Posts Tagged ‘precision’

My Mac is a detail-enabler – ouch!

June 24, 2009

I am a detail-oriented engineer and business owner. Aside from the fact that I can spell better in Russian than in English, I religiously dot every “i” and cross every “t” and try to make everything I do “letter-perfect”. The computer makes this attention to detail all encompassing: perfect Word docs, perfect Excel spreadsheets, perfect Powerpoint presentations, perfect drawings, etc.

With enough time, the computer can help me make every document I create “perfect” – if I am not careful, I may focus too much on the “details” and miss an important piece of the “big picture”. If only my software limited my ability to deliver detail, I might deliver better “substance”. But alas, my software can let me do marvelous, little, intricate things…


I caught myself going “deep” into detail mode with a drawing today. Ever mindful that my computer display has a resolution of 100 pixels per inch (actually 101…), and my drawing was for a webpage on my website, I found myself working to a precision of 0.1 mm – about 2.5-times the resolution of the displayed image… What was I thinking?

Well, I am an engineer. And my drawing was “eye candy”. And I am “precisely” sure that I spent several “precision” hours that no one but me would ever appreciate. ┬áMy drawing was “precisely perfect”! Thanks to my Mac software – and some hard work…