Friday, March 09, 2012

Pogue Has a Review of Windows 8 Beta at The New York Times

David Pogue has a review of Windows 8 Beta at the New York Times in A Review of the Windows 8 Beta.

We have never been fans of recent Windows versions so this should be interesting, but we are very skeptical.

Our wish interface has always been a Windows adaptation of the Degas paint program interface for the old Atari, which had one full screen for painting and drawing only, while commands were on a separate screen accessible under the right mouse button. Those commands in a Windows setting should be customizable ANY WAY THE USER SEES FIT, including the ability to move commands to the first screen or additional screens, if the user so desires.

This customizability would increase the speed of work performance immensely.

If I myself am working on something, whether writing or drawing, I only need to see the commands when I need to make a command. Otherwise I am WRITING or DRAWING. Simple enough? And I want to design how I access those commands, not have someone predesign it for me. Simple enough.

All of these preformatted command screens are odious, and inefficient.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Stanford Law School's New Model of Multi-Dimensional Legal Education Unveiled as a Pioneering, Exciting and Transformational Development

Stanford Law School has unveiled a new, pioneering, exciting and transformational development in law school education.

Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer is quoted in the SLS Press Release as follows:
“What we’re doing here no other law school has done,” said Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, “and no other law school can do, because no other university matches Stanford in the number of top-notch programs and departments relevant to lawyers. We’ve utilized the whole university to create a multi-dimensional legal education, because we think lawyers have a valuable role to play in helping to solve the world’s problems and that calls for more than knowing how to analyze case law. And we think we are uniquely positioned among law schools to produce lawyers who do that.”
Read the whole article by Judith Romero at SLS News in:

Stanford Law School Advances New Model for Legal Education

Crime Prevention and The Rediscovery of Character: The Legacy of James Q. Wilson

David Brooks has a useful peace for the legal community at his New York Times op-ed on James Q. Wilson and The Rediscovery of Character.

Brooks writes:
"[Wilson] did not believe that virtue was inculcated by prayer in schools. It was habituated by practicing good manners, by being dependable, punctual and responsible day by day."
Things many have forgotten, with disastrous results in terms of crime.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Times Change, But People Stay the Same, so History Never Quite Ends

"Times change, but people do not."
-- Arvids Kaulins (1914-1987, b. Lejasciems, Latvia, d. Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)

Victor Davis Hanson has the modern story at National Review Online at History Never Quite Ends, writing about the present world economic and political climate, that:
"Whatever else changes, human nature does not."
Read the whole story here.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

German Economy BOOMING: Greece in Austerity: Two Different 21's

Do mainstream media such as CNN overemphasize the alleged severity of the so-called Eurozone Crisis, or is it a question of where you are?

When I opened the local Trier newspaper here in Europe the other day, I read that unemployment in Germany in February, 2012 was at its lowest level in 21 years. (!)

At the same time I read Nicholas D. Kristof at the New York Times In Athens, Austerity’s Ugliness speaking of a 21% unemployment rate in Greece. Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Those are two different 21's.

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