I bought an Apple TV the other week. I’ll be taking advantage of the 14-day return policy and giving it back.
It’s not that it’s a bad product. I actually liked a lot of its features. But… the interaction model just isn’t great. It’d be fine if it supported a Hand-off like feature from the iPhone or iPad – similar to ChromeCast. AirPlay doesn’t cut it because it needs the AirPlaying device to be available.
The main user of our TV is my wife, and she would be the main user of the Apple TV box if we kept it. But her primary use of it would be Netflix – and it’s just easier for her to drive Netflix from the iPhone client and use ChromeCast than it is to go through the Apple TV.
Maybe AirPlay2 will solve this.
Following up on last night’s post, let’s look at tonight’s budget. First off, that tax cut.
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So… Peter Costello, one of the major contributors to the problems with the budget, is calling for income tax cuts. Apparently, the levels he left it at aren’t right anymore.
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It was about 19 years ago now that a colleague of mine lent me a copy of a little white book. That book changed the way I looked at programming more than any other book (though The Pragmatic Programmer gave it a run for its money). One of the things, in particular, was Test Driven Development, or TDD.
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Alas, no long blog today. It’s been a long one, involving various family issues that have just drained me. Sometimes, life just gets in the way.
I’ll probably do a longer one this weekend to make up for it. But this is it for today.
As reported on BuzzFeed, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia lost backup tapes holding ten years (2004-2014) of banking records for up to 12 million customers. If you’re a customer of the Commonwealth Bank, and haven’t already been turned off by the stories coming out of the Royal Commission, then you should take this as the last straw and change banks. Make sure you tell them why.
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So for my first #BlogADayMay, I’m doing a rant I’ve had saved up for a while. Continuous Deployment, which is one of the new shiny hawtness going around, isn’t always the right thing.
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It has been literally years since I’ve blogged on anything resembling a regular basis. This hit me recently when I renewed my WordPress subscription, and then again today when I renewed my DNS domain. I’m just not blogging enough – even for myself, and I’m the primary audience. So – I’m going to post every day in May. A #BlogADayMay.
As usual, I’m blogging for myself. If other people find my rambling ruminations regarding reality interesting, or even of benefit, that’s great, but it’s a bonus, not the goal. The topics for this month will be wide and varied. Posts will range from short to long, because I don’t have an internal editor, and will write until I run out of things to say or time to say it in. Once May is over, I may continue, or I may go back to my irregular posting.
You have been warned.
UUIDs make great identifiers – ones that are, for most practical purposes, unique, easy to generate, and hard to guess. The only problem is that they are long – 256 bits, but with a textual representation that’s 36 characters. So what if they were shorter?
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