Out of Touch →

Michael has a good, if somewhat depressing, roundup of the recent Apple bumbles. Once again making me glad I don’t sell in this ecosystem.

Getting Started with BusyContacts →

Wow! The BusyMac folks sure have been busy! I know, I know… I couldn’t help myself. As a BusyCal user for years I’m looking forward to playing with this, it sounds awesome.

UPDATE: Wow, I’m blown away. I imported my contacts from iCloud, Twitter and Facebook. It took me 15 minutes to manually link the few contacts that weren’t auto-linked. Then the Combine Linked Cards view (this should be on by default IMO) made all the dupes go away. So cool!

Lately I’ve been experiencing Google Voice calls not ringing to my phone long enough for me to actually answer them. Anyone else or just me?

The Wearable Landscape pre-Apple Watch

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

Hybrid Activity Trackers

also do notifications

Smart Watches

no activity tracking

Hybrid Smart Watches (also do activity tracking)

also do activity tracking

What happens to the overall landscape when the Apple Watch lands? Will everyone scramble to make a :scare: me too :/scare: product like we saw with the iPhone; ignoring any advantages they have with their current products? Or will we continue to see different sub-categories with various trade offs (given today’s technical limitations)?

Take the BlackBerry as an example. Today it’s a punchline, but when the iPhone was released it was a very popular device that had two features that the iPhone didn’t: a physical keyboard and a several day battery life. Instead of playing up those strengths, BlackBerry scrapped everything to chase the iPhone’s touchscreen (and has been circling the drain ever since).

Curious about what wrist notifications would be like, I picked up a Pebble at the beginning of the year. I like wrist notifications. I miss stuff when my phone is in my pocket and sometimes it’s important. Notifications are the main reason I recently replaced my Fitbit One with a Garmin Vivosmart.

I’m also struggling to fully understand the Apple Watch. There is a lot we still don’t know about it, but we do know that it’s big and bulky and that the battery life probably isn’t going to be great. Contrast that with one of today’s activity bands that get about a week of use on a single charge1 and provide health tracking and smart notifications, albeit with a screen that isn’t remotely close to what was shown in the Apple Watch.

Will Apple be able to change the entire landscape again just by entering it or will the other players continue to make differentiating products? I’m curious to find out.


  1. I just charged my Garmin this morning, it had been 8.5 days since the last charge. 

Family and Friends Cancer Update Emails

I’ve published a set of email updates I’ve been sending to my family and friends to keep them up to date on my progress since my diagnosis back in January 2013. The best way to view these is probably via this thread which presents them in a chronological timeline.

I decided to publish these in the event that other folks with similar cancer diagnosis might find them and gain some benefit from reading about my particular journey.

This site has always been a place for me to write and reflect on the things that interest me, challenge me, and otherwise occupy my brain. As I turn much of my attention towards securing new treatment options I plan to continue to publish these here going forward. Probably sometimes with a bit of a delay, as well as talking a more about my experiences with cancer here on this site; as I feel comfortable.

This post is part of the thread: Cancer – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.