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The solar system to scale. Keep scrolling right people.

(In the vein of a recent conversation on the unimaginably reality of a trillion dollars. All scale problems are hard for us humans to process.)

http://www.phrenopolis.com/perspective/solarsystem/
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The ongoing news of intelligence agencies massive invasion of privacy irritates and worries me.   We've now heard that 60% of all internet traffic is routinely copied and trawled, that most of our emails have probably been copied and read, that major internet companies have either been coerced or co-opted into producing back doors - all with basically no real level of accountability or any form of transparency.     Now we've learned they've broken SSL and fundamentally undermined the basic security plumbing that makes the internet work - and allegedly, working with crypto companies to make things weaker - a program with 10X the funding of Prism.

In a world where we share more and more online, its critical we can all choose what we make private and what we make public.  The weakening of SSL affects banking, commerce, personal networks of trust, anonymity - basically the internet's foundations.   We already have a glut of spyware undermining the value of the net - we don't need the US govt to chip in too.    

The revelations of the fundamental breaking of internet trust really deserves your attention.   I really hope the world doesn't tire too quickly of the really important detail being shared by the Guardian and the NYT. 

(Yes, this post is public as there's not whole lot of point in thinking you're having a private conversation if you're online)

 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security
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Wonderfully twisted.

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While AU is clearly still iPhone centric, this trend is still compelling.
Aygul Zagidullina originally shared:
 
Android is totally blowing away the competition!

Android OS now has 52.5% of the global smartphone market in 3Q11, more than doubling its smartphone sales to end users from the 3Q10. #android

Source: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1848514
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Hehehe.
 
This just made my day!

#sochi2014   #skiing   #starwars  
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Been laid up in bed for 4-5 days with a normal winter flu, so spent some time helping my Dad out with his new Win8 tablet.  I stumbled across the most annoying and - on the surface - ridiculous behaviour that's in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.   This particular behaviour highlights a serious problem inside of Microsoft - cultural, technical, organisational (probably all of the above) - that will stymie their ability to create world class products.

Win7/Win8 has this feature called Libraries, which essentially are shortcuts to all your files - Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos.   This is where you put all your files, but if you have more than one location, you can add them all.  That way your documents or pictures might be sourced from several places.

Increasingly, media apps use this location for all their sources.  And in Windows 8, the default apps for Pictures, Music and Video only use this location.  

The problem is that Libraries have a twist:  one cannot add an SD card, a USB key or a network drive to the libraries. The reason?   Officially?  Because the locations are not indexed.     Basically, the Windows Indexing service doesn't index these locations, so you can't add them.     

Doesn't sound so bad, right?    Well - wait till you buy a Windows 8 PC with limited hard disk space.   Thankfully you often get an SD card slot, so you can through 32Gb or 64GB more space.     But oh-no you can't actually use it for anything particularly useful!  

If you put your photos on there...no photos for you.   Music files?   Nope, the Win8 Music player can't play files from a non-library location.   Videos are the same.    

Now on the surface this just looks plain stupid.   Team A builds the Libraries, Team B builds apps that rely on them, Team C design Surface with an SD card.   None of the teams talk (or are aren't incentivised to).    Consumer loses, people shrug and say "that's Windows for you".  However, it goes into plain-old-insane when you look at the workaround.

What you have to do is 
* Create a Virtual Hard Disk on it (ideally the same size)
* Set up a job to auto-mount the Virtual Hard Disk at start up.
* Add the new drive to the Indexing locations

From that point on, you can then add folders and files normally and it behaves as you'd expect. (full instructions here http://mattblogsit.com/windows/configure-surface-to-use-microsd-as-primary-storage)


What. Were. They. Thinking.    


So I can trick Windows into doing....what it should be able to do in the first place, via a complicated technical path.    Ergo, either the rules for Libraries not using SD cards are esoteric and not needed, or they're not tight enough.   Alternatively if the Virtual Disk solution somehow fixes the core technical problem , someone in Microsoft never came up with the idea of creating a dialog that says "SD card detected.   Do you want to make this just work?"
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My thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich on my Google Nexus S I have a Google Nexus S phone (came out around January, almost a year ago). (Btw that's me picture with a rather large Nexus S! haha) Two days ago, my phone told me there was an update to the OS: "Ice Cream Sandwich". Now unlike a lot of Android and Google fans, I don't really pay much attention to this stuff. I'm not even sure what phone I have exactly until I looked it up just now... Last January I read a few reviews and picked the one I thought was best, and forgot about it..

I've also paid very little attention to the hype and talk about Ice Cream Sandwich, though I am enticed by the name and keep seeing people mentioning it here on Google+

I wouldn't call this a review, but here are some very subjective impressions of Ice Cream Sandwich (love the name! haha):

1. Woah, everything is different.
2. New startup art is crazy and cool. I used to like the old one, but this is better.
3. Even keypad entry is different. It feels a little more "solid" I think. Not liking change, I was bothered in first 5 minutes... now I think its better, but not really sure.
4. When you use your voice to input text, it now appears "live" while you're talking. (Instead of submitting the audio when you're done). Pretty cool, but its a little slow at times on my phone (especially when you jump in to correct a word it missed).
4.5 You can turn on a mode where it learns your voice better, but to do this it associates your texts with your name (privately, of course...) but the last thing I need is a catalog of my voice texts to somehow find their way into the hands of someone else someday. :-) haha
5. There's less words and more icons on all the options, even in phone mode. I wasn't sure exactly how to make a call at first.
6. When you receive a phone call there's an icon to touch but then you're encouraged to slide the icon to a "hangup" spot, an "answer spot," or a "text" spot where it texts the caller and gives you some ready-made phrases of why you didn't pick up their call. Pretty neat-o!
7. You can now search contacts by area codes. I like to type in "808" when I arrive in Hawaii and see who I'd like to socialize with. You know the rap song?
8. You can now search all your text msgs for phrases -- maybe you could before, but I'd never seen it.
9. There's now a "market" button for easy-access to new apps and "widgets" tab while scrolling through all your apps.
10. The contact / address book lets you sort by recents / frequent calls.
11. Google search is right on the "desktop" of the phone (including voice search)
12. Paging for apps requires swipes to the "right/left" instead of "up/down"
13. Camera doesn't seem to upload photos automatically to G+ anymore / I can't find the setting to change this.
14. New data meter that shows when you're getting close to hitting your max data / when you'll start paying for overage.
15. Camera has new "panorama mode" (woah this is crazy!) and some other controls, more like a stand-alone camera
16. I can't find the voicemail button, but I could get to it through notifications.

OK that's about it. All in all, I'm happy. I'm sure there's something more important going on under the hood -- maybe it's all about standardizing between phone & tablet OS or its easier for developers or something... as an end user, not that big of a change, but an overall good one. :-)
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