Wed 18 Feb 2004

Something to think about: "should"

From cLabs:

Don Gause taught me the wonderful substitution algorithm: Whenever you see should in a requirement, change it to probably won't.

Although she won't read this, happy birthday Lisa!

Posted at 2004-02-18 16:12:20 by RichardLink to Something to think…

How not to make me buy your software

I have a Gantt chart to finish in a week. PMX is a nice application, but it just doesn't give me the features I need*. I should probably install Project, but I don't like using Windows when I don't have to. Similarly, I'd rather have a Mac solution than Linux, so Planner is a second choice.

Back onto Mac programs, then, I try xTime Project 1.5.1. Unable to set a custom time format, I settle for "European" (apparently we use yyyy/mm/dd in "Europe", while the French use dd/mm/yyyy!). I then try to edit the first task I added, which caused the application to unexpectedly quit. Nice.

*sigh*

So, three options: use Windows solely for project management, and use Project; use Linux largely for project management, and use Planner/MrProject; or use PMX, and manually distribute my time (essentially using it as an aid rather than a real scheduler).

* Primarily automatic resource allocation: if I make 5 two-day events, with no dependencies, then all 5 run concurrently for 2 days. Ideally, they should take 10 days each, expanding where they overlap — there's only one of me!


Posted at 2004-02-18 11:02:27 by RichardLink to How not to make me…

Yahoo Search

Well, you've probably read elsewhere that Yahoo! have just launched a new search engine (or rather, they've switched it in: no longer do they use Google results). It seems quite good — this page is #3 for Richard Newman, and my review page is #12. They return 20 results by default, which is an interesting change: if people don't normally go past page 1, then fit more on it!

Even for radiant primes I come up on numbers 12 and 13. Neat!

I wonder if they tie in their Yahoo! user information… it would be foolish not to, I suppose.

Ah yes:

NOTICE: We collect personal information on this site. To learn more about how we use your information, see our Yahoo Privacy Policy (Click here).

Very nice.

Posted at 2004-02-18 08:51:12 by RichardLink to Yahoo Search

Bluetooth, Address Book

Sweet! The most recent Bluetooth upgrade for OS X means that the P800 works properly with Address Book! I can actually dial calls and receive them from AB, and it doesn't spaz out!

Superb.

iSync has also been updated, but I have absolutely no idea what that does for me. It supports the SX1 and some other new phones, along with the usual improvements. Heh.

Posted at 2004-02-18 01:32:17 by RichardLink to Bluetooth, Address…

Motorways

It's days like this that make me realise just how fragile the motorway system is. One crash on the M4 Eastbound, near Junction 5, and there's a queue solid a few miles past 8/9 (where I join). Selfish people queue on the exit ramp from the motorway roundabout, until everything is totally blocked, which makes the other directions impossible to access. I only just managed to get through.

A similar problem arises with single-lane roads. One driver going 30 in a 40 zone, or 40 in a national, causes this immense queue, and makes me late! Cyclists have the same effect, exacerbated by them riding down a single-carriageway right next to a pristine, empty cycle path.

Solution: redundancy. Multi-lane roads, multiple roads, fenced-off zones, whatever. Let's knock down some cycle paths and railways, and let the car reign!

This post brought to you by Richard's inner driver.

Posted at 2004-02-18 01:15:22 by RichardLink to Motorways