Love Like a Sunset
for the love of data…

Jun
13

Learnings from the last 12 months of Smartphone trials… Now I won’t get emotional here… I’ll tell it how it is…

iphonepicsApple iPhone 6S – If you want reliability and everyday IMG_3240compatibility (apps, accessories,  support) this is the phone to go for…. but don’t even bother with a 16Gb… that’s not enough to run an iPhone today for basic day to day… 32Gb is an absolute minimum for an iPhone and Apple shouldn’t be selling 16Gb phones… Battery life on the 6S isn’t great… go the Plus to save you looking for a power socket everywhere you go… Apps are the best thing about the iPhone… if you run mobile reporting for your business for example, the Power BI app on the iPhone is ahead of the rest… and for keeping up with special ones… Skype is exceptional compared to Windows phone and Blackberry… The camera and easy IOS work together to smash out some nice pics like the Tweed Heads and Western NSW sunsets above… The iPhone 6S is just a bit underwhelming for a tonne of dollars…  And like Kate Spade handbags, everyone has got one… but don’t take it from me, look at the sales figures going backwards on Apple’s website… https://www.apple.com/pr/pdf/q2fy16datasum.pdf.IMG_20160609_172430_edit

Blackberry Passport – The Blackberry OS is legendary and the Passport silver edition has exceptional build quality.  The notifications and gestures are so sophisticated, so if you are an advanced user, there is quite some depth to learn Bbfront_editthe features in the Blackberry O.S. that will make your day….  The Blackberry app store resembles something of an abandoned shopping trolley… There are a few nice native apps, but search for a few of your favourite apps and you will quickly get the sense, the developer community has left the building…. But wait, the Blackberry runs Android apps (asterisk)… OK, it does run Android apps with a hack but the apps are very hit and miss… and most of the important ones are not usable… It also runs Android apps through the Amazon app store, but you won’t find some important everyday apps on here, like Uber for example.   The battery life, notifications, the bazillion shortcuts and build quality are Blackberry Passport’s golden moments and the camera takes some surprising good shots, such as this Brisbane sunset.  The Passport has the appearance of something outstandingly different that could make you think this is a successful smartphone differentiator… but it’s not…. it’s a wounded thoroughbred…. No support available in some countries, like Australia… and too many app “anomalies” that will end up costing you precious time and productivity… but it will be a nice compliment to your Tag watch in the boardroom and it’s certainly a conversation starter in any social situation…

Windows Lumia XL 950 – Battery life poor, Windows 10 O.S. poor… built quality feels cheap… Camera quite average… not lumia-950-XL-Rendersthe quality of photos from the 1020… It runs hot… I’ve had a range of Nokia/Lumias… Loved my 920 and 1020…. Loved the 930 less…. the rest were average… the 950 is a complete fail in my opinion… But the specs look so cool on paper… Retina login, 8 core liquid cool processor, Continuum (Use your phone as a PC)… and Windows 10 mobile is such a generation ahead of Denim… But you are busy and thrive on productivity…. it runs so hot sometimes you can cook an egg on it, which is great for breakfast on the run but rebooting in the middle of a phone call will wear you down… maybe I gotta lemon ?   I was so excited to get this phone in the post, yet so happy to see it leave… But read here for a nice detailed appraisal http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/tech-reviews/microsoft-lumia-950-xl-review-specs-price-feature/ …

lgg4LG G4 Android… run away now ! … I can’t believe I’m going back to Android… I’ve had a few Android phones… lack of stability and support for the latest Android release were the biggest turnoffs… The G4 is a year old now, but it’s still a fashion statement… baby!  With an exceptional photo capability, a leather back… was one of the first phones to support Android marshmallow… http://www.lg.com/au/press-release/lg-g4-amongst-first-android-phones-to-get-android-marshmallow-6.0-update,  same sized screen as an iPhone 6S plus,  but 1 cm shorter in 20160627_172916-3overall size… a curved screen that contours to your face or your leg when landing in your pocket.  On paper it looks like an exceptional phone that may address a lot of the shortcomings experienced in this smartphone journey… and it’s only $400 bux…

From the cool snaps here https://app.box.com/v/lgg4-photos-hires… you would think it takes pretty awesome photos… and it does.  It’s probably the best camera phone I’ve had ever, and that includes the legendary Nokia 1020… the low light photos are an absolute dream.  The buttonless design and leather back give the phone a balanced feel and appearance, and the only thing that lets it down in my opinion is Android Marshmallow and the battery.  After plugging in all your social media and contact accounts, phone calls come through unmatched to the same number already in your contact list.  Requires a workaround where you go and delete the contacts storage cache then it’s all good.

