So I’m laying here in the loft of the sportsmobile pop-top of my camper van. I have spent the whole day up here having a completely lazy day, watching movies on my iPad and looking out the plastic windows enjoying and appreciating the beautiful scenery all around me. (I mean, who knew…? Nebraska?!). I just finished watching “The Dressmaker“ and holy sh*t. I had no idea. The trailers did not do this movie justice. I mean… I expected it to be average like most every other movie I see… But no. I already said “holy sh*t“, right? Yeah. So… um… It’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I am completely surprised and shocked and saddened and humbled and proud… and a bunch of other feelings I have no words for. I had no idea. Why isn’t everybody talking about this movie? Was everybody talking about it when it came out a few years ago? Where was I? Has everyone seen this movie? If you’re reading this and you have not seen this movie, go by the DVD, watch it on Amazon Prime, buy it from Vudu or Movies Anywhere or rent it from wherever you buy or rent your digital movies- Just get it and watch it. I insist.
Just kicking back in my camper van waiting for @papajohns to be delivered and start a movie on my computer. #VanLife #LiveBeforeYouDie
If I may… I’m an #AppleFanBoy and a #GoogleNut too. I also like random other software (remember “Lindows” or “LinSpire”? Anyway, I have liked them all because I love watching these software companies make their stuff work. Except AT&T’s @DirecTVNow that will only play in the Chome Browser, no matter what computer or operating system you have. #LameAndStupid. Anyway… So here @Apple releases 2 new iPhones just a few weeks (months?) back. Well, the 8 and 8Plus are the standard move forward from last years 7 and 7Plus (no “S” this year kids, play catch-up like Apple and just skip one). Well, as it turns out, developers- a lot of them have to have 2 versions of their software to accommodate the 6, 7, 8 separate from the X. Here’s why: That damn tab at the top of the full-frontal. Apple even had to tweak it’s iOS so that things that normally went across the top of the screen would now sit on the left and right of the tab as to not get lost in it. Which brings me back to the other developers. So, Google jumped on making accommodations for the X’s tab. If you’re watching @YouTube on your phone, you’re doing it in landscape mode. So they made quick changes that would recognize when an X was calling for their data. They simply move (not crop) the video fully intact to the right of the starting point on the left side of the X’s screen in landscape mode. So their videos don’t have a tab of video missing. They got it right. Yes, it does look a little weird that the whole screen isn’t being used, but would you rather a partial piece of the left side of your video just not show?
So I thought, what about gamers? What if there is something critical that would normally be on that part of the left side of the screen, where that damn tab is? What if there was a button or easter egg or something that the user couldn’t access because they couldn’t SEE it. So, because I had nothing better to do, I looked for a few examples of how that damn tab could get in the way when code is not written in its consideration. The following screenshots are perfect examples (like me naked). There are literally hundreds of developers having to tweak their code to get their stuff looking right on the X.
You know who did it right (and why I just bought an iPhone 6S Plus instead of the X)? Samsung. That f*cking @Samsung did it right. Their new S8 and Note got the full-frontal right… Take a look at these screenshots.
I thought something would be worked out by now, but it looks like the folks that did this to you aren’t going to un-f*ck you.
You will be missed. RIP.
I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who has followed this blog- through all its evolutions since I started it in 2003. As of Friday, September 8th 2017, VocalVirgo.com has had 100,000,000 unique visitors! That’s a great feeling for a non-celebrity, irrelevant guy like me ;-)! Thanks!
I hope to keep evolving and be given the opportunity to keep sharing and entertaining!
With Love, @VocalVirgo
…that the Amazon Fire Phone would come back, and that Amazon would make a cloud-based laptop ala Chromebook running FireOS? How great would that be?