Technology

The Technology Sweet Spot

We recently picked up one of the ~$50 Kindle Fire 7″ tablets for use within our warehouse (more on the specific use in future posts). It’s perfect for what it is, a super cheap tablet, but it’s noticeably worse than the Fire HD 8 tablet that I purchased on Black Friday for my personal use for ~$30 more. The screen isn’t very good, the build quality feels quite a bit cheaper, and it’s a step slower. This got me thinking about the sweet spot when… Continue reading

2/14/17

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet Review

Amazon got me with one of their Black Friday deals. The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet without special offers was marked down to a remarkably low $74.99 (it’s $104.99 as of this writing). Despite enjoying reading books on my phone recently, I’d been casually looking for a dedicated tablet reader. I like the form factor, and I like having a dedicated device that I can use without the possibility of getting interrupted by a notification. Now that blue light blocking apps have become ubiquitous, I… Continue reading

12/20/16

The Benefits of Distance

Jason Fried recently wrote a really good post entitled Don’t be too inspired about how watchmaker Roger W. Smith benefits from being one of the few watchmakers in the UK. The physical distance allows him to focus on his work without too much outside influence. As Jason notes, distance – both physically and virtually – can have a huge benefit: I love that notion  —  it’s one I’ve tried to hold dear myself. Don’t be influenced too much. Be aware of what’s great, but don’t… Continue reading

10/26/16

Fitness Bands & Passive, Continuous Health Tracking

Last week I upgraded my beloved Garmin Vivosmart to one of their newer models, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+. The main difference between the two is that the HR+ has a heart rate monitor. Particularly interesting is that it doesn’t just track heart rate during a workout, it tracks it passively all day long. It’s super simple to pull up a quick graph on the device or get more details within the app. The thing with wrist based heart rate trackers is that they’re known for… Continue reading

7/25/16

I Unintentionally Read A Book On My Phone

Last week I wrote about speed-reading business books, which is still much easier for me to do with a physical copy of the book. Any book I really love I buy a physical copy of, and there are still plenty of places where a physical book makes the most sense (the beach!), but most of the time I prefer reading on my trusty old Kindle. A few weeks ago I bought a book from my phone and had it delivered to my Kindle. When I… Continue reading

7/18/16

How To: Use Skype On Windows With An Apple iPhone Headset

I’m an Android user but for the life of me I can’t find a better hands free headset than the Apple headset that comes with the iPhone. I’ve tried a variety of highly rated ones over the years and always came back to the Apple as being the most comfortable and best performing. I carry them in my laptop bag so I’ll always have them handy if I need to take a long phone call. Which got me to thinking: could I use them for… Continue reading

4/12/16

I Switched From T-Mobile to Project Fi And It’s Awesome

A few weeks ago Google opened up Project Fi to everyone in the US. If you’re not familiar with it, Project Fi is Google’s take on cell phone service. In typical Google fashion, they have a proprietary technology that pushes the envelope of what we think of when we think of cell phone service. When making calls and using data Google chooses the strongest signal between Wi-Fi, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Because of this, the pricing is really really competitive, which is what ultimately made me… Continue reading

3/28/16

Taking My Standing Desk To The Next Level With A VariDesk, New Monitors, A Mogo Seat, & More

In 2010 I started experimenting with a standing desk setup after learning how bad sitting all day is. By 2011 I was working at a standing desk full time. I wrote a 1-year follow-up but I haven’t posted about it much since. I’m still standing, but over the past few months I overhauled my office to better fit the way I’m working in 2016. The Problem With My Old Setup In short, my main issue has been the same problem that I mentioned in my… Continue reading

3/22/16

Why I Buy Physical Copies of My Kindle Books

A few years ago I started doing something new: whenever I read a good book on my Kindle* I then purchase the physical copy. The main reason I’m doing this is that I want to own books that I consider great. When you “buy” a book for the Kindle you’re essentially renting it from Amazon. This can go horribly wrong when Amazon deletes the book off of your Kindle because of a licensing issue, as it did with one of my favorite books, the above-pictured… Continue reading

2/29/16

Why I Rarely Use Twitter These Days

Twitter used to be a routine part of my life. I’d check it almost every day. If I saw something interesting I’d share it. If there was an interesting conversation, I’d jump in. And then, about 5 or 6 months ago, I kind of just stopped. I couldn’t quite articulate why until I read Look and Feel and Feel by Jason Fried, who described his feelings towards Twitter after signing up for Instagram: Since then, every time I’ve gone back to Twitter, I’ve noticed I’ve… Continue reading

12/23/15