I have had a couple experiences lately where new versions of software I have been using simply didn’t cut it. The older versions did a better job of it and I wound up removing the new versions and restoring the older ones.
One example is Adobe Reader 7.0 (formerly Adobe’s Acrobat Reader). I am curious if anyone else has had the same experience as me. The main issue I had was copying text from a pdf document and pasting it in a word processing program. It just doesn’t translate and I crashed my word processor (OpenOffice.org) twice till I worked out there is a glitch with Adobe Reader. That alone was enought to put me off so I went and removed it and reinstalled version 6.0. I am a huge fan of pdf’s and I use them often to preserve documents I send by email or store so I was really disappointed with Adobe Reader 7.0.
Another piece of software which let me down a bit is OpenOffice.org version 1.9.65. This issue is a little different so I am going to qualify what I am about to say. First this is a preview version of the soon to be released version 2.0 so it is a little buggy and that is likely the cause of the problems I experienced last night. So perhaps this should really serve as a caveat for those out there who, like me, tend to download the new one immediately and expect it to be perfect. Anyway, I have been working on a manual for Reiki classes I am going to be giving at the end of the month and I have already completed about two thirds of it (44 pages and counting). I had just downloaded and installed two Microsoft Security patches (a-ha! some may say) and I was being prompted to reboot my PC to complete the installation (which I didn’t want to do right away because I would lose the decent dial-up connection I managed to secure for that session). Right about then OpenOffice.org started acting very strangely and froze up. To make things worse, it refused to open my manual. I had visions of going back to some old version and spending another 2 months rewriting my manual.
I tried to repair the installation and even removed it from my PC altogether and then reinstalled it. Still, it refused to open my manual. It does get worse. After the reinstallation, it opened other documents I had on disc and my backup on my USB memory device also didn’t open. Right about now I had a vision of two corrupt versions and more gnashing of teeth. My last resort was to reinstall version 1.1.3 (the current stable version is version 1.1.4) and that opened the manual perfectly! Yay! After I managed that feat, the new version (which I kept on my PC) also opened the manual and all was good and thoroughly backed up! Just goes to show that the new version (especially the beta versions) are not always better than the older ones. It does pay to wait for the new one to be finalised and released as a stable version.
I would like to point out that I won’t move to Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org is a pretty amazing piece of software and the fact that it is free is even better! If you can’t afford Microsoft Office, install OpenOffice.org and give it a go.
I had a good laugh earlier. I was walking back from my preferred lunchtime hangout, a Seattle Coffee Company shop in an Exclusive Books store nearby, when I noticed one of their vans in the parking lot of the parking garage. I snapped some photos of the back of the van. Take a look, you’ll see why …
The Seattle Coffee Company is our version of Starbucks and they are pretty much all positioned inside an Exclusive Books bookstore and that makes for many long lunches at a table with a drink of some description either reading a book, working (not ideal for work though) or just watching the pretty people walk past.
I have these fantasies of parking off there with a laptop (preferrably an Apple Powerbook) and working on my current and brilliant project while sipping chai lattes and chatting to the nice people who work there. That will be my reality when I leave my current job and go do all the fabulous things I have in the pipeline.
I am sure I am not the only one who has seen what is going on at Apple. I saw a link off Scobleizer to the Apple mini. I checked it out and, my hat, it is a sexy little box!
Update: Apparently these two little guys are going to arrive in South Africa in a month or two. I am looking forward to seeing these two for real and to see how much they will cost here. My heart is still set on an Apple Powerbook and a 40GB iPod. One day, when I am a multi-millionaire media mogul …
This little wonder is just plain amazing! You basically plug in your keyboard, mouse and monitor and off you go. It is basically a portable CPU with a decent processor and hard-drive. Then, just when I think I couldn’t be more impressed with those buggers at Apple, they also have a baby version of the iPod (and I am not talking about the iPod Mini either). This little one is called the iPod shuffle and it is basically smaller and you just get to press play. It pretty much shuffles and plays your stuff in some or other order. Hence the name.
I came across this brilliant site as a link on a Sun executive’s blog. It takes a pretty realistic look at possible advances in the presentation of totally customised media by two growing giants in the media industry – Google and Microsoft. The ‘history’ is plotted through to 2014 and it really isn’t that implausible at all! It is very possible given the current state of the Net. It is both scary and very exciting. Take a look!
I was in the process of getting through all my mail I came across this one on Eclecticism and gave it a go (you can call me The Procrastinator!):
Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence
You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.
You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.
I have been knocking off a bunch of emails today (as you can imagine I just might in the course of a work day) and I found myself looking for a blockquote function in my mail program (Novell GroupWise if you must know). I realised how used to the blogging interface I have become. Blogging for the last 2 to 3 months has introduced me to different ways of publishing information and I realised that there really isn’t a big difference when it comes to email which need to have useful content. There is often a way to represent that content better and having had the benefit of blogging for such a short time span has given me a couple ideas how to convey info to my clients in ways which are far more efficient than before.
As I mentioned last night, we went to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
last night. If you haven’t seen it already I recommend it. We had a
great time and loved the way the movie was presented. It is an
adventure movie set in the 1940s. Jude Law
plays Sky Captain, the local saviour and guy to call when things go
bad. He is called upon to tackle the growing threat posed by
mysterious robots and machines as they plunder the world’s natural and
mechanical resources as a part of a nefarious plot to wreak havoc on
the world. Gwyneth Paltrow is the very sexy and determined reporter out to get her story. The movie also features Giovanni Ribisi and Angelina Jolie in the roles of geek/sidekick and gorgeous British commander of an aerial aircraft carrier, respectively.
G tells me that on the actors were real. The rest of the movie was
CGI. It was a visual feast (love that phrase) and the effects were
seamless with the live action. This is a perfect Sunday
afternoon/evening movie. It is fun, keeps you on the edge of your seat
and looks amazing!