Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Are Microsoft users dumb?

One of the emails I get from Microsoft had this in it.
Featured tip for Windows XP

Set your desktop PC background to a solid color
Tired of making decisions? If you're not interested in choosing a background picture that "reflects" you, don't put yourself through it--just pick a color for your background. Colors are easy.

1. Right-click the desktop and click Properties.
2. Click the Desktop tab in the dialog box and click None for your background.
3. Pick a color from the Color button to the right and click OK.

Featured tip is courtesy of the book Windows XP Killer Tips by Kleber Stephenson.

Do they really think that their users are so dumb or indecisive that they can't decide on a background picture that reflects who they are? Granted I don't use a background picture all the time, but it has nothing to do with me being indecisive, it has to do with the fact that the desktop icons are easier to find with nothing in their way. This has become less of an issue now that I use the quick launch bar, the Desktop sidebar, and slickrun. But still, a better suggestion would have been to make it easier to find your icons use a plain background, rather than insulting the largest base of computer users. What idiot editor let this out?

Friday, June 01, 2007

Strange Agile link

I'm almost finished reading "Practices of an Agile Developer". I flipped ahead to the Appendix to checkout the links section and there is a strange link to the "Tragedy on the Somme: A Second Balaclava". I don't know what this has to do with Agile, or how it made it through editing. Maybe it is like an easter egg in software, only hidden within the Appendix. Maybe one of the authors thought it would be funny to list it as an important resource.

Anyway, if you are interested in the battle, I hope you read it, if you are interested in Agile though, I hope you go to sites that are more informative on that topic.