May the Force Be With Alexa

Alexa is far from perfect, but if you’re into accessories and you’re a Star Wars/Mandalorian fan, you can now add some Baby Yoda ears to ensure that the Force will always be with her.

If you have the 3rd Gen Amazon Echo Dot, you are in for an adorable view. I mean, this looks pretty cute, doesn’t it?

Starting on August 20, 2020, you can add this practical and collectible piece from Otterbox to your Amazon family. Baby Yoda ears are not just for decoration — with a brand like Otterbox, you know you will be getting more than just that.

They are a trustworthy brand, so you don’t have to worry this product won’t hold up. This piece comes with a solid non-slip stand/base that looks like it will fully protect your device, especially if it falls on the floor. They claim it’s made for easy interactive functions, so some thought was put into it. It’s been built with audio in mind and that is very important when buying expensive things like this for these devices.

If only we could mess around with the voices in the Echo to make it sound like Yoda, that would be a lot of added fun! 

That’s it. That’s this post. Truly adorable Baby Yoda ears are!

Is Technology Actually Getting Better?

I used to love tech a lot more, but now, I feel like tech is getting worse. Keep playing with my time and money, and I have every right to be mad.

In the tech world, you would think as time goes on, and we learn from past technology mistakes, life would be just wonderful, sharing our world with our devices and having some trust in developers. But here we are in 2020 and that’s not what’s really going on. What’s up with the bad software that we pay hundreds of dollars for?

Developers, designers and businesses improve technology and software every day – that’s their job. But is the technology improving or getting worse?

Let’s just think here for a minute. Consumers buy very expensive devices and depend on apps every single day. But yet some multi-millionaire developers and companies give us people mostly CRAP. By this I mean you give us the most bugged software to work with. Just providing nothing to us but shit that should have been properly beta tested, and making our lives miserable. The worst part is this is the new normal and I don’t like it one bit.

Example: Projects you work for hours on may have gotten deleted for no reason, data recovery doesn’t work, blocked software, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crashes, unexpected errors, missing user data, performance issues, broken apps. Things just don’t work properly like they should. Some apps won’t work unless you provide something, like your information of some sort. To me that’s just weird and IMHO I think they are taking it way too far. In some cases companies might even warn you about troubled updates facing new problems. Seriously? You don’t fully test products before they are released or what? It’s all out there on the internet! Thousands of articles, reviews, opinions can be read on some of these topics. Oh and these days, you can’t just reply on one device. You may need two or even three. There is so much going on in the technology world that just makes absolutely no sense and there is definitely something strange about it!

Do you think it’s just poor old baby boomers that can’t figure it out? You are wrong. I’m young and I have enough experience with tech to know the problems are not just because of a user’s knowledge; that has something to do with it, but in most cases it doesn’t. If you think it through, maybe you won’t be so quick to judge someone for thinking the new times are just a bit ridiculous. Things are moving way too fast and software/devices are not getting tested properly. It’s all about money, money, money, money! All these billionaires care about is hoarding $$$, rather than putting that money back into making sure things work properly and make our lives easier. If they knew how to handle it, they would make users happy by making sure UI is simple, or at least have some option to change to the updated version or keep to the old within a certain amount of time. They just go ahead and change it like it’s nobody’s business. So the people that think it is just baby boomers who don’t know what they are doing, are you telling me if an app just closes, or you lose your work, that this is the times we are working in and you are okay with it?

We spend way too much time trying to diagnose the problem when we shouldn’t have to do this, especially with the price we have to pay for our devices. That’s the job of the developers/companies. Like honestly, can’t the software/device just work without so many annoying issues?! We should be able to use our technology with fewer problems. This makes me think, what the hell are developers doing? If you decide to send crash report logs/diagnostics back to the developers and it still isn’t getting fixed properly, why the hell are they asking for that information if they are using us for dummy material anyways? And what the hell are they doing with their time?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been relying on technology more than ever before. While working from home, a lot of people have been experiencing a lot of technical difficulties that make no sense. How is anyone supposed to get any work done? Oh, because you already have millions (or billions) of dollars feeding through so who gives a shit about anyone else, perhaps? Not everyone is going to have a high-end computer like the workplace does, let’s give some people a break here.

Is it because they know people will put up with it? Consumers buy these things and once it breaks or stops working they just buy more? Are developers being lazy? Not working hard enough? Developers and businesses are taking us for granted, they have way too much power! Incidents where our information has been stolen and it’s our fault because we didn’t read the terms and conditions? Please, your terms and conditions suck and you know it. I bet some developers/companies, once their terms and conditions are all figured out, attach it to the app/software with a sneaky smile because some know they are getting something extra out of it. That was supposed to get better too, but I don’t see that happening soon. I’m not saying all developers are bad, just the ones that have a reputation or got caught.

There are so many intelligent designers and developers on the internet, there are so many people that actually care that could make things work better. Why isn’t there more of that?

I’m pissed. I’m so mad. There is absolutely no reason software and devices need to be the way they are. When there is a bad app, bad software, anything you buy that’s super expensive and it turns out bad, that’s BS. This is just something else out of this world. You have so much money to work with, you have millions of customers but yet you treat them like they don’t deserve the very best you have to offer.

Programmer Source Code Commenting

This past year I’ve been learning so much about coding. Every level coder knows how much time is spent putting into this field. Wake up, enjoy some java, research, study, practise like your head is going to come right off, nights with weird sleep schedules, wake up and you do it all over again.

I came across some funny coding comments that I thought would be fun so here I share some with you:

stop(); // Hammertime!

// This is crap code but it’s 3 a.m. and I need to get this working.

<//
// Dear maintainer:
//
// Once you are done trying to ‘optimize’ this routine,
// and have realized what a terrible mistake that was,
// please increment the following counter as a warning
// to the next guy:
//
// total_hours_wasted_here = 42

// TODO: not this

long long ago; /* in a galaxy far far away */

// Hocus Pocus, grab the focus
winSetFocus(…)

// I’m not sure what I did

//If you even THINK of changing this code, you may have already gone //too far

/*

** The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of
** a legal notice, here is a blessing:
**
** May you do good and not evil.
** May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others.
** May you share freely, never taking more than you give.

*/

//Mind boggling, gibberish version of a SQL statement, but it //work’s, so dont touch it

doRun.run(); // … “a doo run run”.

//When I wrote this, only God and I understood what I was doing
//Now, God only knows

// remove this if you wanna be fired

/*

  • You may think you know what the following code does.
  • But you dont. Trust me.
  • Fiddle with it, and youll spend many a sleepless
  • night cursing the moment you thought youd be clever
  • enough to “optimize” the code below.
  • Now close this file and go play with something else.
    */

return 0; // Happy ending

I’m really looking forward to projects. Commenting or coming across something funny on a frustrating code seems like a lot of fun and I CAN’T WAIT to start!!

Enjoy your day!