August 30th, 2002

A Pocket Full of Murder

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Well, I'm on Day Three of my quest for a new browser, and so far I am really not happy at all.

Having discovered that IE6 is indeed the source of my woes as far as long, inexplicable pauses between page loads are concerned, I moved on to Opera, which is the fastest browser I've yet tried, has a very nice intuitive setup, and eliminates those dreaded pauses altogether. I don't even mind the ad banner at the top. However, it also has some serious limitations when it comes to displaying certain web pages, among them the edit page for this blog -- which is just not acceptable. I don't want to have to go to another browser every time I edit my web page!

Mozilla was my next stop, but frankly -- sorry, Wolf -- I'm hating it. Not only has it crashed my computer twice, it won't even sort my bookmarks correctly -- I managed after much effort and a number of entirely illogical steps to get it to sort the bookmarks on a separate screen, but when I call up the bookmarks from the toolbar, they're still all jumbled. What is the use of having a "sort bookmarks" function that a) doesn't work the way it purports to, or at least not in a way that makes sense to the average user, and b) doesn't work universally within the browser? I seem to recall having a similar beef with Netscape years ago, but surely it should be fixed by now.

In short, I am peeved.
A Pocket Full of Murder

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I hereby state categorically, as a matter of public record, that Wolf is a wunnerful, wunnerful person. He fixed all my bad HTML. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.
A Pocket Full of Murder

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I have finally decided what I'd like for Christmas, or my birthday next March, or whenever my friends and loved ones think it's a good time to give me presents. Usually, I have absolutely no idea what I want or need, even if people ask. But after spending the last three days trying to draw a new picture from scratch in Adobe Illustrator, I've realized that I need want a graphics tablet very, very badly.

You know those D&L illustrations I have up at The Sugar Quill? All inked and coloured with the mouse, and nothing but the mouse. Painstaking, frustrating, point-and-click work. You get really nice clean lines with the pen tool in Illustrator, but it can take hours playing with those little handles just to get the curves and angles right... and I don't have hours to spend any more. Plus, now that I no longer have access to a scanner, I can't even do my initial sketches in pencil and trace over them like I used to. Which makes the whole thing even less fun.

So, I want a graphics tablet. Any veteran CG'ers out there want to tell me what they think would be the best kind to get?