So I’ve managed to convert two of my colleagues to use Firefox in the development team. Not bad for a team of 16 with one tester and myself already using FF and the other two recent converts.
According to The Political Compass, I am left leaning liberal.
Characters: Myself, and the latest member of our development team who, shall we say, is a bit peculiar. Let’s call him Fred.
Location: Development area
Scene: Discussion of Sigourney Weaver booking a space flight with Virgin Galantica
Me: Sigourney Weaver has booked a space flight with Virgin Galantica.
Fred: What is Virgin Galantica?
Me: Civil space flight?
Fred: What is it?
Me: You know, X-Prize, SpaceShipOne? Headline news about a month ago?
Fred: Is it? It mustn’t that important. I didn’t read it on NY Times.
Me: What do you mean? Civilian space flight not important?
Fred: Is it a space shuttle?
Me: No… It’s SpaceShipOne. You know, built by Scaled Composites team led by Burt Rutan.
Fred: So what is it?
Me: Mmm… A spaceship with wings and rockets?
Fred: So what is it?
Me: It’s a spaceship made by the team at Scaled Composites, what more do you want to know?
Fred: I mean, what is it? What does it look like?
Me: Let me see, I don’t have a photo of it with me right now. Try http://www.scaledcomposite.com. What answer do you want?
Fred: Ahhh, a URL that’s completely different. You should have mentioned that in the beginning.
Me: But I’ve mentioned Scaled Composites like three times already!
Fred: Well, I don’t know they have a web site at http://www.scaledcomposites.com.
(I walked off at the moment after stopping myself from saying things such as "Well, apply your common sense or deductive logic?" or "Try Google? You are a software engineer, you know.")
I am sure this happens to every software developers at least once in their working life, especially if one works alone like I do with ecto. My mind has not been on developing ecto this week. It started on Sunday when I ran into a wall with a 3rd party component that I was trying out. Posted on their support forum and got answers back during Monday and Tuesday but unfortunately nothing that would help me move forward.
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Strange spell checker
I’ve noticed this a few times already while blogging in ecto but just not it finally gets to me. It seems that OS X‘s native spell checker does not know about the word ‘gotten‘ in the English language! Why, I haven’t gotten a clue! May be it is trying to tell me to use simpler tenses than past participles?