Monday, September 22, 2008

Shell idea

I was plowing along in school today and had an idea for a shell replacement. What do you usually store in folders? Files related to a project, happening or another common denominator. Wouldn't it be nice if these folders were dynamic, if you put a file in "Project A" and it automatically adds it to related "Project B" and your "This weeks todo"-list.

The basic principle are these
- Files have a number of tags
- The desktop contains a number of searches for a combination of tags
So if you had a number of files tagged "Essay about X" and then a search for the tag "Essay for X" those files shows up in the box. The files themselves are shown as either iconss or small thumbnails.

Random side-ideas
- A new file type for quick notes, originally called "Note". Basicly it's a mix of a document file and an image file with support for quick squibbles. Can be converted to either document or image once one has decided
- Zoom. Searches can contain sub-searches and the user can zoom out to get a good overview or zoom in to see further sub-sub-searches.
- Concurrency. Multiple people can work on different parts of the same desktop, giving project managers or other leaders quick and easy overview of how it's progressing.
- Color coding of both searches and files. Color coding can be read any way the user wants, one way would be to see color as how close the project or file is to deadline, shifting through green->yellow->red as deadline approaches.
- Opacity. Can be seen as how finished the document is.
- Drag'n'Drop between searches, drag a file to add it to the other. Not sure how the search should be modified though.
- Program files can be tagged by name and version by the installer to easily see which files belong to a program.
- Time related parameters to searches, give you files related to this week and similar things.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

It's raining deadlines

Been a while since i posted anything here and it has it's reasons. My schedule is just plain chaos at the moment. Taking four courses and the examiner/planner in two of them doesn't seem to grasp the fact that I take other courses at all. A friend of mine calculated the workload for one course during the first two weeks, 35 hours per week. Out of a total of 40 hours per week, add three other courses to that and you got my current situation.

Some of the courses actually might have been interesting or even fun if I didn't have to quickly mash something together just to not get left too far behind. And I'm behind in at least two of the courses, spending the weekend studying to not get left behind in the other two as well.

Haven't really partied for about a month now and it'll probably be another month, haven't got the time to have a hangover since i have to spend the weekends studying. Once I get all my points for all four courses registered I'm going to get paleolithic on a bottle of j├Ąger.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hopes and dreams

When hopes and dreams are loose in the streets, it is well for the timid to lock dorrs, shutter windows and lie low until the wrath has passed.
The True Believer : Thoughts on the nature of mass movements

The old Rabbi

An old Rabbi who once asked his disciples how they could tell when the night had ended and the day began. The disciples thoughtfully considered the Rabbi’s question.

“Could it be,” asked one student, “when you see an animal in the distance and can tell whether it’s a sheep or a dog?”

“No,” replied the Rabbi.

“Could it be,” another asked, “when you look at a tree in the distance and can tell whether it is a fig tree or a peach tree?”

“No,” said the Rabbi again.

“Well then, when is it?” his pupils demanded to know.

“It is when you can look at the face of any man or any woman and see that he is your brother or she is your sister. Because if you cannot do this, then no matter what time it is, it is still night.”