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Dash phone home - or really anybody
My T-Mobile Dash is still lovely. But as in all relationships, the other person has quirks. One my Dash has is the need to socialize while in the case by calling a random entry in my Outlook Contacts. I've been called before by a rogue cell phone. But usually it is from someone with whom you've just spoken. That game is for sissies. Name the rogue cell phone should cause you to really have to guess. Not just pick the last person you spoke with. I think it is a feature designed to get the cell minutes ......

Posted On Saturday, January 26, 2008 1:04 PM

Just open the F&ck#ng DOOR!

I've come to hate Sony.  I imagine a smug designer standing next to me with a contemptuous grin as I just simply try to get the damn DVD player to give me my disk.  Press ON.  Press Open.  Nothing.  Press Open.  Press Open.  .... Nothing.  "JUST OPEN THE F&CK#NG DOOR!", I shout.   His grin widens as we both watch the player tease me by doing a 1/8 open followed quickly by a close then again a 1/8 open followed quickly by a close.

Posted On Saturday, January 26, 2008 12:52 PM

The cost of complexity
Manufacturing has many engineering disciplines. One that struck me when I first heard of it was Design for Maintainability. You don't want to engineer an car where you have to remove the engine to change the oil filter. One of the benefits of the old days was the solution was limited. We had one online system, one DBMS, batch, and two languages. Now there are a million technologies, and no end in site. In designing our business applications we are engineering for the WOW, and not always for the maintainability. ......

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 8:18 PM

How an electric pencil sharpener improves productivity
When PCs were first coming out, we had to write a business case and present it to management to get one. "How is a PC going to improve productivity" was the mantra. It seemed silly. Our mainframe dumb-terminals had 5 sec page down response time while editing a file. But there is a hidden cost to these marvelous tools. I've often thought it would be interesting to keep track of all the little things you have to do to a PC and the time it took. Install a driver, backup files, take an SMS push, reboot, ......

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 7:54 PM

Dash Scroller/JOGGR Support

I tried this to restore the Joggr on the Dash.  DON'T!  The Joggr is touch sensitive.  It seems cool.  But you can't scroll web pages well, as it seems to want to jump to the next clickable element on the page, and if you have only one, it doesn't scroll down.  HUH?

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 7:40 PM

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