Learning not to say “I’m sorry” when I mean “thank you.” It’s more important than first appearance.

For example, don’t say, “I’m sorry I can’t help you now.” Instead say, “Thank you for your patience.”

Belligerent politicos

I’m fascinated by people like Trump who have never served in the military or participated in violence personally, but who accuse others of cowardice when those others urge abstention from violence. One of the reasons I say we should avoid war is I know…

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My snarky response to one of those “how’d we do?” emails following up a tech support request I’d sent to a vendor:

I knew $PRODUCT might not be able to support the feature I’m looking for. That’s fine. But the tech support person suggested I go to the website, enter the feature in to the feature request board, and vote on other users’ feature requests.

I’m a paid Premium customer. I am not going to work for you for free to assist you in prioritizing your product development roadmap. Far as I’ve concerned, I’ve submitted my feature request and now I’m done. Asking me to do unpaid work for you is not cool.

Name of product redacted because this kind of behavior is common. When I buy something I’m not joining a coop. I’m becoming a customer. Treat me like one.

Belligerent politicos

I’m fascinated by people like Trump who have never served in the military or participated in violence personally, but who accuse others of cowardice when those others urge abstention from violence.

One of the reasons I say we should avoid war is I know it’s unlikely to threaten me personally. I’ll stay fat and happy and safe in San Diego.

Now that I think of it, I’d be better off personally if…

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Why Do Doctors Still Use Pagers?

Pagers are more reliable than cell phones. And they also have symbolic value, says physician Allison Bond. “It connects today’s doctors with those from the past and represents the notion that we’ll always be available to take care of our patients.”

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Belligerent politicos

I’m fascinated by people like Trump who have never served in the military or participated in violence personally, but who accuse others of cowardice when those others urge abstention from violence.

One of the reasons I say we should avoid war is I know it’s unlikely to threaten me personally. I’ll stay fat and happy and safe in San Diego.

Now that I think of it, I’d be better off personally if the US got into a nice big war. The military buys lots of networked electronics, and a trickle of that money would find its way into my pocket.

But I am not solely driven by financial concerns. I know if there’s a war, many other people will suffer and die for my benefit. So I urge caution using violence instead. I’ll find some other way to increase my income.

When I hear Trump say he’d like to punch a protester in the face, I say, sure you would. As long as you have at least three bodyguards backing you up.

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War. It’s totally like this in real life, right?

At that stage in a long day of travel where it’s excellent, exciting news that I have new email.

Apple, the FBI, and Security

“Consider a sports analogy: in a game like basketball you need to play both defense and offense; the FBI, given their responsibilities, is primarily concerned with offense — uncovering secrets. However, the agency’s haste to score buckets has the effect of weakening the United States’ defense.”

sixcolors.com

I’m fascinated by people like Trump who have never served in the military or participated in violence at all, but who accuse others of cowardice when those others urge abstention from violence.

One of the reasons I say we should avoid war is I know it’s unlikely to threaten me personally. I’ll stay fat and happy and safe in San Diego.

Now that I think of it, I’d be better off personally if the US got into a nice big war. The military buys lots of networked electronics, and a trickle of that money would likely find its way into my pocket.

But I am not solely driven by financial concerns. I know if there’s a war, many other people will suffer and die for my benefit. So I urge caution using violence instead. I’ll find some other way to increase my income.

When I hear Trump say he’d like to punch a protester in the face and I say, sure you would. As long as you have at least three bodyguards backing you up.

Reign of the Algorithm

“Writers, remember: the more we play the algorithmic game, the more the algorithmic game plays us.”

Writing for the algorithm turns your writing into a commodity. Your writing becomes interchangeable with others’. Economically, the people who win commodity markets are the ones with the most capital who pay their suppliers the least. As a writer, you are the supplier.

The endgame of writing for the algorithm is turning out blog posts for $10 each for a content farm. You can make a living doing that if you’re very fast, work extremely long hours, and can live very modestly.

The best way to achieve value as a writer is to write for readers and use algorithms as tools for finding those readers. Be prepared to sacrifice algorithms if they don’t work for the readers.

Sometimes you write for yourself and put it out there and hope it finds readers. Some of the most successful writers do just that. Also, some of the biggest failures.

jamesshelley.com

Twitter’s missing manual / fuzzy notepad

Fantastic list of dozens of great Twitter tips, useful for everyone from beginners to advanced users. I’ve been a heavy Twitter user for nearly seven years and I learned a couple of things here.

I’m surprised to see the author so dismissive of lists. I’m a fiend for lists – I don’t have many but there are three I check several times daily. One list has essentially replaced my timeline.

eev.ee/blog/2016/02/20/twitters-missing-manual/

Tips and Myths About Extending Smartphone Battery Life

Good tips here. Another, for iPhone users: Use power saving mode aggressively. It reduces background mail updates and other background updates to a minimum. But if I’m going that long between opportunities to charge I won’t need those background updates; I’ll be too busy doing other things.

Why is background email checking on a phone even a thing? I know I have unread mail. I have had unread mail continually since 1997.

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