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Apple charges a 5 dollar cover fee just to browse their store!
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 23 July 2007 (5150 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

I just stumbled across this story about how Apple is going to start charging people a $5 entrance fee just to get into their Apple stores. Can you freaking believe that? Seriously... I thought I'd seen it all when it came to the ridiculous lengths of Apple's smug marketing and aloof users, but this one definitely takes the cake. This just cements Apple, and all of the preening tossers who use their products, as the pretentious goobers that I've always known them to be. Now, it's not like I've ever been tempted to go into an Apple store (lest I lose 50% of my IQ and start drooling out of the corners of my mouth), but there's no way on earth it's gonna happen now. Oh yeah... and it gets even better...

Digg's new comment system gives me ulcers...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 23 July 2007 (9370 hits)
Category: Nerdery










But I DID refresh the page... AND restart the browser... AND clear my history... AND delete my cookies..... yet still you torture me!!!


WHY?!?!?! ...WHY, I SAY?!?!


(a thousand pardons for the blog spam, but I had to get that off my chest Tongue out)



Apple takes a stab at Vista... and misses.
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 12 June 2007 (5456 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

As vastly superior to Microsoft as Apple is, they (in their benevolence) will occasionally throw us poor Windows users a bone every once in a while. And it looks like that once in a while is right now (yay for us!!).  Just this week, Apple took a stab at porting their oh-so-popular browser (Safari) over to Windows Vista... unfortunately, they overestimated their ability to write anything other than fluffy apps that don't do anything useful. Laughing Apparently, this little bundle of Apple joy came with bugs, exploits, and a complete lack of standard features.

Unequivocal, undeniable, irrefutable proof that the new Office 2007 interface sucks...
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 13 April 2007 (27068 hits)
Category: Nerdery

That's right ladies and gentlemen... today I'm going to offer conclusive proof that the new Office 2007 interface has been endowed with copious amounts of suckage...

...but first, I'm going to ramble on for a bit (much like I do at the beginning of all of my articles, before actually getting to any kind of point or useful content). Tongue out

As many of you may know... I very quickly grew an intense dislike for the new Office 2007 layout (or interface, or GUI, or menu system, or whatever you wanna call it) the minute I was forced to use it at work. You may think it's because I'm a luddite, but that's not the case at all... I rather like new things... just so long as they don't make my life a living hell. You may also think that I just like to bash Microsoft for fun... but that's blatantly untrue... I would never bash Microsoft just for fun.. that's what I have Apple for. Tongue out

But after ranting about how much Office 2007's new look sucks, and trying to find ways around its idiosyncrasies, and hacking together a (very lousy) way to get it to (kind of) look like Office 2000 (or 2003), I was finally delivered from my turmoil (at least for now).

And I thought that was the end of it... I figured my articles would just fall into oblivion (much like every other article that I write on this site Tongue out) and I would move on with my nerdy little life... but it appears I won't be able to forget them so easily...

Opening a new instance of the user's default browser... reliably.
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 23 March 2007 (18888 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

OK. Here's the problem... I want my .NET application (in this case, TaskRunner) to open a new instance of the user's default browser and direct it to a URL. Sounds simple, right? Well of course not.... this is Microsoft we're talking about. Tongue out

Now, this is the part where you offer your pointless suggestions and ask irrelevant questions and tell me how I'm being an idiot for ignoring the oh-so-obvious solution to this problem... ("Hey stupid... just use Process.Start and pass it the URL!!"). But  notice that I said that I want to open a NEW instance of the user's browser. Unfortunately, if the user has Internet Explorer as their default browser, Process.Start (with a URL) will very often... not always, but sometimes (for reasons only known to Bill Gates himself) reuse an existing browser and direct it to the URL. So let's say you're sitting there replying to an email.... you've been up all night typing out some sappy love note to your girlfriend to try to get her to change her mind about dumping you... and you open TaskRunner's "WebSearch" app so you can search for snippets of crappy poety to include in your letter. Well, if IE is your default browser, then the WebSearch may very well commandeer the browser that you were using to compose that masterpiece of an email and direct you away from the work that you've spent hours pouring your heart into, thus erasing all that effort (and waste of emotion Tongue out).

