Posted on by Wladimir Palant

When I first saw this, I could only think — wow! Word processing and spreadsheets are classical examples of areas where web applications will never be able to achieve the quality of desktop applications. But Google made a habit out of overthrowing accepted wisdoms and so they’ve gone great lengths to make their spreadsheets web app feel like a desktop application — with success, for most part.

I have to give Google credit for their user interface design again — using the application is very simple and self-explaining. Everything behaves the way you expect it. Most operations I tried are very fast, almost as fast as what we are used from Excel & Co. When I edit a field, its value changes almost immediately and same goes for fields that have formulas depending on it. Merging columns, formatting — fast. Other things like selection are done entirely on the client’s side, so there is no delay at all. Inserting rows or creating a new spreadsheet is relatively slow — those aren’t operations you use all the time however.

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Posted on by Wladimir Palant

Все-таки не выдержал и прочитал сразу почти все книги, которые привез от родителей из Германии — старенького Брэдбери (чисто из спортивного интереса, ничего из себя не представляет), две Нины Васины (захватывающе и весьма оригинально, не ожидал) и “Чапаев и Пустота” Пелевина (Пелевин в своем репертуаре, очень неплохо). Остался мне всего лишь “Ф.М.” Акунина (берегу на десерт) и “Парфюмер” Зюскинда (тоже тяну, но по другой причине — нет пока настроения читать по-немецки). Скоро опять останусь без чтива, жаль. Но ничего, через пару недель опять в Германию, привезу еще чего-нибудь...

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Posted on by Wladimir Palant

I am back from my vacation and working through all the mail I got in the two weeks. Amongst others I found a funny email bounce for the forum’s confirmation message: “We are not aware of anyone in Germany needing to email us”. That is already weird enough but ok — the forum sends mails using a DE domain as a sender, maybe they don’t like that. So I forwarded the mail using my @adblockplus.org address. The new bounce message was: “We are not aware of anyone in Norway needing to email us”. This time I finally got it — Americans only want to speak to other Americans :)

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Posted on by Wladimir Palant

I am leaving for a vacation tomorrow, going to Lvov (Ukraine) with my girlfriend. So if I’m not answering mails — don’t be surprised. You shouldn’t expect an answer from me before the 7th of August, I probably won’t be online during the whole vacation.

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