Kvetch

Not that I'm complaining

Month: December, 2016

Apple, Bluetooth, the iPhone 7, etc.

Bluetooth — and management of bluetooth connections — is still half-assed.

If you’re on your earpiece and get into your car which has bluetooth — boom, your conversation jumps from one connection to the other. If you didn’t want it to do that, bummer — now you have to navigate the panels and move it back. Meanwhile, you’re all “oh, sorry, I didn’t get that, bluetooth jumped”.

If wireless is a front-and-center technology — it needs a front-and-center control panel which you can get to immediately, which lets you say “no, unless this device goes offline completely, leave it where it is”, etc.

Apple likes to push things – to go where the technology isn’t quite ready, sometimes – to help really bring it up to a polished and usable place.

Hopefully, the AirPods will be part of that, but they are not the only problem here. Apple likes to act like folks don’t need controls for things, but sometimes you really do. This is one of those instances, and hopefully they’ll come up with a very impressive solution. But we’ve had bluetooth for *years* now and they haven’t yet.

Not that that’s stopped me from making the transition. I use — almost exclusively now — bluetooth devices with my iPad and iPhone 6.

But it’s annoying as shit sometimes.

I really want a panel which lets me lock in audio streams to specific devices (i.e., unless I actively change it, voice conversations should always go to my Voyager Edge. Music — to the car stereo. Navigation directions — if the Voyager Edge is on, to there. etc. etc.) And I should be able to get to that panel instantly from anywhere without having to navigate to the Prefs/Settings app and digging down through there.

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Make your bed

You ever see or read one of those motivational/inspirational speeches which says that you should make your bed every morning? They usually say that doing so is an easy way to start your day having “accomplished” something, and that it sets the stage for you to be in a mindset of accomplishing things for the rest of the day.

Let me tell you something. Whoever thinks I need to make the bed to have accomplished something first thing in the morning is someone who’s never gotten the kids out the door.

By the time that guy’s made his bed, I’ve dressed the kids (including several, um, discussions about clothing), I’ve made multiple lunches, coffee/tea for the grown-ups, gotten backpacks in order, found lost library books, packed up all my *own* shit of the day at the office, etc. etc.

If all that crap doesn’t make me feel like I’ve gotten something done before 8a, believe me, making the bed is the last thing I should be worried about. I should be back *in* the bed.

So, yeah, maybe make your bed if you think it’ll make you feel good.  Or you just like having your bed made.

But if you’re making it just to have a feeling of accomplishment, you’ve got some serious other problems in your life.  Or maybe a spouse who works way the hell hard to make your life so easy that you feel that making the bed is a major achievement.

 

Car seats

Somewhere, somehow, the universe is tracking all the time I’ve spent installing and removing and installing and removing car seats.
And I’ll get some of it back somehow.
This, I need to believe.

The Rent is Too Damn High

My office landlord just informed me that my rent is going up a full 50%. From “astronomical already” to “nope, just nope”.

Now I’ve got to start looking for a new office. This stinks.

I really love my little office.  Sigh.