Copying Files

My wife’s ancient PC finally died; it was a $400 Gateway we bought many years ago. Fortunately the hard drive was OK, so here I am, transferring the files from the old hard drive to a different PC. This process takes forever and is really annoying when it comes to application migration.

Here’s something PC users might not realize about OSX: most apps are simply dropped into the applications directory. I assume that moving most apps from one Mac to another is as simple as copying these directories. (I could be wrong, my Mac hasn’t died yet, so I have not had to try this!)

This is certainly not the case on Windows, where each application builds a web of intricate registry references, requiring a fresh install when moving to a new PC. What a pain.

For most applications, the Windows Registry seems like a huge design flaw. Why does a simplistic application like Print Shop need the Registry at all? Can’t installation be as simple as unzipping into Program Files and storing user preferences under each user’s profile directory?

I’m done with my rant. I feel better. Files are still copying…this could be a long night.

Twitter Killed the Blog

Several people have asked me why I don’t blog more. The truth is, Twitter is a lot more convenient. When something pops into my brain, I throw it onto Twitter. Here is my username:

@burke_eric

Twitter is mostly nonsense, just an outlet for me to say strange things while my computer is busy compiling or copying files. During those brief moments of down time, “Tweeting” is instantaneous, while posting to my blog takes more commitment.

By the time the day is over, my itch to write is mostly gone, so I write less here. I have the best intentions to spend more quality time blogging, but I’m not making any promises.

(I know I’m not the only one…someone I work with mentioned he created a Twitter account just to follow all the people he used to follow via their blogs. Apparently many blogs have gone dormant thanks to Twitter, which is a damn shame, because many thoughts require more than 140 characters.)

Award Winning Journalism

I saw this gem a few minutes ago:

They are searching for a murderer who apparently wrecked his car at 3:00 AM a few blocks from my house, and is now on the loose. On my way to work this morning I drove down Bryan Road, where the police were stopping everyone and searching for the guy.

The comments on the article might be written by the same person:

Me Meme

Via Mario

  1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
  2. Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
  3. Post that picture with NO editing.
  4. Post these instructions with your picture.

Font Advice

What font should I use in my comics? I realize people are passionate about fonts, but I doubt most people have the expertise to explain why one font is better than another.

I admit it, I do not “get” fonts. Most look the same to me, and I do not know what makes one font “good” and another “bad”.

Thus, I seek your advice. Leave a comment and tell me what font to use in the comics. Preferably back it up with some explanation. Without that explanation, I won’t know why your favorite font is any better than someone else’s favorite font.