I am trying out blogging from my phone in bed. This will probably be a lot of random thoughts. So far, it’s not the beat.
I am using an iPhone 11, it has a good-sized screen, but in my case, two-handed tap typing isn’t that easy. Then lying down, I have to hold it up above me, and that is problematic.
After changing positions, it’s a little better. It does seem to take much more time to type on the phone than with a keyboard. This is mostly because I can use nine fingers almost all at once. No, I’m not missing one. Your thumb uses the same key on a keyboard.
I also use the Grammarly keyboard with premium checking to make sure I am spelling words and fixing other problems I make. I also do a full check of each paragraph before moving on.
Recently I have been putting more details into comments I leave online, and most of them are using my phone. So I feel I am getting better at having more thought out sentences that don’t get jumbled because you have to think about every location of every letter used. On a keyboard, I have muscle memory for each letter, and keyboard skills helped improve my spelling.
So can you blog on the phone, yes. Is it more difficult, yes. Will I do it again, only if I have to because I don’t have a keyboard or want to share something quickly on the go.
PS: At the end, when I read through this post, I had a Deja Vu moment, like what I was talking about was part of something bigger I will be part of. It could be something from an old dream too, but it’s something about keyboard skills and selling that triggered a memory.
All first-person game developers stop using head bob in your game. If you want some, then sure add the option to enable it, but make sure users can disable it altogether. This is because the extra movement of things on screen or shaking of the camera causes people to get sick, and it is not natural to how you see something in real life.
Think about this when you are walking down the street, you do not see a wobble back and forth as you take steps. So, adding wobble in-game just seems unnatural to how you see things through your own eyes. If things are happening to the player like an explosion, sure shake the screen to visualize the action, but running, walking, breathing should not shake the camera on screen.
Next, when you are carrying a cup of coffee, does it wobble around in front of you? Nope, itâ€™s down below your natural view most of the time. So why is something the user is carrying shaking all over the place? Yes, you want to show the item to the player, so they know what they have, but keep it from shaking or have it move below the camera view unless interacting with it.
So, what does the shaking and wobbling do to users/players? It gives them motion sickness. I have this problem with head bob most of the time. Some games, I cannot play more than 30 minutes before getting sick. This gaming sickness seems to be a common topic on gaming forums, but it seems most developers do not respond or ignores the users. We want to play your games, but if we get sick, then its not fun.
Letâ€™s make sure you add options to disable all shakes, wobbles, bobs, and other camera movements that cause players to become sick. Stop ignoring them! If you think it adds to the game, then have the option to enable it, but do not force us to have it on. I come at you with this because EA does not have options to disable the crazy swing of the camera in Battlefield V (Battlefield 5). Minecraft has the option on by default, but I always turn it off first thing, making it playable.
There are no Biden signs in Western Colorado. But it is hard not to go just a few houses and see something Trump or one of the younger candidates with similar views. Things like Family, Faith, Second Amendment, Rule of Law, Small Business, or School Choice.
Now this is no scientific poll or even a sizeable geographic sample set. But where are all the Biden supporters at? If polling is correct, I should see at least some Biden signs. Western Colorado usually is split Democrat and Republican. Are people ashamed to even support Biden?
Back in 2016, you would see Clinton stickers on cars and Trump stickers big trucks. More people were scared to show support for Trump. This was because many were being attacked, harassed, or even fired from their jobs. These attacks still seem to be going on, but many people are not hiding their support for Trump.
Edit: Found this video funny and related so adding it in 😀
Now in 2020, I see hundreds of yard signs, bumper stickers, flags, masks, and hats for Trump. People are not ashamed or scared of the mob. The attacks did not work and only made people stronger.
So, we are told that Biden has more than 50% support from the media. But are they lying, or is it just an attempt to drive political ad sales? The presidential election cycle is a big moneymaker for the media. Think of the hundreds of millions donated and the massive ad buys. Big Tech, Media, and anyone else wants in on that money.
I do not think Biden voters are real supporters. These are people voting for him because they hate Trump. The Democrats gave them no real option other than him. They will hold their nose and gulp down a hefty dose of Biden if it could only make Trump go away.
Now I do not get this just from signs. In a chat I had in a game recently, a group of progressive people admitted that they do not even like Biden. They talked about how Biden was even responsible for many of the laws they disagree with within the realm of race and police. But they said they are still voting for Biden because they cannot admit Trump is not all as bad as the media makes him out to be. Let us not give them too much credit because they struggled to understand the fact that all life should matter, not just one race should matter.
