Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Software -- Global Clipboard

Another free program from giveawayoftheday.com. I don’t like this one very much. Of course, I do like clipboard enhancers, but this particular one just isn’t that good. For one thing, there is no tree structure. You really want to be able to save the clips in a tree structure. Or, if you don’t want that, then you’re probably not an advanced user and could probably go by with one the freewares.

I often describe (good) software as "neat", to the point of overusing that poor adjective. Well, Global Clipboard isn’t neat. It contains unnecessary information (like number of chars of each clip -- totally uninteresting... for me anyway), and each slot takes up way to much space (which is especially bad since there is no tree structure; if you have more than six clips, you have to scroll back and forth to read and access them).

It does have some features that could be useful to some users (not me), like ability to save things that aren’t just text (like pictures and sound files).

It looks pretty good, despite the non-neatness.

For text that is going to be pasted repeatedly, Flashpaste is the best choice (like I’ve said before). For text just saved for later reading or reference, I use ClipPlus (which has a tree structure and a three panel window).

Oh, and another important thing. You can’t use Global Clipboard to actually read the text you’ve copied (except the first words of it), unless it is short enough to fit in one of the slots. You’ll have to load the text into memory (hoping you can identify the text based on that which you do see, the first words in the text) and paste it somewhere, or save the slot as a file and then read the file. ClipPlus with its three panel view, on the other hand, let you read the whole text -- one of the panels is used for exactly that. So ClipPlus is basically a complete text editor as well (although I only use it for reading saved clips and maybe make a few changes here and there.)

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Lack of precision II

Some people really ought to train themselves in being more precise. I wonder if maybe start doing an activity that demands precision would be of help to them. I think everyone would be well of having a hobby that demands precision. I’m thinking chess (or some other precise game), programming, math, maybe grammar. And trying to improve precision in writing directly too, but the problem with that is that it isn’t easy to measure precision in writing. In chess or math you really know whether you’re right or not. If you’re right in chess, your rating goes up.

When dealing with humans the opposite is often the case. The wrong and imprecise may very well also be that which is "working" best, so social interaction can carry a certain risk for one’s mental processes.

(And of course, those who do not express themselves precisely usually don’t understand precision in others either. Some people, for example, would respond to what I’m saying with something like "so you’re saying one should avoid or cut back on social interaction?" No, I’m not. Go play chess or something, and come back when you’ve learned to read. I know, I’m evil. What was that, not evil but pathetic and hostile? Whatever dude, whatever.)

(And BTW: with "precision" I don't mean nitpicking. If someone writes "he eat pizza today" that's grammatically wrong, but since you clearly understand what he is saying he's 100% precise and clear in the sense I'm talking about. The reason I included grammar as an area to study is more because of the mental training and not to actually learn grammar. Sounds strange, huh? Whatever, again. Lastly, English isn't my first language so I'm sure some of what I write isn't as clear as it should be. I'm trying, I'm trying. Sorry.)

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Lack of precision




















Okay, it has happened again. Someone has replied to something I wrote and that reply is unreadable in its vagueness. I don't know what he is trying to say, or even whether he is disagreeing with me or is agreeing but makes a few additional points. So what do I do know?

I could ask him what he means, but that can be risky at times, for a couple of reasons: 1. Some people interpret requests for clarifications as an attack, as if one is trying to rip his statements apart under the guise of "innocent questions", which isn't the case. 2. Some people makes the clarifications in a patronizing way (like, "okay, I'll explain it to you again, with simpler words and shorter sentences, let me know if it's still too difficult to you...", as if the reason one didn't understand to begin with is that one is a little slow rather than that the statements in fact were unclear (which they really are in this case). And then one has to decide how one should reply to that patronizing, which itself is kind of annoying.

Another way is to give a general answer (or "answer"). To just talk about the same issue but avoiding direct reference to anything he said. But that's somewhat sneaky and indirect.

I think I'll just ignore his post, but if he did indeed disagreed with me, he may interpret my silence as agreement, as if he made me change my mind (when I didn't even understand what he said).

