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My GoTo IOS Applications (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the IOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync the...
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My GoTo Macintosh Apps (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the MacOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync...
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My reading list for 2017

I was complaining to someone the other day I needed to read more and play video games less, and in fact added that to my goals for 2018. And then I sat down and compiled my reading list for 2017, which totals 16 fiction books and 29 non-fiction books. That’s, um, 45...
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My Favorite Youtube Channels 2017

I really fell into a rabbit hole with Youtube this year after not really paying much attention to it before. What I found was a great diversity of interesting voices and people and a place (unlike blogs where you really can’t compete anymore with the big sites for...
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My favorite Podcasts 2017

As we wind down 2017, I thought I’d discuss my favorite podcasts. I did this a year ago, but the list has changed a bit, in part because two podcasts I recommended last year have gone on hiatus or closed down, and because I’ve found my preferences have shifted a bit...
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New Toy: Synology DS216Play

About a year ago I finally took the dive and started using Plex to host and play my videos. This happened about the time I write about how iTunes was a dumpster fire, because, well, sigh. And still is. The good news is that my Synology NAS supports a Plex server, so I...

Neverwinter

I’m someone who tends to find a game to go really deep into, and play it extensively until I get bored. Once I do, I seem to never go back. I’m also someone who really prefers RPG style games rather than fighting or driving games or platforms. The last...

Feliway Cat Pheromones

We got to take Manon in for her checkup and vaccines, which is always a fun adventure. When the vet came in this visit, she brought in a small spray bottle, sprayed a bit on the examination table, rubbed it in and then rubbed her hands together. This caught my...

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 it's charging, or is it done charging? Or is...

New geek toy: Studio Neat Dock

I've recently added new toy to the collection that I liked enough I wanted to share it with you: Studio Neat's Material Dock I saw an article about Studio Neat's new Material Dock and immediately decided I wanted it. The dock itself has a wood base with Cork bumpers...

The Netatmo Weather Station

We’ve had a Netatmo weather station on the house for a couple of years and we really like it. They finally started shipping their long-delayed wind measuring module, and so I got mine and needed to add it to the system configuration. Unfortunately, things went a...

P3 Portable Protein Packs

One thing that I’m starting to see are experiments in higher protein snacks. This is a good thing in its way, since I think it’s a hint that the fast food companies are starting to plan their way away from the current high-carb processed food mentality. The bad news...

Firewatch, Fallout 4, and Video Gaming

Let me admit up front that I'm not much of a gamer, and when I do game, it tends to be more casual and very old school; on my iPad I keep a Sudoku game, a Solitaire game, backgammon and I'm currently on a big jigsaw puzzle thing (I highly recommend Jigsaw Puzzle). Not...

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs Buy on Amazon I've finally finished Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Having worked at Apple through much of the time covered in the book, I was curious how my view of the time and events matched up with this -- the official -- version, and to try to...

Two Bay Area Restaurants

This week I wanted to give a quick shout out to two local restaurants I've really taken a liking to. A friend of mine has a sort of hobby -- he likes to discover the restaurants his favorite chefs go to when they take a night off from their own kitchens. It's an...