June 14th, 2002


Mac Person Detection

weather: sunny
mood: amused

I swear, Windows can detect Mac people. One of our Mac developers (D) fired up his PC for the first time in weeks and it gave him no end of hell... and the stuff that happened to him doesn't happen to me and doesn't happen to the dual PC/Mac developers here.

D's Start Menu wasn't going away even after he clicked on his desktop, it wouldn't go away when he hit Escape either. Then he figured he'd click on the Start button again thinking that it would toggle the display off. Instead of doing what he wanted, it launched some weird application that he'd never heard of before.

Then, the mysterious application tripped on something starting up and gave him a usual cryptic error pop-up box with the "OK" and "Cancel" button. Of course, it was worded in a way that you couldn't tell which one to press to make it just bugger off and die. He clicks "Cancel" because that made the most sense to him. Personally, I would have pulled up the ... Windows equivalent of top and kill -9 it that way - I'm completely drawing a blank, I cannot remember what that thing is called for the life of me!

Anyway, D's PC then launched the Visual Studio 6.0 Debugger and coughed up a whole bunch of errors there. So, he finally got to the end of the line, to the point where he could close pop-up boxes and everything off, go back to the mysterious application that launched the debugger, get that closed off and back to Square One.

We were laughing the whole time, joking about how it detected D, got pissed off and ran the Microsoft BECOME_A_BITCH() module. =D =D =D


Word of the Day - "Rosetta Stone"

weather: sunny
mood: calm

Rosetta Stone \roh-ZEH-tuh-stohn\ noun
     1 : a black basalt stone found in 1799 that bears an inscription in hieroglyphics, demotic characters, and Greek and is celebrated for having given the first clue to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics
     *2 : one that gives a clue to understanding

Example usage:
     "There is no reason patients shouldn't be able to understand the prescriptions they are given without a Rosetta stone." (Joe Graedon, et al, The Springfield [Mass.] Union-News, March 2, 1990)

Did you know?
     We still use the word "hieroglyphics" for something difficult to decipher, but 200 years ago, the term was more literal -- it referred to an Egyptian writing system that was utterly unintelligible to modern man. So when an inscribed stone about the size of a coffee table was discovered in an Egyptian town called "Rosetta" ("Rashid" in Arabic), it changed the course of language history. The Rosetta stone, as it came to be called, held a key. Probably written by Egyptian priests in the 2nd century B.C., its hieroglyphic text repeated a text written in familiar Greek. As a result, Egyptologists were able to decipher the symbols. Today we also use "Rosetta stone" figuratively, as we have since the early 20th century, for other clue providers.

* Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

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