As I was watching F. use his PC, I realized that Microsoft have forgotten something, as they were changing and redesigning their interface, that makes operating Windows yet a little bit more disconcerting for newbies. Oh, it’s just a tiny detail among million of others: when you press and release Alt, focus is switched to the menu bar, so that the first key you press afterwards will either open a menu or return to where you were—in either case, certainly not what the user expects. In the first versions of Windows, the colors of the first menu item were inverted so it was quite apparent that the menus were active; now, with the 3D look, even if you watch closely it’s hard to know, and understand, what you could do that would trigger such a strange reaction.
And that was the pointless, useless post of the day.
While we’re at it, as I was asking F. his opinion about a few Once More With Feeling songs, I received the confirmation I expected that Tara sings flat. Oh, it’s in no way worse than the other actors; it’s just more of a pain to me because I love her voice and it’s such a waste. I don’t care that Xander or Willow sing out of tune, because they weren’t going to become singers anyway. Amber Benson, on the other hand, should really take a few singing lessons: it would be a pity not to fix this little something.
Note for the PC-impaired (which is obviously a joke, because I’m clearly dead jealous of Mac owners): the Internet Explorer bug where you couldn’t use the navigation menu is fixed (or so I’ve been told). You see, it happens that I have a strong tendency to type z-order instead of z-index because… uh, well, because either way it’s a weird name for a CSS property. And I just found out that MacIE has problems with layers—it wasn’t a bug with my layout (the z-orders were obviously ignored, but the implicit z-indexes gave the correct layout) but with MacIE (which has trouble defining implicit z-indexes). Anyway, it’s probably not the only MacIE bug, nor the only bug affecting my site. But, at least, its users can now access my portfolio, which does matter.
As for the Safari bug (and when I say bug… some versions completely crash on my site), it’s been reported to me already, but you’re welcome to spend your time reporting it to the development team. While you’re at it, don’t forget so report the English version’s address (www.garoo.net/en/), so as not to waste any opportunity of publicity. Not that I actually expect Safari developers to be interested in my blog but, hey, you never know…
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