September 2, 2015

Comments Off on Linked: “In the era of Apple Music, does the iPod have a future?”

via 9to5Mac:

 

Yes.

September 1, 2015

Comments Off on Linked: “How email became the most reviled communication experience ever”

via Engadget:

Here’s what makes email the most reviled technology ever, Stewart Butterfield says: “There’s a billion fucking things you have to do in your life, and email is the distillation of the other stuff that other people want you to do.” So maybe the solution to email is just what Paul Ford said: taking, if not full control of our lives, then at least fuller responsibility for them. Not passing the buck (which, not coincidentally, is something that email is great at enabling). If design isn’t about solutions as much as it is, as Eames said, “an expression of purpose… a method of action,” then perhaps the question any designer interested in email should ask is not “What can we do about it?” but rather: “What will I do with (or without) it?”

The article itself was great. This closing remark sums it up nicely. Email is hated by people who can’t manage their email. Imagine you own a fax machine that also happens to be on the same line as your home telephone. Every day, people you don’t know or know very little either call you or send a fax. You pick up thinking it’s a person and it’s a machine. You hang up, the machine dials back and sends you a fax. That fax is about things you don’t care about, pills, cars, meeting invites from strangers.

Eventually, you grow to hate the telephone and fax machine.

That is email for most people and for those people, they should go find a job where email isn’t a required skill. Go build bridges, go mix cement. Those are great jobs and you’ll be a healthier individual because you’re not sitting behind a desk all day staring at a bright screen.

For the rest of us, we decided to get a separate phone line, one for voice and one for fax. we set the fax in a room that is quiet, no alerts, buzzes, dings or bells go off. When we receive a phone call or fax from someone we don’t know, we inform the person via a return fax, a phone call or that special button that says “unsubscribe”. We then go to our favorite mail order catalogues and opt out from all communications. Finally, we setup rules and conditions in our fax and telephone so only the good stuff comes to us.

For us, the fax machine and telephone work great. I have no complaints. I get 45 emails a day at work and 20 to my personal account. Every hour, I have zero unread messages. Zero..every single work hour. I auto confirm appointment invites if my schedule is free, I keep my contacts up to date, I have a shared calendar and I unsubscribe from every spam I receive immediately before marking it as junk.

Guess how many spam messages I received today to my Inbox + Junk folder? Eight. I received eight spam messages and zero social media emails and zero emails from companies soliciting me.

Because I know how to manage my email. It’s a skill everyone should learn.

September 1, 2015

Comments Off on My Car: Mod #10 – Volkswagen Golf R MK7 Window Tinting

Location: Tint King in Billerica MA. It’s about 2.25 hours south of me but the place was highly recommended and I was going to be on the NH / MA border this weekend anyway. I showed up at 2PM, they got started at 2:30 and I was out by 3:40 after talking about cars and answering all of my questions. A guy with a 2011 Audi A6 came in after me. Beautiful car.

I did FormulaOne Auto Tint Pinnacle® series at 50% on the windows “behind driver” I could have gone 35% but I actually don’t want a dark look. In NH, we are only allowed 35% max behind driver. I want to reduce UV and light since I have some sensitivity to light even with sunglasses. It’s with that said that I also did a Pinnacle Air Blue 80 on my front and small corner windows. This is not allowed in New Hampshire but the contrast between 50 and 80 blue is so much that it looks like the front is only OEM blued instead of being tinted. The guys did awesome work. you can’t even see the seams of these tints. the film goes glass to glass!

For me, the biggest thing was they were the only shop I could find that would do film on those small corner windows

I paid $380 and it’s all Ceramic film, 2 guys working for 1.5 hours on the car and I’m really happy with the work. I could have saved $100 to go Pinnacle non-ceramic but the benefits were great and the FormulaOne Tints are lifetime warrantied and transferrable if I ever sell my car, just give the tint receipt to the guy that buys the car next. Here are some photos of the install:

When i walked up to the car a few hours later at the grocery store, I’m a huge fan of 50%. Not too dark or too light, cops can still see in if they want as i have nothing to hide but it does look good alongside the darker blue car.

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

I got to see a Defender at the grocery store which was pretty awesome!

Volkswagen 2016 Golf R - Window Tinting

August 31, 2015

Comments Off on Linked: “Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses – The Ultimate Guide”

via M43:

I’ve already reviewed the sharpest lenses for Micro 4/3, the best lenses under $500, as well as portrait lenses. Today, I’m not only going to combine all that information, but I’ll adding much more information that will help you find your next lens for Micro Four Thirds. Let’s first state that “best” is very subjective. 

I’ve written about M43 lenses in the past. I shouldn’t have bothered because this guy nails it. Excellent list.

August 31, 2015

Comments Off on My Car: Mod #9 – Pro Clip iPhone Mount – Volkswagen Golf R 2016

ProClip Angled Mount #854854 + Adjustable Holder for Small to Medium Cases with Cable Attachment #514666 for iPhone 6 w/ small case

Packaging was okay, installation took all of 5 minutes. When a passenger gets in the car, they can’t fall in like a rhino. there’s less knee room for them and they will hit the dock and rip if off the front (like I did when I got in last night and a friend wanted to drive). just warn people that there’s an obstruction.

Taking the phone in and out of the case and clicking around on it is very easy. docking is good, no movement over bumps and no movement of the clip when I undock. it stays put perfectly. The cable looks great since it has only a small visible area before it goes into the cubby. I’d buy this again despite the high price. it gets the job done.

Pro Clip Golf R iPhone 6 Install

Pro Clip Golf R iPhone 6 Install