Having a mobile phone is kind of like holding an open beer and not sipping. However, if I wanted to take a sip out of this phone, it would repeatedly place the pull tab over the mouth of the can, the brew would slosh up when the can was not being held, the beer would mysteriously pause after the first tip, then it would run backwards back up into the can and fall forward again. Repeatedly.
The screen on this phone seems always to think some of the lower buttons are getting tapped. This might be due to the case I put on the phone, but I did my best to carve a bunch off. Google voice jumps up most annoyingly as soon as I start to do something.
And battery life is atrocious. I it seems like the actual phone life is closer to 100 minutes judging from how quickly I see the battery tick down from 100% even if I have wifi and mobile data off. Checking email on it is frustrating and it brings to mind how much I have to refine my gmail filters because I do not want to see donation requests on my phone, that seems like a complete waste of my battery, data and attention.
Having a flip-phone was actually more relaxing.
This is a lot of feedback for a shell script in progress!
I totally enjoyed this essay.
My son is in elementary school. Last year, his school offered a robotics class for girls only. When my son asked why he couldn’t join, it was explained to him that girls need special help to become interested in technology, and that if there are boys around, the girls will be too scared to try.My son came home very confused. You see, he grew up with a mom who coded while she breastfed and brought him to his first LUG meeting at age seven weeks.
via Girls and Software | Linux Journal.
I think many teachers and parents would agree.
“…a common Chinese term used to refer to the products of their schools is gaofen dineng, which essentially means good at tests but bad at everything else.”
via Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less – Comment – Voices – The Independent.
This is a really great point because national broadband providers act not only as utility monopolies (Internet service) but also as content providers. This should be considered conflict of interest. A logical role for municipalities to adopt would be to become local broadband providers by buying out the POTS copper lines that the telcos are actually selling off and ripping out when installing FIOS (optical fiber to the curb). This is a logical way of increasing competition and bolstering local economies.
Losing Net Neutrality Is The Symptom, Not The Problem: Now Is The Time To Focus On Real Competition | Techdirt.
And to focus on the better things in life…
I’m happy that I had a good birthday weekend jus hanging out with the kids. And getting my xtracycle fixed.
I’m quite proud of myself for building my first Arduino based WiFi attenuator. I look forward to getting better with my soldering skills. But my first one worked!
I’m also quite pleased that I got the assemble a server with a 10 Gigabit optical network interface yesterday. That stuff is kinda becoming old-hat around Candelatech, but that was another first.