I’m writing this at 22,000 feet in a Southwest plane, heading east.
Prior to takeoff, the flight attendants did their little spiel, and taught us all how to master the super-complicated, high-tech seat belts. Just after takeoff, I was subjected to the most terrifying thing of my own personal aviation history. One of the flight attendants got on the speaker system and sang. She sang! It was horrible… just horrible…
To the tune of “Zippity Doo Dah”:
My oh my what a Southwest day
Plenty of peanuts
Comin’ your way
Seriously. I may never be the same.
Just after that, the flight attendant said “if there is anything else that we can do to make your flight more pleasurable, please ask”. I must have had ‘that look’ on my face because I didn’t even get a chance to open my mouth when my wife said, “no, don’t even think about it. That’s not what she meant.”
It’s been an uneventful flight as a result.
Realization of the decade: traveling on Christmas Eve? Not as bad as one might think. Short lines, and the plane not only took off on time, it arrived at the destination early. This was probably the best flight – singing notwithstanding – that I’ve taken in recent memory.
I’ve tried. I’ve really, really tried. I’m a big Adobe fan – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign… and I tried to use Contribute CS3. I tried for months. Here are the problems:
- Takes forever to load – longer than any other program on my MacBook Pro. I timed it at a minute and ten seconds, from launch to actually connecting to a blog.
- Can’t edit a post’s source code. I tried to work around this, but man, what a hassle. This is a no-brainer, Adobe. Give me access to my own source. There is absolutely no reason to make it inaccessible.
- Takes forever to switch from one blog to another. I can’t explain why, and I don’t even have a theory, but it takes 20 seconds to switch from editing one blog to another – without any drafts open.
- Takes forever to upload a draft. I tested a very short, all-text blog entry and it took Contribute just over 60 seconds to upload.
- And the worst thing of all? There is no real way to tell that the program is actually doing anything half the time. During the long startups, the long uploads… the program will just sit there for ten or fifteen seconds without a status bar.
So, what am I using to write this very blog entry?
It loads in under 5 seconds, I can edit my posts’ source code, switching from editing one blog to another is instantaneous, uploading an entry takes less than 10 seconds, and it’s responsive (and it tells me it’s being responsive).
So long, Contribute. I can’t say it was nice while it lasted, but maybe Adobe will make you a contender in version CS4.