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Derek Snyder
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Did Google Chrome change its rendering engine recently? Suddenly all my web pages are zoomed to 125% of their previous size.

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Screw you, Windows.

Does anyone know how I can stop this dialog box from appearing (short of wiping the hard drive and installing Linux)?  My copy of Windows is definitely genuine.  I still have the box it came in, with the shiny hologram and everything.
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My friend Kenneth made a really cool short film about the national Rubik's Cube competition in Las Vegas.
Finally finished editing my mini-documentary of the Rubik's Cube US National Championship last summer!

I INTERVIEWED people for the first time! :D

US Nationals 2012 Rubik's Cube Competition

For Christmas, I'm planning to give my dad an iPod with songs already loaded on it. However, I don't want the iPod to be tied to the music library on my computer, because then no one else would be able to add more songs to the iPod. Any suggestions?

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Where English comes from.

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Songs to Test By, Volume Three, the final volume of the Portal 2 original soundtrack is now available for (free) download. Volumes 1 and 2 are also available via the link, as well as a bunch of ringtones.

Also, the first Portal 2 DLC, "Peer Review" will be out next Wednesday (for free).

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Despite all of the hate the new Windows 8 UI has been getting from some folks ("No overlapping windows? How will I look at two things at one time!?"), I am reminded of a study I heard about in a UI design course I took back in school. Apparently, in the early days of graphical user interfaces, someone decided to test which was better: tiled window management or overlapping window management. The study found that people were more efficient when they used a tiled window manager, but a number of the subjects thought they were getting more done when they were using an overlapping window manager. It turned out all of that extra work they were doing was actually just fiddling with their windows rather than real work. (You can't look at two things at one time if one of them is "overlapped".)

Part of the irony is that overlapping window systems are harder to implement than tiled ones. They became popular partly because they were new, and partly because of the whole "desktop" metaphor. What better way to to make people feel productive that to simulate the drudgery of dealing with finite desk space?

For years now I've sort of "simulated" a tiled environment on Linux, and more recently on the Mac. On Linux I use Sawfish as my window manager, and I have a bunch of keybindings that make the current window take up the entire screen, any half of the screen, or any quarter of the screen. On the Mac I use SizeUp which provides similar functionality. Either way the window manager is still technically an overlapping window manager, but my interaction with it is almost exclusively with "tiles". I now find it really annoying to use a computer that doesn't have these customizations because I've become really conscious of all the time that's wasted repositioning/resizing windows, as well as all of the screen real estate wasted showing me useless fragments of background windows or my wallpaper.

Disclaimer: I haven't used (or even seen real demos of) the Windows 8 window management UI. It's entirely possible that they screwed it up horribly, in which case the hate may be deserved. The complaints I've seen have all been against tiled window management in general (well, and gaudy colors, which Windows had been plagued with since XP's standard jelly-beans + Teletubby theme), which is a shame because I think tiled window management really is better, as long as it's done well.
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