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TaskRunner 3.2.1075 released.
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 19 September 2007 (7095 hits)
Category: TaskRunner

I put out a new version of TaskRunner today (3.2.1075). There are a crapload of new features.... that I intend to work into the app soon. Laughing  And I was working on doing just that when someone emailed me and pointed out a bug. So, as a result, instead of a crapload of new features, you get a couple minor features (that I had already finished) and that one bug fix. Cool

The only "feature" worth pointing out is the new "Translate" option in the Web Search. You can enter a line of text and automatically translate it to whatever language Google offers translation for at the moment.

Here's the full changelist:

Version 3.2.1075:

  • Fixed bug in Task form that stopped you from using a limitation between two times of day
  • Added "Translate" feature to Web Search.
  • Added option in TR Options to prompt before running Shutdown tasks
  • Updated backend database version



My taste in music is better than yours...
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 09 August 2007 (9119 hits)
Category: Musical

EDITORIAL NOTE (for lazy people): If you don't like to read paragraphs (for fear of hurting your brain) then please skip straight to the uber-funny sketch at the end of this article. If, on the other hand, you can actually handle reading more than four sentences in a group without your mind wandering off to thoughts of what's on TV tonight, then you can start reading here.... and now, on to the article.

Human behavior is intriguing. One such behavior is how the average person approaches the topic of taste in music. We all have tastes. Tastes in food. Tastes in men/women. Tastes in movies. You name it. But for some reason, no taste seems to carry with it the fervent arrogance and xenophobia that a person's taste in music often does. If you meet someone, and you start discussing food, chances are that you won't even notice if they mention liking a food that you dislike. Most people just accept it as normal. "Oh... you like fish, eh... I'm not a big fan it it." But mention a band that they hate, and watch the wonder that is human self-conceit... "What? You like Blink 182?!? Dude. They're, like, the worst band on the planet. Seriously. What's wrong with you? You really need to get a new taste in music". As if acquiring a new taste in anything is even physically possible, and as if there is such a thing as a "better" or "worse" taste in music. Now, for many of you, cognitive dissonance is already kicking in and telling you that, somehow, your taste in music IS indeed "better" or "more refined", but it's not. I know... it's hard to accept that what your ears prefer means absolutely nothing to anyone but you, but it's true. I'm sorry to have crushed your entire worldview. Laughing

Apple charges a 5 dollar cover fee just to browse their store!
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 23 July 2007 (5394 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 (9687 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 (5649 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 (27836 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...

TaskRunner 3.2 is out!!! Aren't you thrilled?!?!
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 27 March 2007 (6088 hits)
Category: TaskRunner

Well... I finally got around to putting out a new version of TaskRunner (3.2.1063). Its primary upgrades are architectural, so don't expect a huge amount of new features, but it does fix a bunch of bugs and make a bunch of small improvements. The biggest GUI improvement you'll notice is to the Web Search app. I over-hauled the interface and added a bunch of new sites that you can search. The major architectural changes are that it is now .NET 2.0 compatible (which helped in adding a bunch of the new features) and its back-end database was updated to a new version. Here's the change log...

Opening a new instance of the user's default browser... reliably.
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 23 March 2007 (19575 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 (4672 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 (5154 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 (5992 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...

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