I ask because that question is apparently un-Googleable spam-bait, drowned in snake-oil.
I have a Back-UPS CS 350, and I think it's the third one I've had. They are apparently shit, but it's the only model that Central stocks, which means I get to avoid the zillion dollar shipping charges since they're so heavy. So hey, it doesn't work, but at least it's cheap?
My new iMac arrived, and upon swapping it in, now the UPS starts screaming at me every time the CPU gets loaded, which presumably means it doesn't feel it can keep up -- but the only thing plugged in is the iMac and a bunch of tiny things like the DSL modem and USB hub, so it's not like I can do anything about that.
Maybe this means that the less-than-a-year-old battery is dying already, but I strongly suspect endemic fuckage of this model of UPS.
I could just order the cheapest thing Amazon sells that has twice the power rating of this piece of junk, but I suspect that the Lazyweb has more nuanced opinions than that.
(And yeah, the power does go out at my house often enough that I need one.)
[ For flagged-down cabs: ]
59% of cabs show within 15 minutes
88% of cabs show within 30 minutes
Apparently, however, only 35% of all cab rides taken in SF were flag downs, so most of you don’t bother trying to flag down a cab anyway!
[ For dispatched cabs: ]
64% of cabs show within 10 minutes
82% of cabs show within 15 minutes
99% of cabs show within 30 minutes
But those numbers are deceptive, because they’re only for cabs that actually showed up after dispatch promised a car. The SFMTA report found that 35% of dispatched cabs just never arrive!
Every third time you call, the cab they say is coming to pick you up just straight up won’t.
It gets even worse. That report breaks data down by specific days and times. Weekend nights? Horrible times to try and get a cab:
12% of cabs show within 10 minutes
22% of cabs show within 15 minutes
27% of cabs show within 30 minutes
72% (!!!) of cabs never show up
Holy. Crap. The vast majority of the time you call dispatch (if you can even get someone to answer the phone), your cab’s just not ever going to come. And if it does, it’s going to take well over 30 minutes.
The "taxi medallion" scam is one of the most egregious pieces of corporate welfare we have, since it screws up the world on a daily basis by breaking public transportation. "Oh, we have to limit the number of cabs on the streets, because without that artificial scarcity, cab drivers and cab companies wouldn't make enough money." Fuck you.
So, with that in mind:
Dear Apple, here are some things about the iPad mail reader that I really wish you'd fix.
Currently my "real" computer is in the shop, so I've been using my iPad and iPhone exclusively for work and blogging for two weeks (and probably another two weeks to go.) Mostly this works fine, but there are a few things about the mail reader that are real usability problems. Worst first:
- Replies do not respect the email address to which the message being replied to was sent.
I have a single IMAP server to which half a dozen different (role-based) email addresses are delivered. In the desktop Mail.app, if I reply to a message that was sent to "email@example.com", the From field is set to "firstname.lastname@example.org" by default; likewise if that message was to "email@example.com", the From field is set to "firstname.lastname@example.org" (because both of those are configured as my comma-separated return addresses.)
On the iPad and iPhone, the From field is always set to the first address in the list ("email@example.com") and every time I reply, I have to click on "Show From/CC"; "From"; scroll; and select the proper address from the list. This is a huge waste of time that I have to do for every single reply, that I don't have to do on the desktop Mail.app.
There is only one "signature" field, making canned replies very difficult.
A big part of what I do all day long is reply to email with stock responses. On the desktop, I do this by having dozens of signatures. I hit reply; select the appropriate signature from the menu in the compose window; and send. This is perhaps not what signatures are designed for, but it's the closest thing to a "stationary" system that Mail.app has, and it works pretty well.
There's no reasonable way to accomplish these kinds of canned responses at all on the iPhone or iPad.
The best you could come up with would be to store your canned responses in the "Notes" app. The process would be to start a reply; switch to Notes; copy; switch back; paste. That's a hell of a lot more clicking, and takes way too long. (There are also some 3rd-party apps that do this sort of thing, but since the iPad mail reader has no plugin architecture, this still means app-switching so it's really no better than using Notes.)
Does not synchronize all my mailboxes automatically.
I use "Sieve" on the server-side to pre-filter my incoming mail into several different inboxes. On the desktop Mail.app, when mail shows up in any of these folders, the "unread" badge is updated automatically. On the iPhone or iPad, I have to manually select each folder before it will check the server for new messages in that folder. It only automatically checks the single mailbox called "INBOX", which I don't even use.
This is with the same IMAP account and login on both desktop and iPad, and it works on desktop, so it's not a server issue.
No way to turn off quotation in replies.
I don't want to quote the entirety of every message I'm replying to. There's no preference to disable this. "Select All / Delete" works -- if you do it every single time you reply -- but only if you don't have a signature. Otherwise, it's a more complicated and time-consuming set of drag gestures to delete the quotery but leave the sig intact.
There is no "load images" button.
I have image loading off by default in Mail to speed things up, but every now and then there's a message where I want to see the images. No way to do that without going all the way out to the Preferences app.
Mobile Safari does not implement "form upload".
When someone sends me a flyer image for one of our events, I have to post that image to our web site. If I'm on a real computer, I can drag it to the desktop, and then either scp it, or upload it through a web form... if I'm on an iPad, well, there's just no way to do it at all. I can save the image into the "Photos" app, but the <input type=file> form element is ignored on Mobile Safari. One would expect it to at least let me select items from my photo gallery. I'd be thrilled if I could select from my mail attachments (e.g., PDFs or other documents that can't be stored into the Photos app first.)
I solved this by implementing a magic, secret email address on my server -- when I forward a message to that address, it extracts all the MIME attachments and saves each of them in a tmp directory, where I can get at them after ssh'ing in. But this is dumb, and I shouldn't have been forced to resort to such an indignity. It's also not an option for most other people.
Like I said, I find the iPad mail reader to be really good for most things. These are just the remaining things that really get in my way, usually multiple times a day.
So... if any of you reading this who are Apple insiders could pass this along to the people who might be able to actually effect change here, that would be awesome!
AT-AT for America is a crowdsourced project that aims to build, no fooling, a fully fuctional, full-scale model of an AT-AT Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back. They've gotten preliminary approval from Kickstarter to make it happen, so it sounds like they just need some funding plus a bunch of engineers from Kuat Drive Yards, or failing that, an alliance of Earthlings with a level of mechanical expertise equaled only by their hardcore sci-fi geekiness.
In case you were wondering, an AT-AT stands nearly 75 feet tall and has a maximum speed of just under 40 mph. It can carry 1 ton of cargo, or up to 40 Imperial Storm Troopers.