Tuesday July 19, 2016
iTunes 12 violates Principle of Least Surprise
Someone at Apple apparently thinks it's great fun to change the UI every time an updated version of the software ships. For even more "fun", they have a habit of setting defaults that either change (or remove) features a long-time user has come to expect. Some of those features are changed forever. Sometimes, the user can find the right button to push (or terminal command to enter) to get back the behaviour they prefer.
Spouse and I have bumped into two such "features", in iTunes 12
Saturday July 9, 2016
Temperament is Clear Early in Life
Thursday April 21, 2016
MBTI: Debunking the Debunkers (again)
I have been having a "discussion" in The Science Enthusiasts group in Facebook. Someone posted another "debunking the MBTI" article (from 2014). Surprisingly, this one doesn't cite "Wharton Scholar, Adam Grant".
The article includes this statement: "Several analyses have shown the test is totally ineffective at predicting people's success in various jobs, and that about half of the people who take it twice get different results each time."
Well, yes. Both of those things are, at least partially, true. Neither, however, is an argument that "debunks" the MBTI.
Read more in commentary...
Tuesday April 19, 2016
Don't Call Us and We Won't Call You
I have been looking for work. Specifically, I have been applying for various technical writing or editing positions, primarily contract or long-term remote.
The process tends to go like this:
Sometimes, I'll even get a "thanks for your application" form letter.
More often than not, however, I get crickets.
Saturday April 16, 2016
rm -rf *
Man accidentally 'deletes his entire company' with one line of bad code
"The problem command was "rm -rf": a basic piece of code that will delete everything it is told to."
I love this stuff. It proves we're human. (And also, EVERYTHING needs multiple off-site backups!)
I think this is almost a rite of passage for some of us. At least it tends to stop (or slow down) after it removes /bin/rm... and most of us only wipe out our own disk. (Extra credit if you ran it from a script and didn't test it sufficiently first with printf or echo.)
Friday April 15, 2016
I have decided that I no longer believe in calories. I believe in the definition, of course, thats indisputable. But what does it have to do with food?
A calorie, scientifically speaking, is a unit that is used to measure energy. One calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. The Calorie (capital C) used in talking about food is actually a kilocalorie, or 1,000 (little c) calories. A Calorie (kcal) is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree Celsius.
So, what does heating water have to do with eating, weight gain, weight loss, etc? And how do people determine the Calories on a nutritional label?
Thursday April 14, 2016
Walking in Dreams
"Have you ever woken up from one of your dreams and thought “WTF was that?”
Well, yeah. Most mornings...
I read an article a couple of days ago: What You Should Know About Your Dreams. There were several points about it that I took issue with, starting with the first item: "You don’t walk in dreams."