Are your lug nuts tight?

Executive summary:  the other day I checked my lug nuts, assuming that they would all be nice and tight just like they always have been over the course of many years, any time that I have ever gone to the trouble of checking my lug nuts.  And I was gobsmacked to find that one of my lug nuts was loose enough that it could be turned using one’s fingers.  Yes, as soon as I realized it was loose, I tightened it to the desired number of foot-pounds.  But it sure was a good thing that I checked my lug nuts!

The main point of this blog article being, of course you should check your lug nuts.  Continue reading “Are your lug nuts tight?”

The blog looks different today

Yes, folks, the Ant-Like Persistence blog looks very different today from the way it looked yesterday.

The executive summary is:  Stuff changed, and I had no choice but to deal with it, and I am sorry, but you my loyal reader will hopefully be a good sport about it, and now the blog looks different.  And gradually I will hopefully be able to get the blog to the point where it looks somewhat like the way it looked before.  

The geek detailed discussion is:  Continue reading “The blog looks different today”

What it is like organizing an event at INTA annual meeting time

The experience of booking a reception for an INTA-annual-meeting-related event is always quite odd.  I just yesterday reached closure in the arduous process of booking the venue for the Tenth Annual e-Trademarks Listserv reception (see posting).  It is quite weird dealing with the INTA annual meeting environment, as I will describe.  Continue reading “What it is like organizing an event at INTA annual meeting time”

How to get “add to calendar” wrong

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Back before the Internet happened, the way that a patient interacted with his or her primary care physician was, well, who can remember?  It was so long ago.  I guess it was mostly telephone calls, postal mail, and the occasional in-person visit.  Nowadays for most of us, the chief mode of interaction is the “patient portal”.   Recently my health insurance changed, and so I found myself interacting with a new (new to me) patient portal.  Whoever designed this particular portal made a dumb mistake in the programming of its “add to calendar” function.  The result was that when I showed up on time to my first get-acquainted appointment with my new primary care physician, I was told that I was an hour late and had missed my appointment.  I will describe the programming mistake.  Continue reading “How to get “add to calendar” wrong”

Companies that offer CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management)

Sort of by accident I learned just now that there is a whole fairly new emerging industry category called CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management).  This CIAM industry category is populated by a bunch of companies, all of which are only a few years old, and many of which are growing fast.  It turns out that CIAM is “a thing”.  There are industry analysts and writers who apparently make a living writing about and analyzing the players in the world of CIAM.  It turns out that lots of enterprises and corporations are willing to pay lots of money for CIAM services.  In this blog article I will name some of these CIAM companies and I will poke fun at how one of the companies markets itself.  Continue reading “Companies that offer CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management)”

A reminder of a national embarrassment for the United States

Yes one looks at the headline for this blog article and one realizes that the headline does not narrow things down very much.  But I will guess that this particular embarrassment that I am about to touch upon is one that most of us in the US have not thought about for a long time, given so many other more recent national embarrassments.  But somehow it got into my head to reflect recently on the unenviable rankings that the US earns in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, with the acronym PISA.  Continue reading “A reminder of a national embarrassment for the United States”

Better and worse garage door keypads

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Why is it that nearly every homeowner chooses to install the dopey garage door keypad shown at right?   I suppose the answer is that most of the time, the homeowner is not the person who actually makes the choice.  The choice is usually made by the company that installs the garage door opener.  The company that installs the garage door opener does not know any better — this is the only kind of keypad that they know how to install.  It is the only kind of keypad that is made by the company that makes the garage door opener.  But this keypad is dopey.  It only has one code number.  If you give out the code number to somebody, say a plumber, and later the plumber does not really need access any more, what are you going to do?  Change the code number?  Sure, except that now you have to somehow communicate the new code number to all of the other people who still need to have access.  They now all have to memorize the new code number.  There must be a better way.  And of course there is a better way.  Continue reading “Better and worse garage door keypads”