July 06, 2015

I use a drawing and painting app called procreate on the ipad that is really by far the best in its class in terms of offering brush config and reasonable layering and media effects on the tablet. one of the reasons the app is the best is that it doesn’t waste time trying to emulate non-digital tools, which is great.

unfortunately, the dev team also uses this digital-centric design orientation to exclude crucial digital image-work features, such as crop, and to consistently rely on a user-interface philosophy which is grounded in minimalism, in removing discoverability wherever possible. combine the two tendencies, exclusion of standard digital graphics features and hiding access to others, and it produces a near-canonical user-punishment experience. the end result? i hate the developers and designers of the app, and opening it to do some work is an experience i dread and loathe.

mike whybark. 145 words. Posted at 09:31 PM
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It’s been historically hot here the past few weeks, most days easily topping ninety, and it’s miserable. I have a skin allergy that worsens in sustained direct sun, so as you might imagine I have been doing my best to ignore the weather, impossible though that is.

In mid-June I bought a new PCIe video card naively assuming that it, as a PCIe card, would work with the PCIe systems I have in house, and since then I have been engaged in a delightful (well, no, that’s more or less the opposite) self-education odyssey.

The upshot is that *probably* if I roughly double the potential power output of my actual-built-that-way PC I might be able to get the card to boot, or maybe, *maybe*, I can get it to work under Bootcamp Windows on a Mac Pro. Today, after being quite directly informed by the manufacturer that the card is unsupported on a Bootcamp Mac Pro, I was able to bring it up on that system.

This is probably good news as it likely means I can dump the actual built-that-way PC. I still have a few days of tinkering to satisfy my curiosity but that does appear to be the resolution.

As I was going through this research process I was constantly running into end-of-life support issues directly tied to my determined insistence on doubling the active service life of my hardware. With luck, every unit in the house will see at least ten years of use and I don’t anticipate a main-unit refresh on any single device for another four years, cell phones possibly excepted.

One aspect of the rollover to shorter-life hardware in the industry is the shift away from flat-fee software to subscription-fee software. I’m just not gonna do that. Even seeing the pricing model makes me kind of angry at the business offering the terms. I suppose that one could make a case for per-use pricing but this in essence is nothing more than the traditional variable-pricing model, a model that actually actively locks out certain classes of buyer including the profoundly parsimonious and the low-information low-income buyer. It’s classist and exclusivist and I hate it with a bitter rage.

I suppose in the long run this shifts me completely off computer use. Not by any means a negative outcome.

mike whybark. 385 words. Posted at 05:57 PM
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July 02, 2015

An article in the New Yorker makes me think, sadly, of my late friend Caleb.

mike whybark. 15 words. Posted at 09:29 PM
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June 30, 2015
if only i had sonar

Yesterday was a hectic day, with several chores running concurrently in various locations around the house and record-breaking heat all day. the animals were whiny and uncomfortable and my sweat-slicked nose couldn’t hold my glasses in place. Often when I perform a task I need to take my glasses off in order to see detail over a larger area of my field of view. For example, attaching computer cables under a desk, or doing accounting data entry and record keeping.

Therefore, all day, in seven different areas of my house, I was taking off and putting on my glasses. When Viv arrived home, I believe I was wearing them, but by the time I served dinner, they were misplaced. Viv and I looked all over the house twice yesterday and in the end did not find them. All I want to do today is look for them, but I have several things I must do today and devoting time to looking for the specs is not on the list.

I am very irritated.

mike whybark. 173 words. Posted at 08:59 AM
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