I probably have the one on the left, but because of some drugs that I got from a doctor who has plaques in his office from big evil pharmaceutical companies, I’m probably not going to die this weekend.
I’ve been on sick leave from work for the last four days. That’s given me a bit of time to think about certain things, and in the last thirty minutes I’ve been thinking about the relative levels of discomfort that office workers would feel over time, as a result of minor illness. Obviously I can only speak for the past based on what I’ve read or heard about from older folks. But it’s occurred to me that this is an unusually not-bad era in which to be afflicted with the common cold.
To be sure, this isn’t a “pull a sickie, hehehe”-type post. I’m definitely sick, and the physiological state of having an upper respiratory tract infection is as annoying as it has always been (and always will be, until scientists conquer the common cold). But thanks to the miracles of late-capitalist civilisation - namely, the pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications, consumer technology and my mother’s cooking - being home sick from work* is both more productive (read some long reports, edited a presentation my colleagues delivered this week) and less uncomfortable (Twitter! Tumblr! Seasons 4-7 of Seinfeld!) than it probably has ever been.
Modern life has been getting a bad rap these days, but it is pretty nice sometimes!
* - At least in a mid-level office job in a relatively wealthy country.
If you’re abroad, and you meet someone who’s never heard of T&T, and the person asks you if they speak English in your country, reply like this:
No. I’m the only one.
And then walk away.
That person will, with probability ~1, look up T&T on Google, Wikipedia, etc, and you’ll have done some tourism promotion with minimal effort.
So, iOS 7 on the iPad. Just a few random and mostly incoherent thoughts on my experiences from the first 1.5 weeks of using it.
Who made the system font so tiny? Are they in league with opticians or something? And the spacing between numbers in the system time field is not nice at all. Wallpapers take about 30 seconds to change, whereas they used to take maybe 5. Rating apps doesn’t work. I like the multitasking menu much better now, but because I’m accustomed to using the ‘swipe up’ multi-touch gesture to access it, it feels very weird, since it now moves on an upward diagonal animation, as opposed to the sliding vertical app drawer that preceded it.
It’s little things like this that feel either poorly implemented or badly thought out in the first place, and rather at odds with Apple’s usually very smooth software rollouts, at least on their mobile devices.
If anything, it’s made me quite appreciative of the massive design improvements that Google has made to Android and to its cross-platform mobile apps over the past year or two. The YouTube app is excellent on iOS 7, for example.
iOS 7 on the iPad feels kind of like an early version of Android. Somewhat ugly, really quite jerky, but undoubtedly useful. What’s good is that almost all of the flaws in the OS seem readily fixable, and I feel pretty confident that many of the early issues I’ve had with it (apart from the ugly icons) will be fixed by the next point upgrade. Right now, there’s a lot to like about it, but after the super-slow, incremental changes from iOS versions 3 to 6, this one has taken a bit longer to get used to.