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I see articles like this and get so excited about self-driving cars.  I hate driving.  It’s such a waste of my time.  (Maybe it’s because I drive a boring 4-cylinder Kia?)  I could be doing a thousand useful things in the car, but I’m sitting there in the daily drudgery, fear, and frustration of the daily commute.  As this article talks about, the reason it has to roll out so slowly and carefully is liability…none of the car companies want to be the first to be sued in a self-driving car injury or death.  I’d still rather drive next to a self-driving car than another driver like myself.

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This may go without saying, but don’t try Netflix over your cell connection.  I recently tried it for a while because I was amazed I even had enough speed to do it.  Before I knew it, my speed was throttled because I was over the 2.5 GB limit.  It goes fast.

I got a new game on my phone called Pandora.  Pictures of products pop up over your music and you have to find the X as quickly as possible.

Videopad is free until June 30th (for non-commercial use).


As Comcast (and now Verizon) start charging Netflix for the “privilege of sending data to their customers in a timely fashion”, Netflix should start adding a “Comcast peering fee” to the bills of their Comcast customers and a “Verizon peering fee” for their Verizon customers, etc.  This would at least make the general public more aware of the charges.  It would also avoid charging people extra at ISPs that are actually doing what their customers pay them to do.

A little while back, I downloaded the Bank of America app for my phone so that I could deposit checks with it.  A neat idea, but it only seemed to work about 1 out of 7 times.  You’d keep having to re-take the picture.  I’ve finally figured out the secret…take the check outside and take the picture in direct sunlight.  It’s just that easy!  :)

Nothing makes me want to do things the old fashioned way more than using the Bank if America app to deposit checks.  I just photographed a check 10 times.

From some things I’ve been doing at work, I finally learned why customer representatives so faithfully follow their scripts on the phone.  There’s a program listening for them to make all of the required statements in their script.  If they fail to do it, the computer alerts their supervisor and they get in trouble.

I recently learned from watching several presentations that if you’re doing a major presentation at a customer site that you should bring your own laptops and cell network.  Do not trust the customer’s network or PCs.  Their firewall, proxies, and PCs will stop your presentation cold if you try to use them.