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Anker PowerPort 5 USB Charging Station

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:18:57 +0000

I enjoy reading posts about the tools people use. Casey recently posted about some of his travel toolkit, including a 5 USB port charger. I can definitely see this being valuable for travel, but my current use case is my bedside table. The charger happily accommodates my iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch charging cables, plus…



Very Pleased with WebFaction + Hover

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:25:05 +0000

A little while back I buckled down and did some much needed restructuring of my domain registration and web hosting. I made the decision to let more than half of my domains expire, and moved all of the domains I was not letting lapse to Hover.1 I’m down to 17 domains from over 100. Of…



Disable Website Notification Prompts in Safari

Fri, 22 May 2015 02:48:55 +0000

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Oh thank goodness.



Eric Flying Quadcopters

Tue, 05 May 2015 04:05:01 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yHwE_q_qb7c?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>This is a great video of my friend Eric showing off some of the latest DJI kit. I haven’t been following the drone stuff too closely, so this gave me a better idea of what he’s been up to. Nice work, Eric!



Apple Watch + iPhone Charging Station

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:05:36 +0000

Since the Apple Watch: 1. needs to be charged every night, and 2. needs an iPhone to function every Apple Watch customer is a potential customer for an elegant solution that charges both their iPhone and Watch on their nightstand. The ones that I like best so far are: The Timber Catchall for Apple Watch…



The Future of the iPad

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:34:12 +0000

Apple’s most recent earnings call that showed less-than-stellar results for the iPad got me thinking a bit. I’m a fan of the iPad. I’ve had the original, the iPad 2, the iPad 3 (retina), the iPad mini, and now the iPad Air. Initially I was upgrading every year as the hardware rapidly evolved. However I’ve…



Waiting for Apple Watch

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:00:04 +0000

I know it only seems like everyone I know got an Apple Watch today, but my Twitter feed is full of photos of white boxes. My watch order confirmation shows a 12:06am US/Pacific timestamp, but my order hasn’t even moved into “preparing for shipment” status yet. I saw one note on Twitter that indicated the…



First New Monitor Since 2008

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:24:22 +0000

Since December 2008 I’ve been using the same Dell 30″ display. Today I upgraded to a Samsung 34″ curved display in anticipation of getting a new MacBook tomorrow. I might have been able to get the dual-link DVI to talk to an HDMI port via a variety of dongles and adapters, but a native HDMI…



Sustainable Software and Customer Support

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:44:06 +0000

I’ve been having trouble with Dropbox on my laptop. No matter what I do (reboot, pause and resume, etc.), it keeps syncing away saying “20 files remaining”. The process continually eats CPU which destroys my battery life and constantly makes my machine hot. I finally dropped a note to Dropbox support to see if they…



Nightly Charging Means No Sleep Tracking

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:53:34 +0000

As I plugged in my Garmin VivoSmart this morning for a couple of hours to give it its week-long plus battery cycle it occurred to me: if I had to take this off every night to charge it I wouldn’t be able to track my sleep the way I do now.  Something to think about…



Hosting Recommendation?

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:15:33 +0000

I need to transfer my sites to a new web host. Having been out of the web hosting shopping arena for some time now, I could use a little advice. My main traffic site is this one (~30-40k pageviews/month) which is a WordPress powered site. I also have several other PHP apps installed on this…



The Wearable Landscape pre-Apple Watch

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:05:50 +0000

While the current wearables landscape is a story of slow convergence over the last 18 months, each device has clearly evolved from one of two origin approaches: activity/fitness tracker or smartwatch. Activity Trackers no notifications Nike Fuelband Fitbit One, Flex, Charge Jawbone Up Withings Activite Hybrid Activity Trackers also do notifications Garmin vivosmart Fitbit Surge…



The Race to the Bottom Benefits Platforms (not Developers)

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:53:56 +0000

There’s been a ton of recent conversation in the iOS world about the inability for most indie developers to create sustainable businesses through the iOS app store. In particular, these devs are talking about apps that require larger development efforts – they want to charge more than “impulse purchase” prices for these, and thus want…



Siri, Still Not a Competent Digital Assistant

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:25:04 +0000

So I tried Siri again today. I figured maybe it had improved since I tried it last a year or so ago. Me: What is a good place for lunch between here and {my destination}? Siri: This restaurant is near you: {restaurant info} (double-check, uh yep, that isn’t on the way – it’s actually in…



John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:55:00 +0000

width="510" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fpbOEoRrHyU?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>This is awesome. (thanks Steve)