Feb 5, 2012
Computing: Browsers, editors, languages
Today I have three subjects, as in the title
I have been mostly or only using Firefox as a net-browser for years, because I like it much better than MS Explorer, for quite a few different reasons, also. To leave out the politics and the morals: It just is a better and more pleasant browser than what MS has to offer.
Then again, for the last half year I have mostly used SeaMonkey, that a few days ago got to version 2.7. My reason is mostly that I like it better than Firefox:
I like it a lot, though mostly because of Composer, which is quite good, though I would like it a lot if it got tabs and some other of the goodies KompoZer 8.3(b) has, that is an editor that was derived from Composer and was improved, but not finished, and that has quirks with the cursor and saving to its windows, among other things, that make it rather impossible to use as one's only html-editor.
Anyway, that's my tip about browsing: If you are interested in a browser that can do most of the things Firefox can do, included running many, though not all of Firefox's AddOns, notably Firebug, NoScript, and Adblock, or if you are interested in a decent free WYSIWYG html-editor, fully integrated with the browser, try SeaMonkey: It's really well done and well designed.
I always wrote a lot, and did so from 16 till 36 on a typewriter, and since then almost only on a computer, simply because this was much more pleasant and much faster, with much better results and many pleasing possibilities typewriters just didn't have.
What I am in this section writing about are not html-editors, as briefly discussed in the previous section, but text-editors, that is, editors for plain ASCII, if perhaps with additions added.
As it happens, I don't like editors like MS Word for various reasons, one of which is that I think it fairly crazy to have a special format for an editor if there is html, and another that I just tend to dislike text-editors written for office-people, of which WordPerfect was the most awful I've seen, though I did like WordStar, that came with the first personal computer I could use (apart from a friend's Apple, that at the time - ca. 1980 - only had Apple-Basic, stored on tape).
There are VERY much better text-editors than MS Notepad, which is pretty awful, like much MS software. Here are three that are mostly styled as programmers' editors, because they are text-editors geared to the need of programmers. They are all three free, and I give links to Wikipedia articles about them:
They are all good for some different purposes, and each is at least a 1000 times better than is MS Notepad. The NoteTab Light version also is commercially available, in a non-light form, with more possibilities. I like all three, but like PSPad best: It's very cleverly put together.
I have written some code in, and thought and read about, quite a lot of programming languages, although there are far more than I have seen: See the amusing and instructive:
This lists presently 1440 programming languages on the same task. As the website says:
Many of these are not really readable (with real understanding) by naive humans without any training, and all have difficulties, shortcomings and quirks of some kind, which have much to do with what a programming language is: A way to write text that a computer can turn into working programs that can do useful things, and that a human being can write and understand.
Well there is now - and I give again the Wikipedia lemma:
You do need Node.JS and some more, but it all can be installed and made to work.
Then again, as it stands now, this is all in development. If you want to know more, try the above Wikipedia link about it, and then follow the external links. There are Youtube-videos about it, some of which are fairly obscure and/or with bad sound, but the following is a good introduction, that may well succeed in showing why this is a quite interesting programming language:
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
Short descriptions of the above:
1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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