Richard Jones' Log: Three unrelated observations

Thu, 02 Feb 2006
  1. Ian Bicking is a smart cookie, and his roll your own web framework tutorial opened my eyes.
  2. Microsoft Word's macro "security" policy is just f***ing stupid. We use Macs but are still spreading macro viruses and pissing off people. In what universe is a default (and apparently unchangeable) policy of allowing automatic macro replication a good thing? And we can't get rid of the viruses, not even on Windows (we're still looking, and if anyone has any hints, I'd appeciate it.)
  3. Commercial TV. I watched some last night, on a whim, for the first time in months (it just so happened that it was tuned to The Simpsons followed by Futurama). Slightly less than an hour, with maybe 1/3 of that devoted to ads and promos, and I'd had enough. How do people put up with it?
Comment by Anthony Baxter on Thu, 02 Feb 2006

Save to a different format that doesn't have macros, then back to Word again?

What about openoffice?

Comment by Matthew Scott on Thu, 02 Feb 2006

Commercial TV woes? TiVo! (or MythTV or similar). Worth every penny IMHO, even if you only watch commercial TV a couple hours a week.

Comment by Richard Jones on Thu, 02 Feb 2006

Matthew, we already have a HTPC that we watch our video programming on. If it's not Play School, it's stuff we've downloaded (less common), or stuff we're watching from DVD (more common)

I've tried to get MythTV installed - and even had it partially working once - but by the Gods it's a pain to configure. Copying SQL table rows from a mate's installation is not my idea of fun :)

Comment by Richard Jones on Thu, 02 Feb 2006

Re the macros: the big problem is that we actually use macros for some things. The issue we have is that we simply can't say "no, don't enable the functionality that allows macros to replicate".