January 2016 Archives

Link Friday: You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter I thought I’d try posting an interesting link each week to a long-form story that I found interesting and thought-provoking. You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie [Wired] – an inside look at how Disney plans to run the Star Wars franchise. As a Star Wars fan I’m equally concerned, intrigued, and excited by passages like this: And if the people at the Walt Disney Company, which bought Lucasfilm for… Continue reading

1/29/16

Using Gmail Label Notifications on Android to Disconnect

Last year I wrote about Freedom via Gmail on Android: On nights and weekends when I consider myself “off of work”, I used to occasionally check emails on my computer, which typically involves going into my office, booting up my computer, turning on my monitors, etc. Now I just open up an app on my phone to check to see if anything is important. If there is, I snag my Chromebook or my laptop and take care of it. If there’s not, which is usually… Continue reading

1/27/16

Link Friday: How the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Turns Fans Into Suckers

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter I thought I’d try posting an interesting link each week to a long-form story that I found interesting and thought-provoking. How the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Turns Fans Into Suckers [NY Times Magazine] – a look at how DFS really works, written by someone who is a regular player. Most fascinating to me: how the high rollers use computer scripts, and the companies turn their heads the other way for fear of losing… Continue reading

1/22/16

Update Season

The past few weeks I’ve been working on updating and upgrading almost all of the software and services that power our website: the PayPal API, FedEx and USPS 2016 rate changes, and new versions of PHP, MySQL, and Apache. It’s a combination of coding, system administration (not my strong suit), and obsessively monitoring after launch to ensure nothing goes wrong. I tend to save up work like this for January because it’s our slow season, but I’ve never had this much pile up at once…. Continue reading

1/19/16

“Somehow a couple guys from New York are able to out preform Amazon”

Today we received one of my all-time favorite testimonials from a customer: Detailed image is the best place to get your products from. Don’t waste your time dealing with the other guys or amazon. I’ve been there and done that and somehow a couple guys from New York are able to out preform amazon on shipping speed and customer service. I run a shop and two mobile detail units and I’ve decided to only buy from DI. They ship fast, answer any emails right away… Continue reading

1/4/16