Microsoft Windows 10 now (version 1703) has a feature where you can have the screen shift from “normal” (whatever that is) to warmer colors at night. Supposedly this keeps you from staying awake.
I just notice, however, that the default Windows background is a VERY BLUE image, which kind of defeats the purpose. Unless they (Microsoft) think that you never look at the background because you’re never on the desktop?
In the United States at least, large cheaply built houses are commonly termed “McMansions”. The term appears to be a portmantle of “mansion” (a large house) and “McDonalds”, the fast food franchise.
Many of these McMansions are built to look castle-like with (fake) stonework, quoins and in some rare cases, battlements. I have not seen a moat yet.
Anyway, my comment to these styles is, “that’s stupid”. The construction of these houses isn’t enough to stop a normal burglar or home invader, much less a siege engine. If you’re into paranoia about your house, look into survivalist architecture. If that isn’t yet a thing, I expect it to be made one to fill the perceived need.
I wonder if @legallysociable has any thoughts on this?
On the way to work for a couple of weeks I noticed a decent diameter tree, maybe 30 cm, fallen across some non-electric lines. I think they were cable or telephone. Unfortunately, I don’t remember ever learning how you are supposed to report these things. They aren’t in an obvious municipality, so I can’t just go to the local DPW and tell them.
What I wish is that 8-1-1 wasn’t just utility marking, but a general utility number for things like downed lines (well, maybe that is covered by 9-1-1), trees in lines, service outages and similar matters. Currently you have to call the local utilities special number, which is hard to remember. It’s also hard to find out when you’re in the middle of nowhere and see something like this.
Not only are they ridiculously long, they are completely meaningless to the end user trying to parse them. Don’t think that website users don’t look at URLs. We are not in the age of “AOL Keywords” or similar dumbed down URIs and indecipherable strings like this are ugly and distracting.
I was applying for a position to a company that uses PeopleClick for HR software. Here is a screenshot of part of the application, showing the information they wanted about me:
Look closely at that middle block of blue text. It wants, in this order, my:
State or Province
Address 1 evidently means “number and street”, which could be stated less confusingly. Anyway, all of this is reasonable to ask for from an applicant, but consider what it looks like:
123 Main Street
Why did they put the Email address field in the middle of the postal address? No other HR software that I’ve seen or used does this. People naturally are used to entering their mail address in a complete series. Putting Email in after street address is asking for confusion and messed up applications.
I have one fear when I see this: That this is a deliberate trick to try and weed people out. I hate those, especially when they appear in things that should be aboveboard, like HR forms.