October 23rd, 2003


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Tried Mozilla again.

Total time until deletion: fifteen seconds. (And five of that was loading.)

See, I went to www.kuro5hin.org to test out the renderer. And there was a horizontal scroll bar, and the window was actually *wider* than I wanted it to be.

IE handled the narrower window fine. Sure it starts getting a bit cramped if you crunch it *way* down, but it fits K5 without scroll bars in under 700 horizontal pixels, while Mozilla wanted over 950. I dunno, maybe that's part of the site code that IE's getting wrong and Mozilla's getting right.

Slashdot doesn't look *quite* as good crunched down - IE cheerfully breaks the enormous "department" names at -'s, like it should, while Mozilla dumps the whole thing onto another line. But that's total nitpicking, and I had to squeeze it down further than I'd actually read it. (Remember - Mozilla fails badly on K5 at the size I normally read at.)

Somethingawful has rather odd problems in Mozilla - while the main text is the right size, the text on the left and the right is small enough that it's hard to read. IE doesn't do this. Again, perhaps this is an IE bug. Again, it's a bug that makes things look better. I could live with it, though, it's only minor stuff.

Mozilla takes significantly longer to start if it's not loaded yet, but opens new windows at the same speed as IE.

Final score: One major point, IE. Two minor points, IE. One trivial point, IE. No points, Mozilla.

It's getting a lot better, but ya know, it's hard to compete against something that Just Works. Maybe I should go try Opera instead.

(no subject)

I keep thinking that my journal has gotten really boring. Then I go and read over it and think "okay, it's not as bad as I thought, but . . . meh."

I think part of it is that I'm not doing anything meaningful at work, plus I don't want to bore people with long technical descriptions. Yeah, I know, "it's my journal" and all that, but honestly, if I start going off on how error quadrics for model polyreduction cause strange coloring artifacts at normal discontinuities, most of you are going to start scratching your heads. (Incidentally, I tracked down the artifact, though I'm still not sure why it happened - just added a hack to detect it and clean it up. I need to go over that algorithm again and really prove it works better, there have got to be bugs in it.)

Another part of it is . . . well, this amazingly complete lack of trust I have in humanity right now. I don't trust people at all - there's perhaps two that I *can* really trust, and even with those it's a struggle. I'm not about to start writing about my feelings - even if I do want to - because I don't feel safe. Hopefully, I'll feel safe once I can get out of this city. Possibly, I won't.

Basically, if you want to know what's actually going on in my life, you're probably gonna have to ask me.

I've actually considered putting my journal entirely on hiatus for a while. There's nothing meaningful I can write in it right now - it's just a repository for cute quotes and the occasional rant. But that wouldn't really help anything - instead of not being full of meaningless stuff, it'd just be empty, and that isn't much of an improvement.

So I dunno. I just want to get *out* of here, you know? Marking time waiting for the various things that have set dates to finish . . . it sucks, but there's nothing else I can do right now that means much to me. Bleah.

I'm lonely. But I don't expect that to change. So I'll live with it.