October 29, 2010

The way things look from a computer screen in Madison, Wisconsin.



Click image to enlarge.

Do you want to replace the existing Normal?

44 comments:

Ron said...

A hipster campaign slogan if there ever was one!

MadisonMan said...

A return to Normalcy!

former law student said...

Lawyers should have stayed with WordPerfect -- nobody creates malware for WP.

Meade said...

'ere!

Original Mike said...

@FLS: I agree with Glenn Reynolds. "You can have my WordPerfect when you pry it from my cold, dead hands."

Carlo said...

answer; "with what?"

Ann Althouse said...

"A hipster campaign slogan if there ever was one!"

So someone should go to the rally and use that for their sign.

Meade said...

Computer software can't vote.

So neither should we.

Ann Althouse said...

@Meade That's insane. I want to restore sanity. Computers can't vote, so we must.

deborah said...

"So someone should go to the rally and use that for their sign."

I think the hippie chick with the creamy center should go. Do it for history.

PatHMV said...

You know, that is the single most annoying feature of Word. It stores lots of stuff in the Normal.dot template, but you never really understand it. You never know if saying "yes" is going to result in your default font being changed to Comic Sans, or if you're just saving whatever changes you made to the AutoCorrect system.

We now return you to your regular programming involving political metaphors.

Meade said...

You tell me that it's file corruption
Well you know
You better free your mouse instead

Ron said...

We may need something like "The Blue (State) Screen of Death" for a sign at the rally also.

Ann Althouse said...

Remember what the dormouse said.

blake said...

Prophetic!

sunsong said...

Do you want to replace the existing Normal?

Uh, yes please.

traditionalguy said...

That is the great goal of heart attack patients...Yes, please return my body to existing normal.

Sofa King said...

As a legal technology consultant who has to support WordPerfect, is by far, the best Word Processor out there...











FOR ME TO POOP ON! No really, it sucks.

k*thy said...

Sure, normal, whatever that is...

shoutingthomas said...

Jesus, I play that song in my old farts rock and roll cover band.

Not to mention that Jorma Kaukonen was once my next door neighbor in Woodstock.

Not one of my favorite tunes.

Could lead to some Grace Slick stories. Grace believed in building an audience the old fashioned way...

By sleeping with everybody who'd come (pun intended) to a concert.

blake said...

Am I the only one who thinks of Nixon's head in a jar using a robot body to play "White Rabbit" whenever the song comes up?

At 13:25

Sofa King said...

No, blake, you most certainly are not. Aroo!

Sofa King said...

LOL Nixon.

Quayle said...
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Quayle said...

Yeah....whatever happened to that 'love everyone we can be together love the one you're with volunteers of America we are all outlaws in the eyes of America in order to survive we steal cheat lie forge deal obscene lawless hideous dangerous dirty violent and young but we should be together' crowd and movement?

Oh! Right! They're now "The Man."

They're running congress and they're telling you that, under penalty of law and the force of the state, you must purchase insurance.

INSURANCE! The matured 60s generation's crowning achievement is insurance!

The irony slays me.

jr565 said...

You never know if saying "yes" is going to result in your default font being changed to Comic Sans, or if you're just saving whatever changes you made to the AutoCorrect system.


Changes were made to your global template. What changes? Could it be more vague. Wouldn't it be cool if like the undo feature the changes to your template were saved with a history feature so you could see what changes were actually made before you click yes. Even better you could select the invidual changes to the template as opposed to accepting everything at once.
Except this feature by Office 2050

edutcher said...

Since we have the new Normal and it's not working, we probably want to go back to the old Normal, unless it's the Microsoft Normal, in which case we want to go back to DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 and Word.ini, or, better yet, WordPerfect 3.0.

MadisonMan said...

A return to Normalcy!

And we all know how that worked out...

PS WordPerfect is still out there. Best word processor of the pre-95 era.

Ron said...

Let's share the Nixon love....

jr565 said...

Shouting Thomas wrote:
Could lead to some Grace Slick stories. Grace believed in building an audience the old fashioned way...

By sleeping with everybody who'd come (pun intended) to a concert.


Something tells me this accounts for Jefferson Airplane's popularity and why everyone says Starship sucks. It's not that the musical quality dimished, it's that Grace Slick turned into an old hag.

ricpic said...

Speaking of computers and voting, I've heard that it would be elementary stuff for a hacker to program a voting machine to register a Republican vote as Democrat and then quickly deprogram that same machine, leaving no trail. Does that sound plausible to the computer savvy among you?

Meade said...

Quayle said...

INSURANCE! The matured 60s generation's crowning achievement is insurance!

Oh wow! The times sure have been a changin'!

Well, they’ll insure ya when you’re trying to be so good
They’ll insure ya just a-like they said they would
They’ll insure ya when you’re tryin’ to go home
Then they’ll insure ya when you’re there all alone
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get INSURED!

Ann Althouse said...

Now at midnight all the agents
And the superhuman crew
Come out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do
Then they bring them to the factory
Where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders
And then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles
By insurance men who go
Check to see that nobody is escaping
To Desolation Row

Ann Althouse said...

(In case you were trying to get a mental picture of the coming Death Panels.)

former law student said...

Decorate your rec room with Death Paneling for Halloween!

Ron said...

(In case you were trying to get a mental picture of the coming Death Panels.)

maybe Government Motors can also make cars to take us to that Big Stimulus In The Sky: Death Panel Vans.

Fritz said...

It is Friday and you haven't installed "Office 2011 for Mac" that came out on Tuesday? I thought you were more trendy.

PatCA said...

Is that a virus...?

Chris said...

While I was writing this, I got lots of "Do you want to save changes to This Constitution?" messages.

blake said...

Speaking of computers and voting, I've heard that it would be elementary stuff for a hacker to program a voting machine to register a Republican vote as Democrat and then quickly deprogram that same machine, leaving no trail. Does that sound plausible to the computer savvy among you?

In the abstract, sure. Trivially easy.

In practice, it depends on how things are set up. Paper ballots were superior. And even this computer stuff could've been okay if it resulted in a printout the voter could verify and which would leave an audit trail.

rhhardin said...

You can even have open for inspection all the source code and load it in yourself, and still be unable to certify that the machine does what you've told it to do.

There can easily be a trojan in the compiler, the assembler, or even in microcode, that you will not have noticed.

All it takes is hacker motivation, which in elections is certainly present.

Don't trust a machine whenever there's strong motivation for fraud.

AST said...

Gee, my Thinkpad never asks that.

Almost Ali said...

>Dreamweaver<>???

former law student said...

Don't trust a machine whenever there's strong motivation for fraud.

Especially when upper management are all Republicans. In Ohio. In 2004.

Largo said...

Bah. Emacs + TeX!