Thursday, November 4, 2010

Making Things Work Out for You

You can't always get what you want.  Life is not what you thought it would be. The world doesn’t revolve around you. Yadda yadda yadda.

Cheer up! When some things just go wrong, find something else to counterbalance it. I, for instance, have my own share of problems but I still manage to find a compensation, if not a total fix, for them.

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Here's one thing that I find most irritating:

Have you ever noticed the things you lose often turn up at a place that would have been obvious had you not forgotten it? There was even this one time I got so furious with myself for losing my glasses (can’t see without them you know), only to fume more because they were just dangling on my front pocket.

These days I tend to place my phone, my wallet, and sundries in just two places: the pockets of my pants and my bag. So when the unfortunate time comes, I only need to search two places first: the pockets of my pants and my bag.

Even annoyances occur in the computer world just as much in real life:

When what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editors fail to publish the same appearance that I saw when I edited my articles. 

What I did: Lately I've been trying out Windows Live Writer as substitute for the Blogger editor. So far, the resulting published articles are most of the time exactly the same as when they were still drafts.

When I have to switch back to Internet Explorer because a website is not compatible with my favorite browser, Google Chrome. Broken layouts, missing interactions, sluggish performance are the common annoyances to name a few because of incompatibility.

What I did: The thriving community who creates extensions for Chrome have come up with IE Tab. With this extension I can view a website using IE but without leaving Chrome.

When you’ve got a lot of things that is bugging you, I’d recommend letting it out (say, in the comments below or as your own blog post) rather than cooping it up inside you until you freak out. Take a leaf out of Ladaisi’s book.