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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

vjl Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

Google Wallet also currently requires a live data connection because the transaction is verified in the cloud, not on a chip on the handset/watch. With Apple Pay, no data connection is required, which is useful in areas like where I live, where network coverage is very spotty due to the rural-nature of the area.

about 3 months ago

35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading For the Stars

vjl My grandfather would be proud... (226 comments)

I wish my grandfather was still alive to see Voyager 1 still in operation. He worked on the batteries and electrical system on the Voyager probes, spending most of his adult life working at JPL. He would be thrilled to know that they were both still operating, exploring, and sending data back to earth. Impressive!

more than 2 years ago

Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

vjl But now... (504 comments)

...employers will just ask potential employees to accept their HR staff's friend request, as the article yesterday stated. But one could easily get around that by making sure the HR staff is in a Facebook list that has no access to a user's wall/timeline and other info. Still, seems like the employer wouldn't like that and they would find some way to get the employee to let HR in. :(

more than 2 years ago

The Google+ Name Game Continues

vjl Re:Android phone (171 comments)

A google account is not private, whereas an AppleID is. If you have to create a google account for an android phone, that means you have to have an account with some of your information made public [eg: your name]. An AppleID is private - it is used solely for billing purposes though you can expand it to include iCloud [a private-that-can-be-public service], and it can also be used for GameCenter, a public service. But by default an AppleID is private and no online profile of you is made, unlike what happens when you create a google account.

about 3 years ago

Facebook Unveils Timeline, Updated Open Graph

vjl Re:MySpace 3.0? (98 comments)

Actually, that is/was one of the nice things about Facebook - it didn't allow the horrible customizations to one's profile like MySpace did. But it *did* used to offer more customizations [none of them as bad as MySpace]. They have removed most of the ability to make profiles look non-standard, much to the frustration of some users [but not me!]. While their new ticker is not good, I do think that the FB devs are very aware that they don't want FB profiles to look as bad as MySpace ones have.

more than 3 years ago

The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

vjl Re:Yes (782 comments)

There are lots of GPL apps on the AppStore - the most well known is the Wordpress app. If source code is available on the developer's site, than things are good to go. Anyone can download, for free, the iPhone SDK. It costs nothing to download/install the SDK. It only costs $99/year if one wants to publish an app into the AppStore or run it on a physical iPhone rather than the software-based iPhone simulator.

The developers are doing the right thing, IMO. /vjl/

more than 5 years ago

Computer Error Caused Qantas Jet Mishap

vjl Re:Questions: (389 comments)

Airbust QA sucks, sadly. They differ highly with how Boeing does things; they rely on computers *way* too much, which is why I will never fly on an Airbus a/c. The pilot is not given #1 priority in the cockpit.

Boeing a/c do have a lot of computer controls, but they can all be easily overwritten by the CO/FO flying the a/c. Not quite as easy on an Airbust. When their A320 debuted at the French airshow, the computer got very confused at take off and simply refused to allow the pilot to pull up more than 20-30 feet off the ground, causing the a/c to crash into the forest at the end of the runway.

Technology is good when it is used to supplement human experience and knowledge. It is not meant to replace it.


more than 6 years ago


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back online at home!

vjl vjl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, PacBell has [kinda] come through for me. 24 hours ahead of schedule, my DSL line is now finally live. My only internet access away from work has been my T-Mobile/Danger HipTop/SideKick, which worked great the first week, but now I can't get a data connection unless i'm in the middle of the parking lot at home or on the road driving.

It's a bit funny to have to take a walk away from the new apartment just to be able to pick up my e.mail. Feels like my ol' BBS days and offline mail readers - get online, pick up mail, walk home, get kicked offline, reply to mail, walk to park, mail gets sent.

But the HipTop has come in handy; just wish the data signal was as strong as it was the first week i had it [i could put it next to my mail server at work, and it would beep before my 15-second pine->imap check would beep!]. Now it just sits there in 'voice only' mode; no data. But I get to read my e.mail on the way to work at stop lights.

So the new apartment is finally coming together. We had some major problems with the leasing office [which resulted in us not getting phone service for a week and half, which delayed the DSL service from being reconnected].

I'll have more details later, but for now, I'm just glad to be back in action. Life without a 'net connection just plain sucks. And that's coming from someone with a full-time job and a long-time girlfriend. I can't imagine what I'd do had this happened 5 or 6 years ago!