20160627_173950-2Workarounds are not a biggie, but definitely one of those WTF moments where you wonder if they actually tested this build before release.  I’ve encountered a bunch of other weird head-shaking issues on Marshmallow, but that’s Android… which turns it’s head on Apple’s minimalist, keep it simple design, and would rather give you 3 different ways of doing everything, instead of focussing on a simple reliable core… That said, is still a far better operating system on features and bugs than Windows phone… and more exciting than an uninspiring IOS.

The photos are so beautiful, but battery life however eventually wore me down on the G4… numerous days of constant phone calls and emails on the go, no time to charge, ordering the Uber at 4% battery at 1:00pm, or not making the distance at all…which is pretty ordinary considering the phone comes off charge at 6am and gets the occasional charge on the way to the office.

Where to know, I don’t know… May I’ll try my luck on a Galaxy Note with a VR headset or head straight for safety with the Iphone Plus, but that all said, it’s the end of the rail-road for this crazy yet unforgettable leg of the phone journey, and the start of a new path….choosing a phone is about finding a balance of pro’s and con’s that you are happy to live with… Life is too short for struggle, and you may deserve better, yet there is no one perfect phone… and somewhere in the middle is an appreciation and a phone you will be happy with…

 

ConclusionIMG_3632

iPhone 6s 16Gb – FAIL

iPhone 6s Plus 64/128Gb – GREAT

Blackberry Passport – FAIL

Lumia 950 XL – FAIL

Lumia 920,1020 – MEMORABLE

Lumia 930 – FORGETTABLE 

LG G4 – LOVEABLE and FORGIVEABLE but ahhh the flippin battery…

 

 

 

Mar
13

Windows10WifiSettingsTo my Windows 10 Brothers and Sisters – who likes to use their Windows 10 device on a Tether internet connection?  For a few months I’ve been blaming poor home broadband bandwidth on the kids, when it was…. moi:/   Clue was the 8Gb mobile data plan getting chewed up within weeks of end of month.   Then it was the 3rd Telstra dude, who noticed uploads unusually high.  Checked the System tray and noticed OneDrive uploading 16Gb…  Let’s tackle the first problem… mobile data plan…, in Windows 10, go to Settings, search wifi, find Change Wifi Settings, click Advanced Options, and here specify a metered connection.  Google it, Bing it, Do it, you won’t regret it.   You will need to do this on your tethered wifi connection first, but also any other wifi connections where you want to reign in bandwidth on a limited or slow connection.  Second problem, OneDrive…  Find the OneDrive icon Windows10WifiSettingsMetered.PNGstatus in your System Tray… If you see your OneDrive is uploading Gbs of data, these uploads will be limiting download capacity on the pipe.  Right click the OneDrive icon and exit.  Start it up again and let it breathe before you go to bed.

Closing note: When a wifi connection is set to metered, any app that relies on an Internet connection to update or display info might be limited in the amount of data it can download or display. You might notice these and other effects:

  • Windows Update will only download priority updates.

  • Apps downloading from the Windows Store might be paused.

  • Start screen tiles might stop updating.

  • Offline files might not sync automatically.

Feb
18

So my Surface type cover recently stopped responding right before a demo to a prospective employee about how cool Microsoft is… Tried the usual stuff, pull off the type cover, reattach, grab coffee.  Solution was to power down, then restart by holding power plus the up volume button for about 10 seconds… Continue holding as it starts… You are taken into BIOS. Exit and save the bios, then low and behold the type cover works again after restart.  Thanks to the heavily and tastefully tattooed person at Harvey Norman for this trick.  Other Type Cover tricks here… https://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-au/support/hardware-and-drivers/troubleshoot-surface-keyboards?os=windows-10

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Jun
07

Sync your SharePoint Online Team Site with your OneDrive easily with the SYNC function in your team site.

