Windows 7

Windows 7
   There is much talk on the Internet about Windows 7. Most of the reviews are highly positive and there are many that proclaim that Windows 7 will save the world from the dreaded Vista. However there are few that actually saw the truth. And the truth is that internally Windows 7 is just Vista. What is more interesting is that with the current beta it is no different than Vista on the outside. This just shows that tech reviewers are morons. The same people that wrote gigabytes of text to prove that Vista is bad are now doing the same to prove that Vista (renamed to Windows 7) is really good. Wait! I predicted it all. However there was something much more interesting in Windows 7 that no one was mentioning until now...

Update 13.01.2009:
Here is a review that agrees completely with what I have written:

http://arstechnica.com/articles/paedia/windows-7-beta.ars/1

Notice that the article was published two days after mine :)
Last edited by:   Stilgar
on   16:55 13.01.2009
Posted by:   Stilgar
15:17 09.01.2009

The Broken Web 2

   If you have not done so be sure to check my first rant about the Web and how broken it is here.

   I was gathering more insight on the state of the web and now I am almost scared. Lets start with some pictures showing the behavior of some well-known, standards-compliant browsers. These screenshots are from a real project of mine. The project is still not visible from the outside world so I did not check it with an HTML validator but I usually write valid XHTML and even if this piece happens to be invalid (which I doubt) I can guarantee that the visual differences are not caused by validation errors. Probably most of you know that valid markup guarantees nothing about how this markup will be displayed in different browsers.
Posted by:   Stilgar
01:30 01.01.2009

Valve Made Me Mad

   I was browsing the Steam Store today with the intent to buy Left 4 Dead. However the price seemed a bit high. At 45€ I had better buy the retail version which costs only 70 leva (about 36€) in Bulgaria. After asking around it seems that there is no way to revert back to USD. I was furious so I submitted the following support ticket:

   Hello,

   It seems like the option to revert back to US currency is missing. Will you please manually revert my account to USD as it was before. Also I hope that you will able to fix this BUG soon because as it seems other people ( http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=770231 ) cannot find the option either. I am absolutely sure that it is just a software BUG that you are not aware of and Valve did not mean to insult the European players' intelligence. I have been a loyal Valve and Steam customer for years. I like buying my games online but if Steam games are going to stay 30% more expensive than their retail versions I will have to go back to buying useless boxes from retailers. Another good workaround until you fix the BUG will be to ask my friends living in the USA to buy me games as a gift.

   Also if you do not fix this BUG I will probably change my opionion about your great customer service and may stop buying every game that Valve releases. What is more I am not looking at third party products but at Valve's own Left4Dead and I am comparing the prices with the retail prices here in Bulgaria in the European Union.

   To sum up my question: WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING?


   It seems that a lot of people are pissed off. This 120+ pages thread on the Steam forums proves it as does this 8000+ steam group. If Valve do not fix this after the holidays I am going to file a complaint to the European Commission as suggested in the thread.
Posted by:   Stilgar
04:50 24.12.2008

Upgrade 1.0.9

   I have deployed the new version of the no-blog which contains several improvements:

   1. Added page size setting for the comments.
   2. Clicking latest comments now takes the user to the comment and not just to the news item page.
   3. Removed link to the CSS file from every comment or news item. This means less HTML validation errors.

   I have calculated that moving to the comment after clicking on the latest comments takes on average 2 seconds and even more if the comment is not on the first page. Considering that this no-blog has millions of readers and each of them loses 2+ seconds every time a comment is posted I have just saved thousands of manhours. You can start expressing your gratitude now.

   As always you can download the source code on Codeplex.
Posted by:   Stilgar
22:51 22.12.2008

Ninja

    Who is stronger the white ninja or the black ninja? And who can defeat the white ninja and the black ninja together?

.NET Ninja!

.NET Ninja!

THE .NET NINJA!

    mkochanov is my username in the company domain.

Posted by:   Stilgar
16:25 21.12.2008
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