Working on and supporting a virtual/remote team

A couple of my recent jobs — Palm and Cisco — involved working on teams where most of the members were remote and spread across the country, and in some cases overseas. There are advantages […]


TMO Background Mode Podcast, featuring…. me! Come listen

So hey! I was a guest on the TMO Background Mode podcast with John Martellaro, and we sat down for about an hour and talked about Apple and other things. I even mentioned the venerable […]


Free Desktop Wallpapers

It’s been a while since I mentioned these, so if you don’t already have a set, here you go! I decided it was time to create some new wallpapers for my system, and I figured […]


Good Enough Defeats Great

It’s been fascinating as an observer watching the disruption and transformation of the camera industry. As a photographer in the middle of it, it hasn’t always been fun. Around 2000 I bought a Canon Powershot […]


Limits to technology: Light still wins.

I wanted to talk a bit about an image from my refuge trip. Take a look at this one of the Sandhill Cranes dancing: It’s a good photo, but not a great one. I love […]


Hate your battery charger? Switch to USB.

I have long hated the battery chargers that come with most cameras. They’re big, bulky, expensive to replace, usually quite slow, and their user interfaces are inconsistent and inscrutable — does that flashing LED mean […]


Two new geek toys

I’ve recently added a couple of new toys to the collection here and I like them enough I wanted to share them with you. Mophie Power Capsule I keep a go bag set up for […]


First trip of the season to the San Luis area refuges

I decided to make my first trip out to the refuges in the San Luis NWR system this week. It’s early — I normally don’t make my first visit until early November, but I wanted […]


The Mac Draft

During the release notes, the Simple Beep folks recorded a “favorite Macs” draft podcast with Stephen Hackett and Christina Warren that I thoroughly enjored and recommend to you to listen to for a fun bit […]


Getting Back to Work

One of the things I found myself doing during this most recent trip was thinking a lot about the last year and trying to plan and prioritize the next few months. I’m now six months […]


Hanging out on the coast

Laurie and I just returned from 10 days on the road, taking a nice vacation where we both mostly unplugged. This trip was originally going to be a visit to Yellowstone, but between the 100th […]


Occam’s Fireaxe #2: Hiding on a Desert Island

About this episode On this episode of Occam’s Fireaxe I talk about the ten authors and books I’d carry with me when I go off to hide on a desert island to avoid the upcoming […]


First impressions of the Fuji X-T2

I took the X-T2 out for its first photos yesterday to a favorite spot for this kind of testing: the sewage settling ponds on Radio Road in Redwood Shores. This is a great place for […]


Apple Event: No Major Surprises

Appleinsider: For regular AppleInsider readers, last week’s Apple event came with no major surprises, as the rumor mill signaled exactly what to expect from the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Well, except for…. […]


Going, going… (and jury duty!)

It’s been almost exactly a month since my doctor and I started tinkering with the prescriptions. First up we swapped out Actos for Victoza, and then a couple of weeks later, we swapped out my […]