1. Go to your Team site

2. Select the Library

3. Click the SYNC button

4. OK to Allow OneDrive

5. Select a target local folder to Sync to

Video instructions here Sync …

If that doesn’t work, go into your SharePoint Online document library, select Library and select Open with Explorer… use the explorer window pop-up to copy files to and from your SharePoint document library…

SHPOnlineOpenWithExplorer

… then get on the phone to your Mom, and come check back later.

frank

May
31

The following MYSQL query will display your WordPress post data including post metadata.   Just change the filters as required … demonstrated filters include only posts with a status of Publish and a post date less than Now.  Remember to remove the filter on post date if you are searching for Draft posts only.

SELECT posts.*, postmeta.*
    FROM wp_posts posts, wp_postmeta postmeta
    WHERE posts.ID = postmeta.post_id
    AND posts.post_status = ‘publish’
    AND posts.post_date < NOW()
    ORDER BY posts.post_date DESC
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May
26

Some commonly asked questions in this world are :

1. Is the Loch Ness monster real ?

2. Is the Bermuda Triangle really aliens ?

3. How do you get the month name from a date in a PowerPivot DAX formula ?

Get the three character abbreviation of the month name from a Date column in Powerpivot using the following derived column formula…

=FORMAT(MONTH([YOURDATECOLUMN]),”MMM”)

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May
22

Maritime folklore told of the existence of rogue waves, that could appear without warning, against the prevailing current and often in perfectly clear water. Such waves were said to consist of an almost vertical wall of water, up to 98 feet in height, preceded by a trough so deep, it was referred to as “a hole in the sea”. Any ship approaching a wave of such magnitude would be unlikely to survive the extreme forces and would be sunk in a matter of minutes.

In this session we look at the some of the tools, platforms and methodologies in the current Business Intelligence movement, that can assist businesses to predict, “The Next Rogue Wave”. Whilst the next rogue wave can easily allude to the next big destructive force, the next rogue wave can also be the next big opportunity….such as the Black Swan theory, which aims to predict the opportune time to strike, concerning world financial events.

We will cover the whole data science movement, the growing opportunity of cloud analytics platforms, and the role of data governance, all designed to help businesses to be better prepared for the risks and opportunities of the unexpected, and to respond accordingly.
The demonstration will use a combination of presentation and demo time.

Onsite event details as follows, and external conference available from the link below…

27th May 2015

5:30pm for 6:00pm start

ACS Office Level 7/333 Adelaide St Brisbane

https://acs.org.au/branches/queensland/events/upcoming-events/event-details?eveID=50326271705245

 

May
16

In this data visualisation example we analyse the lyrics of the song Nothing Compares To You, to compare the amount of emotional fulfillment of life in general compared to you…. as at 7 hours and 15 days….

EmotionalFulfillment

May
04

In 1961, Dr Frank Drake presented a controversial equation…called….ummm…the Drake equation, but some critics, labelled the equation a guesstimate or even meaningless.  Yet for the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the equation pumps to a beat, and drives the mass collection of data, to yield information relating to any of the equation’s factors.  The controversial Drake equation, aims to predict the number of extra terrestrials in the galaxy, like this :

drake

N = The number of civilizations in The Milky Way Galaxy whose electromagnetic emissions are detectable

R* = The rate of formation of stars suitable for the development of intelligent life

fp = The fraction of those stars with planetary systems

ne = The number of planets, per solar system, with an environment suitable for life

fl = The fraction of suitable planets on which life actually appears

fi = The fraction of life bearing planets on which intelligent life emerges

fc = The fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space

L = The length of time such civilizations release detectable signals into space

If your eyes just glazed over, then try this entertaining animation, where Jill Tarter brings the Drake equation to the masses for the less mathematically focussed, describing the odds of calculating intelligent alien life.

May
01

coffee

twolove

What are the chances of life on earth ? Further, what are the chances of running into a random stranger on earth, and finding love… And further again, what are the chances of holding that love ??   In this compelling Ted talk, mathematician Hannah Fry gives her top 3 mathematically based tips for finding that special 1.

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