Comments written on other sites from January 2010

Amazing Charlotte Gainsbourg video - thanks @wylesy

Have you seen some of the discussion about how the director has stolen/copied/been inspired by other photos? For example, there are some examples on this comment.

I can’t decide if this makes the video a bad thing or not (although I’d love it if the original sources are credited somewhere). But knowing that all/many/some of the images are re-made versions of images found online certainly turns it into a different object.

On 11 January 2010. Permalink

Cool Tools: Google Apps Mail

As an alternative suggestion… I’ve been using Tuffmail as my email host for my domain for a couple of years and have been very pleased. Several friends recommended them to me.

The service is not free — you pay more depending on the number of accounts and amount of storage you want, but it’s extremely configurable (more so than I need or understand) and, so far, has been rock solid, with awesome spam filtering. I like to think that because it’s the only thing the company does, they’re very good at it. They have web mail clients so you can check your mail online too.

On 23 January 2010. Permalink

What’s the fastest way to write text? A keyboard, natch, but the relative speed and rank of the other devices is surprising.

He claims he can touch type, but “I tend to make too many mistakes.” Well, guess what: you can’t touch type if you can’t type by touch while looking at the source text!

Well, guess what: I can touch type! But I can’t, for example, use an iPhone software keyboard or write legible handwriting without looking at what I’m doing. I memorised the text so that there would be a vaguely level playing field for all methods. ie, I could input the text on all of them, not just the full-size keyboard, without having to pause to look away at the text.

Anyway, it took me 3 minutes and 2 seconds to type his sample text, first time I had seen it, by looking at it and touch typing, with one mistake (left the ‘i’ out of highest). I’m not that great of a typer, though, which tells me that this whole “experiment” was completely useless if he couldn’t do better than that after memorizing it.

So you touch-typed the passage in 3 minutes and 2 seconds with one mistake. I touch-typed it in 3 minutes and 14 seconds, correcting any mistakes as I went. I fail to see how you being very slightly faster at typing than me makes the whole thing “completely useless”.

On 31 January 2010. Permalink