Last year I did see a lot of support for Bernie. Those signs remained out for a few months after he dropped out even. This was more of an isolated area of town in the hippier areas. I think the same people made a “political candidates” board and had a lot of Bernie stuff and a few little posters with Biden and Trumps was bigger even.
So, in conclusion, Trump voters are out in force and not afraid to show it with signs. Biden voters do not seem to want to admit it or show it. I keep an American Flag out front because I do not want to be targeted either way in my home. I hope both parties can work together to get things done that help the citizens they are representing.
Update: I have seen my first Biden bumper sticker yesterday. And it almost makes up for its self. The driver was performing an illegal U-Turn on a road with medians with no turn lain so blocking my lane. To make it better it was some small SUV Subaru type vehicle so it looked even more lame flipping around illegally, probably missing their turn not knowing where to go or they could have gone 500 more feet to a legal area to turn back.
Just a few years ago, I would not care all that much about the latest Apple Update. But now that I have a selection of their products based on the company, I used to work for having almost everything they could Apple. I switched / was given a few devices, and now I am happy with Apple.
Now that that is out of the way, Apple had an update of mostly “consumer products. These are the Watch 6, Watch SE, iPad Air, iPad, Fitness+, and Apple One. No phone, no laptops, no proline, and not all that much changed.
Watch 6 is more or less a processer update, with a new oxygen sensor and the regular software update. There was some mention of a brighter display but nothing on battery life. They did take the hardware of the Watch 3 and added a few updates and slapped Watch SE on it. Watch 4 is discontinued but not Watch 3 for whatever reason also. I have the Watch 4, the beta worked just fine, and I do not see a reason to update for at least another year.
The Family Setup for Watch is nice if you have kids, but it needs a separate data plan. It looks like you can do it on the GPS version. This also does not work with older models. I just got my kids some Garmin bands, and they seem happy with them without running around with an expensive watch on a younger kid. My wife might want one if we were to get on board with the Fitness+ because it is required to have a Watch.
So, about Fitness+, it seems to be a workout video service that takes real-time data from the watch and combines it into the videos to help you work out better. It does require an Apple Watch and another Apple screen to play like an iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV. The price is a little high at $9.99, but there are ways to make it less, and with governments keeping gyms close, those types of people are happy to move their money into this. There should be different workouts that do need equipment but its cool for workout people.
Moving along to the iPad Air, it gets a new processer and some new colors. The fingerprint reader is now in the power button, and the second generation Pencell works with this one along with a new style folio keyboard. With USB-C it but not as good of a screen, it would be hard to justify the iPad Pro 11 inch over this for most people.
The standard iPad also got updated with an updated processer, and that is all. The price is fair if you want a solid tablet. I learned that after going thought several Android tablets with myself and my kids. But this update is not anything significant. It is just the new one you want to get if you were getting another one. Even the price is the same.
Finally, Apple One. The Apple subscription bundle service. This seems right for a family because you get Music, Arcade, storage space, and TV for five people for $20 a month. That storage is shared, and TV is useless in my experience. I would like to see some of these services get better but meh. If my entire family were all on Apple devices, I would jump at it, but Spotify family plan is still okay, I don’t use iCloud for anything, and the kids do use Arcade for games sometimes. If you jump up to $30 a month, it includes the Fitness+ and News+, so you’re getting News+ for free at that point plus 2TB of storage, so it is good if your family is already invested.
This update does not have me running out, wait we cannot do that, clicking buy on their website because I am okay with what I have, not being the Apple fanboy that needs the newest thing. If you want the most recent, the only thing I see most of them getting is a Watch 6 and Apple One subscription with Fitness+ rolled together to save a few bucks and have the workouts. I read one comment on a video about this, and it was making fun of Apple saying something along the lines of “Tim Cook: Guys we are out of ideas, what do we do” then the reply “Letâ€™s make more watch band colors.” Obviously, this is not the most significant update this time. New iPhones and AirPods, along with laptops, will get people excited. I do not think the lack of updates has too much to do with COVID, as most of these people sit at desks looking at computers designing things already, moving to use FaceTime more shouldn’t have limited their work.
For a long time, I have been keeping notes on ideas for projects, work I have done, and other thoughts using Microsoft OneNote. It has so many things in different notebooks that I forget about them sometimes until I go back and want to add or use the ideas.
Take my news project. It was something I have wanted to build for a few years. But I just never got to it or was motivated to make it. But at some point, I made a notebook with a few notes about the idea, wrote out some of the database tables, and kind of got some things organized.
