tag:tylerregas.com,2013:/posts TYLER|REGAS|COM 2017-09-14T15:11:27Z Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1191197 2017-09-14T15:10:16Z 2017-09-14T15:11:27Z Jony Ive's Innovation-Free Apple

Welcome to the brave new world of DESIGN OVER FUNCTION that Jonny Johnnee Jony Ive guy has crafted at Post Jobs Apple where a glass sandwich costs you $1,000 and you must pay for the privilege of using your purchased media in their walled garden. During Apple's unveiling of "One more thing" in the shiny new Steve Jobs Theater on the shiny new Cupertino campus, Craig Federighi tried to use Face ID to unlock the demo phone. It didn't work. Today in The Guardian, there's a convenient PR piece explaining why. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1188540 2017-09-03T15:57:37Z 2017-09-03T16:19:01Z Damn You, Walter Becker

Why'd you have to go and die, man. I get the news this morning from Rima via Telegram. I can't believe it, but it's true. So many people have passed in the last few years, it brings mortality into sharp, unpleasant focus. Since it would be ridiculous for me to suggest that you haven't heard Steely Dan, go ahead and have a fresh listen to an old friend, the Dan's Gaucho, my personal favorite (if you deem valuations based on tenths of a degree valid, otherwise ALL Dan records are my favorite). 

Steely Dan was really two bands. One was the studio iteration where Becker and Fagen crafted their amazingly textured albums, staffed with a never-ending assemblage of guest artists from all walks of music. The other was the band they ran for live shows. It would be easy to misunderstand that the two are not one in the same. I guess you could say that the live band played covers of their own music. I don't mean that as an insult. The albums are individual works of musical art, impossible to replicate live, even for Becker and Fagen. 

I am near tears as I write this, but my very first album ever was Can't Buy A Thrill and I have loved, adored, and revered Steely Dan every day of my life ever since. 

Much love to you for all you have ever given me, Walter. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1178650 2017-07-30T18:31:14Z 2017-07-30T18:31:15Z Some Overwatch hoonery

Lo and behold!! Overwatch has a newly enhanced Highlights feature which lets players capture them instead of being the ephemeral pieces of shyte they were before. Here, then, is a selection. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1165675 2017-06-20T04:59:13Z 2017-06-20T04:59:13Z The multiplicity of the selfie

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1165103 2017-06-18T18:26:46Z 2017-06-18T18:27:42Z How to stop the iTunes interface sound effects

Ah. Touch screens. They are wondrous, are they not? Then you install iTunes and every time you do anything, you are rewarded by this annoying "pshwip" sound. TL;DR, it's the Page Load Complete sound for iTunes and it apparently activates when it detects any services running that might be used by differently abled peeps. If you don't need it, though, it's really, REALLY annoying. Here's how to turn it off. 

  1. Get to the Windows desktop so you can see the Task Bar (all versions, same thing)
  2. Find the little speaker icon just left of your clock and RIGHT CLICK
  3. Select the SOUNDS option, you'll see the following

See that Page Load Complete item? Select it and pick [NONE] from the picker, then click OK (or Apply and OK if you roll that way*). That's it. Your long, National nightmare will be over... most likely. I guarantee nothing. 

* for the record, clicking OK in a Windows dialog that also includes an Apply button implies the application of settings changes. The Apply button is there in case you want to see the changes before finalizing, that way you don't have to keep opening the settings over and over and over again. 
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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1164816 2017-06-17T16:43:11Z 2017-06-17T16:43:11Z Why rideshare referrals are bad business

Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are quite popular these days, supplanting taxis, having to own a car, or just getting rides from friends and family. The extraordinary number of people contracting themselves out to these services is also a testament to how broken our economy is, but that's fodder for another article. All I'm here for today is to tell you why it's bad business to cash in on referrals from these companies. It's actually rather simple. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1163888 2017-06-14T16:44:33Z 2017-06-14T16:44:33Z Schadenfreude and politics don't mix


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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1162841 2017-06-11T19:58:52Z 2017-06-11T22:00:50Z Wonder Woman? Meh.

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So, I've seen Wonder Woman now. As was common in the Golden Age of comics, there's a lot of cannibalism. WW effectively is DC's Captain America, complete with a cadre of hardened war vets with distinct personalities, even a Scot with a funny hat. That, however, is NOT why I ultimately didn't like WW. It starts simply enough (don't worry, no significant spoilers).

The Black nanny.

