Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Tale of two Siris (not really)

I LOVE Google Now, especially with the Touchless Control on the Moto X, but it's not answering certain questions helpfully, though Siri handles the same questions like a champ. When I ask questions like the one below, or if it's going to storm, I'm not looking for search results on Alcorn State University or links to, I'm looking for Google to find some info and, like Star Trek's Mr. Spock, make an educated guess! Now, this may not be what Google wants, but it's what I want, and the lack of this is what makes me have to occasionally put my hands on my iPhone, which has no Touchless Control.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

HTC blah blah yeah?

I have to admit the HTC One M8 "blah blah" commercial really appeals to me. I used to love HTC as a brand, but then I had the HTC HD7, and my relationship with them soured. Random hard-resets, compounded with Windows Phone 7.5's lack of a decent backup solution, really rubbed me the wrong way. It's time to consider replacing one of my phones (my Motorola Photon 4G can't hold a charge long enough to be useful as a backup phone, even with an extended battery), and somehow this commercial has me reconsidering my decision to never look back. Maybe it IS time to ask the Internet. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How does your site look on mobile devices?

The screenshot above was lifted from Inside BruCrew Life. Interestingly enough, I have only one issue with the site; while I'm no expert on web design by any stretch of the imagination, I think they gave some thought to making it easy to access their site from mobile devices. I'm glad that it's so easy to share the content you find there, but it's difficult to read the content on my iPhone 5 (with Safari or Chrome) and my Motorola Photon 4G (native Browser or Firefox), because the share links obscure the text and part of the photos

So let's say that, incredibly, you have a website and don't have the kind of technology obsession that propels you to own multiple mobile devices. How can you make sure your pages look great on phones and tablets you don't own? Here's a link, for starters:

I created this post from my iPhone, so I can't make the link pretty. It should still be useful (I hope).

Monday, January 21, 2013

Dear Auburn WBB coach, champions don't quit!

University of Kentucky Hoops hosted the women of Auburn today, and I had the pleasure to attend. Yes, the scoring was very lopsided, and the Auburn coach had the poor grace to complain. Sure, it hurt me when my beloved Alcorn State University (which, by the way, dear UK announcer, is pronounced ALL-CORN, not AL-CORN) was so horribly mauled by my Cats (I'm an alum of both schools), but I understood. The Wildcats are champions, and champions do not quit. Conference play started just weeks ago, and I do not anticipate every game will be this lopsided. A game that's pretty much in the books is still an opportunity to practice and hone skills against an opponent. UK Hoops have to be prepared for tougher games, when the score is much closer, and that means not shutting down when any game is all but assured, because what you practice now will be what you play later. You, Terri Williams-Flournoy, ought to know that as well as anyone. It's not about you. It's not about Auburn. It's about being champions. It's about the 40 Minutes!

[Yeah, this is not at all a post about technology, but my non-tech blog was killed by Microsoft long ago, and I figured I might as well start putting my non-tech posts here; that way, maybe I will actually start posting again]