Archive for March, 2011
So here’s the story, my son Andrew and I had a trip to the driving range on Sunday. We’re hitting a few balls and I’m getting more and more frustrated that I’m hitting it badly and despite tweaking the swing it makes no difference.
Just then Andrew appears from the other booth and says
Dad I’ve been watching you … you’re over swinging and you’re hitting with your left side.
Now at this point I have to mention that Andrew is 12 years old, he’s played only a couple of full rounds of golf, whereas I’ve played for 30 years or so. I know what you’re thinking:
How can this boy of 12 possibly tell someone with 30 years’ experience what they’re doing wrong?
Well at this point I should also mention that Andrew has been having golf lessons every year since he was 8 and despite playing for over half my life, I’ve only had a few lessons. He absolutely understands the fundamentals of the golf swing and although he doesn’t have the power (yet!) he has a lovely fluent golf swing.
Now who do you think is best placed to know the mechanics of the game?
And the morals of this story are… just because you’ve done something for a long time doesn’t necessarily make you and expert … it’s easier for others the see flaws that you don’t see yourself, and if you want to improve be prepared to accept feedback from the most unlikely source.
I can vouch for the fact that this works… I took his advice and he cured my swing … until the next time!!
Well when you load it you’ll notice straightaway that Microsoft have installed it with a minimalistic look. Microsoft have latched onto the less is more and lets keep it simple for the novice or first time user. But don’t worry if you’re a seasoned user, you can still make it look and work the way that its predecessor did. In fact you can fiddle about with the position of tabs and menus, although I have to question the value of this and I wonder if it’s just a gimmick. The simplicity is a nice touch however; and one might argue that they’ve made no attempt to hide the fact that they’ve simply copied the other browsers in the market that have done this for years.
Another feature you’ll recognise is that they’ve copied Google Chrome with application style containers to make a web page look like a locally installed application. Actually, they’ve gone one step further and integrated these with Windows, which is something only Microsoft can do as the other vendors can’t inject new functionality into the operating system. The giveaway here is the Operating system upgrade message you see when IE9 asks you to reboot your system to complete the install. That said I actually like some of this embedded functionality and I can see this being very useful.
You’ll also find they’ve introduced Safariesque “most popular sites” navigation page and they’ve embedded search within the URL field… again first seen in Google Chrome.
Microsoft also claim IE9 to be their fastest browser, despite seeing a popup suggesting you disable plugins to speed up browsing (I don’t have any), I’ve not noticed any real difference in performance so far.
I’m still left with the question … does Internet Explorer 9 offer anything new? or is it simply an attempt to replicate and consolidate the functionality of its competitors, you tell me?