/vjl/ [remembering when he first got on the 'net with his Commodore 64]


my new hiptop!

vjl vjl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, I gotta say - this thing is pretty cool! I am typing this on my brand new hiptop. Typing might be the wrong word - this is the 1st time i've used a thumb keyboard. I own a handera 330 too, but I use grafitti, not the virtual keyboard. Typing on this little keyboard is very challenging, but I think I'll get the hang of it soon...

I'll have to do a more detailed review from a real keyboard this weekend once i've played w/ it for a while.....I'll keep you posted!



Home sick today....

vjl vjl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, today I'm staying home. My eyelids are heavy, after not sleeping much at all last night. And my jaw, for some wacky reason, is stiff as nails. Since Saturday night, my jaw has really hurt. I must have clenched it that night or something.

So I'm going to get some shuteye, do some cleaning and maybe some coding today from home. We start our move next Thursday, and there is still a bunch of Stuff to pack. Boy, I can't wait till the move is over with!

Ok, I'm off to bed...just thought I'd post a quickie...



Hackin' away....

vjl vjl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

So here I am, 1:14am, on a Thursday night, and I'm about to set a new record for going to bed: it'll be the earliest I've gone to bed in over 2 weeks!

Fall quarter starts next Friday. As a result, I'm finishing up several projects that need to be ready, and out of beta, before fall starts. These projects are all PHP based, as that is my language of choice for coding all things w3-based.

I'm finding that being the only programmer in our school can be quite a challenge. While UCI has plenty of programmers, our small school, the School of Social Ecology, has never had a programmer before. Because of this, *everyone* has had requests for programs and interactive w3 sites.

So far, my first project has been to convert the entire soceco site into a php/mysql based content-management system, called EzEdit. EzEdit allows staff and faculty the ability to easily edit pages that they are responsible for. Faculty can upload their vitas, edit their publications, change their bio, etc. Staff can edit their pages/images as well as do some maintainence on some faculty [each department has a manager who oversees the faculty; some faculty don't like even touching a computer, so their department manager does all of the editing].

While all of this is well and good, I've got a *ton* of other projects at that magic 95% complete mark and am hurriedly trying to finish them. Though the licenses to all of my coding is GPL, I do not know if legally I can do that, since when I started at UCI in 1997, I had to sign a "all your code belong to us" deal. But then I left in 2000 to check out corporate america [prior to UCI, i worked as a programmer in city government]. Quest Software was that step I took, and it was very boring. So, 9 months later, I headed back to the poorly paying life of .edu [.gov and .edu are so similar it's hard to tell the difference]. When I started back up at UCI, though, they never made me sign a contract about my IP. Hmmm...

Now that i'm back in .edu, i'm anything but bored!

Maybe someday I'll finally hit the Big Burnout [already have had 4 burnouts], and just stick to what I love to do: photography. I do like working with computers, but not enough to spend 14 hours + a day doing it! [well, sometimes, but not 14 hour days all the time...].

Ok, it's 1:24am...I'm off to bed...amazing! The sun hasn't risen yet, and I've not had a diet coke all evening...a new record for the month of September! :-)



So now it's a challenge...

vjl vjl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

So I've come to find out that people can't view my journal due to my funky userid [that i picked out ages ago!]. Because it includes the slash char, trying to get to my journal page is nearly impossible.

So it looks like I've got a stealth journal. Guess I'm just typing to myself now, then, eh?

Well, I should tell myself that I'm very late for bed, so I think that's what I'll do next.

More invisible journals coming soon. And *if* you are reading this, please do let me know; I'm curious how you did it.



It's movin' time!

vjl vjl writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, for my first entry [amazing: i've been a /. reader for years, and didn't post until July 23, 2002, and am just now starting my journal], I'd like to announce that I'll be moving about 100 feet to an apartment complex next to us.

My girlfriend and I need more space for our stuff [eg: all my computers!] and a 2-car garage, and ironicly, the place next door offers that. It's very rare, in this area, to find apartments with 2-car garages, so we feel pretty lucky. I still have a 9-mile commute, but considering the area I live in [SoCal, US], I should be lucky [i've spent most of my career within 3 miles of my work].

Anyway...that's it for now...wonder if this will ever get read?!


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