much illustrate the point perfectly.

    KHTML:
    virtual void layout();

    Gecko:
    NS_IMETHOD Reflow(nsIPresContext* aPresContext, nsHTMLReflowMetrics& aMetrics, const nsHTMLReflowState& aReflowState, nsReflowStatus& aStatus);

And later, from David Baron:

Why is Mozilla's layout engine so big and complex? Perhaps the simple answer is that there were too many people available to write it, and they wrote as much code as they could. After all, they didn't have any incentives to keep the code small.

That's so true. Though I think "second system syndrome" is an equally important reason for Mozilla's total lack of urgency and closure: too many of the people involved (who liked to describe themselves as "architects", which is always telling) thought of the whole project as "finally, we get to rewrite it, but right this time!" and that attitude basically never results in usable, working code appearing before it's far too late to matter any more.

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I feel all dirty inside.

Because I use this program that idiotically doesn't have an option to auto-connect at startup, but instead requires you to click a button, I just wrote a script that:

  • finds that window on the screen by its title;
  • finds the position of the third subwindow of its first subwindow;
  • moves the mouse there;
  • generates a mouse-click event.

I am utterly repulsed by this, but it works (for now), and hopefully when I have a power failure in the future (as tonight), then my home icecast stream will re-start automatically instead of staying dead until I come home and click the shiny, candy-like button.

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Spot the GIFerence

Even better than "Female or Shemale!"

Spot the GIFerence: Are these kittens GIF or JPG?

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Customer lovin' from Quark

I know (as do many of you) this sad couple who still have not abandoned MacOS 9, because they publish a magazine, and their entire lives are in Quark. It appears things won't be getting better soon:

boingboing.net: The CEO of Quark told a room full of customers at an executive briefing "that 'the Macintosh platform is shrinking,' and that 'publishing is dying.' He suggested that anyone dissatisfied with Quark's Mac commitment should 'switch to something else,' although he insisted that making the move to Adobe's long-Carbonized InDesign package is 'committing suicide.'" As Merlin wrote, "Yeah, so all you dumbasses that talked your boss into shitcanning PageMaker in favor of our hard-to-use, never-upgraded software a few years back: Psych! So long, suckers!"
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The Skeptic's Annotated Bible

This is very fun reading, and a good use of hypertext:

The most popular solution to this problem is to leave the Bible reading to the clergy. The clergy then quote from the Bible in their writings and sermons, and explain its meaning to the others. Extreme care is taken, of course, to quote from the parts of the Bible that display the best side of God and to ignore those that don't. That this approach means that only a fraction of the Bible is ever referenced is not a great problem. Because although the Bible is not a very good book, it is a very long one.

[...] Millions of such Bibles are published and distributed each year by believers in their tireless and tiresome effort to propagate their beliefs. Consequently, nearly everyone, whether believer or skeptic, has at least one copy in his possession. Among these Bibles will be found many different versions, but all have one thing in common: all are believer-friendly editions that support, promote, and defend the Bible.

The Skeptic's Annotated Bible attempts to remedy this imbalance. It includes the entire text of the King James Version of the Bible, but without the pro-Bible propaganda. Instead, passages are highlighted that are an embarrassment to the Bible-believer, and the parts of the Bible that are never read in any Church, Bible study group, or Sunday School class are emphasized. For it is these passages that test the claims of the Bible-believer. The contradictions and false prophesies show that the Bible is not inerrant; the cruelties, injustices, and insults to women, that it is neither good nor just. [...]

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