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.

The Hobbit 3D High Framerate Electric Boogaloo

We saw The Hobbit 3D High Framerate version.  I enjoyed the movie and was amused to see that Radagast was played by a former Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy).  Also had Guy of Gisborne from BBC Robin Hood with a big dwarf nose.  Anyway, aside from being 3D, the 48 frames per second version was odd to see.  I think I’m a bit prejudiced against it in up-close dialog scenes.  It looked unnaturally smooth and cheap for a movie, like some kind of TV show.  Maybe this is the same kind of situation when people claim that records sound better than CDs (which I always thought was pretty silly).  However, in fast-moving action scenes, it really helped.  You know how sometimes in a movie, the frame rate is so slow that you can’t really tell what’s going on sometimes?  Well, that didn’t happen here.  But there was also a scene where it made the special effects look fast and toy-like.  We’ll see if they do it for the next Hobbit movies, or if the criticism was too much.  (They’re splitting it into 3 movies.)  Either this will catch on and people in the future will laugh at the 24 frame per second movies of the past or it will come to nothing  Also, maybe they’ll learn to do it better and how to do the effects and lighting better for 48 frames per second.  I mean, this was the first try.