The new Atari… wait for it… VCS. Atari VCS—for some reason of internet-searching confusion with the original Atari VCS product. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Atari. A big one. (I still have our original 2600—repaired may times by my brother and I—which even became the center of some controversy over some retro tech. Perspective enough of my fandom?) But this new thing’s name… and place in the world… whaaat? So, let’s dig deeper and see where some honest criticism leads.
Aside from the name—which I don’t really find to be all that terrible—just oddly risky—I’m more concerned about Atari’s apparent business model.
Continue reading The new Atari what?
I’ve had several adventures over the years working with manufacturers and their occasional faulty products that end up in my possession. But this latest adventure with Hitachi is the new leader of the pack in the “You’re kidding me, right?” category. No, Hitachi is not kidding. Hitachi knows that at least one (and very likely more) of their 4K UHD TV models can’t lip sync, they don’t know how to fix it, and they couldn’t care less about it. Hitachi even attempted to get me to sign a confidential agreement on the matter in return for the purchase price of my TV. I would rather blog about it (apparently) and reserve the right to take other action.
Continue reading CONSUMER ALERT: Hitachi doesn’t know how to make a 4K TV lip sync… and doesn’t care
From the Redux testimonials:
“It’s cool that you are inventing a better Flux by not doing Flux at all.”
–André Staltz, creator of Cycle
I recognize this may be a classic case of me not seeing the forest for all the trees. I also recognize that I am writing this post before I have gathered the level of intel I would normally gather before writing a post like this. But, considering my current activities, I figured it could be a long while before I reach that point on this topic. Thus, I am starting the conversation sooner than later — possibly at my later embarrassment. Continue reading Redux without Redux
Answer by Matthew Jernigan:
Yes! You are a definitely bad developer if you don’t code constantly. How else are you gonna keep up with the 42 dozen technologies of web, mobile, and implants? Continue reading Are you a bad developer if you don’t take on side projects?
The more I have time to think about it, the more I know I that I prefer to work in customer-facing roles. Maybe it’s a hero complex. Or, maybe it’s all that empathy I inherited from my mother. That is, I really do like to make people’s lives with computers better… and I like to see the results of my work… and not just vicariously through my boss but face to face with the client who will be using it.
Given that I’m not a huge fan of all the time computers have wasted in my life, perhaps this need to help others is just my way of paying penance for all that waste — a chance to take some of those skills absorbed during that wasted time and use them to reduce the bad effects of computing and technology on other people’s time. Continue reading Good Tech, Bad Tech
Today I started work at a new job, in a new direction, with Mobiquity. As such, I’m about to take a deep dive into what my new employer says is the 5th major technology wave: mobile. Coming from an enterprise background of relational database architecture and full-stack development, it will be an intriguing shift in my life to see how the past best practices of enterprise data management translates into leveraging the micro data universes contained in our mobile devices and the networks that connect them. Continue reading Shifting Into Mobile
This is my current enigma:
A += A[..]; B **= C[..];
I just wanted to say that in a pseudo programming language before anybody else did. Actually, I would be surprised if I really was the first — but maybe the first to put it this way. Now, to get a t-shirt made.