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Hello litte girl do you want a lollypop?

Last week* I was horrible about windows 10, I've been running it all week as my work machine, it works and I can be productive but its not grown on me, so this week I'm going to be horrible about Android Lollypop. Well a bit horrible, erm, mildly critical.

I have 3 devices, a NEXUS 4, Work's NEXUS 5 and a first gen NEXUS 7. 

 I bought the Nexus 4 at Christmas to be my phone, its therefore vanilla and actually works very well. I put a lot of effort into its setup. Most importantly it was factory reset when it it upgraded to Lollypop. Battery life is AWESOME.

NotGoneWell.jpg

The Work Nexus 5, well its had a hard life mine was running with a broken screen, my bosses with the infamous microphone bug where by it only worked on speakerphone. So it was sent for repair, in the end it was brought back from repair, fixed 3 times by me. Its actually my work phone's mainboard in my boss's everything else. Poor thing was upgraded 3 times with different hardware. It works well but battery life was originally lousy to awful. Noticeably worse than KitKat. But it seems to have fixed its self now.

The NEXUS 7, oh dear that's not gone well. I've had to wait a long time till the update finally arrived as I've got the 3g version. It sort of worked, then it chugged badly. Really badly. And it was using more power than my charger would put out. Also battery would plummet on disconnection. I know that I've got limited evidence. We'll see how it performs after a compete format and flash. (ooh that's not gone well I think I just bricked it!) To be fair the Nexus 7 was rooted, and full of random stuff. It didn't work, nothing works. The battery just plummets.

 lemming.jpg

It appears that lollipop is like Microsoft Windows - you can upgrade it to the new version, but for god's sake don't. I've heard the battery had been fixed in the nexus 5, but mine has less than half the battery life of the older Nexus 4. I'm currently blatting the Nexus 7 with extreme prejudice we'll see if i'm right if it charges and runs well after a factory restore using ADB it will be like he Nexus 4. Lets find out.

Position: 12° 26.3' S, 130° 50.4' E | Posted: Sun 8th February 2015

 

How to Make ASCII art work in Email Signature

For years I've had a crappy home ASCII art signature in my email - it only works on REALLY old computers. Not that I ever cared. for years I kept my email to ASCII not HTML

Partly this is becasue HTML in email was crap, bloody awful and didn't work, this is largely still the case. Writing websites that render has got easier, but getting emails to render is still are nightmare.

Ascii doesn't display in HTML, multiple spaces are removed, etc etc etc. yes you can replace spaces with   but its messy

Simlest way that seems to work is wrap the art in in <pre> and wrap that in a <span> with inline fixed width font styles.

<span style="font-family:'Courier New', Courier, monospace">
<pre>
_ _ _ _
___ __ __ ____ ___ | |__ (_)_ __ _ __ (_) __ ___ __ | |_
/ _ \ / _|/ _|/ _' |/ _ \| |_ \| | '_ \| '_ \| |/ _| / _ \ / _|| '_|
| (_) | (_| |-- (_| | | | | | | | | (_) | (_) | | |-- _ | | | | |--| |_
\___/ \__|\__/___'_|_| | |_| |_|_| |__/| |__/|_|\|_/(_)| | | |\__/ \__|
the world is flat............ |_| |_| http://www.oceanhippie.net
Skype: oceanhippie oceanhippie@yahoo.com

Order of the Ditch,
Order of the Golden Dragon,
Certified Bush Mechanic, King of Redonda
</pre>
</span>

looks like:

                           _     _             _                    _
  ___   __  __  ____  ___ | |__ (_)_ __  _ __ (_) __      ___   __ | |_
 / _ \ / _|/ _|/ _' |/ _ \| |_ \| | '_ \| '_ \| |/ _|    / _ \ / _|| '_|
| (_) | (_| |-- (_| | | | | | | | | (_) | (_) | | |-- _ | | | | |--| |_
 \___/ \__|\__/___'_|_| | |_| |_|_| |__/| |__/|_|\|_/(_)| | | |\__/ \__|
  the world is flat............   |_|   |_| http://www.oceanhippie.net
  Skype: oceanhippie                        oceanhippie@yahoo.com

Order of the Ditch,
Order of the Golden Dragon,
Certified Bush Mechanic, King of Redonda

Position: 12° 26.3' S, 130° 50.4' E | Posted: Sun 8th February 2015

 

a new hope fades, I am so learning osx

Windoze 10 (so named so it doesn't get mis-detected as window 95/98), Well there's no way to hide it, its not remotely ready yet. OK so the start menu is back. well done start menu. Unfortunately its stuffed full of Mr Blobby tiles. Yes my previous optimism has evaporated.

garish.png

I was a walking in JB Hifi today, and I was struck by the lines of windows machines, mostly sitting on the windows 8 horrible start screen, now I know I said windows 7 was ugly, many moons ago, its grown on me, I've been seeing windows 8 around for a while now. Those icons have NOT grown on me. Nor has the horrendous clashing colours, cyan one of the original 3 CGA colours always made me sick. Its a colour not found in nature, a colour not even a mother could love. I just googled 'logo", there's light blues sky blues and every other hue, but nobody and I mean nobody would use a cyan only logo. Fugly, garish and designed to launch apps with no functionality that even a mobile phone user wouldn't use.

colourfail.pngContrast the windows business machines next to the macs yes, the macs with their generous screens with neat menus and multiple windows. Its no wonder windows is struggling. I mean M$ has never had taste, still doesn't, but flick your eyes from windows 8 to osx - which one looks professional and capable of doing useful work.

Now windows 10 brings back the start menu. well sort of, its half start menu half Mr Blooby tiles. I suppose these active tiles can be likened to apple's dock with its notification and bouncing windows. Whatever I said back in 2009 about windows 7's garish transparency, well it got turned down a bit by release, and ultimately softens the appearance. Windows 10 at present is horrendous. There's violent edges on everything with soul sucking grey for all non-active windows, customising it makes it worse the background dark and you can't read the dark text, light and the light disappears. This is probably partly to do with trying to break the 2 interfaces schizophrenia of windows 8. Rather than have the normal windows environment have its fixed colour scheme its gone and matched the start screen garishness. Its bloody awful.

paddingFail.pngIn attempting to share the screen shots for this I had to disable firewall and enable file and print, the wifi app doesn't do it nor does it actually tell you if its connected or not, well not accurately, the win 8 side block of colour appears when you click an old school button no charms now (good), most people seem to be using local group policy editor to do this. The start menu, well most of its full of pointless tiles. No normal user has ever modified their start menu nor are they going to use any of the windows 8 style craps (well not twice). Meaning most of the start menu is wasted. Oh and there's a huge chunk of start screen styles off screen. See if you can spot the scroll bar in the big pic above. It appears in the almost unusable win 8 style of 1% colour difference too late to use. Look Microsoft moving a mouse over a bit of screen whilst moving you head in relation to the screen whilst shading the screen with one hand in attempt to make out the current state of scroll is bloody stupid. and don't think its an accident or part of the preview, windows 8's the same. Check out the scroll bar right, and the colours and margins...

In short - yes start menu back good, speed, well this build seems slower than that last but OK. Fugly, yes, finished no. Is it going to "fix" windows 8, well no, they've not removed the schizophrenia, they've just shifted the balance point between the personalties a bit.

Position: 0° 0' S, 0° 0' W | Posted: Sun 1st February 2015

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