As the quintessential early adopter and a propoent of creative disruption, I never thought I’d find myself saying this: when it comes to messaging, I’m old school.
Sure, email has it’s problems, but it works. The same goes for SMS. Both are ubiquitous - it doesn’t matter what mail client you have or what phone you use, it just works. For everyone.
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.
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.
Chances are that if you have a MacBook Air, you have dongles. You know, things like USB sticks, ethernet adapters, video cables for external displays and, thanks to it's two lonely USB ports, probably a USB hub. Or two. I got fed up with carrying my Bag O'Dongles and in the process of looking for… Continue reading Double-Duty Dongles
I then had an epiphany and decided to go all-USB.
Just. Like. That.