Why, you ask? Because Process.Start(URL) does NOT always open a new instance of IE... but fortunately, I figured out how.... so you don't have to go through all the pain and emotional anguish of losing that email.

Maddox on Macs...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 12 March 2007 (4450 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

Just a quick link for y'all. One of my favorite internet writers has finally chimed in on Macs. Why am I not surprised which side he came in on? Tongue out

Maddox on Macs.



Fun with demotivators...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 07 February 2007 (4963 hits)
Category: Misc Mentations

Demotivators have been around for a while. I remember getting a good laugh out of them back when I first discovered the site. My favorites are the ones that best portray my own personal worldviews... such as Indifference... and Pessimism... and my personal favorite, Procrastination.

At some point since I've been there last (which was quite a while ago), they added this nifty new feature where you can make your own Demotivator. Well, now... that's the type of fun I can really get into... and after a buddy of mine sent me a feeble attempt to insult my superior computing skills, the floodgates opened... and these are the results.

A gift from a Mac user....
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 06 February 2007 (5725 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

A buddy of mine who uses a Mac made me my very own Demotivator... I thought you all might like to see it.


now... we all know that it should say, "When you are too smart to run a Mac"... but hey... it's the thought that counts.

And since I'm such a thoughtful guy... I figured I'd make him his very own demotivator too...

Random Apple bashing and what nots....
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 06 February 2007 (7543 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

I've spent so much time lately complaining about my unfortunate brush with the lousy new "Office 2007" (which I narrowly avoided , much to my delight), that I've completely forgotten to waste any of my time berating Apple computers and their pretentious users..... silly me! Cool

So let's rectify that little problem right now. I have not one.... not two.... but THREE different stories that I will use to ridicule Apple, and Macs, and Mac users, and pretty much anything Apple related in general. It should be loads of fun, so pull up a chair...

Corporate HQ saves the day...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 31 January 2007 (7178 hits)
Category: Nerdery

Just as the darkest hour seemed to be upon me.... just as I was ready to give up my quest to get a decent, efficient customized GUI in Office 2007.... just as I was about to throw up my hands and give in to a life of slow, inefficient navigation at the hands of the bloated "Ribbon"....... my Corporate office saves the day.

So I'm sittin' at my desk minding my own buidness when I get an email... someone in IT informs me that Corporate has raised some concerns about us using Outlook 2007 because it causes some kind of issue with the corporate email server. My eyes lit up.... what's that I see on the horizon??? Is it a gleaming beacon of hope??!? Is there a chance that I don't have to suffer through using Outlook 2007 anymore, or possibly even --*gasp*-- any Office 2007 applications???

Getting back the old GUI in Office 2007.... sort of.
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 14 December 2006 (26070 hits)
Category: Nerdery

Normally, right about now I would link you to a previous article about how much I hate the new Office 2007 GUI (as a means to get you caught up).... but there are just so many of them now... it would take too long. Tongue out Suffice it to say, I hate the new interface and find it extremely counter-intuitive and inefficient.... so I decided to change that.

As anyone who's spent any time looking into customizing Office 2007 knows.......... it sucks. Modifying the Ribbon is much more involved and restrictive than modifying the CommandBars, and QAT modification is a slow waste of time. The only hope (kind of) that we've been given is that whenever we use code (for Office 2000-2003) to add a button to a CommandBar, that button gets dumped into a Ribbon called "Add-Ins". Well.... this gave me an idea. Since I know how to control CommandBars quite easily... and since any CommandBars I create are gonna end up in the "Add-Ins" ribbon... why don't I just recreate the entire Menu and Toolbar system in the Add-Ins ribbon and just ignore the rest of the Ribbons.

After much toil and tears... I was able to do just that......... for the most part. Tongue out

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