srah's shocking realizations of the week

1) I like group work.

Maybe I'm just saying that because I get a week away from my 622 group and I have not yet gone through next week's heinous pain that is Project Managing the Survey Report. But working with my supervisor and his assistant, I realize that I actually have some skills to contribute and can come up with some good ideas. It's not so much that I'm great at HCI compared to other HCI students, but I am more aware of HCI issues than are non-HCI people.

Having this work experience makes me feel like I might be able to contribute something to a Real Job someday in the Real World, whereas being at SI just makes me feel bad about myself. I almost feel like I'm going through the torture of grad school for a reason now.

2) You can do some damn cool things with a Mac.

I'm working in another Mac-based environment here at the CDT.

My favorite feature is the little square on the left of the right-hand side, which resizes your window to 'as big as it needs to be.' This is very useful for switching back and forth between a full-screen and half-screen view while copying down text from a web site.

I also like the fact that you can drag things around to save or install them. You can just drag graphics from your Internet Explorer window to a Microsoft Word window rather than copying and pasting or saving and inserting. And they go all cutely transparent while they're being dragged.

On the other hand, you can't drag information between text input fields and my little <b>, <i> and <URL> buttons don't show up in Movable Type. I'm not completely sold on Macs and I'm not going to rush out and buy one, but the more I learn about them, the more I appreciate them.

It's only Wednesday! How many more shocking revelations can I have? Perhaps the one later in the week will be along the lines of I have so much freaking homework due next week that I have not started.

srah - Wednesday, 25 February 2004 - 5:02 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar Mr B------ - February 25, 2004 - 5:21 PM -

You can do it! Oh, wait, you have to do it.... well, you'll still do it well!

gravatar Urs - February 25, 2004 - 7:27 PM -

wow, well, Mike is known as the "Master of Encouragement" ... yeah, thats all I have in me

gravatar Spike - February 26, 2004 - 3:15 AM -

"You can just drag graphics from your Internet Explorer window to a Microsoft Word window rather than copying and pasting or saving and inserting."

You can do that on Windows, too. The two OSs are surprisingly similar, but most of us don't even bother trying half the things we would on a different setup and just assume it won't work. :)

gravatar katie - February 26, 2004 - 8:30 AM -

I instantly tried this, and found that yes, I could drag srah's lovely visage from IE to MS Word. However, when I released the mouse button, all that was inserted was a hyperlink to the image, not the image itself.

Which doesn't really bother me, as I've never needed this capability and therefore don't care if it works or not.

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