Windows 11 Bluetooth Usability Crime Report

Windows 11 Bluetooth Usability Crime Report

The new settings interface is beautiful but untouched by any thought for how you might use it.

Like many people I have some bluetooth headphones that have an affinity for the last device they were connected to. Sometimes my laptop and sometimes my phone. I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm not unique in needing to switch the connection when needed.

On Android this involves a swipe, a long press and a short press. Not my favorite chore but not the end of the word.

With Windows 11 it's an adventure. I need to click the little up arrow to expand my collection of notification icons (yes, I could change that, but even that has got more tedious) and then double click the bluetooth icon. And then there is my device, with a pretty little icon and the last known (almost certainly wrong) battery level. Other than a random historical battery level there doesn't seem to be much to do. It turns out that you can click the tiny three dots at the far right of the device card and then finally there is a context menu that allows you to connect. The context menu has two items. This panel could have been 5% less attractive and 500% more usable with a couple of buttons. Also, would it be possible maybe to have this on the context menu for the taskbar icon?

Random googling suggests this might get better...

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Windows 11 Bluetooth Usability Crime Report #marketing #microsoft #bluetooth It takes far too many clicks to connect a bluetooth device to Windows 11, and the context menu to get there is nearly invisible. )

HBR on the Wrong Patent Reform

Patent Reform

The Harvard Business Review has a curious article this week by Paul R. Michel: Big Tech Has a Patent Violation Problem. The thrust of it is that we should not reform patent law to make it easier to invalidate patents because:

"If they succeed in weakening America’s intellectual property system, it could be devastating for thousands of small, innovative startups — with disastrous consequences for the economy as a whole."

Sounds bad, and attacking big tech is a great way to make you look like a populist. But as a small, innovative startup founder and worker I know that this is exactly the wrong way round. Google etc can easily afford to fend off patent litigation and deal with the consequences when a lawsuit occasionally breaks the wrong way. A fine after all is just a price. It's the startups that can't afford to fight off an infringement lawsuit, or pay to file a patent for every other line of code on the off chance that it could become a weapon one day.

So who is Paul R. Michel? HBR says:

"Paul R. Michel (Ret.) served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1988 to his retirement in 2010, and as its chief judge from 2004 to 2010."

But fails to disclose that he's currently listed as a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation and:

"Judge Michel also consults for law firms and their clients in intellectual property litigations, conducting moot courts, mock trials, case evaluations, editing briefs, advising on strategy and providing mediation and arbitration services."

Which doesn't mean that he shouldn't express his opinion in HBR but does color that opinion a little in my view. If nothing else the current system is an all you can eat buffet for IP lawyers.

HBR: please feel free to run this as a counter-argument, the best way to fix the patent system is to stop examining them altogether as I proposed nearly twelve years ago.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: HBR on the Wrong Patent Reform #politics #patents #google Paul R. Michel in the Harvard Business Review proposes maintaining the status quo on Patents. My suggestion is a little more radical... )

Book reviews for July 2022

Links for July 2022

Updated on Friday, July 29, 2022

One O'clock Gun

One O'clock Gun

Super slow motion video of the One O'clock Gun firing at Edinburgh Castle. This is a 105mm field gun fired startlingly over Edinburgh every day except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: One O'clock Gun #etc #video #gun The One O'clock Gun firing in super slow motion at Edinburgh Castle. A 105mm field gun fired almost every day over Edinburgh. )

Sunset #10

Sunset #10

Sunset from Harlech Beach in Wales, UK. A time lapse video.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Sunset #10 #timelapse #video #sunset Time lapse of sunset from Harlech Beach in Wales, United Kingdom. )

Snowdonia Milky Way Time Lapse

Snowdonia Milky Way Time Lapse

Completing a Llanbedr trilogy, a 4k timelapse of the Milky Way near Snowdonia National Park in Wales.

Snowdonia has a great reputation for dark skies. Unfortunately I'm only here around a full (super!) moon and in July when it's only dark for about 2 minutes. Given all that, some pretty impressive views after the moon sets. Shot over three nights on an A7C with the 20mm 1.8 G. Post processed in LRTimelapse and Lightroom.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Snowdonia Milky Way Time Lapse #timelapse #video #stars #4k 4K time lapse of stars and the Milky Way near Snowdonia National Park in Wales, UK. )

Meteor

Meteor

SONY ILCE-7C 20mm f1.8 10.0s ISO1600

Meteor photographed looking South-West from Llanbedr in Wales. 10 second exposure.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Meteor #photo #meteor #stars Photo of a meteor from Llandedr, Wales, United Kingdom (10 second exposure) )

ISS over Wales

Updated on Monday, July 11, 2022

ISS over Wales

The International Space Station over Llanbedr in Wales. Three stacked ten second exposures.

Updated 2022-07-11 09:05:

ISS over Wales

Same garden in Llanbedr, same space station, different night.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: ISS over Wales #photo #iss Photo of the International Space Station (IIS) flying over Llanbedr, Wales, UK. )

Waterloo Sunsets

Waterloo Sunsets

Timelapse of three sunsets over Waterloo Station in London. Shot over Pride Weekend 2022 - you can see a huge rainbow flag on one building and if you look closely the rainbow flashing in sequence on One Canada Square in Canary Wharf. Good views of the Shard and Boomerang and the best part of the Walkie Talkie.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Waterloo Sunsets #timelapse #video #london #pride Three sunsets during Pride Weekend shot from above Waterloo Station in London, UK. A time lapse featuring The Shard, The Boomerang and The Walkie Talkie. )