Canon Powershot G3 Pictures

While doing research on the Canon Powershot G3 I ran across some gorgeous pictures taken with one; thought I’d share.

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Yertle-ing

A couple weeks back, I made a reference to John Gruber’s article about the poor design of the OS X Finder.
Well, not everyone agrees; Jonathan Crowe gave an alternative perspective: it works just fine, thankyouverymuch. John Gruber has since written a followup to his original article, in it quoting Mr. Crowe. Mr Crowe has, in turn, posted a reply.
This whole thing reminds me of a game my friends and I would play back in elementary school. We’d all stack our hands together, one on top of another. There was always someone — dissatisfied with being on the bottom — that would take their hand and put it on top. This process would repeat until eventually the whole thing fell apart.
What’s my view? I think Apple should call the “Finder” in OS X something else, since it really bears little resemblance to the Finder of the past 15 years. At least then we might be able to view it as a “good start” or something.

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Not a slack Sat

Had a good day today:

  • Got the exhaust system completely replaced on the Altima ($288 after parts and labor and tax)
  • Bought the O’Reilly “Ant” book
  • Bought a tall caramel macchiato at the ‘Bucks inside Barnes and Noble
  • Checked out the Powershot G2 at Best Buy (they didn’t have the Powershot G3 in stock “yet” — come on, it’s been out for a couple months now)
  • Took the Altima for its first carwash
  • Bought a footlong sweet onion chicken teryaki sub at SubWay
  • Simon switched from cable to DSL — no hitch here! Pings are quicker too! (okay so I didn’t have to do much for this one)
  • Did some more research on market prices for the Powershot G2/G3 via eBay
  • Went to work, got a feature completed!
  • Returned and rented a DVD
I am productivity man!

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Vacation: Update

[12:13pm]
Haven’t gotten a chance to talk to my manager yet; I’ll try this afternoon.
[update: 3:14pm]
Caught him as he was getting ready to leave (he was going house shopping). So apparently the CEO said there’s a 90% chance the company will close, but there’s no definite answer yet. I pondered out loud to my manager. “So it’s a bit of a gamble.” “It’s a bit of a gamble,” he said back. He had to leave quickly; he asked me to call him on his cell later if I wanted to talk about it more.
[update: 5:52pm]
My manager’s manager — Nigel — stopped by today and had a couple pieces of news. First, the software department might be getting another person soon! Alright!!
Second, Nigel said it’s “almost a sure thing but there’s no guarantee” the company will be closing between Christmas and New Year’s. So, hmm. Now I’m somewhere between 90% and a sure thing.
I called my manager on his cell to speak to him about this and a couple of other things; unfortunately, got the voice mail, so I only talked about those other things. I’m going to call when I get home.
[update: 6:55pm]
Got a hold of him on his cell. Unfortunately, he told me couldn’t say for sure if I could go yet. He did recommend I do something I hadn’t investigated yet: check the ticket cancellations policies. He told me that some airlines give up until 48 hrs before the flight to cancel without penality.
He also said to “tell your family I’m not a bad guy; I just don’t have the full authority here.” Apparently he’s in the same boat as I am. His sister is going to be in Miami over Christmas; they haven’t seen each other for four years. If we don’t get the time off he won’t be able to see her either. Although most of the remaining issues regarding the product relate to the hardware side of things, if something unexpected goes wrong, all of us — hardware and software — might need to be back here.
He added that it’s very likely that our CEO is going to make a formal announcement at the Christmas dinner that’s happening next Thursday. That’s a quite the wait; I’m going to look into those refundable ticket prices/policies when I get home.

‘Lil Lust List

Now’s as good a time to create it as any, right? 🙂
Scroll down and click that “wishlist” link to discover a few things I want need.

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Vacation: Update

Haven’t gotten a chance to speak with my manager yet. He’s been out of his office practically all day.
[update, 3:21pm]
Spoke to him. He explained that he had thought about it since yesterday. It is a really critical time for the company, and he has no idea what our need for resources is going to be at the end of the year. When our CEO originally floated the rumor about closing the company for two weeks, he wanted no-one in the building. My manager said that right now, he thinks there’s a 70% chance that the company will close — but that means we have two less weeks for testing.
He also said that I put him in a really tough position; that he is a human being too. He’d really like to be able to tell me that I can just go jump on a plane and go home. “When you originally asked,” he said, “I intended to get back to you soon.” He hadn’t because he doesn’t like to tell people no.
The feeling I was getting was that his answer was going to be no, but I wanted him to tell me that, so I kept my mouth shut. That’s probably a good thing, since he went on to say that at the end of the week, he’ll hear the final decision about whether or not the company is closing for two weeks. “You’ll be the first to know,” he said.
Cheers to that.

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