Aug 09

Battles

I really miss the days when I didn’t have to battle software for 10-30 minutes to get it to do something that I used to be able to do in 15 seconds.

Maybe if IQ above 120 were required to use a computer? I don’t know. But what it has become is miserable.

Aug 09

Google Craps

Was just thinking about how great a product Google Maps used to be and how atrocious it is now. Like, it used to actually find what you wanted, in the area you wanted, and not maniacally auto-scroll and zoom and find unrelated, far-away garbage.

And you could search for more than one thing at a time! And actually see the directions! And so much more that is now just impossible or so difficult it’s not worth trying.

It’s really dispiriting when you think about it just how much software has gotten so vastly worse in the last few years. Many things that I used to frequently use I either no longer use or use them much less.

The idiots have fully won.

Aug 09

Mark to Market

Some thoughts after reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.”

I never wrote about Theranos or Elizabeth Holmes here or on my other blog even when they were in their heyday because it seemed a little fishy to me. No, I had no idea that the company was a fraud. As with Jonah Lehrer, everything about it set off my “something is not quite right” detector without me having any direct evidence or thought on it fully formed. Its fraudulence, in other words, wasn’t known to me; just felt hinky, is all.

Glad that my bullshit detector is still functioning fairly well. I need that thing in working order for stuff I can actually trade on.

Aug 09

Write or Wrong

I’ve never been tempted to plagiarize as I can literally write my own material much faster than I can re-type someone else’s, and that output is usually better. Thus, there’s no incentive there for me. I still do think (the non-academic definition of) plagiarism is morally wrong, but the incentive would have to be present to even tempt me that direction.

Aug 09

Unclarity

I’m still unclear on what to do when a female co-worker makes sex jokes or sexual comments at work. As men, we’ve been taught repeatedly that even mentioning sex around women co-workers is absolutely verboten. Fine, whatever. I don’t need to talk about sex at work even care to. I honestly am not all broken up over the restriction.

That said, sex jokes don’t bother me or offend me. Sex is part of human life. That most people are deathly afraid of sexuality is not my problem. When a woman tells sex jokes and makes sexual comments at work, is it suddenly ok? There seems to be a bit of hypocrisy here. I guess it’s because women are perceived as non-threatening.

Anyway, should I laugh? Pretend like I didn’t hear it? Certainly I should add nothing because that would be unwise. I have no interest in correcting someone who is not offending me or hurting anyone else, so that’s not a real option. I feel like the best path is to just have no reaction at all, which I am extremely good at anyway. I’ve spent most of my life not reacting to things so I am a master at that.

I’ve been around more women who have made sex jokes at work than men, for the curious. Partially because I tend to hang around women more but also because they do it more because they can get away with it and most men know they can’t.

Aug 09

Rape Culture on the Left

Been noticing this more and more lately. Even if I were single, there’s around 7 billion people I’d have no interest in dating at all. Or even talking with. Discrimination? Hell yes. And I’ve gotten more discriminatory as I’ve gotten older.

I guess the left/liberals had to spin up their own version of rape culture, and this is it. It’s interesting how the dominant culture gets echoed in pseudo-egalitarian ways by those claiming to oppose it.

Aug 08

Limiting

As much as I’ve tried to understand it, I cannot. How do people stand to use smartphones for anything? Even the large ones have such tiny screens. The processors are underpowered. Web pages load like garbage and the apps aren’t much better. The experience is just terrible.

I guarantee on my PC I can do in under 30 seconds what takes someone 5+ minutes in the “app.”

As I said, I can’t understand it. It’s hard to believe that people are willing to endure so much hassle, aggravation and terrible experience for the sake of fake convenience.

Aug 07

Hopey Changey

A trenchant observation that gets to the heart of why Hillary Clinton really lost.

One of the reasons that Hillary Clinton lost was that she couldn’t even pretend that she had anything to offer rustbelt residents mired in unemployment and addiction and hopelessness. She offered the rich a continued ride on the gravy train, she offered some minorities a chance to feed their resentments and she had nothing for anyone else.

Politics doesn’t matter that much anymore. It hasn’t for a long time. Breakage is required. Whether it will be hard or soft or even apocalyptic, I don’t know. History, though, tells us that when old orders dissolve and new orders begin to aggregate in dark corners that some dissolution — violent or otherwise — coincides with this every time.

Clinton had nothing to offer but the slightly-tweaked status quo. Too many people have been served a shit sandwich, and offering to warm it up for them does not really help.

And now, here we are.

Aug 07

V

This will be of interest to few, but these are some really good tips for optimizing Hyper-V deployments.

A lot of this I’d discovered myself through (painful) trial and error. Some of I was not aware of. All of it is useful.