one week left for Cassini

Come a week from now, the Cassini space probe will do its final decent into the atmosphere of Saturn, all the while sending back data it’s collecting.  Pretty amazing what its collected so far.  Do some research if you’re interested.  Then, as expected, the signal will cease forever as friction from the atmosphere turns it into a fireball raining down on the planet.

JPL – Saturn
Curiositystream – Cassini and the crown jewel

double-tap and … what a drag

I finally got this feature to work on my Surface 4 Pro tablet.  It’s called double-tap-and-drag or tap and a half.  I cursed this tablet for a few reasons since I got it.  Little picky things.  Annoying habits that it has that … well, I’m just not used to it!  “That’s not going forwards – that’s going backwards!”  Well, it’s fixed.  Just a setting in the touchpad settings.

Why is that so danged important?  Productivity, for one.  It’s faster than the two-handed click and drag method.  Yes, two hands.  I’m used to a touch pad.  Touch pads are faster, more convenient.  Yes, I know, I’m bucking the world on this one.  So be it.  If mice were suddenly brought upon the market now, they’d be laughed at.  “They’re just so dumb,” I’m confident I’d hear.  They’re a separate device.  You have to carry them around with you, and they you have to plug them into a USB.  You’ve gotta move your hand away from the keyboard, the ultimate in productivity (yes, I know, spoken like a true DOS lover, which in actual fact I’m not), … where was I?  Oh, yes … away from the keyboard, to another separate device, and then back again to the keyboard, only to do it all over again.  What a drag.  (Get it?  Drag?)  It’s like intentionally buying a manual shift automobile after years and years of automatics.  Oh, yah, there are actually people out there who actually do do that.  <ahem>  “I want a brand new Apple Bell and Howell.  With a mouse.”

Secondly, an integrated touchpad click built into the actual touchpad just doesn’t, in my humble opinion, work.  You can’t poise your finger on top of the left click button while moving your thumb across the touch pad.  One of them will screw up.  I’ve seen multiple times when I’m actually moving my thumb or finger around the touchpad without the dang arrow doing anything – just sitting there being confused.  “Oh, … not sure what to do … there’s another finger touching me … I’m so confused.”  Hmm.  Isn’t this touchpad supposed to see multiple touches?  And not be confused?

Oh, I could go on, but then I’d have to make a new category for my blog.  Something like “rant” or “nit-pick”.  …  Ooh, not a bad idea.  Anyway, I’m closer to liking my Surface 4 Pro again.  Warm and fuzzy.

second laptop image

I took my school laptop in to be re-imaged – a second time.  I was expecting Steve to give me the gears about this, and he didn’t let me down.  I explained that I’d put the wrong drive to be imaged last week, so it must be done again, and that I wiped the first drive.  He noted that he would prefer that he change the drive to make sure it was wiped.  “What’s to stop you from using that drive after school is done next year?  You could be using all that free software.”

Frankly, it never dawned on me that I could do that.  I believed that none of it would work because it would all expire.  I would not be able to update the license for most software, and I wouldn’t be able to use the rest because I wouldn’t be connected to the school’s servers.

“I tried to find way not to bother you about this because I know you’re busy.  But I couldn’t.”  I asked a classmate, “T“, if I could image mine from his – a kind of carbon copy from his to mine – but he hasn’t gotten his done yet; T is out of the country until the very day of school.

new Ongoing Letter online … again

Hi everybody.  This is the latest attempt at going on with my Ongoing Letter, my blog to the outside world.  It’s my third attempt at using a CMS (Content Management System) on a database server and the third generation of the allansplace web.  Hopefully it’ll take this time without any server-self-destruct buttons being pushed.  We shall see.

There are also some changes to the other webs.  If you already know the addresses, you’ll also know they’re not quite up-and-running yet.  Check back often.

In the mean time, enjoy!