Today may be a day full of writing. Part of this week was spent traveling to Table Rock Lake. I’m not really one for enjoying the full lake experience. That is probably not going to change any time soon. It took me a long time to get used to writing on a Chromebook.
I’m pretty comfortable writing on my ASUS Flip C100PA Chromebook. It is possible that at some point I’ll make the switch up to the ASUS Flip C302CA. For a couple of weeks it seemed like I was going to end up buying the Samsung Chromebook Pro. The purchase was very close to happening. I actually got one preordered on on Amazon. Strangely, it did not ship and during the delay I elected to actually just stay with my C100PA for a little bit longer.
The keyboard has a little bit of travel. Typing for a long period of time can work out ok, but the keyboard does not have any backlights. I do not really need lights on my keyboard, but it always does seem to be something that I look for as a feature.
Today was the first day I gave streaming video no my cell phone a try. The YouTube gaming application allows streaming in 720P. It was pretty easy to accomplish. My first effort did not have enough bandwidth to work correctly. The stream kept freezing and was pretty much unwatchable. However, the second attempt at a live stream worked out ok. I must have had enough bandwidth to make it happen.
Streaming video is interesting. Without question the written word will stand the test of time. Our video quality today will probably be obsolete within a few years. Things will probably be changing significantly over the next 5 years. Both video and images will end up being an immersive experience. It could end up having a certain degree of depth, a higher quality level, and views that span from 360 degree to spherical.
Within the next 5 years the experience will probably still be from a single point of view. It will be from a single point in time and from a single place. The big push would be to have an immersive experience that does not conform to a fixed point in time or where the point of view can be moved around.
Imagine taking a hike and being able to record video in a way that somebody can retrace your steps within the video, but elect to look a different way or change the progression of time to accelerate a sunset.
It seems like a long time ago that I wrote on a Sony VAIO Laptop VGN-T250P. Some of that writing happened back in Boulder, Colorado. That seems like a long time ago. It was a much simpler time. That little laptop worked well enough. Processing power did not really stand out. Portability and the oddly cramped keyboard are the things that I remember most about it. The device was not revolutionary, but I do remember it. Over the years I have had a few laptops. Both cell phones and laptops are something that seems to get updated every few years. My latest writing system happens to be an ASUS Flip C100P. The keyboard does not have enough travel, but you get used to using it after some time.
I’m gearing up for the 4th of July tomorrow. You could probably say that I have been slightly under the weather recently. It seems to be a rare summer cold or maybe just a bug of some type. Things like that tend to wipe me out for a little bit.
Learning how to use Twitter took me longer than I expected. For the last couple of weeks, I have been using Twitter to share links to articles that I enjoyed reading. That seems to be a great use of Twitter. It has been working out pretty well. Sharing links is pretty easy to do and is something that I will continue to do moving forward.
My research interests have pivoted almost exclusively to artificial intelligence. That may be a topic that is still developing, but it has enough occuring to keep me busy for years. I have contemplated developing a weekly artificial intelligence recap show on YouTube. That may be something that I give a try here soon. Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll give it a shot.
It appears the build from the Google Recovery Utility has stabilized my Chromebook. Dealing with constant reboots over the last few days has been highly frustrating. This weekend things have been better. Overall the Google Recovery Utility was easy enough to use. It worked well enough to get me back up and running. Getting back in the habit of daily writing had to happen eventually. In each moment we make a choice. That choice can help to push things forward.
Chromebooks are fun up until a point. For me that point was when it started rebooting at random. You can start removing extensions and format the device. Naturally, my thoughts turned to buying the new ASUS Flip 2 model C302CA. It looks like a solid replacement plan. That strategy does not really solve the core problem that my Chromebook software failed. Maybe something has been added that will always produce that result after login. It could be the type of error that will just follow you from device to device.
This current run is the longest my Chromebook has gone without rebooting. I switched to using the standalone Docs application. It seems to have helped bolster device stability.
Chromebook troubleshooting steps taken to recovery from a fault condition where a restart loop was occurring during Chrome tab/internet usage.
1. All Google Chrome extensions were deleted from the browser. This step did not yield any positive results. The Chromebook would boot, but during any web browsing the device would reset.
2. Settings → Show advanced → Reset Settings. This step was easy to accomplish. It did not help the rebooting condition.
3. Settings → Show advanced → Powerwash. The last of the basic troubleshooting steps for a Chromebook involved a powerwash. It was easy to delete the extensions, reset all the settings, and to power wash the device. None of those steps help stop the Chromebook from randomly rebooting after any web browsing.
