20. April 2013 08:07
Here's some results I got while piddling around with webkit's SunSpider benchmark program this morning.
It's not scientific, or even well controlled. I'm using the latest updates for IE 10, Chrome and Firefox as of April 20. Links will take you back to the test results. My laptop is an old dual core machine running Windows 8 64bit, 8GB RAM and a slow 500 GB hard drive.
IE10 - 203.5 ms
Chrome - 280.9 ms
FireFox - 310.9 ms
Just some food for controversy.
7. April 2013 06:32
Good grief, cleaning out my inbox is a real pain. Even with the excellent spam filters keeping the spam out, I get so much useless email. Newegg and Amazon are the worst. I buy from them, but the frequency of emails for stuff I don't want is way too high. I guess it's time to remove myself from a lot of these lists.
This has caused me to think about my important email sources: my family, a couple of friends and that's about it.
All of this makes me wonder if email is really advancing our communication in meaningful ways. Or are we simply tied to these bits and pieces of information because we've become conditioned to never turning off?
17. March 2013 10:12
I've received my Windows Phone on 2/20/2013. It's a Nokia Lumia 822. This is a short synopsis of my experience so far:
- Email is my most useful app. I have setup my work account and two other public email accounts. Email works well. I've turned off automatic updates to cut down on battery usage.
- The app Battery+ is useful for understanding how my device is consuming battery resources
- Apps like Facebook, Twitter and Linked in can drive you nuts during the day due to all the "updates." I've turned off auto updates and blocked the apps from background processing.
- The camera and movie captures for this phone are excellent for my purposes.
- Skydrive is really useful. Used in conjunction with OneNote, it's a life saver and more effective than EverNote.
- The Kindle reading app is a pleasant find. I like being able to access a book and read a little when I have some spare time.
- SMS messaging on my smart phone is a bit easier in some ways. Although, it only just now (last update) allows me to text my whole family to meet me for dinner, etc.
- I miss the speed dial features of my Samsung Convoy II. I miss that feature a lot.an option for touching the tile so it will auto-dial the mobile number. (Perhaps associating
- Setting up a playlist on the phone is difficult. Need much improved documentation on this feature.
- The applications need to make their background usage and potential for high battery usage plainly available. Some of my favorite apps turned out to burn through battery charge at a very high rate.
- I want an app that allows me to view the event logs on the computers in my house. I'm not looking for rdp. The screen is too small for that. However, I do want to examine the health of the systems.
- There needs to be an easier way to turn on the battery saver option. Currently, you have to touch the settings options, scroll to battery saver and then enable or disable it. Way too much navigation. (And why is leaving the battery saver "always on" not recommended?)
Overall, I am still learning. I am still transitioning from a "feature phone" to a "smart phone." I don't intend to use my smart phone as my primary device for internet, email. I don't play games, so I cannot offer any opinion on games or gaming with this device.
- I became enamored for a few days with 4 square, but I'm passed wanting to "check in." I'm old enough my friends prefer to call me to join them for dinner.
- I don't care about Facebook updates at all hours of the day and night.
- I don't care about Linked in updates at all hours of the day and night.
- I don't really care about most twitter updates. I like to grab the ones that highlight new articles or blog posts about programming subjects I follow.
- I use the heck out of OneNote for just about everything. I'm thankful I have the app via DreamSpark.
- Ideas for speed dialing: I don't like having to find the tile for my wife on the start screen, touching it and then selecting the mobile phone number to talk. I want to hit 1 on a keypad and call her. Or at least, I'd like to associate a default phone number with the tile. I'd like to be able to touch the tile for my wife on the start screen and have it dial the default phone number.
9. February 2012 12:58
You've been using VMWare too long when...
- You try to log on to your host computer using <Ctrl><Alt><Ins> instead of <Ctr><Alt><Del>.
- You wonder where the VMWare menu is when you move your mouse to the top of your monitor on your host computer.
- You can't find the shared folder with Windows Explorer on your host computer.
- You spend 20 minutes looking for the network editor on your host computer.
- You think the property editor in VMWare applies to your host computer.
Yes, at one time or another I've done all these things and some others I won't mention. It's simply embarrassing to admit I'm a bumbling idiot sometimes.
11. January 2012 08:05
I have been on a low carbohydrate intake diet since October 1, 2011. I've lost nearly 40 lbs while on this diet. While a lot of folks use these diets as an excuse to eat fatty meats, I do not. I consume mostly fish interspersed with chicken. I consume a couple of servings of pork or beef every two weeks. I cook low carb breads made with a variety of flours and meal: flax, soy flour, vital wheat gluten, almond meal, coconut meal. I eat a lot of Shirataki noodles made with something called "Yam Flour" and also called Glucommanan, which makes it sound scientific, I guess. I consume a lot of fat, mostly in the form of olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil. Based on the trend in my blood work tests, I am eating a healthy diet that does not seem to be increasing plaque, triglycerides and cholesterol. My blood work for these substances is showing a substantial decline, which I credit to losing weight, not a healthy diet. (Again, I am stating an opinion not based on any sound scientific work.)
The point of this post is the lack of scientific evidence for information posted on the internet about diets and other fairy tales. I participate in a web site for low carbohydrate recipes called lowcarbfriends.com. I am absolutely amazed at the information that is passed around on the site that is assumed to be authoritative, even though no scientific publications can be found which really back up the assumptions. Here are some of the things I have come across that are just silly, or lack scientific justification or are just not backed up by sound chemistry:
- The bacteria in yogurt consume most of the lactose in milk, making yogurt a low carbohydrate food source. I've seen books authored by folks claiming to have an M.D. spouting this stuff. The problem with this claim is that it ignores known and documented food chemistry backed up by referreed articles in accepted scientific journals. Lactose is indeed consumed, the bacteria cleave the lactose into galactose and glucose. The bacteria then consume part of the glucose as a function of fermentation time. The galactose is not touched, and the concentration of galactose continues to climb in the fermented milk. It turns out, based on the food chemistry, the carbohydrate content declines about 10% to 20% in fermented yogurt. This is nowhere near the claims of 40%-50% of the carbohydrates being consumed.
- There are serious health effects to consuming soy flour, or anything made out of soy. I hate to quote Wikipedia, but the Soybean article gives a goodly number of references and provides an excellent starting point for search nonmenclature. The long and the short of it is: there is a lot of scientific work. The results are contradictory, inconclusive or incomplete at best. I would be slow to adopt any opinion based on opinionated work posted on the internet. Your personal physician is a much better source of current thinking. The jury is still out on this claim.
- Don't use wax paper in a microwave, the wax will melt and get on your food. This is simply an old wives tale, based on the old practice of packaging baseball cards in waxed paper "back in the day". The industrial heat presses indeed melted the wax. High molecular weight paraffins used to coat current waxed paper products used in food preparation do not respond to kitchen/home microwave ovens in any substantial way. You need an industrial microwave oven to begin to heat up paraffins. Waxed paper use in a microwave is as safe as anything else.
I'll continue to expand this list. My only advice is, don't believe everything you read, whether is is on the internet or in a book.