Archive for February, 2010

Things I Found Interesting Around February 27th

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Things I Found Interesting Around February 26th

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Trailer Park Boys

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

If you’ve never seen this show, I really think you should get on it. It’s basically a comedy of super white trash swearing and doing ridiculous shit. BUT, it’s far more than that. The characters are really endearing, there are more running themes than you can count on your fingers and toes, and the subtle details are amazing.

Things I Found Interesting Around February 25th

Friday, February 26th, 2010

One

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

I only use one email address.
I only have one “alias”. It’s “chriscoyier”, my name.
I have one avatar that is used everywhere.
I only have one phone number.
I only have one personal website.
I only really use one social networking site1, in which I only really use one account.

I think there is something to being Ol’ Johnny Consistent.


1 Although, when the tides change, I’ll change with it.

Things I Found Interesting Around February 24th

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Things I Found Interesting Around February 23rd

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Things I Found Interesting Around February 22nd

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Things I Found Interesting Around February 21st

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Things I Found Interesting Around February 20th

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Micro Waiting

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I wasn’t around back then, but the very first computers were as big as a room and ran with punch cards you stuck in slots. It might take hours to perform a function. The computers users of those days didn’t wait around staring and drooling at the machine until it spit out a result, they went and did something else.

Nowadays, computers are exponentially faster. But what has happened is we have traded in wait time that happens all in one big chunk to waiting for a few seconds here and there interspersed within our computer usage instead.

We wait for our computer to start up.
We wait for applications to start.
We wait around while the operating system decides to beachball for no apparent reason.
We wait for slow web pages to load.
We wait for applications to process our logins.

Modern computing is loaded with waiting. And instead of that time being spent elsewhere like the computer scientists of old, these “micro waits” are spent staring at the screen, mind blank, waiting for whatever is supposed to happen next. I wouldn’t doubt that a significant percentage of our computer use time is pure waiting. Twenty percent? More?

A common gripe is that technology moves too quickly, it’s hard to keep up. Nonsense, I think. I’ve been tapping my foot waiting for technology my whole life. We need infinite storage, instant results from our actions, instant access to all our storage, and access from anywhere in the world.

Right now we are crawling toward that, not sprinting. But hey, it’s not like I’m really doing much about it other than optimizing a website here and there.

Things I Found Interesting Around February 19th

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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