The Learning Curve to the Diagnosis of Self

We all write a book none will ever read. It has no revisions and no extensions. When it’s done the  person unable to buy the final copy is you; the one who wants it the most. The interesting part of any task that disallows revision is that the task gets both easier and is done better with time. This is the definition of the phrase practice makes perfect. It is unfortunate that the act of practice also by definition requires, on a steady basis, a trial and error approach. Also unfortunate is the fact that memory sometimes fails to serve what was written on a previous page. Often when a person attempts to look inside oneself and know what drives their thoughts and actions even they themselves come up with only guesses. It has been said that trying to understand oneself by its very nature changes the outcome of any understanding. There is an uncertainty principle in that the more someone knows of himself, the less he can actually be who he thinks he is. If this reasoning is taken as truth then any further writing on the topic is bound to be fruitless. However it fails to take into account the ability to know who you are while at the same time not needing to. It is with a firm belief that I know who I am and the things that I have done. It is with great certainty that I know every action and why it is taken, however it has not always been that way. I am still unsure as to whether I hope it always will be.

ITunes Remote Control

Ever used the iPhone/iPod/iPad remote control for itunes? I have been developing a version of it based on many different platforms.

Whats in the works?

  1. ASP.Net beta version in the next couple weeks.
  2. PHP version with installer to avoid any web knowledge requirement (Approx 1 month)
  3. Blackberry Playbook App
  4. Android Tablet/Phone App
  5. Blackberry Phone App

I have been using it so far connected and streaming using airtunes with airport expresses. Great for a party when you dont want your laptop to be stepped or rolled on by people horsing around (Yes, you know who you are).

iTunes Remote Beta

There are a few other games coming to the blackberry playbook that I am about half finished  that will be announced when I get closer to a beta version.



Blackberry Slowness

I recently met a family that all have blackberries. All six members of the family have a bbm group for saying things like “suppers ready” etc. Don’t you miss the good old days of just tinging a triangle?

What I realized when they all told me they loved their blackberries, but they were slow all the time, was that they had almost every installed program running at once.

Often when people find their device slow, they pull the battery. In case you are unaware, as of 4.5.0 you can do a function just like alt-tab on your PC (or cmd-tab on mac) to show you everything currently active and running. If an application seems unresponsive, try to close it. If you cannot close the application, (>4.7.1) simply hold down the menu key, and change to a new one or go to home screen. If they application is truly dead, eventually the OS *should* kill it.

Pre-4.7.1 you have to go to the home screen, and hit the blackberry menu key (the little key that looks like the blackberry logo), then select “Switch application”. Post-4.7.1 you can simply hold down the menu key and an alt-tab-like menu pops up. Items within that menu are running and using memory/cpu. Go into them and close what you are not using!

*Note: Some applications like Phone/BBM/Browser etc will always run. Phone for example is a godlike process that cannot be closed. This makes sense when you think – “If my phone were locked up completely, I should still be able to phone 911.”

To use your blackberry efficiently keep in mind that hitting the red END key when in an application will simply push it to the background. Using the BACK key (to the left of END) will actually, majority of the time, close the application.

*Note: Browser cache and log clearing do not actually affect blackberry performance unless they are open and in the background. They have a maximum size they can get to and then they clear old entries automagically.

Hope this helps. It would be wonderful if RIM had a simple “How to use our multi-tasking” howto in the intro when the phone is first powered on.

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I do not adhere to a schedule. I post when I have something to say. I'm a programmer who in my spare time enjoys contemplating the meaning of life, the universe and, everything. So there will be code as well as random little stories, essays and, musing about whatever interests me at the moment.