It dawned on me during breakfast. Coaster sets come in various containers and as I stared at this particular empty holder, I realized it could be used to hold my iPhone. It props your phone up a bit, and there's a convenient opening to channel your recharging cable.
And what of the coasters it once held? Without a home, they are coasting around the dining table.
My first job had me programming in Microsoft BASIC for the IBM PC (DOS). BASIC worked well enough, but its limitations were clear. The language was interpreted and therefore slow. More importantly, it wasn't a modern structured language, and instead, relied on line numbers and the GOTO statement. Anyone who has read Dijkstra knew GOTO was a bad thing . Having learned a structured language in college ( PL/I ), using BASIC felt unnatural. When a C compiler became available for the PC, I saw a chance to improve and modernize our software. The problem was selling the idea -- a problem made harder because I wasn't fluent in C. "It would be a staffing problem. Not many people know C, but we can find a lot of programmers who know BASIC," noted one manager. The argument was strong as my knowledge of C was weak. But I knew that C, by design, was a small language and thus easy to learn. "It has about 30 keywords," I proffered to another manager. U
I needed an inexpensive lcd for an aging PC. My next computer might have a built-in display (a notebook or an iMac) so price was a major consideration. For $220 at Costco (in-store purchase only), the Princeton VL1919 got my attention. Physically, it's a slim attractive monitor. It has both analog and digital ports, and includes cables for both. I have an analog graphics card and the picture quality is quite good for watching dvds, home photo editing, and playing games. The VL1919 is not, however, a display for graphics pros who understand white point and need to adjust their gammas. The viewing angle is too small for a 19" display and the shift in color would be unacceptable to them. As a software developer, I work mostly with text, and the VL1919's 0.294mm dot pitch made words appear a tad grainy. I could, however, compensate and "soften" the characters using the phase control on the OSD. The OSD itself was awkward to use. Contrary to the documenta
Pictured here is my new iPhone 12 mini. I always felt mobile phones were getting too large and I wrote about that unfortunate trend in iPhones In Stretch Jeans . The 12 mini changes course and fits easily in my front pants pocket and is friendly for one handed use. I also find myself taking fewer accidental screenshots -- something I did regularly with the larger iPhone X. It wasn't just the size of the X that was a drawback for me. The camera also had a hardware flaw that sometimes caused a green reflection in my photos. And while the X boasted a zoom lens, I found that the single lens camera on the much older iPhone 4s took better photos. With the benefit of time and technological advances, the 12 mini is both a better phone and camera than the X, and in a smaller package to boot. Face ID is also faster and more responsive because the front facing camera has has a wider viewing angle. Battery life is fine; as someone who spreads his attention across an iMac, an iPad, and the