semver.org

Standards are important, especially with computers. Without standards, you end up with crap like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Too little, too late.

And one of the things that’s needed a standard for a very, very, very long time are version numbers. Ever notice some versions for software are like 2019.2.4, while others are like 1.0, 1.1, 0.1, alpha, beta, beta-0rc1, and 89.23x? It’s so confusing to know whether anything is up to date, what you’re updating to, and who is on what. Is version 0.9 of the triangle generator library compatible with version v1.3.0m of the graphics processing library?

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Don’t forget to take breaks.

Often in our busy lives and worlds, we can become swept up in the busy workload that we have to complete in our normal routines. It’s easy to forget to take a break.

“But hold on,” I hear you already thinking, “I take time off all the time!”

 

What you’re doing is slacking, which is different from taking a break. Browsing reddit while you’re SUPPOSED to be working or going to get lunch is different. Those kinds of breaks never seem to be recognized by your own mind, and you will quickly become burnt out if you never take actual vacation time out of the time you’re supposed to be working.

Instead, choose to do something deliberate. Make a mental note in your mind: I’m going to go bowling with my family instead of working until 9pm tonight, or something similar. This will make it much easier to remember what relaxation, happiness, and general mental well-being all feel like when you’re in a particularly stressful point of your lives. You may think it’s counter-productive to be intentionally taking time off if you’re stressed about money or work, but you’d be surprised.

In fact, according to Stanford and other researchers, the average person is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes every day. That’s… not a lot of time. They’ve found out that time is better spent relaxing, resting, and making sure your mental and physical health are in tip top shape, and that will actually lead to you being more productive.

Perhaps start by standing up every hour or so that you can get your blood flowing. Additionally, you’re supposed to look away from the computer screen every 20 minutes for optimal ocular-care, but come on. It takes me 20 minutes to figure out what the hell a Discrete Fourier Transform is, so that’s not gonna happen.

I’d recommend every couple hours or so just stretching, getting up, looking around, jumping around, dancing, or just doing something to break up the tedium. It will help you get back to what you were doing better, and it will help your overall well-being.

And finally, here’s a video I edited in a couple minutes of my friend dancing from a kickback that we set up for precisely the reasons stated above.


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Google+ completely shut down. Here’s why.

Google+ has reached the end of its life and no one is saying goodbye. If this confuses you, it’s because you might not have heard that Google has decided to end the consumer version of Google+ in April (this month). Google+ is still open for most members of businesses, however.

Why did Google+ fail?

The main reason is because of a lack of users. Other social medias have different strategies behind engaging users, and they all have some sort of theme. Snapchat, videos and pictures disappear. Facebook, scroll through your feed of stuff your friends have shared or said. Instagram, scroll through your picture feed. Et cetera.

Other reasons include a confusing as hell name and data breaches. Seriously, who picked the name for the social media? Google+? I wasn’t even aware it was a social media until a year or so after its release simply because of the terrible name. What about that name tells you it’s a social media? Or a community at all, in fact? To me, Google+ sounds like a version of Google that you subscribe to for $4.99 a month and gets you perks.

Google had already planned to shut down the service however when there were a number of undisclosed security bugs that were revealed that allowed developers access to private consumer data. Google did not disclose them in the proper way as they should have, and instead kept it a secret. With the GDPR recently released, and Facebook being sued over numerous security scandals, Google decided it was best to ditch the whole thing all together.

If anything, this just shows how bad direction can kill an idea even if you have everything you need to make it work. Google has all the money, fame, and power that a company could ask for. If you can’t make a half-decent social media while also being worth 861.72 billion dollars, you’re doing it wrong.


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The future of phones: Is it folding?

The verge released this video, and I wanted to write a couple of my thoughts down as well.

I don’t think that as of right now, you should buy a folding phone. A folding phone is just too bulky, too big, not refined enough, and way too expensive. Your money would be better spent elsewhere.

The folding technology would be better served, I think, in tablets. Portable tablets that you can fit into your pocket while you’re going to your flight sound much better, to me, than a phone that can turn into a tablet.

And, in the future, phones will be able to. But for now, the thickness of the device coupled with the space between the two slabs of device renders it a choice I’m not even gonna consider this year or the year after, until they get flatter and cheaper.

I’m not saying that this wasn’t expected. It is. This is the natural early release of any revolutionary technology or product. The first iPhone compared to the 5th was a WORLD of difference in only a few short years. The same will be true of the folding phones. I just recommend not jumping on the bandwagon just yet, as I have faith that the technology will make leaps and bounds and be nearly unrecognizable from the clunky device that we have in front of us right now.


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