Back on Firefox

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Even though Google’s Chrome wasn’t a bad browser, the only reason I tried it was the horrible UI in Firefox under Windows 7′s Aero.

After a good two hours of looking around for the perfect Firefox theme, I bumped into two plugins that saved the day, Glasser and Stylish.

Glasser will conveniently turn most of the browser’s upper area transparent. Or rather, take advantage of Aero Glass’ theme.

But Stylish is really cool. It allows you to easily modify everything in Firefox, from the button colors, text highlights, to the menu width etc… and all using a simple CSS syntax. Really nice.

So, if you’re like me and hate the blueish shitstorm present everywhere in Aero Glass, or at least in Firefox, go get these two addons, they’re really cool!

Firefox 3.5.5 customized

Giving Aero one last shot

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Monday, November 16th, 2009

That’s true. I’m so pissed and desperate that Microsoft broke the old classic themes in Windows 7 that I’m willing to give Aero one last try.

I’m already having hard times getting used to the over-brightened workspace (dual monitor setup certainly doesn’t help), especially since I’m used to working late at nights. I adjusted most of my professional applications to make it a little more easy on me. I’ve brightened 3ds Max a little:

3ds Max 2009

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Things I hate about Windows 7

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Windows 7 Banner

As you might know, I’ve upgraded to Windows 7 recently, however, I’m slowly starting to regret it.

I’m a bit choleric about certain things, especially when somebody enforces me to do, think or work the way they want. And I’m extra sensitive to bad UI designs.

I generally think that Aero and especially its Aero Glass theme is a very badly designed theme with terrible user experience, globally. Windows 7, however, bring this nonsense to a whole new level by almost strictly enforcing you to use Aero, because without it, it simply doesn’t work!

Here are things I absolutely hate about Windows 7. They are mostly tiny details, mainly UI related, but all the more they piss me off! Especially since they not only influence my overall Windows 7 experience, but, by their nature, they influence it all the times.

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Skype 4.x sucks ass!

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Monday, November 9th, 2009

Skype 4.1 UI

What the fuck is it with developers and their horrible UI designs these days?

It seems it all had started with Vista, or perhaps with the WPF? No fucking idea, but the UIs of the programs I use very often, well, pretty much all the times, are terrible! Distracting, eye-hurting, slow, un-ergonomic, cluttered, very difficult to use and most of all annoying.

One of such a program is Skype. I’ve dumped the dumb ICQ for good and I can’t seem to start liking the Messenger, so I’ve got stuck with Skype if I need to IM someone. Besides a lot of my friends are on Skype already, so it was only a logical choice. However, since I’ve upgraded to Windows 7 recently and I tried to install the version of Skype I’ve been using for ages, I found it doesn’t start under Windows 7. Not even when run in a compatibility mode. When logging in it silently crashes. So I started looking around for a solution as I really can’t stand the shitty UI of Skype 4.x.

Thankfully there is a solution if you like the UI of Skype 3.x and don’t mind losing the 4.x new features, however, you’ll have to downgrade quite a lot as the latest 3.x version (3.8.0.188 from November 19, 2008) doesn’t work either under Windows 7. I had to downgrade to Skype 3.6.0.248 (February 5, 2008), which seems to be working even without having to run in the compatibility mode.

The UI wars of modern software should be ended soon. I refuse to believe that Microsoft, Autodesk or any other company can’t afford real UI specialists to do the job RIGHT! The current UI bullshit that we see everywhere is just insane! It doesn’t serve anyone! Not the seasoned pros, not the newcomers, not nobody! Perhaps, maybe, the PR suites are happy, but that’s about it.

I fucking hate modern UIs just for the sake of being “IN”.

Autodesk Introduces 3ds Max 2010

loocas | 3ds Max,software | Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

max 2010 splash

Yesterday, Autodesk introduced a new version of 3ds Max 2010 with its flashy new features, one of them, most noticeable, is the introduction of Ribbon as well as direct integration of beloved PolyBoost, now called Graphite Modeling Tools.

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Windows Vista, WOW!

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software,technical | Monday, October 27th, 2008

I spent this weekend reinstalling the Windows, then configuring it and finally installing all the applications and programs I use. I hate this procedure so much (I know, I should use some image restore utilities etc…) I tried to avoid it as much as possible until the OS finally completely collapsed. Reinstallation also has some positive aspects to it, like revising your workflow and software you use. Like Mail, I stopped using it even on the previous installation, then I installed the Live Mail (or whatever the name), such a shitty app., I really don’t recommend anyone even trying it out as I did, since you then get stuck with it due to some important mail conversations you suddenly receive and then just try to put up with it.

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Autodesk to acquire universe.

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software | Monday, October 27th, 2008

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A shocking news struck upon the CG community on October the 23rd as Autodesk and Softimage announced the acquisition of Softimage and its intellectual property etc… by Autodesk.

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