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Thwart the Other Side; Vote

| November 2, 2010 5:05 pm

Here is why you should vote xxxxxx (insert Republican, Democrat, Pirate, Lizard…):

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see….”
“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”
“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.”

Douglas Adams, in So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish (1984) Ch. 36

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Rigmarole to Watch a Movie

| October 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Lacuna of Help

| February 9, 2010 10:12 am

I wish Rutabaga, instead of censuring adult and competitive products, they would take care of encouraging good products. Please watch the video of a several iPhone apps opening:

And for some apps it would be ok if they take long time to open. You don’t use them that often. The instant messenger and navigation application on the other hand are two apps that I would like to use that all the time. And I payed for them!!!

Anyway, so I send them the bug report.

From: *******
To: *******
Sent: 04.02.2010 23:25
Subject: IM+ for iPhone/iPod Touch Full Application slow to launch and not responsive

Support request

Internet Connection:3G

Application version: Full 3.5

iPhone or iPod Touch generation: 3G

iPhone or iPod Touch OS/Firmware:3.1

Name of your wireless carrier: AT&T

Brief Description: Application slow to launch and not responsive

Description of issue experienced:
Application takes long time to launch compared to other applications that have the same look and feel (not IM). Once the app is up, it still takes almost a minute to “Restore”. Once it “restores”, if there are a lot of new messages, it will do a long series of beeps and vibrations.
The best case starting time with 6 accounts on WiFi is about a minute. On 3G it sometimes takes several minutes to load.

Since IM is an integral application on a mobile device, I would really like to see the start time to be closer to couple of seconds. Just by collapsing all the new message sounds into a single sound would shave a lot of time. Also, some local caching should make starting of the application much faster.

Thank you for a quick response.

Error message text:

Here is their response:

Hello,

Thank you for your request.
If the issue reoccurs persistently, please delete IM+ from your iPhone / iPod Touch, then reinstall it.
You may download IM+ for free from AppStore on your iPhone / iPod Touch or from iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=296246130&mt=8

If the issue persists after reinstallation, please send us your IM+ log file from the menu More / About / Support,
selecting “I have another question” menu entry.

If you need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Best regards,
*******
SHAPE Support Team
SHAPE Services
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Follow IM+ on Twitter http://twitter.com/implus

Check also RDM+ Remote Desktop for Mac OS and Windows

—– Original Message —–
From: *******
To: *******
Sent: 04.02.2010 23:25
Subject: IM+ for iPhone/iPod Touch Full Application slow to launch and not responsive

< Support request
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< Internet Connection:3G
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< Application version: Full 3.5
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< iPhone or iPod Touch generation: 3G
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< iPhone or iPod Touch OS/Firmware:3.1
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< Name of your wireless carrier: AT&T
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< Brief Description: Application slow to launch and not responsive
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< Description of issue experienced:
< Application takes long time to launch compared to other applications that have the same look and feel (not IM). Once the app is up, it still takes almost a minute to "Restore". Once it "restores", if there are a lot of new messages, it will do a long series of beeps and vibrations.
< The best case starting time with 6 accounts on WiFi is about a minute. On 3G it sometimes takes several minutes to load.
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< Since IM is an integral application on a mobile device, I would really like to see the start time to be closer to couple of seconds. Just by collapsing all the new message sounds into a single sound would shave a lot of time. Also, some local caching should make starting of the application much faster.
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< Thank you for a quick response.
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< Error message text:

Here is a similar comment from Navigon’s MobileNavigator application:

What can I do to improve the GPS-Signal of my iPhone?
Answer:

During the following process the memory of your iPhone will be reorganized. This will have a positive effect on the quality of the GPS-Signal. The internal memory will be entirely deleted during this process. Therefore it is extremely necessary to make a backup of the software as described in step 1.

1. Please connect your iPhone to iTunes and perform synchronize it. After that please click with the right mouse button on the iPhone-Icon (in the left menu of iTunes) and choose “backup”. iTunes will now create an entire backup of your iPhone data and settings.
2. Then disconnect your iPhone from the computer and connect it to the power supply.
3. On your iPhone choose “Settings” -> “General” -> “Reset”.
4. Then choose “Erase all Content and Settings” and confirm this.
5. The following steps can take up to two hours and more, depending on the model and storage capacity of your iPhone
6. After the procedure is finished please connect the iPhone to your computer again.
7. Now using the backup install your data and settings.
A limited GPS signal can have many different reasons:
bad positioning of the iPhone in the car. Like with every portable navigation device, the iPhone should always have a free view to the sky.
metallized thermally insulated windshield
usage of design or protective covers
While using our NAVIGON Software please avoid using covers since these influence the reception of a GPS signal.

Yup… No comment…

But hey, at least looks like Navigon will add support for Facebook and Twitter. Just what I need.

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Panacea Backpack

| February 4, 2010 4:29 pm

I need a new backpack. Boring… What I need is one backpack to rule them all. I am talking about the bike-commuting, laptop carrying backpack beast. Oh, and I want everything… I bike commute 100+ miles a week, usually I carry a laptop with me, and I almost always carry change of clothing, books, and other things. And I want a backpack to accommodate all that and more.

So, what are my requirements?

  • Comfortable ~ none of that messenger stuff. I want something I can bike century rides (100 miles) at speeds over 30MPH and not feel bad afterwards. It has to have shoulder and hip straps that are comfortable and breathable. and include a padded mesh back. It should be light, but the general comfort is more important.
  • Functional ~ it should be small enough to carry it on the plane as a second carry on, but at the same time big enough to fit everything I need. Furthermore it has to have pockets and compartments to easily access stuff.
  • Durable ~ obviously, I don’t want it to fall apart.

Here is what I want to carry inside

  • Laptop ~ currently this is 15″ MacBook Pro, but perhaps at some point somebody (hint hint) will buy me MacBook Air. I would like my laptop to be accessible even if the backpack is full of stuff. In other words, I want to be able to pull my laptop out without having to take anything else out and without anything else spilling out.
  • Books ~ well, you cannot travel without those, can you. Again, easy access is crucial.
  • Clothing ~ and by clothing, I mean everything: shirt, pants, underwear, socks, and sometimes even shoes and jacket. Here the access is not as important, as I usually have time to change.
  • Paperwork ~ yeah, you know, the regular A4/letter type stuff. Has to fit a folder type thing to put the paperwork in. I assume a laptop pocket would fit this.
  • Other stuff ~ such as bike tools, keys, wallets, lights, etc. Those things should be in a separate pockets, so I can access them without taking anything out of the bag.

So, what is the problem? Well, it turns out that you can either get a functional bag or a comfortable bag, but not both. Most bag manufacturers will give you pockets, laptop compartments, but their bags will be uncomfortable or only comfortable for short rides. Example of these kind of bags is: Timbuk2 – Q. Functionality wise, it has everything I want. But, a quick look at its back side reveals that is would be completely useless, unless your commute is 4 miles or less.

Timbuk2 Q

Alternatively there are day-backpacks from reputable backpack companies, which have a great back support and feel good even on longer rides. However, these backpack are never designed to carry anything similar to a laptop. Even worse, they usually have a curved back, so you cannot fit easily flat things without loosing space. An example of those bags is: Deuter ACLite. It has a nice back support, but you can see that there is no easy access for the laptop:

This one looks promising, but I got to check it out:

Perhaps what I really need to do is get a nice backpack and fit a good laptop insert in. Well, that is what I have now, and trust me, it is not optimal.

So, what do you think? Is there such a beast?

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Ostracize the Healthy

| October 18, 2009 4:46 pm

I have some non-PC comments, but I will let you have your own…

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