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Commenter DaveHelps, on one of Paul Thurrott's posts:

I think Windows Phone as a whole is markedly superior to iOS and Android, and the improvements in 8.1, notably Cortana, are excellent. However: my experience of using a Lumia 520 running the dev preview of 8.1 as my main phone has been terrible, so I would think very carefully before choosing a 512MB phone for daily use.

Many apps take 3 attempts to load without crashing. Nokia Camera takes around 10 seconds to launch, if it launches at all. I have found myself manually closing apps several times a day but this does not appear to improve performance.

Can confirm. It takes me two minutes and several tries now, just to reply to someone on Skype. My phone didn't used to be nearly this slow.

The commenter goes on to suggest that this is because we're both using a developer preview OS, and the firmware hasn't been updated yet to support it. I am going to be much more careful about using and recommending "beta" quality software from now on, and am hoping that the Lumia Cyan firmware update will make my phone the awesome handheld computer it used to be.

In the meantime, please don't be surprised if it takes me awhile to respond or do stuff.

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This weekend was not fun, to the point where our laptop's hard drive failing last night is perhaps the least stressful thing that happened.

Fortunately, [personal profile] burning_ground just happened to have a spare laptop-sized hard drive in the same capacity laying around. >_>b And we haven't lost any data so far, that we know of, although we're frantically backing stuff up at the moment. Aaand we're going to see our psychiatrist today, and hopefully get drugged up to the gills to prevent this from happening again. The bad responses to triggers, I mean, not hard drive failure.

Also we just started playing in Pathfinder Society, since a friend offered us a ride back from the store, and while Kitsune characters are restricted to people with a signed permission slip (seriously wtf) we've arranged to trade with someone online to get one, and are going to be playing a Totally Not Korean "Kitsune" Lunar Oracle who may or may not like the taste of humanoid liver.

Also Kobo just launched their Windows Phone app. *glee*

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... that's what Cortana thought I said, when I tried to tell her to remind me about something at 1 PM on Thursday. She's usually a lot better at voice recognition, and I was giggling so hard at her repeating this aloud in her deadpan voice that it took me a minute to settle down enough to speak clearly again afterwards.

"You want me to remind you to: Porn him on Thursday. Is that correct?"

ANYWHO, our models survived transit to the games store and back! We put them each in their own plastic bag (Kaelyssa shared one with a myrmidon), wrapped those in socks, and put them into a box we were using for Magic cards. They fit nicely and stayed secure.

At the store, we met up with the guy who I'm pretty sure demoed Warmachine for Yuro and us a couple of years ago! Which, I recognized him by his models, not his face. We talked shop for a little while (I picked up a lot of good modeling pointers), and then proceeded to play about half of a game, much of which we spent relearning the rules and listening to him explain strategies we could use.

We had to leave early because of the bus schedules here, but it was fun! It was also interesting seeing the contrast between the Warmachine corner of the store, and the 40k players with models and gear sprawled out across whole tables. You can tell which game has been out longer, and has had wealthier fans.

We also tried out some kind of interesting furry deck-building game called 3012. Well, we and Yuro read the rules, anyway. We're going to come back to actually play it when we have the time. >_>b

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And not only is it still unnecessarily complicated, but the WordPress app for Windows Phone has ceased to exist. You can redownload it if you do a web search and find the actual page, but it doesn't show up in Store search, no longer mentions it in their "mobile app" section, and its former home page has been set to "private."

A couple people have asked what's going on, in the WordPress forums, but they either went unanswered or had someone basically tell them "lol you get what you pay for." And disavow all responsibility for it because it's open-source. Or something. Which doesn't make any sense.

I'd say Dreamwidth's looking better than ever right now. And if [personal profile] darael comes up with a decent API for the thing, like they've been talking about, that'll make the whole "Dreamwidth Windows Phone app" thing I've had in mind even better. Especially since the current API apparently doesn't support OAuth, meaning your app has to store people's passwords locally. -_-


Mar. 20th, 2014 10:43 am
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I finally completed my “C# for Absolute Beginners” course at the Microsoft Virtual Academy, and just a few lessons in to the Windows Phone for beginners course we’ve managed to successfully create and deploy our first Windows Phone app!

A screenshot of Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone in debug mode, for an application called 'PetSounds,' with the Windows Phone emulator visible in the foreground. On the emulator's screen is an app called 'MY APPLICATION,' with the words 'Page title' below that, and a single pink button marked 'quack.'
Yes, it's a soundboard with only one sound.

We had to tweak BIOS settings to do this >_o but the course and the one error message we got explained what to do pretty well. And after the work we did for GNOME, where we basically wrote code in Notepad and then ran it in a console window, we feel utterly spoiled by Visual Studio. The debug window and the emulator are cluttering it, here, but it’s actually been really easy to figure out and navigate, and it writes so much of the boilerplate code for us and automatically shows us what our app looks like while we’re working on it.

A screenshot of Visual Studio which looks much less cluttered. On the left-hand side is a pane showing the application's layout, and taking up most of the rest of the screen is a code editor showing the XAML for the layout's markup.
It's so pretty.

Here’s hoping we’ll have more to show you all soon!


Mar. 10th, 2014 08:34 pm
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The peach blossoms are in bloom, and the city-states of Eorzea are decorated for the event! But the cutest "decorations" are the birds everywhere, including one that has Moogle eyes and whiskers and a pom-pom. :3

We made the below collage with an app on our Windows Phone! Also, that's our character there, with her collapsible mining pickaxe.

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We wrote our "conversion story" on a forum we signed up for recently, and thought it summed things up pretty nicely in case anyone here is interested in what we've used technology-wise (although it leaves out our history of tablets, game consoles, and one beat-up iBook). What, am I the only one with an obsessive interest in how people relate to their technology and what that says about them?

Behind cut! )

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Yuro brought home a loaf of banana bread when they came back from visiting family of origin over Christmas. We ate a slice a few days ago, and immediately came down with traveler's sickness. >_o Ever since we've felt nauseous, especially in the evenings.

We're trying to take probiotics to help. In the meantime, we're still feeling kind of overwhelmed and having a hard time finding the time to check on Dreamwidth. We try to invest a lot of ourself in reading, writing, and replying, since the people here are important to us. So we paradoxically end up just setting it aside when we don't feel like we have the spoons to manage.

On top of that, it's a lot quicker to get feedback on something if we share it on Skype, partly because we suspect everyone else doesn't check here all that often either.

One thing I think might help in breaking that habit is setting up email posting, especially on our phone. We also still have a dream of writing a Windows Phone app. A few months in, we still love our Lumia 520 -- they're currently $59 on the Microsoft Store, with no contract, and make excellent MP3 players and portable game consoles. Especially with all the exclusive games.

(I think part of the reason we're gushing about them is to make up for telling people to buy Android stuff when it gave us so many problems, and caused frustrations which made living with disability worse.)

Anyway, um ... yeah. We're not ignoring you all, sorry. >_>

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I'm going to try to keep this concise and nontechnical, and explain why I think everyone -- especially people who don't have a lot of time, money, or spoons, and who aren't as interested in fiddling with their smartphones as I am -- should consider a Windows Phone in general, and the one that I got in particular.

Cut for length and for lots of pictures. )

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That's the way Free Software idealists say software development should work. You get everything for free in Linux, including the code. If you don't like how something works, you change it and "submit your patch upstream," thus incorporating it into the whole. That way everyone benefits from everyone's creativity.

The problem is, this disenfranchises everyone who doesn't have both the technical ability to do that, and the social standing to be allowed to do that. Which means the Linux world is, and always has been, just a playground for technically proficient people who meet a particular demographic profile, and who keep making changes that affect everyone without consulting the people affected.

The only way to have your interests represented is to be part of the in-group, which means being a white cismale with unusual technical skills and enough money and free time to work on this stuff without pay. That, or a job that lets you get paid for it.

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