Today, I’m trying to open, save and edit three documents that are each 50 megabytes in size. My MacBook Pro has 4 physical cores running at a base 2.6Ghz and 4 logical cores (via Intel Hyperthreading) yet Microsoft Excel still only uses one of those cores for its processes. We’ve had Core2Duo chips for 10 full years. I don’t understand why this is still a thing.
Note: on the screenshot above, applications that are multi-threaded will use over 100% because it’s each core so a video encoding process might use 800% CPU percentage. It’s juts how the iStatMenus developers chose to write their application. You’ll notice Excel using 100.1% but my system is 84% idea.
On my most recent trip to Chicago, I visited 3 Cafes. Intelligentsia, despite its size and reach in the Chicago area as being “over” in the eyes of the hippest and most discerning coffee lovers, I had a great time and it ranked the highest to me. Each coffee location is different but the quality of the coffee, staff and preparation methods offered were top-notch. I wish a cafe was like this in my area although the $42 a month I currently spend on beans would be greatly increased at the $4 a cup they’re charging for a pour-over cup to-go.
I had a fantastic time for an hour talking to baristas and watching them make coffee. The setup is very similar to Sight glass in San Francisco. A spacious rectangle with points of sale and coffee making equipment all around. You can sit down, a barista takes your order and prepares your coffee to order. I would love to work at this location because every thing was so well thought out. Hardware for making coffee (Chemex, kettles, cups) were stored in an easy to reach hanging shelf at the center of the setup. A hot water dispenser was available to fill a kettle and there were different grinders for each of the brewing methods offered.
Fantastic. Dense, thick, creamy but maybe a bit too sweet for my liking. I’d give it a 7/10 and the body of the espresso fell apart much faster than I would have expected.
Soy Chai Latte:
Well done! The steamed almond milk didn’t do a lot to modify the quality of the tea a bit and actually sat on top of most of the tea-goodness and added a bit of texture and sweetness on every sip. 8/10
Pour-Over with a single origin bean from Kenya:
This brew was done with a Chemex + Paper filter and a non-familiar gooseneck kettle I hadn’t seen before. I actually ended up taking this coffee to go so I could sip on it for a while because it was so good! Smooth, zero acidity and that trend lately where third wave roaster use half of the beans per water you’d think they would so that the drinker can pickup “nuance” was nowhere to be found. This was a very dark brew that had taste and kick. I don’t know why cafes are using less beans per ounce these days beyond “nuance” because the coffee just ends up tasting like tea. This was done right. 9/10 for presentation, preparation and overall quality of the cup! I even bought a bag to go.
I had 2 pastries, both were excellent. I can’t even remember what they were called. One was scone-like and tons of really moist berries, 9/10
I’d return to this location over and over again. I’ve had Intelligentsia beans before, sometimes fresh and sometimes not. This cafe did a great job of showcasing the bean quality with a lot of choices. Price though was a bit on the high end.
Let’s be real, though. If you’re eyeing this phone, you’re after its secret weapon, a four-row physical keyboard that slides out firmly from under the screen, trundle-bed style.
Typing on real keys with a phablet-sized 5.4-inch screen towering over them is odd at first, but once I found my acrobatic balance, my fingers were scurrying around at up to 60 words per minute. That’s about 20% faster than I type on my iPhone (though still 15% slower than on the BlackBerry Classic’s larger, wider, backlit keyboard).
I’m very jealous. A lot of Apple bloggers have jumped on to remark that we’ve moved past hardware keyboards but it’s easy to say that when you only use Apple devices in which a majority of the company’s revenues are from devices with software keyboards. I miss hardware keyboards. I rarely type on my iPhone or iPad and when I do, it’s about 90 seconds to type out a single sentence because every word is incorrect or correct and AutoCorrect changes it to something else entirely. I use real keyboards to get work done.
If the Priv ran iOS, you can bet I’d be lining up to buy one. It’s a shame that you either choose a company that respects your privacy or you choose the other guy (Google). The fact that the only remaining Google services I use are Voice & YouTube, I could never use a Google Android phone and not feel guilty about it and unfortunately, it seems the Blackberry Priv is the only device with a modern processor and hardware keyboard.
If Blackberry wants to send me one to review, I’d use it exclusively for a month without the Google services enabled. I love Apple but lacking a hardware keyboard is something I really miss every time I try to type out a sentence on my phone.