Nice network packets…it'd be a shame if anything were to happen to them.

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.

The secret to depositing checks with the Bank of America app

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!  🙂

no double-clicky!

Double-clicking may have been a terrible Windows design idea.  It does a lot of different things depending on the context.  Many people have just learned over time that you should just double-click everything just to make sure.  This makes web application development a bit harder, as you need to anticipate the possibility that people might hit that button twice quickly and so on.  Double-clicking on tabs in the Office ribbon will hide the tab and you’ll wonder what happened.

In summary, don’t double-click anything except files you want to open in Windows.  Click on links in the web browser once.  You can tell the difference between things you want to open and links by…oh, I see the problem.  🙂

UK English is easier for computers to speak?

Why does the UK Android OS voice sound so much clearer than the American one?  I was trying out Pocket on Android since my data connection is almost always down.  It saves webpages for offline reading and can even read them to you.  The UK English voice was pretty understandable.  Maybe their accident is more amenable to computer pronunciation.

Unlocking my phone. I guess people don't say 133t anymore.

My Android phone came with a tiny amount of memory and my phone company filled most of that with useless, undeletable apps.  I finally had it and unlocked my phone, installing a custom firmware.  It took me back to the days when I did it on my PSP.  It’s still the same environment…bad instructions in forums assuming you know way more arbitrary details than you actually do.  (What?  You weren’t born knowing what BackSideUpdater is?  It’s so obvious!)  All files are obtained via questionable links in forums.  The best instructions I found were on some kid’s youtube video.    Anyway, it’s done and I actually have some space to install some apps now.  We’ll see how this goes.