I have tried a few other notes apps and programs, but OneNote seems to work out for what I want. I do not even remember why I got into using it for things. It is also not like I am starting using it and took massive amounts of notes until many years have gone by. It may have been when I got a tablet with a stylus that I could write things down that I really gave it a try, but never used it all that much.
When I was in college, I took some notes in Google Docs for some Computer Science classes as I had my laptop out. In some math classes, I was able to use OneNote with a tablet and stylus as I needed to put math symbols down fast. Another class I used OneNote for was a science class, and I found it faster to type than to write. I could also add images of what the person was teaching easy enough to the notes.
For work, I used it to keep track of the different things I did on projects. I would usually embed a spreadsheet with computer hardware notes. I also added photos of the project along with other details. When I switched jobs to doing IT work, we used MACs for everything and an iPad. OneNote on an iPad is great. But I did not use it for work on the iPad.
Anyway, to kind of wrap things up, I have found OneNote to be a handy tool for notes and keeping track of information for me. There are other options out there like Evernote, Keep, Google Docs, or even just text files. But the ability to drop text any place I want on a page then write on it using a tablet, all synced over OneDrive. That is probably what makes me keep using it.
I hope this helps some people get an idea of what to use OneNote for. It could also just help you understand how notes on projects can come and help you out later when you are not expecting it. Let me know what you use in the comments.
About a year and a half ago, I was given an idea for a web-based management tool. I probably should have started building it back then when I was in contact with the person asking for it daily, but other things came up, and I just made a note of it after putting some thought into how to build it.
Come to now, and I have all the time to build the tool but not sure if there is still interest in the tool. I would expect the person asking about it, still needs something, and if they were correct in thinking, others would also be interested. If I were to get it built this fall and out asking people to use it in the spring and summer, it should have some return on time spent creating it.
Another dilemma is that I am working on several projects slowly right now, but time may be running out, and I will need to find real employment if none of these becomes full income before winter. I do not think this project would be something people who would use it are going to be asking to spend money on in the winter. But I hope it means I could have it built in the winter.
This project should not be too hard to get the basics started and working. I want to do it in ASP.net Core so it would be easy to make and API and later a Xamarin App. But I do not have the most experience working in that set of tools. I also expect that some of the features will take some work to put together as they are not just your standard data types.
These projects I have plans for, do not seem too bad, but it seems hard to get going, especially when I do not always feel the greatest. But I think if I can get it to the point that I have something people want to use, it will get me more motivated to put the time in even when there are so many other things I spend time on.
If you have not figured it out, these writing sessions are to help me think about my projects. I donâ€™t want to put too many details out of this project because every time in the past, I would talk to someone about an idea, a few months or years later, I would see the same thing out of no ware taking off or being advertised. One example was an e-ink meeting room display and an online booking system for offices, then a year later, I would get an ad every day for that idea someone else had made. That is just one idea.
I will contact the person looking for this tool and see what they think. Either way, it is something I could get working and provide as a service within a few months if I were to start working on it.
Right now, I have a few sites that I want to build out. These sites could be made with custom code and all kinds of custom backends to make them work how I want them to. But that would take a lot of work, and in some cases, using something like WordPress may be enough to get it working. But that is about as far as it would go, just enough, not really what I want.
Some prebuilt tools have the advantage of having other people help build them, and this makes them do all kinds of things without me having to come up with a way to make it work. But they don’t do exactly what I want, and in most cases, add a lot of extra junk / HTML I don’t need. Just this page has so much additional trash code thrown in to support things nothing to do with blogs, but it makes it so you can make a store or page with a WordPress site.
I think I will have to suck it up and put in the work to make what I want. There will not be a plugin or way I can make a site builder do what I want. Two of my projects are like this, and I need to chose what one I think can become something that starts to make me some money first. I may have to get some parttime development work soon anyway, but both of these would be good to push out into something more.
One thing I will need to figure out for both is how I want to produce the content. One requires a lot of me creating the content, and the other requires me to do a lot of me researching and monitoring the content. I am not even sure if other people want my stuff, either. But this is some of my ideas, and I don’t have a good set of software I could sell yet, so that is also off the table. I also expect both sites would need ads and donation’s to pay for them, but I’m not too fond of ads and feel strange getting money from people.
Then I have some video projects, and I want to make a site to store them separately from YouTube. There seem to be some ways I could have my videos on a WordPress site, but then I would again be dependent on others rather than my own site. Let’s get some videos out before I put too much thought into it.
To finish it up, I will need to create a site for one of the projects to make it work how I want it to. The other can start as a page builder, but I should use it to create a system for it that I control soon. It may even be a good piece of content for that site going over building a custom website.
