Technology not working then working again

I often go to help people and when I ask if the problem is still happening, they try to recreate it and can’t. Technology often seems to choose when it works and doesn’t work.

Why am I writing about this? I think this demonstrates something that makes not technical people very frustrated. To the average person either something is broken or it is not. That makes sense in the old days. In the old days, cars were either broken or they worked. There was always some part that wasn’t working and once you found that, you solved the problem. Now the issues are very complex indeed.

Technology not working then working againI read an article about how many car manufactures have problems with their systems of navigation, phone, entertainment. Car companies have never been software developers, so they usually outsource this function to someone else. I learned this first hand when I had problems with my navigation. However instead of making things better, it just makes things more complicated.

Apple Carplay and Android Car functionality allows the interface of those devices to be displayed on the dash of the car. This is a major leap forward for car technology. However only a few models have them despite it been years since they agreed to this. It makes it very disappointing for technologists like myself, and for average users who are frustrated with the cars electronic systems.

Right now Tesla has the clear lead in technology in cars. The downside as I said in an earlier article is that Tesla is not reliable according to Consumer reports. I don’t want a car if its going to be a hassle to own. So for that reason I am not getting a Tesla. Also it’s not easy to charge since I don’t work near a charger.

If technology is reliable people will buy. This will kill Tesla if they don’t fix it before the release the 3. I hope they work out the bugs for everyone’s sake.

Fun Flash game: Star Trek: Alien Domain

I have been enjoying a free flash game Star Trek: Alien Domain. It is a free game that you can play here.

It takes a while to understand since there are many aspects of it. If you have played an MMO before then you will probably easily understand it. I like the fact that there isn’t a determined way to play it. Isn’t it fun when there are many ways to achieve the goal in a game?

Why am I sharing this? Kongregate has some fun free games and they work great with Safari. As I said earlier Safari works great with flash games.

I have mentioned other fun free flash games in earlier posts.

  1. Flash and free web games
  2. Boom Town
  3. Prime World Defenders
  4. Jacksmith
  5. Theme Hotel

Fascinating. While I was writing this my beta version of Apples next version of the macOS corrupted my screen and then I was forced to reboot. Prior to that I had not had issues with screen corruption like this. Clearly you shouldn’t be using beta software on a production machine. Fortunately this is my personal machine so no harm done.

There is also a Star Trek Online but unfortunately it is PC only. It is free though so if you have a PC you might enjoy that.

One of the neat things about online games is that you don’t have to spend time constantly downloading updates. No matter what platform you are on, computer, PS or Steam, almost every game requires constant updates. This is a frustrating thing for gamers. Many times games will not even run until you do the update. I understand why they do that, but it is hostile for game players.

What would be better is if updates could be run when it is convenient for the user. Games should have an option the first time you start them to ask when you want updates to run. Given the fact that many gamers play on mobile devices, or with laptops a persons network connection is not going to be constant. It might be wi-fi at work to enjoy during lunch, or ethernet at home to have the best speed. I don’t think developers understand their customers enough to make these choices for them.

One day gamers will decide every aspect of their games just like the holodeck on Star Trek. Until then, our choices help developers understand our priorities.

Update: I have since switched to the Opera browser and it works even better for flash games.