Bangkok Diary Monday 12 November 2007: Widgets to Make Thai Computer Engineering Students Alert
Graham K. Rogers
I can always tell when Apple has a winner. There are a few things worrying me as a user right now with OS X, Leopard, but I am sure this will all be fixed sooner or later (hopefully sooner).
I know when we are headed in the right direction by the reactions from my students: with (very) few notable exceptions, Windows users to the core. One uses Ubuntu Linux; another has a MacBook but uses Windows; a third is on his second Mac (the first was stolen); and one more is beginning to get interested in the idea of programming for OS X.
Once in a while, when I use the Mac it hits home, although there have been some unusual glitches in the last couple of weeks, particularly related to graphics and the use of projectors. The Mac is usually plug and play here, while the students have been brought to tears on occasion by the need to reconfigure and reboot and pray.
One problem I am finding seems to be related to the cables and that is easy to get round. Others -- when an application works one day and not the next, or fails at work then is perfect in my office later -- are annoying and suggest more work from Cupertino is going to be needed.
My students have been particular impressed of late by some of the effects in Keynote, and loved the flaming trasnsition, which I deliberately extended: my ego is on show too.
I had about 5 or 10 minutes for each application, although stretched it a bit for iPhoto, then merged some of the Safari section with ther first look at Terminal when I showed them how to activate the Debug menu:
I looked briefly at the Safari search facility -- command + F -- which highlights each appearance of a word or string within the text and increases that to a yellow color as one scrolls through the occurrances.
I later added a small New Yorker widget for my own amusement.
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