Stupid Questions, Smart Answers

Posted on the 11/08/2007 at 05:08 PM

I’ve got a stupid question? Why is everyone picking on Bob Keefe? No, I’m serious… why? For those of you who don’t know, Bob Keefe is the “Intel Sticker Guy”. He asked a rather mundane question: “Why doesn’t Apple take part in the Intel Inside program?”. This is the program that allows computer manufacturers to make millions of dollars a year by putting Intel Inside stickers on their computers (it also includes the TV jingle you see in many computer adverts.

Now, I’m not denying that the question was stupid. After all, the answer is simple, “Because it’s Apple!”. But why does the whole (Mac) world and it’s wife feel the need to pick on the guy calling him dastardly and a jackass. Now this post isn’t an all out defence of Keefe (though in a way it does go someway to defend his question). It also isn’t an attack on those who went after him. It’s simply me asking the stupidest question of all: Why do people attack stupid questions?

OK, so I’m British. As such I spend my 4th of July usually cursing the rain that makes up the British summer. But if I went to America on the 4th of July and asked, “Why do you set off fireworks on Independence Day?” I would get told that it was a stupid question and it’s because it’s just what you do on Independence Day. Now that’s fair enough but in Britain there is the 5th of November, which is where we celebrate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot and set off fireworks. The reason for those fireworks is that they contain gunpowder and as such symbolise the gunpowder used in the plot. So to me asking for the meaning behind why American’s set off fireworks on the 4th of July is a good question.

NB: Just to point out that I don’t actually know why, so if someone does feel free to post in the comments even if it is, “Just to celebrate”.

So now imagine that the Mac world is a country and Bob Keefe is from another country (the Windows world). In that country they all wear these things called Intel stickers and so he comes over here to the Mac world and asks, “Why don’t you wear Intel stickers?”. To this everybody points and laughs at him having such a stupid question. “It’s because we’re Macs,” they say and then go on with their lives. That has just left Mr Keefe with more questions than answers.

Now the Intel sticker question was not the only stupid question asked on Tuesday. Someone asked the question, “Does the iMac have a future?”. Why isn’t that being picked on as being a stupid question? What did people expect Jobs to say to that. Maybe, “No, not really. We released this for a laugh and are dropping the iMac from the product line next week”. But the thing is this is a stupid question that we in the Mac world ask ourselves. Does the iMac have a future?

On the whole most of the question asked were stupid, yet the one with the best answer was probably the sticker question. Instead of saying, “because we’re Apple,” Jobs said why being Apple makes them not choose to use the stickers. Sometimes we have to ask the stupid questions to get the smart answers, so don’t go deriding someone for asking a stupid question. Hell, science is the pursuit of answers to the stupid questions of the day, yet without those stupid questions we wouldn’t have answers that make our lives easier or save lives. After all it is stupid questions such as, “Why should humans stay on the ground?”, “Why should humans stay on the earth?” and, “Why should computers be so hard to use?” that brought us air travel, men on the moon and the Macs that sit before you as you read this.



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Code Collector Pro 1.0

Posted on the 08/08/2007 at 05:04 PM

Well ladies and gentlemen, it is finally here. Code Collector Pro 1.0 is ready for you to download and buy. And as always, if you find any bugs be sure to email us at support@mcubedsw.com

Bon Appétit!



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Moving Servers

Posted on the 05/08/2007 at 05:11 AM

Yes, I'm finally moving servers. Hopefully you won't notice a thing as I move stuff over. If you do notice any problems then please email us at support@mcubedsw.com and we'll try and fix them asap. It does seem a lot of work moving all this over just to release a new site a few days later... oops, didn't mean to say that.

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Code Collector Pro Preview

Posted on the 03/08/2007 at 04:17 AM

Ok, so I'm not very good with dates I put on the blog. I said I'd switch web hosts a few weeks ago and I haven't got round to it yet. I also said I'd make this blog post last week and I didn't. At least I had a very good reason. Code Collector Pro is currently in private beta (beta 3 at the moment) and is likely to need a few more beta versions before it gets released. Though I think it's ready enough for me to tell you all about it.

Code Collector was meant to be a small side project to Minim. I needed to refresh my memory about a few programming things and I was getting annoyed at having to look through several files for code snippets that I wanted, so I wrote Code Collector. Then Code Collector became very popular. I was torn between wanting to make money, and therefore wanting to work on shareware, and wanting to improve Code Collector for all those asking for features. So the only real choice was to make a shareware version. This way I can justify investing time into Code Collector and give users the features they wanted. As I improve Code Collector Pro the free version will benefit, so everyone wins.

So what is Code Collector Pro then? Well it's Code Collector 1.1, which has a new UI, improved syntax highlighting and groups (yay!) plus a whole lot more. As our advertising will say when we release it, it is snippets++. First thing we've added is Smart Groups, which are pretty self explanatory. We've also added the ability to tag snippets. The two real difference in CCP are the export options and the amount of customisability. You can export snippets or groups of snippets into a single file which you can share with anyone else who has Code Collector (either Pro or Standard) as well as exporting your entire library as a text file.

CCP also allows you to customise the syntax highlighting and the font of the editor, as well as adding line numbers to the editor. On top of this you can customise the licences in there (Code Collector only allows for BSD, MIT, GPL, LGPL, Apache and Other). But one of the best bits is the support for TextMate bundles. Adding TextMate bundles to CCP allows you to increase the available languages and in turn the syntax highlighting. This means you can have virtually any language compared to 8 languages that ship with Code Collector.

So what does this look like? Well without further ado I present to you the Code Collector Pro 1.0 UI:



Hopefully you'll be able to try this next week, assuming that we don't hit any major snags.

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