Re: What? Why?
Google Messages (SMS/text app) can run a session in a web browser for that use case. Life changing.
17 posts • joined 30 Oct 2018
Why should a device not support different interfaces? I use a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard with my phone all the time, have done for years. I hate typing (and copy/pasting) on glass, and Android has the support baked in. Much easier for bashing out a text or whatever when I am at my desk. The Microsoft apps support it really nicely too on Android - all the common keyboard shortcuts work too.
Many moons ago when travel was still a thing, I had the misfortune to travel from Reading to Heathrow on a bus. The bus started in Reading, so when I boarded the engine wasn't running. When the (bus) driver started the engine a large screen at the front powered up, and I was pleased to see a Linux boot sequence commence. It was clearly quite a slow system, because the boot took quite some time to complete. I found myself speculating what this was going to show. Traffic conditions? Flight terminal and gate number information? Weather? Eventually the boot completed, and some window manager kicked off. At the end of this, the screen simply said "Fasten Seat Belt" - and it stayed like that for the rest of the journey. I found the while experience quite depressing.
The Nectar app recently told me the top three items (by count, not value) that I apparently purchased in Sainsbury's in 2019 under the heading "What did your 2019 Taste Like?". Don't often shop there, so I think the data looks to be a little bit suspect. At number 3, Cucumbers. Number 2 is Grapefruit Juice (not from concentrate, don't you know). And proudly occupying the number 1 slot is Cat Litter Tray Liners. Yummy.
In the 80s (yikes), I was in a lab with some networked HP machines connected to assorted measuring equipment over HP-IB. But I digress. The network "printer" was a repurposed Teletype Model 43, placed right beside the single lab telephone (a GP0 700 series). I wrote HP BASIC program to stream BEL characters to the printer and make it ring like a telephone. Amazing how many people I could get to stand up and walk over to the phone to answer it. What fun.
Re: The engines on the 737 MAX series were moved slightly forward and up to maintain the necessary ground clearance. (ever wondered why the engines have flatted bottoms on the nacelle)
Why did Boing persist with developing and stretching the low-slung 737? The longer and then more modern 757 had much better ground clearance. The competing A320 also has better clearance, with no need for squashed nacelles or engines mounted fore and up. This to me seems the be the central problem here.
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