Improving the Dropbox Experience...

Improving the Dropbox Experience...

Dropbox has decided to push out a new version of their application/client, and instead of continuing to do what made them famous - smoothly stay out of the way while reliably syncing a local folder to the cloud and other computers, so that you don't have to think about it - they decided they wanted to get more in your face.More interesting though is the major oversight in even promulgating information on the changes to tech support, or the fact that apparently, a significant number of people at Dropbox tech support don't even know how Dropbox worked by…

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Obliviousness, Lies, and Anger

Obliviousness, Lies, and Anger

Over the last couple weeks I've had various discussions, good and bad, about the culture, the degree to which it is compromised, and so on. This has ranged from rage at the suggestion that guys should get married and have kids on the supposed "right" to more pushes for abortion up until the last moments of birth.I think for many who spend time mired in fighting SJW's it is literally unbelievable the extent to which mainstream libs simply take the shibboleths for granted, and seem nice, decent people until you blow a hole in their worldview. Assuming they don't…

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Not surprised at all

Not surprised at all

There are some amazingly flexible and capable platforms out there, but the more you try to make something one-size fits all, the less it fits.A formula one racer, a stock racer, and a dune buggy are built for radically different environments than a minivan or compact car. As always, the question of "which is best" first depends on first answering the question: "for what?"Which brings us to the Didact taking a look at the current state of the F-35. After going over a severely shortened list of known deficiencies, he notes: I mean, this is a plane that…

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Chernobyl

Chernobyl

The series on HBO has come to an end, and while in some ways it suffers from the usual dragging pace of binge-watch oriented series, and the previously mentioned "lets make a representative scientist character, who know more than all her coworkers, a woman" - significantly toned down after the introductory episode - is still a solid retelling of the Chernobyl disaster. The infogalactic article is a long one covering the accident in more depth as well as alternate hypothesis regarding the sequence of events and responsibility/issues.Long story short - a perfect storm design flaws, piss poor training,…

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Misfeatures, and Enhanced User Experience

Misfeatures, and Enhanced User Experience

At first I'd hear stories of how things constantly get worse, and figured it was old techies doing a geek style version of "get off my lawn". Or figured, like Scott Adams, that life is getting complex enough that even smart people are getting relatively stupid.I'm not sure if the recent news to hit the MSM that IQ is indeed dropping (I wonder why? What's changed, demographically?) is relevant, or how, but I've come around to the view that things are indeed going to shit.Apple no longer has the design lead on high build quality, thin, hi rez…

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Fragility, and Dealing With It

Fragility, and Dealing With It

Trump has, from the standpoint of selling to the US Government and related concerns, severely impacted future sales of stuff produced, designed, etc. in China, as noted here:In short, the God-Emperor has declared war against all foreign intelligence interests using China as an attack vector. He’s pissed in the Deep State’s cereal. He’s told China we’re ready to start building our own electronics back on American soil. He’s told the tech industry, all of it, that business as usual is over. Cheap, but compromised, electronics won’t be available from China, excuse me, “adversaries”…

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Flying High

Flying High

Those of my friends who've hung out with me when touring aviation-related sites like the Yorktown know my taste in airplanes is odd. Sure, I love the feisty little F-16, appreciate the sleek beauty of the F-18, and the power and form of the F-15. I've even had models of most of them. Nevertheless, my favorites are quirky.Sure, the P51 Mustang is a beauty, but I'd rather rebuild my modeling collection with an ungainly Vought F4U corsair, the FW-190, or the tubby F6F Hellcat. Going into the jet age, I truly love the A-10 Thunderbolt, the Vought Crusader, and…

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i-Devices and Arkhaven Audio

i-Devices and Arkhaven Audio

For maximum compatibility, the audio files downloaded from Arkaven come as mp4 "video" files because while they are technically m4b files, many applications (like WinAmp) won't recognize them or play them well, and calling them mp4 results in a "least wrong" default that will still play the audio.In either case, since these are your files that you download - and back up if you're smart - you can't just spin up an "audible" app to download and listen to them in one easy place.The good news is that Arkhaven has an excellent guide to get you started. Nevertheless,…

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