Bluetooth is mostly s***. Let’s be honest.

Folks, I’ve tried all kinds of ways to make Bluetooth not suck and it just doesn’t work. I’m officially done with it.

I guess maybe I was expecting too much of it. But then there’s the way the OS responds to it. Maybe the OS is the culprit! I could see that. Because just turning on a Bluetooth headset shouldn’t make my entire system fall to pieces. But it does. Because I’m trying to leverage technology that is not mature. That’s what I think.

What do you think???

My thoughts about the Google Pixel 5

I’ve had this phone for several weeks now and I have to say I’m fairly disappointed.

The touch sensor is great. It should never have left. But that’s about the only improvement that I’ve seen. It takes longer to boot up than the Pixel 4 or even Pixel 3 it seems. The processor seems way slower on the active task. The voice-to-text typing is very sluggish compared to the quick response from the Pixel 4.

From a video producer’s perspective, YouTube appears to be atrocious. Can I get an amen??

The notion of “accounts” and “channels” is just far-fetched. Nothing makes sense. YouTube remains one of the biggest, fanciest, disjointed pieces of software I’ve ever used. Just a big damn mess.

Too bad people don’t do things right. Instead they pile onto what’s popular in order to make a fast buck and then we’re stuck with the consequences forever. That’s the capitalist way, isn’t it.

Google’s voice typing works differently on my Pixel 5 compared to my Pixel 4. Why is that?🤔🤨🧐

My Pixel 4 does voice typing much better than my Pixel 5. Is it a hardware issue? Is Google software designed to function differently on different hardware? Why does the software perform worse on newer hardware?

Google Voice desperately needs a new client application

I didn’t even feel like I need to say anything else. 🤣 Yes there have been improvements but Jesus Christ. It lags so far behind in features. Either discontinue the client or sell it to somebody or something. It’s obvious that you aren’t giving a damn about it right now.

Problem on VMware Horizon getting my computer’s built-in microphone to work when I plug in headphones

For me, the microphone worked when I plugged in the headphones BEFORE starting VMware Horizon.  When I plugged in the headphones AFTER starting Horizon the microphone did not work.

When I plug in these headphones without running Horizon my host OS, an Ubuntu variant, prompts me to choose whether it is a pair of headphones only or if it is a headset with a microphone attached.  I’m guessing that it’s possible that when I plug in the headphones after starting Horizon my host OS decides it’s a headset with a built-in mic and then Horizon tries to use a mic from the headphones, ignoring my computer’s built-in mic.  Just a guess!  🙂

Facebook trackers and Google/Alphabet Web properties

I use a Firefox extension installed called Facebook Container. From my knowledge, it lights up when the current Web page you’re viewing contains a piece of code that allows Facebook to track your visit.

Recently I’ve been seeing this being activated while using Gmail, Google Docs (or whatever they have decided to call it now), and Google Voice. What the hell??

And now that I’ve gotten back into the job market I’m seeing it on

Man. What incentive do places like Indeed have to place Facebook’s code on their site? Is it only self-interest or is there monetization involved?

Regardless . . . ! 🙂 I’m most shocked by the fact that Google would allow Facebook code on their pages. That seems bad. Isn’t that what this indicates?? Am I missing something?

My Return to (Rapid) Application Development! :-)

Good morning! 🙂

I hope you have had a nice holiday season so far. Only New Year’s Eve left to go, from my narrow sociological and cultural perspective! What are you planning on doing for New Year’s Eve?? If you are near Jackson, Mississippi, please feel free to throw out some ideas. I would appreciate hearing about them.

So, I recently had some time away from my regular life to reflect on things and one of the things that popped into my head was how I would approach application development when I returned to my home. I found that I felt GREAT solace in the idea of going straight back to FileMaker, if it were still a thing, and then finally giving Python Django an honest shot for full-stack Web development on Linux.

I’d never really dived into Django although I’d used it several times. I couldn’t say I’d actually *built* something with Django but instead maintained or modified some Django sites. Remarkably, my exposure to it was so oblique, or maybe my head was just too full of other things going on so I couldn’t adequately appreciate it, that I never realized how awesome Django was/is as a rapid application development platform!!! For example, the fact that you get an “admin” interface (CRUD functionality is really what I’m going for here) right out of the box is fantastically amazing and exceptional in my experience. This seems to indicate that the development and design of Django has been pragmatic and reasonable which are the hallmarks of things that I like to use.

And about FileMaker. . . . FileMaker is, or was, a desktop database application. It was similar to Microsoft Access. FileMaker was my big introduction to software development. You could design an app within FileMaker and it would contain a database model, user interfaces, scripting capabilities, lots of data integrity functionality built-in, and the process was extremely user-friendly and GUI-driven; there was no coding required aside from the code the developer chose to write for enhanced functionality of the app. I found it extremely useful personally and professionally.

Now I’m thinking of trying to use FileMaker again, as both a Web application prototyping and wireframing tool, a tool for building one-off apps for myself that don’t need to be on the Web, and, once again, for professional development through my consulting services. For example, I could build a complex, data-driven application in a few days and hand it off to a contractor to replicate it in whichever stack might be called for. That seems very efficient!

So, I will move forward with this set of tools for now and see how it goes.