Originally published Wednesday, February 11, 2009
WARNING: This blog entry contains no knitting content. If you love Windows, this blog entry will probably piss you off. Tough!
For some reason, I dragged out my old and very obsolete Dell PC and got it up and running. I tried out the USB-Ethernet adapter I got for Winter Solstice–it works great. Yeah, my PC is so old that it doesn’t have an Ethernet port. LOL
I didn’t have any anti-virus software on the Dell since I let my McAfee subscription lapse once I got my iMac, which doesn’t need anti-virus software. Yeah, I’m gloating. <smiley face> So the first thing I had to do when I connected my PC to the Internet was download an anti-virus program. It’s difficult to find something that’s free and that will work on an ancient OS like Windows Me, but ClamWin is still out there, alive and kickin’.
After I got on line, the first thing I did was check out my blog. Yikes! It sure loses a lot in the translation from a Mac to a PC. Many of the characters that I regularly use, such as smiley faces, peace signs, and embellishments, come across in Windows as question marks.
I don’t know why this happens. The special characters I’m using are all standard Unicode characters that are also available in Windows fonts. The font I use for my blog entries is Palatino, but I have tried other fonts, such as MS Gothic (MS = Microsoft, right?), with absolutely no luck. Windows still refuses to cooperate.
On the main page of my blog, I used some of those sideways flowery hearts embellishments where you Windows-users see question marks. (Or maybe your version of Windows renders them as squares. With Windows, who knows?) The picture at the top of this entry is a screenshot taken on my old Dell. You can see the red question marks on the left side of the picture, right under where it says “E-mail me.”
Below is a screenshot taken on my Mac of what is supposed to be there–those flowery sideways hearts.
If you have been viewing my blog entries on a PC, here’s some more of what you have been missing. At the very bottom of each entry, where you poor, unfortunate Windows-users see a line of question marks, there is actually a line of peace signs. My previous entry, “We Call Them Pirates,” ended with a very appropriate skull and crossbones. Clever on my part, but Windows stupidly puts a question mark in its place. <frowny face>
Here are screenshots of that entry as it appears on my Mac and on my PC. Those infernal Windows question marks are everywhere.
Some of my blog entries that included talk of winter weather contain cute little snowmen, and entries pertaining to anything Irish are bound to have shamrocks. But if you use Windows, you probably don’t have a clue that there are snowmen and shamrocks afoot. Instead, you probably are wondering why the hell I put question marks there. Well, I didn’t. Windows did. I hate Windows.
Another thing that Windows does is mess up the spacing when I put photos in the text. I’ve pretty much eliminated photos from the body of my blog entries because in order to get them to show properly in Windows, I have to make them look out of kilter on my Mac.
It’s annoying to put so much work into something, only to have Windows screw it up. I know that after I upload this entry, I will have to go back into iWeb and adjust the screenshots so that they aren’t covering up text when viewed in stinking Windows and then upload it again.
I wish that PC would learn to play with Mac a little more nicely. Either that or everybody wise up, realize that Windows stinks, and get a Mac. <smiley face>
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