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Connector designers need to think of users!
Who was the idiot who designed USB ports so you can never tell which way the plug goes without trying it both ways?
That isn't the only poorly-designed plug and port, of course. Before that was the 110-volt AC wide and narrow prong. You can look at those if there's light to see, but it's AC, after all, and which prong is which doesn't matter most of the time.
Then there's the mini-USB in multiple incompatible sizes. Many of those only insert one way, too.
Finally, newer phones have an either-way feature, but they also easily wear out or get dirty, leaving the phone to complain about it. Someone needs to standardise connectors and make them less flimsy.
Want to know what your character is worth? JUST ASCII !
Every character has its numerical code. It's handy to know when programming, reading files in a hex editor, or when a key breaks. If your B won't be, just hold down ALT and enter 66 on the number-pad (with num-lock on of course). When you let up ALT, you should have a B. If you wanted a b, not a B, make it 98, which is 66+32. Have fun.
Texting by phone is a handy way to communicate. There are browser apps you can use to message from your computer or tablet, so you don't have to type on the tiny phone screen. One called MySMS works reasonably well for that, but I discovered an independent system called TELEGRAM. There's an app for your phone, your tablet, and your computer desktop (Windows, Apple, or Linux). It works better than plain phone-texting, though both parties need to have it installed. It can also be used to send files betweens phones and computers, your own or someone else's. It's free to download and use.
Telegram is also known for its extended group-chat functions, often used to stay private from government surveilance, but I don't need that. It's great for one-on-one messages, with a fun variety of animated gifs you can add.
In time, the culmination of the Age of Computers will become fully realized. Intelligence equal to the human mind, and without human irrationality, is rapidly being approached. It may arrive just in time to save us from our human leaders.
ATARI 8-BIT COMPUTERS
--hardware and programming info for the best computer of its time.
Skinning MSN Messenger
FREE RATBYTES PROGRAMS
Free software is our BASIC right--here are my contributions.
Is the best, most lasting, and most enjoyable way to quit smoking.
DENTISTRY WITH SUPERGLUE
--a guide to tooth repair for the non-wealthy who can't afford greedy overpriced dentists
INVENTIVE IDEAS AND INFORMATION
FART FILTERS Fart to your heart's content through activated-charcoal underwear! There's even a thong model, and one designed for dogs.
Cosmic Cartop Carrier Carry truck-loads on your car!
RESTROOM KEY ANTI-LOSS DEVICE
My own design. Instructions and Documenration
PHOENIX AREA PHREQUENCIES
Listen to the government spend your money. Why is that chopper overhead? Did your taxi get dispatched?
Understand what you hear on your police scanner
A Digital International Language
Based on numerical radio codes, a way to communicate in any language.
Some Computer opinions from the 1990's
br> AUTOMATIC DOOR CLOSER
and door indicator.
The perfect repair material, when duct tape won't quite do.
ONLINE AUTO DIAGNOSIS
Plug your car into the internet and fix it.
STEAM: BETTER, CLEANER CAR POWER:
Steam engines would mean high-performance, low-pollution and longer-lasting cars and trucks.
COMPRESSED AIR powered cars are now being developed as yet another solution.
ENHANCED SWAMP COOLING
More efficient evaporative cooling ideas.
I thought of it first. You can thank me for TIVO (You're welcome.)
Stop Wasting Energy-- Use a Solar/Wind Laundry Dryer.
GET IN HOT WATER
Solar waterheating on a budget, Rat style.
REMOTE CONTROL CONTROLLER:
If your remote is remote from you, you're out of control.
ROLL YOUR OWN TOBACCO Organizer
Beat high tobacco costs with less hassle.
THE PHYSICAL WORLD
THE COSMIC APPROACH
The home environment is made up of a few major items and thousands of seemingly insignificant things, any one of which can become an irritation if it is in an unknown place when you want it, in the way when you don't need it, or if it does not live up to its full potential when you use it. Many people are generally aware of this, but do not employ the effort and imagination to improve the situation.