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“Switched At Birth” TV series

I finished watching the 22 episodes on Netflix. It might also be available on Hulu and on the show’s web page. This is originally an ABC Family network show.

Excellent show! I couldn’t stop watching it. The actors were awesome. Imagine, the two teen girls learn that they were switched at birth. Not only that, they are from two different socioeconomic sides of the tracks. I also like that one of the “factors” of this show is that one of the teens is deaf, so there is use of ASL and that whole world is given some welcome recognition in media.

“Switched at Birth,” a one-hour scripted drama, tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. …. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.*

Recommended.
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Eclipse IDE 4.2 UI is austere

Some people don’t like the new Eclipse Juno release default L&F. Its kind of underwhelming.

I don’t think it is so bad. For use on a large monitor (and what company tortures their developers with small monitors?) the earlier UI is much better. On laptops and smaller monitors, the new UI makes sense.

If you rather have the 3.x appearance go into Window -> Preferences -> General -> Appearance. There you will find a drop down to select the Theme. When I installed the new version the default was “Windows 7″. Change to “Classic”, then restart Eclipse.

The result should be more like Eclipse 3.8.

What is worse is the the changes to UI behavior. For example, I tried to put the Outline view on top of the Navigator view. The UI would attempt to arrange them every which way but stacked. Finally on a guess I dragged a view to the actual tab area, not the view’s work area (as in version 3.8) and it worked.

Further Reading

Eclipse 3.8 vs 4.2

 

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All The Isms

Isn’t isms such a schism, makes you dizzy like a prism.

Need a doc, a physician, hurts unraveling these positions.

Syllogisms break, split into paroxysms.

Perhaps I don’t get all the mechanisms

Of these organisms, hierarchies of munitions,

Biting, spitting, running, pinching, stabbing me, my inhibitions.

Frenetic pace will not stop; a chasm of malapropisms.

Capitalisms merges corporatism, such a dissum.

Spiritualism takes a back seat to materialisms.

Excuses me’ums I must go and pissisms.

– Josef

Other works

  1. Scattered A short story about the future extremes of …
  2. Poverty
  3. Hero waits A nano-story.
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Swype on Samsung Galaxy Note

I’ve had my Note since Feb 2012, I think.  Love it.  However, even with the large screen I found using keyboard input tedious; I’m just not good with my thumbs like that. 

Finally I retried using the Swype keyboard.  It comes pre-installed on the Samsung Note. Swype is really good!  Takes just a few minutes to get comfortable with it.

The way to get good at it is to not try to be accurate. Coming from the standard keyboards, you always try to tap the correct key. Swype works on gestures, so you can even miss going over the correct keys, it will figure out what your wanted. Plus, it will show you a list of word options too.

The upcoming Swype is even better and available as a demo. The new Swype will have word prediction built in:

Next Word Prediction
Swype’s next word prediction is more intelligent than ever. Imagine your device figuring out what you will type based on the history of how you’ve used specific words in relationship to one another. A cutting edge Advanced Language Model, the latest XT9 algorithms and a robust Dynamic Language Model all work together with a preloaded baseline language database to be able to (almost) read your mind.

That reminds me of something I was working on years ago, Predictive Interface technology. I’ll have to blog about it one day.

iSwipe on iPhone and iPad
Looks like someone is making a Swype-ish app called iSwipe that runs on Apple products. Will require a jail broken phone though. There are other apps that provide Swype type of input. I wonder why the makers of Swype don’t provide an iOS version.

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Environment

  • Phone:  Samsung Galaxy Note i717
  • Swype version:  3.26.92….. etc.
  • Android version:  2.3.6

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