It has been a few weeks since I made plans to spend part of my time creating content about technology, news, tutorials, and just life. The other part of my time will be building my IT business. But for creating content, I have been getting websites situated, hardware and spaces set up, and just getting things planned out.
One thing I know I must make sure I spend time on is editing content. This can be text, images, video, or audio. Writing has never been my specialty, so using a few tools together, I hope I can at least spell things correctly and hope sentences make as much sense. Using both Word and Grammarly, I should catch most of the problems. I will also need to read everything a few times before just poking post. I have already found problems because I do not reread my text.
Images and videos should not be too much of a problem for me. I do not expect them to be the prettiest things at first, but getting the message out is the starting point. I have plans to do almost no editing to the videos of me just talking about things I think of. But I will put more work into making sure I give people useful information in a clean way when doing tutorials.
Most people that have been doing content creation for a while telling you just to start doing it. That is hard for a lot of people because when you start, it’s always not that good. I need to take that advice and push forward this week and get some time in making videos and publishing at least a few tutorial starters pages. I also seem to be using this site as a place for me to memory dump my thoughts on things I am working on, it will get better as I do more, and more details will probably get dumped here.
As part of my plans to create my own company providing IT services and programming, I want to start putting out content on IT topics, programming, or just other technology-related subjects. I wouldn’t mind doing some streaming question and answer type things, but I don’t know if that would always work out.
To start, I want to cover some of the basics of IT and see how that goes. I have written a few lists of topics to cover that would be easy to start with like HTML, C#, Wireless Networking, Network Cabling, Blogging, who knows what else comes to me.
I have two domains I can use, one was an old technology news site I tried to run but found out it was lame just rewriting press releases, and no one wanted another one of those sites. The other would be a tutorial site similar to this, but I now think the name is lame now, and it has no presence online yet.
I hope to have text-based information, real-life photos of examples, and some videos about the topics. That way, it covers the primary way any average person learns new things. I also plan on producing a video just talking about a topic each day (3-5 days a week), Eli The Computer Guy is an excellent example of what I am thinking of basing these videos on.
If I can handle all this, I also want to try making a video every other morning after taking one of my kids to school talking about the news or other things going on around me or in the world not related to technology in particular. I think it will be an excellent way to vent some of my thoughts without having to put too much effort into it, like writing one of these 300+ word posts, not that I won’t be trying to do more of this.
Will see what happens in the next few weeks, it’s hard to get clients for my IT services business with things shut down and people working from home, I would like to get more business either way, but I can only put myself out there and hope people are looking for me. I hope to keep my blog updated on the progress.
PS: I am writing this differently than usual, I started writing this in Grammarly’s editor. I’m hoping it will help me not only spell things better but produce better text. So far, it seems to have helped with some words that make me sound better and see if the premium is worth it now.
This came to me as I am writing on my Lenovo ThinkPad keyboard.
I have used almost every type of keyboard for modern computers and have found that they do make a difference. But some of the more expensive keyboards or fancy features don’t seem to affect how good I can type on them.
Let’s start with laptops, as that is what I am on. The ThinkPad line of keyboards are known for how easy they are to type; some writers keep around ancient laptops just for the keyboard and how fast they can type on them. That said, there are some low-end laptop keyboards with really bad switches that make you go back and rewrite things over and over because the key would not work right or other problems. The Apple laptops also seem to have good keyboards, but they are still smaller keys and are not the easiest to type but are of higher quality.
Next, let’s look at desktop keyboards. I use a mechanical keyboard, and I find it easy to type on with real feeling, so you know you pushed the key. Cheaper keyboards can feel mushy and don’t register; they pressing of them as nicely. The Apple keyboard is way overpriced for not the best keys but is of good quality. Now mechanical keyboards almost all come with lights, that’s useless, and some switches make a lot of noise, so work environments may not like them, and they cost a lot more.
Another place to look at is tablet keyboards. Most are bad with lousy movement or missed key presses. The Apple one I found to be great despite the size. I have bigger hands, so some of them are just too small, and I always hit 2-3 keys.
Mobile on-screen keyboards are not even a thing for this comparison, but I do like the help spelling along with other things they can do.
I guess you end up getting used to what you have. I find keys with feeling to be the best for me, along with some size. I also think not enough people who spend all day typing things won’t look into different keyboards or employer’s who just give them the cheapest thing and hope they get by. I would bet that spending $50-100 on a keyboard that an employee likes would help by not wasting 5 hours each week. But that’s just my opinion on how people use computers in business.