Is the cable industry handicapping premium channel PC tuner cards?

Story here. I have a sneaky feeling the cable industry is severely handicapping efforts by OEMs such as Ceton and SiliconDust to bring premium-channel-capable PC tuner cards to market so that it can keep its content within the walled garden formed by mobile apps and streaming in the web browser. And all I want to do is to be able to watch any cable channel live on my laptop from anywhere in my home. /sigh

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Feature wishlist for my next Android phone

In no particular order, asterisks besides critical items:

  • *Physical keyboard
  • *Latest version of Android OS, preferably stock
  • *Front-facing camera
  • *4G LTE
  • *Bluetooth
  • *Wireless hotspot
  • *Large internal storage
  • *Multicore CPU
  • High res (Retina or greater) display
  • 802.11n connectivity

Comments on the Android text messaging bugs

On Friday, Engadget reported on a couple critical flaws in Android’s messaging system.

I’ve been occasionally been routed to the wrong thread from notifications and the master message list. However, I’m usually misdirected to the next lower thread. I think the bug is due to when Android dynamically re-orders conversation threads. By default, the most recent thread is supposed to be at the top of the master conversation list, but I’ve noticed that in some cases (when the phone is under heavy load?) the reordering is delayed. What I suspect is happening is: when the user interacts with the messaging client an update is forced, but said update occurs after the user has selected a thread, thus resulting in the thread displayed being different from the one originally selected. While that bug is concerning, it isn’t extremely scary because you can always check exactly which thread you’re looking at by checking the recipient at the top of the screen.

I’ve also noticed a similar bug in the Call Log feature in which the user is redirected to the wrong contact when trying to call someone on the log.

The egregious “medium” priority bug, however, makes me really worried for a couple reasons, besides its possible effects:

  1. This is a basic and critical feature, it’s the mobile equivalent of Toyota’s accelerator pedals
  2. It’s relatively awkward to find out whether it’s happened in your case

I have no confirmed episodes on my end, though. At the very least, it may explain why some of my text messages go unanswered. Guess I’ll just have to ensure they were sent to the right person.

Bloggers misinterpet Facebook’s status data as secrets to popularity

Yesterday, Facebook released the results of an internal study about the status updates of its users. In it, the found a high correlation between a user’s popularity and the tone of his updates. Unfortunately, some tech journalists, such as David Murphy at PC World, took this to be the secret to popularity on Facebook.

As anyone who’s taken Psychology 101 in college will tell you: correlation != causation. This is especially true in this particular case since a significant percentage of Facebook user status updates are non-public and are invisible to other users who aren’t friends. This means that the decision to friend request another user is overwhelmingly likely to be independent of the other user’s status updates.

How to deal with site growth?

I’m getting the sneaky feeling that the pro site is at the limit of bulleted links it can take without becoming terribly cluttered. Any ideas? I’m open and listening 🙂

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New professional website sections added

I’ve added a few new sections to my professional website:

Outside the Office – showcasing my extracurricular team-building activities

Program Experience – detailing the different aircraft programs I’ve been privileged to work on

Blog – A link to what you’re reading here 😉

Reading List – A tabulation of the industry publications I keep up with

How to deal with site growth?

I’m getting the sneaky feeling that the pro site is at the limit of bulleted links it can take without becoming terribly cluttered. Any ideas? I’m open and listening 🙂

Technorati Tags:

New professional website sections added

I’ve added a few new sections to my professional website:

Outside the Office – showcasing my extracurricular team-building activities

Program Experience – detailing the different aircraft programs I’ve been privileged to work on

Blog – A link to what you’re reading here 😉

Reading List – A tabulation of the industry publications I keep up with