Friday, 16 August 2013

Working with ANDROID

The longer I spend with my Android tablets and phones, the more I am enjoying the similarity with Linux.  The common heritage is obvious.  There are annoying similarities to Windows as well, like the way things just crash for no apparent reason, but at least with Android it has never resulted in my losing data.  The exception was the blogger incident - but that was Google itself, not the tablet or the operating system or an app.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Blogger and Google and Feedback

Trying to post from a tablet today and I discovered a fun 'feature' of blogger.  About half theAndroid browsers don't support blogger and several of the keypads also will not work with it.  I tried Google Chrome, hoping that would be better, and that stupid 'send feedback' popup caused me to lose my entire post.  Not only that, but it did the same thing three times in a row.  The first time I lost a lot of work, but I expected that supplying feedback would stop it happening again.  You'd think google would be able to design a feedback system that only asked for feedback occasionally, but no.  This thing nags all the time.  It didn't even save my work. just binned the lot and called it a draft.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Fixing Firefox 23 (August 2013)

As demands on storage and transfer are increased we are finding limits to the ability of the newer browsers to cope, even with more powerful computers.

Firefox is among the browsers that suffers.  This morning I was again annoyed with the slow page loading and the lag before beginning to scroll a page.  I could scroll the mouse wheel about three turns before the page view even moved.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

I was sitting the other day, playing with the latest alpha of Kubuntu linux, and reflecting on the changes in computing over the years.  By the time I got back into computers, they had evolved into things like the SinclairZX80, Tandy TRS-80 and Commodore PET and VIC20.