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Tuesday, 22.Jan.2008

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What to write about?

y'know, it really is rather impressive how many ideas for posts I come across, but never enter in here.

Today's thought: Google's new iPhone interface is made of fail. It loads slower than the previous interfaces, doesn't support secure connections, and doesn't return the same results as a normal search. Access to the search-based Google tools (like unit conversion) isn't supported. Searching for "cups in quart" on normal google gives a direct answer, same search on the new iPhone interface gives "no results". Also, in reader you can read an item then hit the back button and be right back at the item if you wanted to star/share it. The new interface, when you hit the back button from reading the item, dumps you back at the main reader page. Also, from reading an RSS entry, it's one tap to get back to your feeds list, but that's two taps with the new interface.
I'll be sticking with my separate bookmarks for google, reader, and gmail.

hrmmmmmm. What else....

Here's a nice dhamma talk titled "A Happiness Based Inside" from Thanissaro Bhikkhu (the server it's on is rather low-powered, so be patient and kind to it). mp3 Link here. I think it is so wonderful that they are recording some his talks and making them available here. He has a great way with words. Some longer talks by him can be found here at the AudioDharma site (in the Vipassana section, with other teachers in the same tradition).

I am so running low on disk space. The trash has become a very busy space. Lots of files get downloaded, worked on, then offloaded and the local copies get trashed and the trash emptied. I'm gradually coming to the realization that this laptop, while nice for most purposes, just isn't quite cut out to be my only machine here at work. Some days, my duties just demand too much of it. I'm looking at options.

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From:macklinr
Date:1:45 23.Jan.2008 (UTC)
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I have the same frustrations with Google's new iPhone interface, though to be fair I don't think it ever supported searching functions like unit conversion (though, "to be fair" can be translated into "they've dropped the ball since day 1")

I also wish the iPhone's calculator had a scientific mode -- even something like what the Windows calculator has.
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From:lograh
Date:2:06 23.Jan.2008 (UTC)
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good question. I know if you do the unit conversion from the google search field built-in to the iPhone Safari then it'll give the conversion response you get from normal google (since it sends the query to normal google and not the crappified iPhone-special google interface). I'm not sure if the previous iteration of the mobile google gave unit conversions. I know I've done a lot of conversions on the iPhone, but I can't remember if I used the built-in google search box or if I went to the mobile google first. hrmmm.

As for the calculator, if you don't like your warranty you can always jailbreak the iPhone and install a nice spiffy one. Or you can wait for the SDK in February and hope it gets ported to the SDK goodness. But yeah, I'm feelin' ya on the craptastic iPhone calculator. I've moved it to the second homescreen just so I don't have to be taunted by its phenomenal fail (along with the mobile iTunes store which is crippled so it only works on WiFi and not EDGE, but I don't have anything but EDGE when I'm not at work so it is truly utterly useless for me -- if I could delete it, I would just to save the storage space).
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From:macklinr
Date:2:35 23.Jan.2008 (UTC)
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Thanks for the calc tip.

I kinda feel you on the iTunes, but since I've had it fail even on WiFi, I don't think I would have confidence in it over EDGE.
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From:cncrt_brunette
Date:2:41 23.Jan.2008 (UTC)
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I have not heard form you in awhile. Are joining the Buddhist monastery? I'd like to catch up with you sometime.
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From:lograh
Date:16:18 23.Jan.2008 (UTC)
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No, I'm not doing anything so drastic as joining a monastery just yet. For now, all I'm doing is reducing my lifestyle and taking a nice long look at all the things I can do without.

Catching up could be nice. I could meet you some weekend afternoon if you'd like. Do you still live out in the Rosemont area?
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From:cncrt_brunette
Date:23:06 23.Jan.2008 (UTC)
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The next two weekends look busy for me. We could meet on the late afternoon of the 9th or 10th. Let me know if that works.
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