Thank you God

FOR THE WIFE
WHO SAYS IT’S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME,
AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

FOR THE HUSBAND
WHO IS ON THE SOFA
BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME
AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.

FOR THE TEENAGER
WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME,
NOT ON THE STREETS.

FOR THE TAXES I PAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM EMPLOYED.

FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE
BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.

FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.

FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE

FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING,
WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING,
AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.

FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING
I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT
BECAUSE IT MEANS
WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH..

FOR THE PARKING SPOT
I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING
AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TRANSPORTATION.

FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I AM WARM.

FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH
WHO SINGS OFF KEY BECAUSE IT MEANS
I CAN HEAR.

FOR THE PILE OF LAUNDRY AND IRONING
BECAUSE IT MEANS
I HAVE CLOTHES TO WEAR.

FOR WEARINESS AND ACHING MUSCLES
AT THE END OF THE DAY
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN
CAPABLE OF WORKING HARD.

FOR THE ALARM THAT GOES OFF
IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM ALIVE.

AND FINALLY, FOR TOO MUCH E-MAIL
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE
FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING OF ME.

Expose for Windows..

I’m a multi-window kinda guy, in GNOME you can have it raise the window when cycling throught them alt-tab style, Windows XP doesn’t do this, so when you’ve loads of windows from the same app open (say IE windows for OWA), it can be a pain finding the right window. Apple’s Mac OS X has a neat feature called expose which shows you all your windows at a glance at the press of a button, allowing you to select the one you want.

There are several expose style addons for windows available, Entbloess, WinPLOSION and WindowsExposer to name a few. At first glance Entbloess seemed to fit my needs, so I grabbed a copy to try & quickly bought a copy (a whole $9.99 I think, which is a price all simple software should be!).

It seems to work quite well, but it has some quirks that are getting annoying:

  • If you minimise all your windows using the Quick Launch bar’s “Show Desktop”, it has to restore all windows before doing it’s thing, which if you have a dozen plus windows open can take time!
  • It seems to just popup, completely unprompted every now & then!

I’ve since discovered that the random startups were due to the “Mouse Hotspots” activation method still being enabled, so that one was my fault. The restoring of minimised windows is also controllable, but only to the point where you can tell it to either show the caption bar or minimised them after they have been restored. Hmm, me thinks Apple’s OS X still has the edge on this..

Along the way I found a couple of Microsoft PowerToys that might also come some way to making life easier to find the right window, Alt-Tab Replacement, handily called TaskswitchPowertoysetup.exe, and Virtual Desktop Manager, also with another annoying name missmatch, DeskmanPowerToySetup.exe.

Taskswitch is pretty slick, given that it’s almost instant, but seems to suffer from the same kind of problem, if the window is minimised, that all you get to see is the window as it shows in the task bar, tres annoying!
Virtual Desktop Manager is strange, by default it will show all windows in the taskbar, which makes everything very cluttered, which is one of the points of these tools, to try and keep things tidy for us power users!

Update (Moday 14th February 2006): I got sick of the delays in showing all the windows in Entbloess, so I coughed up for WinPLOSION, and I’m much happier with its, configurable hot keys, I can disable the hot areas on the screen, the swicth to viewing all windows is fast and flowing.

Business Idea #1: In airport WiFi flight updates

So your sitting the departure lounge of one of the “silent” airports, like most airports these days are, and all the seats facing the departure screens (the ones telling you which gate to go to..) are full, so you grab a seat else where, whip out the laptop like you were going to anyway, logonto the local WiFi provider, and as part of the service, you get a little ticker telling you about the flights, you could even tell it about your flight so that it only bugs you when your flight is being called!! If somebody makes money from this, I want a cut 🙂

How to survive without Microsoft

I just came across a neat piece of software from ThinkFree, the ThinkFree Office Online. Which is a very neat piece of software, I’ve only used it on a Debian Linux box, but it’s all Java based by the looks of it, so it should run just sweetly on Windows & OSX etc. It’s not AJAX based, the latest craze in browser based apps, but it does a hell of a lot more that your average AJAX app, and looks amazingly similar to Microsoft Office XP/2003. Which got me to thinking, what else can you get that’s browser based that makes life easy, like Meebo, which is an AJAX based IM tool that supports MSN, Yahoo, GTalk etc. So never mind life with out Microsoft, the day of installing applications could be over! This is like Citrix MetaFrame for the average user!