Friday, December 30, 2016

Too many bowl games?

I like football as much as the next guy -- OK, maybe not as much as some guys, but I watch it -- but there seem to be an inordinate number of college bowl games during December. In fact, so many that I lose interest in watching them. What about you?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Don't Decide the Order

HEY, Social media!

Don't use some fancy algorithm to decide the order in which I see things. I don't need any AI or other technology to decide what's important for me. I like to see things in the order in which they were posted--that's it.

If you want to insert an ad or promoted site, that's OK. I understand that your primary goal is not to provide me with information, but to make as much profit as you can. I can ignore those things easily.

But don't decide to rearrange the order of things just because I have looked up something or bought something. Because I buy toilet paper online, doesn't mean that I'm interested in toilet paper in any way other than it's utilitarian use. Just because I look at some electronic gadget, doesn't mean that I can afford or am even interested in some other similar gadget.

Just because I read an article about someone or something doesn't mean that I have a broad interest in some other thing that might be vaguely related to that article of make some corporation more profit.

Just keep the most recent things, the most recent. There is no need to rearrange things when I say I want to see the most recently posted articles. You won't get my dollar by doing that.

Don't mess with it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Start a Video, Lose my view...

I have said it before and will say it again. If your site starts a video without any intervention from me, especially an ad, you will lose me. I may never return to your site or will really consider clicking on a link that leads there in the future.This is an issue with even some major sites like CNN. I HATE this, especially when I'm visiting your site while at work or in public.

If I want to view your damned video, I will click on it myself. DON"T DO IT! Enough said...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Context Collapse . . .

Facebook is working to combat a decline in people sharing original, personal content, the fuel that helps power the money machine at the heart of its social network, according to people familiar with the matter.
Overall sharing has remained strong, according to Facebook. However, people have been less willing to post updates about their lives as their lists of friends grow, the people said.
Instead, Facebook’s 1.6 billion users are posting more news and information from other websites. As Facebook ages, users may have more than a decade’s worth of acquaintances added as friends. People may not always feel comfortable checking into a local bar or sharing an anecdote from their lives, knowing these updates may not be relevant to all their connections.
According to one of the people familiar with the situation, Facebook employees working on the problem have a term for this decline in intimacy: "context collapse." Personal sharing has shifted to smaller audiences on Snapchat, Facebook’s Instagram and other messaging services.

[Source: Bloomberg]

So the question is, is this a bad thing? Do I really want to know that you went to the market, or got a haircut? Sure, if you get invited to the White House for a state dinner, I would like to know, but, other than that, I'm not interested. I should say that I got onto Facebook because of companies posting information there -- a work thing. I also see information from co-workers and other professional connections. But, I don't post information about myself. If you are interested it what I am doing, I can only say, get a life! Man is your existence that boring that you care what I do minute-to-minute? Put down the phone, get off the computer and go DO something. Just don't tell me about it.

Sure, I see that Facebook is really thinking that their profits go down in proportion to this type of thing. That's their REAL motivation, not your social interests. But, I just can't get excited about it.

Monday, January 25, 2016


So, when did popularity become an indication of the importance of a news item? Stories about the Kardasians are popular among many people, but DEFINITELY aren't important stories. In fact that entire clan could be eliminated from the planet and it wouldn't be important. I think our media has succumbed to the ratings game and are trying everything they can to gain viewers, listeners, com mentors to  increase their ratings. It sucks.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What does this say about our society?

This is irritating. Can someone explain why this is the top story in Top Stories?

Can someone explain why it is even a story?

There are so many more important things than some celebrity's appearance in the world. I'm not certain why this even rises to the level of a story, let alone a "top story". Let's hear about something "real" going on in the world, not some speculation whether this actress or that actor had work done.

OK, I really DO know why this is a story. People are more interested in this "fluff" than they are in the important things in the world. They would rather read about some celebrity -- most of which are basically useless -- than they would about situations in Africa, or even at home.

Relegate it to the lifestyle page, if you must, but don't call it a top story.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Tablet Place -- Old Eyes

One of my devices is a Dell Venue 8 tablet. Here is the setup. The tablet, of course is the Dell. The mouse is a hype bluetooth mouse. The keyboard is a Brookstone folding keyboard. And the glasses are Beyond Reading glasses. It's has proven to be a pretty good set up for consuming and even creating content.

The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and is in essence, a miniature laptop. Because it runs Windows, I find that the mouse is essential to my experience. Although the touch features do work on the tablet, I run enough "desktop" applications in my use that I find the mouse makes things better. It's battery operated and goes a long way on the batteries. It gives me the precision I need on the small device, especially with my touch-challenged fingers.

The keyboard is another necessity for creating content like this blog. It folds in half and is rechargeable. It does a good deal of time between charges and can easily last several days with my usage. Although I can use the on-screen keyboard, I find it less than adequate on this and other devices. This keyboard can also pair with my cell phone in case I want to go extra tiny. The feel is not as adequate as a regular keyboard and I can't type as quickly as I can on a laptop or netbook, but it works adequately for the use.

The last component are the glasses. I have just purchased these and they give me three ranges of magnification for my tired old eyes. Although I like the tablet, I find that the type is often just too small -- like trying to read the instructions on the pill bottle. These glasses give me the magnification I need to make things better. I actually see pretty well up close for consuming content, but, I don't see all that well when I use the keyboard or put the computer on the table.

And, speaking of the table, you need one to use the complete set up. The tablet case stands up the device, but it can't hold the keyboard. This makes a flat surface an essential component of content creation.

So what do I think? All=in=all, a pretty good set up. I sometimes think I should have gone with a larger tablet with a keyboard,but, for the cost, I am reasonably satisfied. Since I consume more content than I create, this set of tools is quite sufficient for my use.