Technology Archives

  1. The Android OS Update Problem

    The reasons that Android phones are either slow to get system updates, or fail to get them entirely are pretty clear. The process of getting an update ready to push to a handset is decidedly non-trivial: Google creates, tests and releases a system update. Handset manufacturers take the system update and apply their vendo-specific tweaks…

  2. iPhone 4 on Verizon

    Can’t wait for that iPhone 4 on Verizon? If you aren’t already a Verizon customer and don’t want to wait until Feb 10th, here’s what to do. Go sign up for a Verizon account today and purchase the cheapest phone they have, without a subsidy. Don’t use the cheap phone. Get online at 3AM US/Eastern…

  3. Bookmarking

    There are two essential steps for productive bookmarking. Remember to bookmark the site/page before you leave it. Remember to look in your bookmarks next time you want to find it. Failure to follow either of these, and you have a failed system. It’s a commitment.

  4. AT&T Commercial: Funny Email

    I don’t get this commercial. Regardless of service quality/speed/etc., the way it’s presented doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t it be more effective if the rest of the group (all using AT&T) got the email quickly, then one remaining person got the email later? Isn’t the incentive to avoid being left out? Getting the email first and…

  5. 2011 SxSWi Registration for Sale

    I registered for SxSW (Interactive) last fall to get the early bird pricing. Fortunately, Shane’s panel was selected and now I have a comp’ed pass for the event. If anyone would like to buy my Interactive pass, I’m happy to let it go for the price I paid ($450) rather than the $675 that it…

  6. Just Use the Empty Tab

    I guess this is a pet peeve of mine, but why don’t any of the major browsers open a requested URL in the frontmost tab if that tab is empty (about:blank)? Camino got this right years ago, but Firefox, Safari and Chrome still open up a new tab next to the empty one. I can’t…

  7. New vs. Unread

    Corey mentioned it on Twitter a few weeks back: @alexkingorg it’s the whole concept of new vs unread. I knew to open mail for new mail. Unread is a meaningless number. BlackBerry, Android and Palm all have a notification system that allows the user to know when new email has arrived. The notification remains present…

  8. iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Strengths

    A little background: I spent the last few months with a Droid 2, just switched back to a BlackBerry and I expect to have an iPhone again pretty soon (currently sporting an iPod touch).1 My experiences across each of the platforms has shown me the strengths of each. Or put another way, it’s made it…

  9. Things to Expect on Verizon

    In the last 5 years I’ve spent time on all 4 of the major US carriers here in Denver.1 During that time I’ve also done some traveling while carrying phones on multiple networks. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that mobile coverage is a very dependent on location. In Denver you can’t connect…

  10. iPhone vs Android Apps

    The Perception iPhone apps are beautiful and exhibit consistent user interface conventions while Android apps are functional, but lack elegance, polish and consistency. The Truth iPhone apps are beautiful and exhibit consistent user interface conventions while Android apps are functional, but lack elegance, polish and consistency. The false promise of Android is that any day…

  11. OpenDNS Blocking Twitter

    Are Twitter or other social networking sites suddenly being blocked by OpenDNS on your network? If you administer your own network and you run into a situation like this (like I did last night on my home network) it’s likely this is the cause. Most ISP’s will give you a dynamic IP address. This means…

  12. Files

    Apple’s iOS devices are treating files like historical artifacts that users should be protected from while popularity surges for Dropbox’s file sync service. Discuss…

  13. Pinboard’s Delicious Import Does Preserve “Private” Status

    I had delayed migrating from Delicious to Pinboard I couldn’t find anything that conclusively said that the private status of a bookmark would be maintained in the transition. So I finally got around to testing it, it worked. Nice! The entire export/import process took about a minute. Misc. credential changes, utility migration and/or changing the…

  14. Office Headphones

    I’ve been meaning to get some headphones to keep at the office for a while. About a month ago I started doing some research, inspired by Amazon’s Black Friday deals and watching Jason Fried’s TEDx talk about interruptions. Here is what I’ve gleaned so far. There are three basic kinds of headphone designs that are…

  15. Good News, Bad News

    The good news is my ReadyNAS is letting me know that there is a potential problem. The bad news is that these drives were purchased and installed in the ReadyNAS just a few short months ago. Better safe than sorry… I’ve ordered 2 matching replacement drives to have on hand for the inevitabile failure.