Once again, I avoided CES this year. In principle, I love CES, but it’s expensive and difficult to get around Vegas during the event. Since I’m not officially covering it, I simply gather the cool stuff from my favorite blogs.
Here’s what I found interesting this year.
I've wanted to go "all-usb" with my podcast setup for years but was always held back by the fact that there was no such thing as a "software channel strip" that would work with applications like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.
At one point, I went so far as to hack one together using a combination ofSoundflower (with Soundflower Bed) and GarageBand.
Soundflower is the audio routing software while Soundflower Bed is the configuration tool.
It worked, but the CPU on my 11-inch MacBook Air would max out, making the video capture almost unusable.
In today's of "subscriptions everywhere" I sometimes feel like I need an attorney to review all my user agreements before I sign up for anything.
As one of the original backers of Coin, I had completely given up on it.
I figured it was an experiment in crowdfunding, one where I was the butt of the joke.
Imagine my surprise when, after almost two years, I received an email asking me to confirm the shipping address for my Coin. ("Wow. Is it *really* going to ship this time?")
A week later, I was finally holding the impressively engineered device in my hand.
A number of years ago, I decided to simplify the number of items I carried day-to-day and consolidated my wallet and iPhone protection into a single case. (You can find some unique handmade items on Etsy.)
To date, I used a sleeve case with pockets on the outside for credit cards, ID, etc. This is primarily because I always preferred a "naked" iPhone instead of one that's in a case all the time. I've always liked the way the phone felt in my hand but also, a phone without a case is easier to fit into the mounts I typically have in my car.
All that changed when I purchased the iPhone 6 Plus.
You just can't make this stuff up.
From a sales call this afternoon...
I then had an epiphany and decided to go all-USB.
Just. Like. That.
I was a guest on this week's episode of The Tear Down Show along with Bob Knorpp of The BeanCast.
Thanks to Michael Wolf and David Spark for the invitation.
Listen below or subscribe here.
While I have a task list, that I manage religiously, email drives a lot of my workflow.
As a result, I've created a labeling system for my inbox to help me manage my tasks. It's loosely based on David Allen's GTD methodology, but I've adapted it to fit my own needs.
I want to share a seemingly mundane but completely work-saving solution I cobbled together.
I had two challenges, both overcome thanks to Moore's Law and a little research.
I swore that there were only two reasons that I'd stay with AT&T as my wireless carrier:
1. My thousands of rollover minutes and;
2. My grandfathered, unlimited data plan for iPhone
This past week, I proved myself wrong on both counts.
I always make sure I have some cash on hand to pay the neighborhood kids to shovel snow after a storm, and Nemo was no exception.
Am I wealthy enough to afford to pay people for all my household chores?
Am I so damn lazy that I have to others do it?
Almost exactly a year ago, we were without power (And heat. And fresh water.) for almost five days.
My wife and I vowed that we would never go through that again if we could help it, so we planned to buy a generator and transfer switch for this year's storm season so that we could power our home's basic necessities (heat, hot water, sump pump, fridges).
Long story short, we didn't. The money we budgeted for a generator went toward replacing our broken hot water heater, but we vowed to get a generator as soon as it made sense for our budget.
Then we started tracking Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday night, my wife said, "We should get a generator tomorrow."
Powering our sump pump is critical for us, especially after installing a new hot water and heater and, six months earlier, replacing a broken washing machine - both of which are located in our relatively wet basement.
At 7 AM on Friday I began calling around, looking for generators. Most retailers laughed at my request while others were sympathetic to my search - but they still couldn't help me as there weren't generators in stock, anywhere.
So I started to do some research to find a creative solution. Here's what I came up with.