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Windows 11: Now more irritating than ever

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 9/14/2021

Apparently Mozilla has defeated Microsoft’s default browser protections in Windows. I’m sure Microsoft will respond, and it won’t be pretty. But what I found interesting is that apparently Windows 11 will make the process to set your default program even more cumbersome. Thanks, Microsoft!

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Product-first development

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 9/8/2021

This is a couple of years old, but I really enjoyed this piece on Code-first vs Product-first programmers. It is true that some programmers are more focused on the code itself, its design and elegance, and not on the product they are building and the problem it solves.

Are bugs more expensive to fix in production? Who knows!

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 7/23/2021

This article on this topic is fascinating. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at how poor the research is on this topic. I wish there were more recent books by Steve McConnell, as his books on programming always seemed to include references to actual research. Then again, now I’m wondering how good that research was, although I’d still bet on McConnell’s books. I particularly enjoyed Rapid Development and Code Complete, although Software Estimation is also very good. Oh wait, doing a search, I see he wrote a book published in 2019 on agile. Hmmmm….I may have to give it a read.

Windows 10 BSOD when debugging web pages

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 7/14/2021

Honestly, I’m not trying to be negative. Programming is hard. We’re all in this together, I know.

Yes, Apple knows how to talk to people

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 6/14/2021

This piece on ZDNet compares the Apple’s new “Why Mac” page to Microsoft’s page for guiding people to a PC. It is hilarious, and sadly accurate.

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There is always drama somewhere

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 6/7/2021

I see that there is some new drama around Microsoft’s decision to continue to include IdentityServer in some of their templates, despite the fact that IdentityServer is switching from OSS to a commercial model.

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Daily Planner for eInk Devices

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 5/16/2021

I continue to love my Onyx Boox Nova 2 which features a convenient size for carrying in my purse, a fantastic battery life, and fairly decent note-taking features. One of the reasons I selected it were the superior reviews found at the My Deep Guide YouTube channel – Vojislav does a fantastic job of really digging into each device, so that you really understand what you are getting before you buy.

Reason #827 why Apple is awesome: iOS Quick Start

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 5/13/2021

I replaced my older iPad Mini this week with a fourth generation iPad Air, and was reminded of the fantastic way Apple makes the experience user friendly. Because I have other iOS devices like my iPhone 12 Mini, I just had to hold the phone over the new iPad, centering the animation that appeared on screen so that I could see it on the phone. Then I just had to enter my passcode and follow some prompts, and it setup everything on the new device, including WiFi, installed applications, and optionally restoring my older iPad’s backup. This support article describes the process, but honestly doesn’t do justice to the shear joy I felt during setup.

Mercury is released!

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 5/13/2021

RemObjects VB.NET compatible language was released last week, which is good news for those of us who want to use the language on previously unsupported platforms like iOS and ASP.NET Core. Visual Studio Magazine covered the release here.

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Onyx Boox Nova 2 Accidental Home Button Press Solution

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/29/2021

I’m a huge fan on the Onyx Boox devices – I use my Nova 2 almost every day for either note taking or reading. But one of the few issues I’ve had with it is that when I am taking notes, I often accidentally press the physical Home button when I rest my wrist. Then it pops me out of the Note application. Very annoying.