I’m working on a mobile version of this website (alvinalexander.com), so I just took a few moments to look at the number of mobile users who visit here. Once I saw that number, I decided to look at one of my other websites, OneMansAlaska.com, as a point of comparison. Here’s what I saw (data via Google Analytics):

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.” ~ Leonard Nimoy

The image shown is from the end of this New Yorker interview with Apple’s Jonathan Ive. If you’ve followed my blog here, you know that I’m interested in design (and wrote this article on how to design products you love), so I read a lot about Jonathan Ive and other designers like Dieter Rams. On the burnout thing, I know I felt that back in 2007. In May of 2007 I was ready to never work again, but by the end of August I was ready to get back to it. Sometimes you just need a break to reboot.

In this Telegraph article, Tim Cook reveals what the Apple Watch may be good for: “I’m now so used to getting all my notifications and all my messages.” He also adds, “This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason, perhaps for browsing, but then found out that they loved it for all sorts of other reasons.” I haven’t worn a watch since the 1990s, so I’m curious to see how this turns out.

“People think it’s this veneer -- that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” ~ Steve Jobs

A baby and a husky having a conversation in a hally:

I love the optimistic attitude of people in and around Boulder, Colorado. We may get 22” of snow in the next few days, but the swimming pool is still open.

I’ve been working on an Android app that uses a navigation drawer, and uses fragments for each item in the drawer that you tap on. One of the items in the nav drawer is a “Preferences” item, so when I tap on that item, I run the following code from my nav drawer code:

Here’s a short example of how to use an Intent to launch an Android Activity, while also adding some data (an “extra”) to the activity-launching process:

In a survey of over 3,000 readers, 9to5Mac reports that 60% of their readers would trade a thicker iPhone to help improve battery life.

My favorite song of the last few weeks is Iris, by the Goo Goo Dolls:

The following Java source code shows how to determine the screen size (dimensions) of the Android device your application is running on:

This is a collection of notes about what I learned today, February 23, 2015. Most of it is about Android.

I need to refresh my cursor data set before calling notifyDataSetChanged

When (a) adding, editing, or deleting items in a ListView and (b) using a CursorAdapter, I need to update my cursor object before calling notifyDataSetChanged. I created this method, which I call from my fragment’s onResume method:

“I use the term ‘force multiplier.’ The people in the group that make them better. He absolutely fits into that category. –- on reliever Jason Motte, from theories taken from a Colin Powell book. (Quote from this espn page.)

If you have a problem with your Apple Car, do you take it to the Apple Store to have a Genius fix it?

The comment shown from this FastCompany article seems to imply that either the Apple Watch is slow, or navigation is slow. “This doesn’t happen in seconds” doesn’t sound good.

From a translation of the Tao Te Ching:

The master, by residing in the Tao (the Way),
sets an example for all beings.

Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.

Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.

People interested in consulting would be wise to remember that last stanza.

This page has a nice collection of mostly handwritten logos (handwriting and fake handwriting).

Games Without Frontiers, released in 1980, is an interesting song. It begins with words that sound like, “She’s so popular,” but songfacts states that those words are actually, “Jeux Sans Frontières,” which is French for “Games Without Frontiers.” This information comes from Wikipedia: “The song’s title refers to Jeux Sans Frontières, a long-running TV show broadcast in several European countries, in which teams of residents representing a town in one of the participating countries would compete in games of skill while frequently dressed in bizarre costumes. The British version was titled It’s a Knockout, which Gabriel references in the lyrics. The lyrics themselves are an allegory of the childish antics of adults.”

Here’s the video on YouTube: