Thoughts on Software Development by Richard George (firstname.lastname@example.org)
‘On [that] world,” [said Ford], “the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.’
‘Odd,’ said Arthur, ‘I thought you said it was a democracy?’
‘I did,’ said Ford, ‘It is.’
‘So,’ said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, ‘why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?’
‘It honestly doesn’t occur to them,’ said Ford. ‘They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.’
‘You mean they actually vote for the lizards?’
‘Oh yes,’ said Ford with a shrug, ‘of course.’
‘But,’ said Arthur, going for the big one again, ‘why?’
‘Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,’ said Ford, ‘the wrong lizard might get in.’
Under the 'M.P.V. System', however, no one person or voter has more than one effective vote for one office. No voter's vote can be counted more than once for the same candidate. In the final analysis, no voter is given greater weight in his or her vote over the vote of another voter, although to understand this does require a conceptual understanding of how the effect of a 'M.P.V. System' is like that of a run-off election. The form of majority preferential voting employed in the City of Ann Arbor's election of its Mayor does not violate the one-man, one-vote mandate nor does it deprive anyone of equal protection rights under the Michigan or United States Constitutions.
Now here's a test - I'm trying to touch-type this on my iPad in a coffee shop. I suspect I need to trust to the autocorrect feature!
These are a few of the ways I've found myself using the iPad recently.
Book (or bookshelf). ePub functionality's built in (iBooks) but it's pretty good on PDFs too, particularly if you add Goodreader.
Remote keyboard (yes, really - it's almost touch-typable, and I suspect with practice it'll get easier. Plus, for those occasions when you're not actually at the keyboard, you're probably not trying to type a great deal anyway). Touchpad's my current app of choice for this. The standard Apple iPad case puts the screen at a pretty good angle for this, or for TV/film/photo use the other way around.
Secondary monitor - Air Display seems to work for everything short of full-motion video.
Journal. Yes, you really can type fast enough on this for it to be useful. But you need to cut your fingernails short or it won't register some hits! Or use an external keyboard.
Meeting notes - it feels less invasive to use an iPad than a laptop in a meeting, and Soundpaper is excellent as it keeps an audio recording of the meeting that's synchronised to your notes. No more "but what did we agree!?!"
Of course there are also masses of games available for this thing, and things like Adobe Ideas are quite fun for doodling. Plus Twitter clients galore, Skype, and so on... And all the things I tend to use on the iPhone for language learning - dictionaries, flashcards etc
I'm sure I'll think of more later, but for now I'm quite pleased at how usable and versatile this thing is...
Ah, I've not mentioned web or email - presumably they go without saying, don't they?
(I've cleaned up a few typos in this on my laptop and added the app links in).
St John's Ambulance are running a series of ads about the importance of learning CPR/basic first aid at the moment, and how people die because of that lack of knowledge.
This is cutting a bit too close to me, because I saw it happen just over a week ago. Each time I see one of those ads, I get a chill.
I was on an SNCF TGV train at the start of my holiday. An announcement came over the tannoy: "If there is a doctor, or anyone with medical skills on board, please come to carriage 1 where a passenger is ill". TGVs are split in 2 (and the number often don't run in order). You can't get to 1 from where I was in 16. So I stayed where I was.
A few minutes later, another announcement: "Would anyone with medical skills please come to coach 11, not coach 1, as the passenger still requires assistance." That I could get to, so I went.
I found a cluster of guys around an elderly, unconcious man on the floor in the recovery position. I said "I'm not a doctor, but I'm a first aider. What happened?"
"He collapsed, so we put him in the position".
The recovery position is of no help to someone who's not breathing. I confirmed he wasn't, and started CPR.
To cut a long story short, it didn't work. Even when some sort of paramedic appeared from elsewhere on the train shortly after.
Would it have helped if I'd have got there earlier, or if the people nearby had known the limits and use of the recovery position, or how to perform CPR? I don't know.
But it might have.