Hunt for the best console font

I'm pretty picky about my terminal font. I can't stand using "thin" fonts on the terminal, like Lucida Console or Courier New. Perhaps it's because a good thick font reminds me of the old QBasic days, under DOS. For years I've been true to Fixedsys -- a terminal-like font that's been supplied with Windows since the early days. It's fairly similar to the old 80x25 VGA OEM font.

Leave me alone

Pretty much everytime I walk through the city I am accosted by some random asking for money. "Man, spare change for the bus" (piss off you'll just spend it on grog). "Excuse me, can I borrow some money for food?" (despite the old man being morbidly obese). I am sick and tired of it. Just cause I live in the city doesn't mean I'll give you money! I work hard for every dollar I earn. Oh but you're a public servant, people say, you don't work at all. Except for the fact that I worked hard for 13 years in school and then spent another grueling 4 years at university.

Firefox performance a line item

When building (or selecting) a new computer, if you use Firefox, the general rule is;

  • "How much memory do you need?" ... then add 1GB for Firefox.
  • "How many cores do you want?" ... then add another core for Firefox to consume.

It's a sad state of affairs when Firefox becomes a line-item when building a computer. But alas, this is the case. Firefox is notorious for memory leaks, and consuming 100% of an entire CPU core for minutes on end.

Why there's no incentive for IE8

Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft's motivation behind Internet Explorer was not profit. After all, how can you profit off a free browser? Microsoft's primary driver behind IE was more likely control. Back in 1995, the web was becoming quite a force. "e-commerce" had been around for almost a year, and Microsoft could clearly see that Netscape was doing quite well. No tech company wants another company driving control of the medium and the standards developed around it.

Merit not based on Open Source

Jeff Atwood and Ben Collins-Sussman both believe that there are two distinct camps of software developers: The "20%", and the "80%".

The 20% folks are what many would call "alpha" programmers

The problem is that Sussman largely defines the 20% as actively participating in open source projects. In fact, it's so important, that he mentions it twice in his article.

I agree with most of his definition;

Greens extremists are hypocrites

Some extreme left-wing loonies have decided to drive around in vans, giving away free ice cream to raise awareness for climate change. They're handing out "climate change report cards" to patrons, which assess the political parties on the topic of climate change.

I'm rather disappointed the Greens party only scored a 90% on the scorecard. Clearly their anti-economy anti-progress anti-growth policies simply just don't go far enough.

Lift usability

There's an increasing number of lifts around Canberra that require you to swipe a proximity card before the lift permits you to press the buttons. It's been a long established de-facto standard that if you press a button in a lift and the button lights up, your command has been accepted.

A large number of the lifts requiring prox-card access are made by the Otis Elevator Company. Otis' lift firmware has a few usability issues. Two particular issues come to mind: