May 1

I heard there was a a secret code

To get your movie types to load
But Netflix says don’t play with it, my user
Just binge this baking competish,
Three episodes, a fourth, a fifth
Just let us tell you what to watch, dear user

Don’t use cheat codes, don’t use cheat codes
Don’t use cheat codes, don’t use che-eeaaat codes

So, apparently Netflix didn’t bother to lock users out of developer tools to find items by their category codes. Nice. Here’s a video and a link for more. I love it when users can get around the algos. https://fb.watch/rOwyytPfTj/

But it must not be that secret if Netflix is blogging about it … (top hit for me) https://duckduckgo.com/?q=secret+netflix+codes+2024&ia=web

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April 23

Netflix thinks I’ll love stuff white people love

I don’t actually rate things on Netflix much, so it’s building an algo of “things they have, that I watch, that I don’t already own on another platform”. I’m holey on purpose.

Today’s suggestion (and the first I’ve seen like this):

Not getting the white people hands … they think I’m white, and/or white people like this movie? Maybe I should start streaming a lot of Bollywood and see if they bothered to consider other profiles than default white tech bro.

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April 22

Eventually, the algo is going to figure out I don’t like Mark Ruffalo – but it’s still too dumb

If I have to pick my least favorite Avenger actor, it’d be him, though the other contenders in his role are hard to live up to (I was a Bill/Lou fan). But generally, if you want me to watch a movie, don’t put Ruffalo on the cover card.

I spend a lot of time thinking about algos and machine intelligence modeling (the pretty little thief machines that current “AI” represents) and thinking through how companies use them. It really puzzled me when Netflix nuked the five star Likert scale for a simple “thumbs up / thumbs down” system. Where would they get useful, measurable data? Maybe five stars were too noisy data wise. Maybe they preferred another way of figuring out what we wanted to watch.

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April 16

Back in my day … we made do any way we could

The Internet used to scream. Before that, message boards used to scream. A guy I knew named Screech could connect at 300 baud with his vocal stylings.

Things were, in a word, primitive. Discussions, compared to today, were nearly up to the speed of Victorian England mail delivery if the message board owner had splurged for two modems and phonelines.

Our emojis were simple text characters or abbreviations, such as <EG>, Evil Grin. Eventually, “always on” internet became a thing, smart phones became a thing, and we could message as fast as we could think.

So I started using emojis for each train of thought, and still sometimes remember to use it today. You know, maybe we could use AI, the pretty little thief machine, to help? First, make emoji easier to tab to when texting, then train AI to start to string our thoughts together for us.

Just a thought.

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April 16

Who needs social media to micro content?

Yeah, I’m busy. We’re all busy. But we gotta get stuff done. Social media does help with virtual and actual “task/body doubling” or “XYZ goal challenges”. Helps make them visible and get them done.

As my kids move out of their school years into the work world, I’ve tried to make them see how important keeping a regular portfolio going is … and failing miserably at it myself.

So now I’m microblogging like all the cool kids. The goal is to every week team-microblog with my kids and just throw stuff out there instead of GETTING ALL SERIOUS WITH A SERIOUS FULL BLOG POST.

Welcome to the disarray.

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September 16

Filter me this, Netflix

Let us teach your algos more about what we really want, Netflix.

I’ve a friend who posts “the date” every day to help us keep track. Today is Wednesday, March the 199th, 2020.

Social media has become more widely used in the last decade, and the tools to manage them have matured as well. You can hide specific dates or people from popping up as “memories” on Facebook. You can mute or enhance keywords, hashtags, and channels on Twitter, Slack, Discord, and more.

But what about our TV streams? I’m sure I’m not the only bingewatcher out here. Help a binger out, Netflix.

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December 19

PokémonGO Buddy Gameplay Upgrade: Broken Buddies?

I got into tech writing (and righting) because I wanted to understand and improve technology more. But my approach to efficient (lazy path, minimal clicks) gameplay made me think the old buddy stats were broken or gone due to this week’s PokémonGO client update.

I’d walked nearly 20km to evolve a Feebas last week, but the update insisted he had 0km on his counter … or maybe 3.1km.

After a ridiculous amount chasing through menus, I found the right count. But did it really need to be gone? Maybe so. Because the cost to ‘right’ it might be too high.

How I think the feature replacement went down

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December 3

Don’t Format Me, Bro: Turning off Slack’s WYSIWYG

My best guess is that @slackHQ got a lot of flack for their good idea: adding WYSIWYG.

But one thing that makes a good idea a great idea is making sure that your broad user base really wants it, or can easily turn it off.

Earlier today they finally rolled out what would have made it great at release … a way to disable this feature that some hard-core keyboardists abhor.

@Netflix … are you listening?

:hamborger:

If you want to copy+paste the instructions to share, here it is in Markdown: (you may need to add your own :hamborger: to your workspace)

 By the way, if the auto format function on Slack is slowing 
you down by breaking your typing stride, close and reopen
(or force refresh) the Slack client, then:

Click the oddly placed :hamborger: (:hamburger:) overflow menu,
then pick *File* > *Preferences…* > *Advanced* > *Format 
messages with markup*

@LorenaB 
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November 23

It’s just a click to the left, then a swipe to the right

Put your thoughts on the disk, then post next night … But it’s the future posts … that really drive me insane … let’s fix the WordPress again!

If anything takes longer than 90 seconds, automate it. While that’s an exaggeration for the rest of the world, I try to adhere to it as best I can. It comes from years of writing technical documentation and automating as much as possible. I want to focus on content, not fiddling with fonts or meddling with layouts.

I want to do this with WordPress, too. Automate the crap out of things, including future links. But I can’t. Despite its size, it’s not really built for people who know what they’re doing … but my research shows no one else knows how to future link, either. And maybe it’s another job for EdgeCase Industries. But … maybe not.

The future may be written, but it doesn’t exist.

Let’s talk about what I mean by “future link”. I write in fits and spurts. Thanks to scheduling, I can write lots of posts in a night and have three weeks worth of posts done and posting without me. Except when it comes to linking my posts together.

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September 12

You already changed the password? Sumptuously!

The return rate on these kinds of emails must be pretty splendoriffic given the language used. I used to wonder how much more they’d earn if they’d hire themselves a good copywriter … but I’m also glad they don’t.

So you hacked the googles, huh?

But in a world of AI content creation and great deep fakes … some bright hacker might simply need to take a couple of online classes to up their game ….

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