Why I hate voting.

post type iconNov 4, 2014 - 800 Words -
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I just voted, even though pundits and statisticians have proven fairly definitively that my particular vote won’t matter. My district has had a Republican congressman for 30 years and his hand-picked heir is likely to win, and I don’t live in one of the 6 states all the news organizations tell me will decide control of the Senate. I voted because it’s the right thing to do, and because if I don’t vote, I lose the moral right to complain about the idiots in power (and anyone who knows me knows I love to complain.

Memory Pressure, Capacity Limits, and Ubiquitous Computing

post type iconJun 2, 2014 - 900 Words -
One of the things I was most looking forward to with my new iPhone 5S was faster switching between applications. It seemed like my 4S always took 5-10 seconds to toggle between two programs, even simple apps. Jumping from Angry Birds to YouTube (to see what I’m doing wrong) and back again was agonizing. Unfortunately, though the 5S is significantly faster, switching has in some ways become worse. The slowest reloads are faster, but I feel like I need full reloads more frequently.

Apple ID Madness

post type iconMay 4, 2014 - 1100 Words -
One of the reasons I was so excited to get an iPhone a few years back was because of contact management. For years (from 1997 until about 2010) I carried around a Palm Pilot, which had reasonably good tools to synchronize data between the mobile device and my computer. Then I got a “modern” cell phone, which could do text messaging and everything, and setting up data syncing with that was….