Technology Archives

  1. Siri, Still Not a Competent Digital Assistant

    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…

  2. HTML5 Colorado Flag T-shirt

    co-html5

    A couple of years ago I got some Colorado State flag HTML5 t-shirts printed up.1 Since then, a number of folks have asked about getting them so I set up a TeeSpring. They will be on sale in mens and womens sizes for $15 for the next 2 weeks. We need 50 orders for them…

  3. The GitHub Rug

    I somehow missed this kerfuffle when it was all going down, but I read about it recently and it’s stuck with me. I think if I were in the decision making position when this happened my first instinct would would have been to dig in my heels. When I first saw the “United Meritocracy of…

  4. An Open Letter to Email Client Developers

    Dear Email Client Developers, If you allow your users to send an email with more than 10 email addresses visible in the TO or CC lines without throwing up a warning that says: Hey, this is a bad idea. People will likely be upset that you just sent their email address to all the people…

  5. A Weekend with a Pebble

    Pebble

    Curious about how a smart watch might fit into my life, I picked up a Pebble on eBay right before heading out to WordCamp PHX. It was surprisingly useful in a few different situations: When hanging out chatting with people, it was a lot easier to glance at my wrist to see if that buzz…

  6. Mac History

    Everyone has been posting their history of Macs they’ve owned – who am I not to participate. I had access to few while I was growing up: 128k Macintosh (1984) Mac Plus Mac II This is the list, to the best of my recollection, of machines I’ve owned myself: Mac LC (1993-1996) PowerCenter 132 (1996-2000)…

  7. iPad Use and Productivity

    Over the last year or so I’ve made a slow transition to only using my iPad as my “evening” machine. I read my feeds and emails, catch up on social networks, Instapaper content, etc. And as I’ve transitioned to the iPad, that’s all I’ve been doing at night. I bounce around looking for more content…

  8. What Would I Use a Smart Watch For?

    I haven’t been tempted by any of the smart watches currently on the market, though the just announced Meta looks nice. It got me thinking about what I’d want from a device on my wrist. I don’t think I’d want notifications about email, text messages or social networks. I already get those from my phone…

  9. How to Use Twitter Lists

    I’ve written before about Twitter lists; I feel it’s an underrated feature of the service. However, I’m lazy and habitual. Even though TweetBot makes it easy to switch between lists, I rarely do. I can’t keep up with everyone I want to follow on Twitter in a single stream. By grouping folks into lists, I…

  10. Not Readable by This Computer

    Disk cannot be read

    Last week I bought a CD of this Eric Clapton album because the CD was 45% cheaper than buying the MP3s. “I have a drive I can attach to my laptop; I’ll just create the MP3s myself”, I thought. Hah! I guess the joke is on me, unless someone knows a trick for making a…

  11. Wrist Envy

    I’m having a hard time not buying some type of activity tracker. I’ve looked at the Nike Fuel Band, FitBit offerings, Jawbone, etc. and they all seem to have about 4 of 6 major features. I’m assuming the next generation offerings will be smaller, sleeker and cover the full feature matrix. Also, iWatch. So I’m…

  12. Initial reaction to iOS 7

    I haven’t yet installed iOS7 on a test device, so these are henceforth disclaimed as knee-jerk reactions based on hearsay and screenshots. 8 months is a short time and lots has been done, more than I thought was possible. It’s a little too candy colored and simplistic for my taste, especially the icons. I expect…