Does anyone in Hollywood know what's going on? We're having a lot of issues with all kind of civil rights things, like trying not to marginalize Black people!? The top of the film features a young Diana Prince (she gets the last name later) running, only to find that she's run away from her Black mammy. Oh please. Diana is white. The Queen is white. Most talking parts are white, though there's one "senator" who gets, what, five words? Then there are issues with the special effects.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1161413 2017-06-09T18:03:23Z 2017-06-09T19:38:10Z Apple has jumped the shark

It wasn't long ago that you couldn't walk down the street without tripping over some new Apple rumor or buzz over the latest and greatest Apple gear. Now, it's all about the white noise we hear from the tech industry as a whole. Are we living in a politics-style news bubble, is Microsoft beating Apple at their own game, or does the Cupertino megalith have something up its sleeve that would make the ghost of Steve Jobs giggle.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1156332 2017-05-22T18:05:22Z 2017-05-22T18:05:22Z Why outrage doesn't matter anymore

Here's the thing. We, as Americans, have lost the ability to lash indignant hellfire at those who violate our collective sensibilities. Cops outright murder Black people almost every day, and we get mad, but nothing changes. Our politicians lie, cheat, steal, and send dick pics to minors, and we get mad, but nothing changes. Companies like Facebook, Google, Uber, the entire oil industry, the entire pharmaceutical industry, the medical establishment sell each of us for $12 a year, tricks hundreds of thousands of people into indentured servitude, skirt the law with impunity, and price gouge with lip-licking voraciousness, and nothing changes. Banks, housing, dialysis, the battle for a living wage, the death of education, the abandonment of the separation of church and state, and much, much more is killing us all every day.

And nothing changes.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1149670 2017-04-28T19:21:40Z 2017-04-29T01:45:38Z America's Ghost in the Shell really sucks

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1145880 2017-04-12T07:56:38Z 2017-04-12T07:56:38Z How Pixar killed traditional animation

It's hard not to think of Pixar and, by extension Apple, as amazing American institutions built by the astonishing, guiding hand of the late Steve Jobs. Pixar, after all, has churned out a steady stream of box office smashes, with the occasional stumble. Yet, at the same time, Pixar has become a cancer that has infected the Western World's lauded history of traditional, hand-drawn animation like an invasive species. We are paying a very steep price for Pixar's success today, and for the foreseeable future. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144325 2017-04-06T05:43:52Z 2017-04-06T05:44:24Z How to get Windows 10 Creators Update early

The awesome thing is that you don't have to use any wonky, pre-release utility. Just run the Windows 10 Update​ Assistant, let it update itself, and you should see the option to install build 15063.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144261 2017-04-05T21:46:19Z 2017-04-06T05:44:28Z Invasive Invader Zim Invades Earth? Again??!!

Oh, GOD yes! This is AWESOME news!! Jhonen Vasquez is helming a 90 minute Invader Zim TV movie to air later this year. Here's the mostly video-free teaser.


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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1144015 2017-04-05T00:43:22Z 2017-04-06T05:44:32Z Disney, Stop Ruining Animated Classics

So, I watched Beauty & The Beast (2017) last night. Wow. Just SUPER wow, and not for the reasons you might think. It's a dud. A flop. I hate it. The entire opening musical sequence, so full of life and deeply engaging in the animated feature, is dead, limp, and lifeless. Everything after that is a disjointed, misshapen mutation of the brilliant, reinvigorating, emotional feature-length animated version from 1991.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1140864 2017-03-22T21:40:35Z 2017-04-08T17:05:20Z Salted Wounds: The Ultimate Fuck You

I've talked about this before. I don't talk about being homeless a lot. It's painful, living in hotels for two and a half years. It's a short story if I leave out a lot of the detail. Two and a half years ago, around Christmas, we were evicted from our apartment in Mission Viejo because my publisher sat on their asses getting my advance check to me for my book, Getting An IT Help Desk Job For Dummies (available on Amazon, cheap plug). I worked my ass off to finish that book. 330 pages in three months. They didn't care. Companies don't care, so we were screwed. We figured we'd be out for a month or two then find a new place.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1140815 2017-03-22T19:19:33Z 2017-04-06T05:44:42Z Damon's The Great Wall isn't so bad

You know, if more Americans watched Chinese movies, they might understand films like The Great Wall better. I'm more of a Japanophile myself, but I watch a good number of Chinese epics. Netflix is loaded with them, and some of them are quite good.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1139923 2017-03-19T09:20:57Z 2017-03-19T09:21:47Z Why Pharah Sucks

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Pharah. That flying rat. The one and only flying hero in Overwatch, is the single most annoying hero of the bunch. Nobody else can fly. Mercy can glide and Winston can jump really far, but no other hero has flight capability like Pharah, which makes her suck. Pharah's missiles are also quite lethal, which means anyone playing her who is even vaguely good at twitch games can do a load of damage, and it's very difficult to counter her.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1139554 2017-03-17T20:34:58Z 2017-03-17T20:48:04Z Overwatch is addicting

When I first saw gameplay video of Blizzard's co-op FPS Overwatch, I had thots:

"This is a clone of TF2."