4. Chromebook Recovery Utility (from a Windows box) media. This step required the use of my Windows 10 computer. I loaded the Chromebook Recovery Utility from my Chrome browser. It was easy to install the recovery files on a 4GB USB stick. That seems to have done the trick.
I’m trying to figure out a reasonable method of editing video on a Chromebook. It might be easier to edit the video on my Google Pixel XL.
Online video streaming seems to a ubiquitous application feature. Bandwidth limitations used to slow down video usage on mobile devices. That barrier seems to have disappeared. Today it seemed like a good idea to give the new Twitter Go Live feature a try. It seems like pretty much every service has a go live feature these days. Over one hundred folks viewed a video of Peppercorn the dog sitting on the floor. I’m sure it was a true highlight.
Screen resolutions are very important. They dramatically change the user experience. Chromebooks resolutions seem to be designed somewhat different.
It seemed like a good idea to change the resolution on my ASUS Flip chromebook to 1440×900. I strongly prefer the 1200×800 resolution. The change lasted for a couple days. For the last few weeks I have been toying with the idea of getting a larger Chromebook. Obviously, that is not something that I need to purchase.
Weather in Colorado has turned cold. This is the season that I break out my sweater collection. It always seems like a good idea.
For the first time in a long time, I dropped my Bose headphones into my travel bag. Earbuds have dominated my mobile listening experience for the last couple of years. Making the switch was easy. It saved space and seemed to work just fine. I’m sure that the wireless headphones experience would probably change my preference. A ton of companies appear to be making wireless noise cancelling headphones. I’m sure some of them are very nice. I have carried an original pair of Bose acoustic noise cancelling headphones all over the nation. The pair I have still work just fine. I have worn them enough to have to replace the ear covers and the top bar is very worn.
I have noticed my YouTube viewing experience has changed recently. Most of the time I open YouTube and search something specific. Within that experience I treat YouTube like a search utility. I expect it to return some type of relevant search that will either teach me something or provide entertainment. Over the years, I have subscribed to a variety of channels. My subscription feed always has something to watch. The part of YouTube that seems to have changed is related to suggestions. My best guess is that the YouTube suggestion algorithm values relevance over time. Most of the things I subscribe to on YouTube involve an ongoing conversation. The newer content enhances that ongoing conversation. Suggesting content from months and years ago is not really the best user experience.
That pile of nonsense on my desk was no match for my extreme dedication yesterday. Page by page the pile was decimated. Focus can be a true gift. A gift easily squandered. Maybe it got wasted on a pile of mail or maybe that effort will pay dividends. It did open up space on my desk for new and exciting projects.
I spent about 20 minute yesterday watching videos about the Samsung Gear 360 VR camera. I’m not sure getting a Gear 360 and a self-stick are a reasonable path forward. My journey will probably always involve the written word. Sure the NelsCAST was an interesting foray into dissembling the intersection of technology and modernity. The few hundred folks that got to listen to that podcast were no doubt touched by greatness. I’m sure it was a positive note that will pay forward throughout their lives.
Electing to return to a video based medium would probably just involve a series of YouTube driven events. My weblog writing style has never really been as personal as some of the more active YouTube vlog authors. It could be that my life is not as interesting or that my ability to engage in active storytelling is somewhat lacking. That may be a question that never gets answered. It may be a question that echoes throughout the ages. Much like why the fajita burger never really became a huge thing during the heightening of burger recipes that has occurred over the last few years. One thing is for sure. We are watching the advent of VR content creation. Some of the technology is super expensive and some of it reasonably affordable.
Applications seem to rise out of nowhere. Some of them seem to fall with almost the same speed. People are at the root of both the rise and fall of applications. People come together for a variety of reasons. If you look closely around the various social spaces that exist, then you will locate communities of place, circumstance, and interest. Some of those communities can form and fade away quickly. Communities can form around concerts or sporting events. Those communities are highly fleeting. Other communities that are more permanent exist. Some of them may be so present in your everyday life that they are almost taken for granted. Communities related to applications seem to be some of the most fleeting.
Today was the first day that I really ran down the battery on my Google Pixel XL. The phone had to be charged about half way through the day. I recently downloaded Instagram. People have been using it forever. I spent part of the day looking at all the photos my friends have posted. Using the application to better understand it seemed like a good idea. My phone is littered with applications that have very small user bases. It always seems like a good idea to try them out. Loading a social based application only to find out that nobody you know uses it can be extremely frustrating. That is typically a sign that the application is either very new or has missed the boat.