So a funny thing is happening around the Heineman-Fleck house. Over the Christmas holiday I read The Inmates are Running the Asylum, an interesting book about technology design issues. And I guess I must have been yammering about it a lot around the house, because daughter Nora asked to read it when I was done.spring?
Now she's engrossed in it, reading it at the breakfast table and sneaking reads in her biology class when the teacher gets boring.
In retrospect, I should have guessed that Nora would have a perfect brain for the kind of design issues Cooper talks about. She's a quintessential non-geek computer user, in that she uses the hell out of her computer, but with very specific tasks in mind, and very little interest in learning computing-for-computing's sake. To IM her friends, she's downloaded and tested every single IM client, has accounts on all the major systems and knows their ins and outs in detail, but she's only interested in it insofar as it helps her IM better.
The first time I saw the GIMP, I thought, "Wow, cool," and explored its nooks and crannies for their own sake. When Nora wanted to make pictures, she got the GIMP and figured out how to use it, but only 'cause it met a specific need. It's a totally different mind set, and I think our relationship with technology would be far better if there were more people like Nora in charge.
While much of the United States is freezing its ass off, it's so warm here that we're having a false spring - I'm having hay fever already! More here. (And I've been gettng a lot of miles in on my bike as a result.)Einstein
I forgot to blog this here, a fun piece I wrote earlier this month:docbook stuffTechnology has finally caught up with Albert Einstein.
Eighty-eight years after Einstein first laid out the Theory of General Relativity, scientists have finally tested one of its central predictions about gravity.
The tousle-haired genius, whose ideas helped define our modern world, was spot on.
Using a New Mexico-based telescope, researchers Sergei Kopeikin and Ed Fomalont found that gravity's tug travels through space at the speed of light.
That is what Einstein, in a paper written in 1915, predicted.
"Einstein Proven Right" might not seem like a particularly surprising headline. But it is testament to the power of his ideas, scientists say, that nearly a century later researchers are still plumbing their depths.
So fop turned out to be a little hairier than I thought because of the way we're using tables in a lot of our GNOME docs, but I was able to use it on the latest update of the libxml tutorial.
No tables there. That's one solution.