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006 - Maintenance Needed

Not quite broken. A cola machine sits around, waiting to be maintained. Someone must have opened it, started to work, and then - inevitable distracted - forgot about it without finishing the work. It was there when the movie started, it was there when the movie ended. The staff walk by, either not caring or not knowing what to do. [Continue Reading]

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Roundup 001, February 2020

Notes from around the internet about driverless cars, flawed datasets, and Boston Dynamics. [Continue Reading]

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005 - LinkNYC & Distributed Hardware at Scale

There are a lot of interesting questions that come up when you have to start thinking about how to manage and troubleshoot distributed physical digital systems at scale. For example: How do you deal with hardware failures, software failures, the weather, and malicious human interaction? [Continue Reading]

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004 - User Experience Has Stopped

I went out to a Chinese restaurant with a friend and their back-of-house online order processing setup was in the middle of the hallway, right across from the bathroom. Small New York restaurants, amiright? They had the whole wall covered in different iPads and android tablets. Every company they worked with had a seperate tablet that they needed to manage. My friend – who had worked at Seamless for a small stretch – explained that each company tends to send out a free, dedicated (read: locked down) tablet to the restaurants for order processing. [Continue Reading]

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003 - Elevator Out of Service

Sometimes there isn’t much to say in the way of explanation.

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002 - Bad Gym Decision

Wifi Problem? Or did the Smart TV go into screensaver mode and accidently unlock a bunch of back-end options? Either way, looks like Gym Decision connected their window-display smart TV to the public Spectrum Wifi and never looked back. The alert has been there for four days now and it’s right next to the front door.

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001 - On Paying Your Bills

Sometimes the problem is that you’ve simply not paid the bills. #spectrum #tv

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000 - Hello World

Hello there. Error States is now live.

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