Tuning out the Noise, When Not to Finish a Project, and Planning vs Doing

In the comments section of my last post Rob left a comment with some really good questions that I thought were worthy of an entire post. These are all things that I constantly struggle with, which makes them great questions to think about, write about, and discuss: How do you tune out the noise? How do you manage to avoid the Firehose of great ideas from every direction – colleagues, friends, yourself, the internet? There seem to be opportunities around every corner. I have a… Continue reading

4/11/18

Free Isn’t Usually Free

Time. It’s our one non-renewable resource. A few years ago I wrote about how a single meeting can derail an entire day, in part because “having a fixed stop time completely changes my approach to the day.” Well, now that I’m a dad that’s been amplified. Every day has a fixed stop time when my daughter gets home from daycare. I have a lot more days where I’m not at my peak too – sometimes it’s a bad night of sleep, or we’ve all got… Continue reading

3/21/18

Talking Your User’s Language

Yesterday I got an email from my local bank about some future changes they’ll be making to their website. One of those changes will be a responsive design. The part that struck me was that a small local bank actually wrote that the new site “will be mobile responsive.” I’m sure internally they referred to the new design as responsive, and that pretty quickly everyone involved learned what a responsive design was. But – do most customers of this local bank have any idea what… Continue reading

3/14/18

An Update on My Information Overload Experiment

I started off the new year by cutting back on the news. Shortly after, I came across Ryan Holiday’s article Seriously, You—OK, We—Need To Stop Watching The News This Year, which did a great job summing up my feelings on the topic, along with raising some new red flags. I can only speak for myself, but I’m less stressed, less distracted, and a clearer thinker when I avoid most of the news. After not too long it became apparent that most of those changes that… Continue reading

3/5/18

The Great Detailed Image HTTPS Migration

In mid-January we finished migrating all of Detailed Image to HTTPS. We’ve now got the shiny “Secure” badge in Chrome on every single one of our pages: This project should have been simple, but it sure wasn’t, in large part due to the fractured nature of various organizations on the web and within Google. While the technical implementation is relatively straightforward, the business decision to do so can be downright scary. A Little Background When we launched our shopping cart in 2007 (and did major… Continue reading

2/6/18

Ken Burns’ Mind-Blowing 18 Hour Documentary, Lab-Grown Meat, and Second Chances [Link Roundup]

Articles They Started With $10,000. Now They’re Taking on ESPN – I still think that professional sports as we know them today could conceivably fall apart. FloSports seems uniquely positioned for that future. [Inc] Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance – this guy is amazing! [Businessweek] Facebook Makes You Sad, So Try Using It Less – Facebook’s worst-case future is one in which it becomes widely believed that it’s bad for you. [Lifehacker Vitals] Why This… Continue reading

1/30/18

Information Overload: Cutting Back on the News

As last year wore on, I noticed myself steadily reading more and more of what I would consider general “news”, something I’ve written before that I try to avoid. Previously, Twitter was the worst culprit for me, but after giving it up I didn’t even install it when I got my new phone. This time it was more subtle. I noticed myself adding a lot of feeds to my Feedly, to the point where there was always new stories if I pulled and refreshed. I… Continue reading

1/18/18

My Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review

After reviewing my Pixel 2 XL and the free Google Home Mini that came with it, I figured I’d wrap up my new tech reviews with the piece of technology that I researched more than anything else – my Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch. I bought the better-looking “Black with Slate Hardware” model, which typically retails for $30 more at $329.99, but I picked up mine on Amazon during Black Friday for $274.99. Smartwatches haven’t exactly taken the world by storm. Fitness trackers aren’t necessarily the… Continue reading

12/28/17

Google Home Mini Review

When I pre-ordered my Pixel 2 XL Google threw in a free Google Home Mini. I’ve resisted buying an Amazon Echo not because I thought they were creepy or invasive, but because I just couldn’t think of a good use case. I’d hear over and over again that “you just need to have one” and then it will make sense. So I was kind of curious to see if the light bulb would go off once I received my Mini. The short answer is, it… Continue reading

12/21/17

Peak Smartphone – Reviewing My Pixel 2 XL

One of the downsides of using Project Fi is that your phone choices are pretty limited. But the phones you can buy are the best that Android has to offer, and once you’ve used pure Android it’s really hard to go back. In October I pre-ordered a Google Pixel 2 XL on the day it was announced. My Nexus 5X was showing its age. In particular, the battery life was horrible and the camera was slow. The latter has suddenly become more important now that… Continue reading

12/13/17