All the reporting everywhere is kinda boring. It turns out that this is because E3 is boring this year. I have taken the liberty of summarizing the highlights. Hardware Microsoft announced two new consoles. One of them is an old console. Sony announced that they will announce a new console. Nintendo will not be announcing that they will announce a new console. Several companies want to sell very expensive hats that hold cell phones in front of your face.
For the past year, Windows 7 and 8 have been demanding users to upgrade to Windows 10. For the past year, conservative users with a deep, well-paced mistrust of technology have been ignoring this request. Microsoft has had enough. It’s time to forcibly move things forward. It’s time to make computers great again. A close friend was noticeably perturbed when their Windows 7 PC was suddenly running Windows 10. As a terrible friend, I was unsympathetic.
My employer gave me an Amazon Echo for Christmas (said employer is pretty rad!). The Echo is basically a standalone version of Apple’s Siri. Of course, I promptly tried to get to do everything, with varying levels of success. My initial concern was privacy. I haven’t sniffed wifi traffic yet, but it doesn’t appear to be transmitting all noise in the room to Amazon at all times; it only activates when it hears it’s name.
Geocoding is hard. Like, by all rights there’s no reason why it’s not a solved problem. But whenever some aspect of our Ruby on Rails code in production exhibits heisenbugs, it inevitably winds up being tied to geocoding somehow. I’m sure this is completely unrelated to our thriftiness and keen business tactics of paying as little as possible for geocoding services. But I digress! A weird error popped up the other day, presented here in abridged format.