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1137469 2017-03-10T07:03:05Z 2017-03-17T20:35:16Z Video for AHA ]]> Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118401 2016-12-26T23:38:38Z 2016-12-26T23:38:38Z The future face of computing

You might not have noticed, since you’re most likely looking at your smartphone, but a significant amount of time people spend on the internet is through a mobile device, dominantly said smartphone. We’ve got some nifty charts lined up from ComScore so you can see just how much.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118393 2016-12-26T23:30:33Z 2016-12-26T23:30:52Z I’ll Disable My Ad Blocker When You Stop Exploiting Me On January 8th, ExtremeTech published a piece about Forbes forcing users to disable their ad blockers in order to see any content, and guess what happened. Malware. ]]> Tyler Regas tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118390 2016-12-26T23:26:11Z 2016-12-26T23:26:11Z Support reasonable regulation of the vaping industry

I was a smoker of 30+ years. I smoked a pack a day and, for a few years, I smoked two packs a day. Almost two and a half years ago, I tried an e-cigarette and I stopped smoking and started vaping. Millions of smokers try to quit every year and fail. They try patches and gum and drugs, but none of it works effectively. Electronic cigarettes, however, have been exceedingly effective in smoking cessation. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to regulate e-cigs and I’m not keen on kids getting into vaping because of the candy-flavored juices, but that’s no reason to let a small group of puritanical zealots smash the one industry that smokers can count on to quit into little bits. After all, you don’t use a sledge hammer to put in a thumb tack. If anything, the e-cig industry has been looking for regulation, but you have to understand vaping is NOT smoking. You can’t just apply the same laws that are applied to cigarettes.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1118386 2016-12-26T23:18:29Z 2016-12-26T23:18:29Z Moving away from WordPress

I know, right. Seems insane, but it's true. It's been coming for some time now, but recent life events have moved up the time table, so I'm somewhat caught starting over again and being relieved that I've moved on. First of all, there's almost nothing wrong with WordPress. It's a fine platform and I've dedicated many years to knowing it inside and out (as much as any non-developer can, of course). I'm just done with it's unnecessary complexity and... lack of certain things.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1115504 2016-12-19T03:54:48Z 2017-03-21T00:28:23Z In Defence of The Grand Tour

Granted, I'm not entirely in love with the first season of Amazon's highly anticipated Clarkson, Hammond, and May vehicle (that's a pun), The Grand Tour, but it needs to breathe (that's a wine reference) somewhat before it starts to shine.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1039505 2016-04-23T19:39:25Z 2017-03-21T04:25:27Z Road Journals #1

Day 1: Welcome To Uber, n00b

Went online and hung out near John Wayne. Within five minutes my phone started buzzing. I accepted the ride and was surprised to discover that I was being directed to the North side of the airport. I picked up my fare at a private building, likely a jet charter. It turns out that the destination was in Beverly Hills, 45 miles North. I asked her if the temperature was acceptable and offered her a charger for her phone. She had an iPhone, and I hadn't picked up a thunderbolt cable yet. She had her own, which I connected, and she thanked me. The rest of the trip was silent.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1014974 2016-03-16T22:55:20Z 2017-03-21T04:25:41Z The stupid way to delete all photos from your dumb iPhone

So, I gave up on Apple a few years ago and have no ragerts. Apple has simply lost the thread of late and Microsoft is the real innovator these days. For the record, Windows 10 is the bomb and is far more functional than Mac OS X. Regardless of my enthusiasm, however, my wife Rima still insists on using her dumb ass iPhone 5s and it's admittedly sweet 8MP camera. She takes a lot of images, and that takes up a lot of room. She needed to archive the images she had taken and make room for a few thousand more. 

But, ahem... iOS only lets you delete images one at a time, or a bunch, but you have to select them manually. One. at. a. time. How annoying, and terrible UI/UX design. Jesus, Apple, I thought you guys were supposed to be awesome at this. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1012064 2016-03-11T22:39:42Z 2017-03-21T04:25:56Z Hotels. The road to homelessness.

I wanted to write about Slack and my new project, The Human Family Foundation, but I landed on my admin page and was smacked in the face by my reality. 

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1008090 2016-03-06T08:42:26Z 2017-03-21T04:26:08Z Coals on the inside

Emotionally, I’m about as drained as one can be, without simply keeling over dead. Spending day after day after day just being little more than alive, constantly searching for a solution that cost more than my heart can afford, is like a desiccant for my... me. I have these little fires in me somewhere, but I can never quite track them down. I know they’re burning and sometimes, on good days, I can even see a wisp or two of smoke, but then it’s gone. If I could just find one, I’d stoke the flames as high as I could.

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tag:tylerregas.com,2013:Post/1007321 2016-03-04T22:46:21Z 2017-03-21T04:26:21Z Homelessness | Two days until zero hour

On Monday morning, we'll need to check out of our hotel. That's significant because, after that, we don't currently have another place to go, though not for any lack of trying. Ever since I got my job at Mirantis a few years ago, and lost it a few months later due to a big shakeup in their ranks, I have been unable to find work. That leaves us on a fixed income of a few hundred short of $3,000. Considering the Extended Stay America we're about to end our relationship with costs us just short of $100 a night, the math isn't difficult to understand. Of course, we need the kitchen that the hotel provides, or our daughter would get sick all the time. She has terrible food allergies, which basically means she can't eat much of anything. 

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