Friday, January 19, 2007

Mind Boggling...

Some quick end-of-the-week rants...

1) Why are software version numbers getting so long? It seems pretty straightforward that there would be a need to differentiate between, say, Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. But really, is there any need for Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.1? What a conversation killer to compare out loud the virtues of version 2.0.0.1 from version 1.5.0.9. Microsoft actually has this one right. Windows 95 vs. 98, anyone?

2) Why is it that email clients still haven't made it realistic to use their software on web-based accounts? MS-Outlook won't work with my Gmail or Yahoo email accounts, and Mozilla's free and open-source client, Thunderbird, won't read my Hotmail. At least not without jumping through amazingly complicated hoops that no normal person would even attempt. A million dollar idea waiting to happen.

3) Best hacker mantra of the week: "Don't live to geek, geek to live". Lifehacker's philosophy of actually developing software that saves people time, rather than creating new ways of wasting time in front of our computer monitors.
  

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