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Anti-aging: boredom

One popular argument against not aging is that life would become boring after a while. Well, speaking for myself, I don’t think so. Life generally just gets more interesting. I’ve had (and have) problems, but boredom hasn’t been one of them. And I know pretty old people who isn’t the slightest bored. Boredom is the result of having a certain mind, certain values (or non-values), not a result of having lived too long (in fact, among the most easily bored are people who haven’t live much at all, children.)

But even if everyone would get bored after a while (say, after 250 years). So what? I’d rather live with a young body until I am 250 and then take my life, than dying at age 85 having spent most of my life gradually getting older (with everything that implies). Heck, I would rather live until I’m just 60 than 85 if I could do so in a young body.

No one is going to force anyone to extend their life. It’s just a option, take it or leave it. If you feel life is more exiting decaying and dying, that’s fine. Just don’t stand in our way.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Battlestar Galactica III

Woo! Just saw a couple of very good BG episodes. I’ve reached the middle of season two now [actually, this post was queued, and I have now seen the whole second season], and things have changed in a very interesting way, and they used that change of background to create 2-3 very good episodes (but it’s a change of a more lasting nature). The dialog have suddenly become better too.

Wait a minute, am I withholding information out of consideration, not wanting to give spoilers? Haha. I haven’t even got any readers. So here’s what happened, broadly speaking: they found another surviving fleet, which opens up many new possibilities plot- and character-wise. And they’ve already taken full advantage of that and created a few episodes that would have been impossible with the earlier setup.

[And now, after having seen the whole season, some other even more important plot-turns have occurred. The found a planet on which they settled -- against the better knowledge of some of them --, and a year later the cylons arrived to occupy them. Or so it seems, that’s how the season ended. The ships managed to escape, and the colony became occupied.]

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Friday, February 16, 2007

fight aging

If I stay alive for another 20 years or so, I (and everyone else) might stay alive for a long, long time thereafter. The medical area of longevity could have come a long way by then, and it is possible that the process of aging can be slowed. That’s the first step, then comes the stopping of the processes completely, and lastly to turn it around and make the body (including the brain) biologically younger. That would mean goodbye forever to dying of old age. Most experts, as I understand it, think that aging will be stopped and reversed one day, although most think that lies further into the future. But some intelligent, reasonable and knowledgeable people think that 20 year is enough to get some good results in the area (although just a genuine slowing of the aging process, not a stopping or a reversal - but a slowing is enough to begin with, it’ll buy you some extra time.)

On the other hand, in twenty years the world may have been ripped to pieces in another global war. There is a war coming...

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Three times a week

I’ve decided to post here three times a week: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. May God strike down upon me with furious anger should I ever neglect post on any of these days.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Software -- Flashpaste

I’ve bought a license to the software Flashpaste, a program I’ve found to be of great help with some things. It is a place to store text snippets in an arranged and easily accessible way. What kind of text? Any kind that you use often, so that you can paste the text from this storage. For most people this is probably not very meaningful, but for a programmer, however, it is very useful, as many instructions are similar. They are rarely identical, but what you do is that you store a kind of template of a certain type, and then paste that template and change/fill in whatever the detail should be.

It is somewhat expensive given how simple it is (30$), but it comes with a lifetime of free updates which is great (most software sells with a free updates for a year or until the next major update), and I think I will be using it for a long time.

It is very neat. It is possible to access the snippets with the least amount of clicks as is possible. It sits in the system tray and is activated with one click, and a small window opens. You locate the snippet in a tree structure of your own creation, and when you click the desired text it is automatically pasted to wherever the cursor is at the moment (make sure it’s correctly placed), and then the window closes automatically.

The software has another mode also (dual-mode) -- if the symbol in the tray is double-clicked another window opens (the earlier described window is by the way as small as possible, which is nice. It’s not as if you open a big clunky program), to where you can add new snippets at a desired location. It was a good decision to have a specific window for this part rather than trying to combine the two.

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