Netflix should integrate with Facebook and make recommendations for me for things my “friends” have rated 4 & 5.
I’ve recently become slightly obsessed with the writing of James Altucher. Brutal honesty, motivation, inspiration, and laughs all in one place. Well, that and I want to be the luckiest guy on the planet. He often talks about 4 pillars of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual in order to bring balance to our lives. There’s a daily practice he recommends that touches on all 4 aspects, and I’m going to try it out.
On the physical side, I already exercise fairly regularly, though I’ll need be more consistent. Emotionally, I need to work on being more honest and on staying closer to people who lift me up and farther from people who drag me down. On the spiritual side, I need to be better about prayer, meditation, gratitude, and forgiveness. And on the mental side, I need to start thinking about ideas and writing them down.
My idea muscle has been atrophying for years, so I’m going to start small and try to come up with one idea a day. Most of these ideas are going to be ideas for businesses or services that should exist or ways to improve existing ones. Oh, and most of them will be bad. If you think any of them are any good, let me know and let’s work together =)
Step 1: Purchase iPad2 for $500
Step 2: Drop on tile floor to shatter screen
Step 2a: Sweep up shards of glass off the floor
Step 3: Call AppleCare and find out that it’s not covered under warranty since it was broken through “negligence”.
Step 4: Decide that Apple’s out of warranty repair option ($300) is too expensive to fix a device that costs $500 brand new.
Step 5: Purchase 3rd party touch screen digitizer replacement
Step 6: Spend your Saturday afternoon with a heat gun and a tiny plastic crowbar to prying out thousands of tiny shards of glass.
Step 7: Plug in new replacement screen
Step 8: Test new replacement screen and find out that only 30% of the screen is responsive to touch
Step 9: Recognize that you’re beyond your area of expertise
Step 10: Decide that maybe the $300 repair option might be your best remaining option
Step 11: Call AppleCare again and find out that the $300 repair option actually includes a replacement if they can’t fix it, and that an Apple Store will actually just swap you straight across for a new one, even though you already tried to fix it yourself
Step 12: Decide that the AppleStore is too far away and opt for the UPS shipping option
Step 13: Ship it back to Apple
Step 14: Get an email from Apple that says they’ve determined that they won’t actually fix it or replace it after all (no word about the $300 that you spent for them to fix it)
Step 15: Have a long and frustrating conversation with AppleCare and find out that they won’t actually replace or repair anything unless every shard of the original glass is still in its original place
Step 16: Wait for your $500 lump of junk to come from Apple since they generously ship the unfixed iPad back to you
And that is how you turn your iPad2 into a $500 lump of junk.
I’m slightly ashamed to say that I never really understood the concept of threads or cores before now.
I didn’t know what hyper-threading was, but I’d bought the hype that quad-core processors with 8 logical cores were spectacular. As it turns out, they are, but now I know why.
Logical cores aren’t as powerful as physical cores, if you could squeeze 8 physical cores on a die, that would be better than 8 logicals, but until somebody figures out how to do that, I’ll stick with the logical ones.
Hyper threading just means that two processes can be operating on a single processor, though still not at the same time, which is why physical cores are better. Hyperthreading just means that if one thread gets stuck waiting for something, and another thread is ready to go, the first one pauses to let the other one go past. Kind of like a cargo train pulling onto a side-track so the bullet train can go past.
Click through to see a chart illustrating all the currently ongoing lawsuits. This is the second chart I’ve seen like this, but this one is easier to read. It shows the relationships between all the companies suing each other over patents related to mobile devices. Direction of the arrow indicates who is suing and who’s being sued.
Nokia seems to be the hub, followed by Apple. Nokia is suing everyone (and their dog) while Apple is being sued by everyone (and their dog). Surprisingly Kodak seems to be overly litigious and conspicuously absent from everything is Palm (now HP) who has yet to sue or be sued by anyone at all.