I'm trying out "Breeze," the new step-tracking iPhone app from RunKeeper. It uses the built-in motion tracking hardware of the iPhone 5S. Gets decent results. However, the notifications are ridiculous and patronizing. If it can't talk to me like I'm an adult, I have no respect for it.
Two of my cousins and my aunts and uncle live in Virginia, and they've always been huge fans of the Washington Football-Team-That-Uses-A-Slur-For-A-Name. I remember one Christmas when I was in England and about 8 or 9 years old, they sent us some porcelain football player figurines with lamps attached. Even as a boy I hated the name of the team.
Took me a good 3-5 minutes to figure out what this was. My thought process culminated with: "Hmmmmm...is it an upside-down/rearranged United States? Like, as a political statement, because the artist is Canadian? Oh. Right."
I left my phone in the hotel lobby, and security didn't want to give it back to me because I "couldn't tell them what color it was" when really they couldn't specify which part of the phone they meant.
Extremely relevant advice from my father: "You got your job, you get your nickel every couple of weeks, and you do your best. There will be challenges to your professionalism, but you are still a professional. Only read USA Today or the Toronto Daily News."
I'm doing an industry best standards survey for uptime measurement. If you work on service uptime measurement yourself, or know who at your company in operations or IT who measures uptime, would you be willing to discuss your measurement techniques with me?