Saturday, February 20, 2016

Battery as a service

Wouldn't it be nice you had a standard input/output interface for all the batteries you own ?

There are so many things we own which have batteries, Drill, Tire inflator, Car Jump Start, Flashlight, Bluetooth speakers, Laptops... wouldn't be nice if all of them had a USB "input" and "output" so you can charge any of them with the other one's charger or... and in case of emergency can draw power from any of them?

When you invent something, you should be able to have battery as a service (or maybe call it B.a.S),  as opposed to design the battery as part of your product. that way we can develop IoTs faster and faster !

Just a thought...


P.S: Thats one of the reasons I have stayed loyal to my LG phone and haven't switched to Google's Nexus . Since Nexus phones batteries are part of the phone you can not taken out easily.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

"Ok Google Just Relax ..." A public Google Maps Feature Request.

When you move to a new city. you will be using Google Maps a lot, and you end up having the google maps' navigation on most of the time; and you will be directed like a little kid.
... in 300 feets use the two left lanes, to turn left on Rose Street! 
Awesome thanks Google Mama! You prevented me from being the asshole driver who doesn't go to the correct lane to turn and saved other drivers a lot of curses....


However Google Mama (like any other Mama can be annoying sometimes), for example when you are at the places you already know where you are (and you have been there 10 times), ... it interrupts your beautiful music and tells you which lane to use ... Ok google mama trust me I know what I am doing, just relax, don't tell me what to do when I know where I am.

I think Google Maps could use AI to be little bit more, like recognize my home and work address or the routes that I have been more than 20 times and don't interrupt my music, to tell what to do...it is too much !

Currently I usually end up saying "Ok Google Shut up !" and it mutes the Google Mama but I didn't mean to be rude and mute it all the way....and I miss Google Mama when I drive 5 miles away from home where I have no idea where I am ...I end up saying "Ok Google I am sorry talk to me again" but unfortuantely that is not a recognizable command as the shut up command is.


This feature can be implemented in multiple ways:
  1. I can mark certain radius miles of my home/work not to be directed.
  2. If I been in a route more than X times (10 or 20 ...or whatever my learning curve is) like if I go from Home to "Target store" 15 times a month, I probably know very well all the turns.
  3. By Risk assessment. How much do I loose if I don't listen to Google Mama's direction?

    For example: if I am listening to my favorite music of all the time (which you can find out) and I am about to miss an exit, which is gonna make me arrive to my destination only 2 minutes late, I simply don't care! let me miss that exit and take the next one !

    But if I miss the exit and it is gonna make me arrive 15 minutes late. then I can understand if you interrupt my most favorite music of all the time for that! 
and finally I suggest, the google voice command to activate this feature be "Ok Google Just Relax !"

I had posted about how android should give you a better driving experience, this is a more like a public feature request from Google Maps :) +Android Developers  +Android  +Google+ Developers

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Google Translate Community

Google translate has a community to help them improve and add new languages, and they have a community for Kurdish language, I started contributing to it.

Google is one of the few big companies has cared about Kurdish language, and it is because Google cares about all kind of information it can classify. it is not motivated by governments or financial perspective, but rather to their obsession to collect and classify data.

This is one of those areas which my two big interests in life collide, Computers and Human languages.  Go Google Go !

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Zen of Python: Complex is better than complicated

Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated...Read the full poem here


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pile of Garbage in android's Share To button and 3 suggestions

Recently I built an a dedicated media server using OpenElec  for my living room's TV. I can share videos from my phone to my TV way faster than my sloowwwww smart TV, which needs 20 seconds to load youtube app. not mentioning the awkward interface to control it.

So most of the times I share videos from android mobile phone to my media center through Yatse app. The problem is, each time I share from YouTube, I have to navigate through tens of apps to find the app I want to share with. in the list of possible apps to share with, I see a lot of irrelevant apps, many of them at the top of the list.

For example yelp, ...why would I ever want to share a youtube video on yelp ? I might in 10 years.
That makes me sad that I can not order the list or hide some of them I do NOT want to scroll down every time.

Here are my suggestions for future Android:

  1. Sort them by frequency and user behaviour, over last 10 times I shared 8 times with my Media center and 2 times with Gmail. have my media center at the top of the list and Gmail in second. 
  2. Sort them by relevancy if I sharing a phone number, makes more sense to share it with Contacts app than sharing it to Yelp !
  3. Give the user ability to hide some apps for when the developers are mean and not nice
Maybe android is getting too big of a community a lot of greedy developers are out there, producing garbage apps, Seriously developers be nice! I know you worked hard to make your app, don't shove it in all share menu, start-up service, and ask for all the possible android permissions...

It reminds me of old times when I used windows...every application which you installed would add its files to the root (C:\) . and also to ProgramFiles, and to start menu, and Deskop and Start-up folder, control panel ... you would end up with a pile of garbage.

We bloggers could also make it morally unacceptable for developers who try to shove their apps in every hole possible in android, just because they can !
Does Couchsuring app ever needs to be shown in share menu for YouTube? the sad truth is, it is on the share to list..

Simple rule of co-existence in eco-systems:
Develop in a way, that if everyone did that way, Android would still would be a pleasant OS to use.

P.S: Some people made apps to fix these issues called Andmade share worth a try but it didnt work for my Youtube spefic problem.

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