August 6th, 2010


Oh dear gods

Do you remember how i complained about several "features" of Windows 7 a week or two ago? (I'm guessing not, hence the link =)

Well at the time one of the things i listed was: "3: Is there any way to change the highlighting behavior in a file folder? If you have the view set to "details" in XP and you select multiple files it only highlights the parts in the "Name" column. If you do the same thing in Win7 it highlights _all_ the columns. (I really don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does, and i want it to stop =P)"

And i just discovered _why_ that really is a bad thing and not just some vague misgiving on my part =P

In Windows XP if there's a couple files/folders bunched together in the middle of a list that i want to select i'll left-click somewhere in one of the columns to the right and then drag the selection box over the items i want. Since only the items in the "Name" column get selected nothing is actually highlighted until i drag the box over that part.

I just tried to do the same thing to two folders in Windows 7, and it highlighted both of them as i expected, but instead of selecting both folders it actually moved the second folder inside the first folder! (I tend to select from the bottom up.)

It doesn't exhibit that behaviour 100% of the time, but it seems that if my initial click is over any kind of text (regardless of what column that text is in) the mouse cursor gets a little box next to it that presumably indicates i'm doing a move action. Since i'm dragging one folder to another folder it highlights both rows, exactly the way i would expect if i was highlighting them with a selection, and since in Windows 7 the highlight includes the _entire_ row it's especially obvious that it's not drawing a selection box as well.

So now if i want to draw a selection box i need to make sure to start someplace with no text of any kind, not just make sure to avoid the "Name" column. Gods forfend if i ever have to work with an extra small window or an extra large number of columns such that there's no free space to click on =P

(I also just noticed/was reminded of the fact that in XP by starting the selection box to the right of the "Name" column you can actually select files in the folder based on the length of their names. I'm not sure if there's ever a practical use for that, but it was a kind of cool effect that was also killed by this new Win 7 feature.)
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Games: slime

Whoops, how did that happen? :)

I happened to check the playtime for my Dragon Quest 9 last night, and i've spent a little over 60 hours on the game even though i'm only about halfway through the game =P At least that's what i'm guessing anyways. I've collected all the [important things you need to collect] but i'm still restricted to ship travel and there are still a fair number of areas of the map i can't get to yet.

Aside: Have i mentioned how much i love DQ9 for having an overworld map mode you can traverse freely despite the regular mode having it divided up into discrete sections? I'd say the makers of the Final Fantasy series should take note of this "brilliant" achievement, but, well, yeah :)

The addition of respawning points where you can pick up alchemy ingredients has combined with the already addictive nature of grinding for levels (which the Dragon Quest series has always kept at a notch or two above other RPGs by creating creature types specifically to grind with) to make a truly dangerous time suck. I've gone through many rounds of:

[spend an hour or so grinding levels/gold]
"Oh hey! I bet the alchemy points have respawned by now!"
[Go about the world collecting alchemy ingredients]
[Alchemize some new items]
"Cool! New equipment! I should go try this out!"
[spend an hour or so grinding levels/gold]
and etc

I'd say i ought to be absurdly overleveled by this point, but although i breezed through the dungeons for the "last" two plot items pretty easily, the last boss (in the academy) did give me a little trouble. I'm not sure if i'm doin it rong or just don't have the right build of classes/skills. On the other hand i did manage to beat the boss of the first grotto map, but only barely. He killed my mage and thief towards the end and i was lucky that he didn't do anything really nasty the last couple rounds, and even missed once or twice, while i just ignored healing and went all out with attacks. And since i was cheating with the hoimi tables i got some really great gloves out of it :)


If i'm counting right, i'm the 37th person to get the Android sticker on GetGlue :)

Of course most people aren't going to care about this since i only know two people directly who use it and they're both iPhone people, but _i_ think it's awesome! :) (Hey sithjawa! Azurelunatic uses it too! You should come join us! ;)

If there are any other GetGlue users out there i don't know about (GetGluers?) or you just have an Android phone and want to check it out, let me know and i'll give you the link. (Since it's kind of in beta at the moment you have to install the app yourself rather than just grab it from the market. Which isn't hard, but also isn't something everyone would want to do for various reasons.)
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