Month: July 2016

My one post on politics for this political cycle

I typically avoid certain topics here on the blog and on my other social outposts like Twitter and Facebook, and right at the top of the list is politics. My belief is that nobody coming to my site or reading my twitter is doing so for my political opinions, and to me it feels like hijacking my own feeds to lecture people if I were to start injecting political opinions into the feed and into your eyeball. But that said, this presidential election cycle is extraordinary, and I’m finding some political content is leaking through. For that, I apologize...

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I don’t like needles…. And Labor Day is Looming

Hey, kids, watch how I tie those two topics together! So, I woke up this morning and realized it’s almost August. Which means it’s about a month until Labor Day. Which was when I was originally thinking I might be ready to wind down the sabbatical and go back to work. Silly me. By now I expected my Swift app to be fairly far along. In reality, that project stalled long ago and I’ve never found time to focus on it and push it forward. I figured I’d be writing here regularly. I’d expected to have really pushed forward my exercise program and taken a chunk of weight off. What I hadn’t planned for was the secret To Do list — this is that list of things you need to do that you don’t even bother to put on the To Do list because you know you’ll never get to them. So I stopped working to free up time, and that worked great — and that time was sucked up into projects I had to complete before I could really sit down and focus on the projects I thought I was going to do. The big complication has been the house. In some ways, it’s not about time but focus: I find it incredibly hard to focus when the house is full of people running around banging on stuff...

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Two steps forward…

Work on lots of random things continue. We’ve got the electricity stuff wrapped up, except for city inspections and resolving the homeowners claim, both of which ongoing for reasons — for inspection, it was an inspector that showed up and insisted the house had to be de-powered before he’d start the inspection, to my surprise and to the electrician team’s surprise. So that went off to be rescheduled, and I’m guessing everyone is off having an extended discussion around just where did THIS idea come from? and will eventually surface to schedule a new date. Plumbing is almost done, in fact was supposed to be done yesterday when they came in to install the upgraded emergency valves for the new water heater, and were putting the flue piping back together when they realized the stuff was horribly built and not remotely going to pass code or inspection. So some quick patch jobs together (because: Carbon Monoxide bad) has stuff working while they are off looking for the right parts to fix it right. whee. (side whee: said bad flue construction wasn’t caught by the folks who replaced the water heater 16 years ago, or when we’ve had the furnace worked on.. But once he showed me the problem, it was clear it had to be fixed… whoops) The other project in progress: three replacement windows in a couple of...

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Dave Mark: Where are the new Macs?

Dave Mark, writing in the the Loop, asks a great question: Where are the new Macs? It’s one many of us that are rather impatiently waiting for new hardware. Dave asks: What is the story here? Is the Mac space too small, revenue-wise, for Apple to go to the trouble of a new product launch? Is something else causing this lack of new models? I think the answer to that is “no”, and that the problem ties back instead to two things: Dependence on a vendor for a product that missed its deadlines: Intel and the Skylake processors Apple’s strong integration of hardware and software Intel’s problems are pretty well documented, they’ve been missing their roadmap schedules for a few generations now, first with their Broadwell generation and now with Skylake. The Skylake processors are now hitting the market, but after delays — but even at that, there have been problems, such as the chip bug discovered by the prime number researchers. If you look at Apple’s product timelines, I think it makes sense to think that the Mac Pro (at least) originally was planned for a Broadwell refresh, and I think it makes sense to guess that once Broadwell was seriously delayed that it would make sense to choose to skip that generation for Skylake generation CPUs. So far, so good. But then, Skylake gets delayed as well,...

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Blank Page Syndrome

One thing I’ve figured out: it’s hard to get much writing done when you can’t sit down and focus on the writing. Another thing I’ve figured out: when your house is full of craftsmen doing things, it’s hard to focus. I actually have a full day today with nobody scheduled to visit the house to do something, unless the parts for the dishwasher came in and they call to get that thing fixed (we think we blew the logic board during the electrical work). An amusing thing I realized last week: removing “my day job” from my schedule hasn’t...

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