Category: Tech


Apple Watch, Two Weeks In

I’ve now had my Apple Watch for two weeks, starting from AW Emergence day (thanks to my Apple Store pre-ordering prowess). I spent one of the last two weeks abroad, and the other here at work, so I’ve had a chance to use it in various ways.

tl;rd: It’s neat, but can be borderline annoying, and potentially turns you into a watch-hole.

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OK, let me get this out of the way: I loved the movie. Mostly, I loved that scientists and engineers are the Heroes, and they talk like actual scientists and engineers that I know, and are flawed and human. So there’s that.

And the visuals were breathtaking. I need me some tickets to Saturn.

However, since poking holes in movies is in vogue, here is my engineery hole-pokingfest (spoilers after the More)

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Surfing as a Metaphor For Working in Silicon Valley

As a kid, I spent a lot of time on beaches, and not the boring wading-pool sand tubs most people go to: my parents favored big, surfy waves. I quickly learned how to deal with the biggest: you either ducked under them, or surfed over them. Get caught in the frothy, turbulent middle, and you’d wind up with a mouthful of sand.

Working in Silicon Valley is something like that: huge relentless waves of technology crash down on you non-stop. You have three options: you can either try to absorb the full brunt of that wave, reading everything you can, trying to understand the entirety of it, you can duck under it, or you can trust yourself to it, trying to surf it as far as it’ll take you. Continue reading

A good day for Cord Cutters

I feel like I hit the jackpot today. First, an email from Tivo offering me a $50 lifetime subscription (usually, this is around $500!), then a Tivo ‘free unlimited DVD’ offer.

The thing is, I had *just* re-subscribed to Tivo, after being off it for a year, and probably only received the $50 offer due to a bug. And Netflix? I cancel my DVD subscription every couple of months, to give ‘good’ DVDs a chance to accumulate, and was just thinking it was time to restart.

So, yay. Jackpot :)

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