Tuesday, February 06, 2007

My Magic Bunnies and Hunters

Ok... Some quick definitions...

A bunny is someone who I've played 5 times or more, and against whom I have a 60%+ winning ratio.

A hunter is someone who I've played 5 times or more, and against whom I have a 60%+ loss ratio.

Ideally though, to define bunnies and hunters you'd probably want about a 2/3 ratio, and about 8-10 games played. But those stats wouldn't have included so many people. :-)

These stats are as 2006/12/16 (I've played in some prereleases since then and have won 8/9... eagerly awaiting those updates), and consist of Limited and Constructed.

Opponent Loss Tie Win Games Win Ratio Bunny/Hunter

Bethany Culbert

5 5 1.00 Bunny
Izak van Zyl Marais 2
6 8 0.75 Bunny
Jeffrey Manuel 2
5 7 0.71 Bunny
Tiaan G. Towsen 4
7 11 0.64 Bunny
Emile C. Wilton 3
5 8 0.63 Bunny
Andre' Ferreira 1 1 3 5 0.60 Bunny
Andre' Rademan 2
3 5 0.60 Bunny
Brian Harris 2
3 5 0.60 Bunny

Detlef Romatzki 4 1 1 6 0.17 Hunter
Kestell Laurie 6 1 2 9 0.22 Hunter
Herc Du Preez 6
2 8 0.25 Hunter
Nico J. Boshoff 8 1 4 13 0.31 Hunter
Jacques Eloff 4
2 6 0.33 Hunter
Durham Smith 9
5 14 0.36 Hunter
Peter Norman 7
4 11 0.36 Hunter
Dwayne Kimber 3
2 5 0.40 Hunter

Of these stats... what interest me the most is probably Nico Boshoff. I thought I beat him a lot more... but I guess it's because especially against Nico, you tend to remember the wins more. But it's also interesting how often we've been paired together.

I hope to get Dwayne off the list, then my Hunters is less than my Bunnies. I also know I beat Kestell in the draft, but he that win is only step one of quite a few to get him off the list.

Monday, February 05, 2007

The US date format vs. The rest of the world

Ok, this is one of my pet peeves.

31 January 2007 should be written like this: 2007/01/31. It's what makes sense mathematically. Same as 103 is written as 1 in the "hundreds" a 0 in the "tens" and 3 in the "ones". 2007/01/31 has "2007" in the "years" or even "20" in the Millennium, "07" in the "years", "01" in the months, and "31" in the days.

01/31/2007 and 31/01/2007 both makes little sense. Because I've been reared with 31/01/2007, it's natural to me... also the same as the one that makes mathematically sense, just the other way around.

But this is what I can say for the US system. A computer checking the month while you are typing the days is much more comfortable if you've already typed the month. So trying to type 31/01/2006 when 05/02/2007 is the "default" is somewhat tricky if the validation is done real time. You first have to change the 02 to 01 (or another month with 31 days) before you can change it to 31.

Fortunately most date input boxes aren't programed to validate real time, but Powerbuilder is. And it sux... suxx. suxxx.

But my suggestion is everyone dates MMYY/mm/dd.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Firefox 2 quirks

Well well... Firefox 2 has been released.

However it has one peculiar quirk that I hated... the close buttons on all the tabs. But in true open source fashion this is customizable. My personal favourite is to have it have a close button on the active tab only.

To do this... I've found out from this site.

  • Open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar and press enter.
  • In the filter field type browser.tabs.closeButtons.
  • Double-click on the entry and enter the corresponding number below:
0 - Display a close button on the active tab only
1 - Display a close button on each tab (default)
2 - Don’t display any close buttons
3 - Display a single close button at the end of the tab bar (Firefox 1.x behavior)
  • Click OK
  • Close the about:config editor or tab

However, the option 3 apparently doesn't work properly. I use 0, and I am very happy.