Husband, Dad, Follower of Christ, PCI ISA, PCIP. Security nerd who loves basketball and Japanese cars. My opinions are my own…
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Here is my iPhone homescreen to start 2021. I know… it’s pretty boring, right? The dock contains my most used apps, but the dock really no longer matters much as I only use the one homescreen. I use only one widget, Weather. There’s only one folder, which contains apps used only for work. All apps are in alphabetical order. I’m a nerd. 🤪

For those that care, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Bible: This one is here for easy access for obvious reasons. …

Neverware, the company who develops and offers CloudReady, has been purchased by Google.

First, what is CloudReady and why should anyone care if Google buys the company that makes it? CloudReady is based on Chromium OS, which is the open source version of Google’s Chrome OS. It is important to me because it breathed new life into my aging iMac earlier this year. It is also important to a number of other people who are trying to make their older machines last longer.

From Neverware’s FAQ:

I currently use the Home Edition on my children’s computers for remote learning — will I still be able to do this in the short term? …

Read a piece called “100 Tips for a Better Life” this morning. I’m usually pretty judgmental of these types of “advice” articles, but there is some really good stuff in here.

From Seth Godin:

“You’re welcome,” is not the same as, “it’s my pleasure.”


“No problem,” is not the same as, “I’m happy to help.”

Really good stuff.

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My Nest Hub playing Thelonius Monk via Apple Music

Back when I originally bought into Google’s ecosystem of smart speakers and displays, I was a Spotify premium subscriber, and I had this service enabled as the default. Even as an iPhone user, I originally chose Google’s smart speakers and displays over those of Amazon and Apple because of how much “smarter” the Google Assistant was than Alexa or Siri and how immersed I already was in Google’s ecosystem for email, calendars, and reminders. Other than a Prime subscription, I had nothing in Amazon except a few movie and Kindle purchases, and Apple’s HomePod was extremely overpriced.

Back then, Google Play Music was still a thing, and I had a vast library of purchased and uploaded music stored in Google’s cloud from when I was an Android user. As such, I could tell the Assistant to play a song or album, and it would play it from Spotify, or I could specify any song from my Google Play Music library, and the Assistant would play that. It all worked really well. …

I get that Apple is trying to spin not including a charging brick with the iPhone 12 as reducing environmental waste, but Matt Birchler makes some really great points here.

As for me, I’ll definitely be keeping my iPhone 11 for as long as I can.

Since receiving it as a birthday gift in September 2018, I can recall precisely two occasions when I have not worn my Apple Watch. The first occasion was for an important face to face business meeting, and I opted for a dressier watch. The second was this past Sunday. I have a few fairly nice watches that have been collecting dust on my nightstand, and on a whim, I decided to wear one of those watches to an afternoon family gathering.

It was not until I was asked at this family gathering what the temperature outside was that I realized how I had come to take for granted the wealth of information always available to me with a quick flick of the wrist. Forgetting that I was not wearing my Apple Watch, I glanced at my wrist only to see an analogue watch face, stagnant except for the second hand. It got me thinking. Being able to take a quick look at the current weather and the forecast for the next few days is certainly a convenience I had taken for granted. It made me stop to think about some of the other Apple Watch features that I use on a daily basis. …

Mark Frauenfelder writes on BoingBoing…

“I do feel weird about it; it feels like switching political parties. I’ve been a loyal Mac user for almost 20 years. But in that time span, Windows has evolved into an excellent operating system. This, and the fact that Windows computers are much less expensive than Apple computers, is enough to put me in the Windows camp.”

Mark’s piece resonates with me, as my wife recently went through a somewhat similar experience. This past summer, my wife was in need of a new laptop, and we bought her a new MacBook Air. She had used a Chromebook exclusively for a number of years, along with a few middle-of-the-road laptops. …

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Fall inevitably means new Apple products. In mid-September they announced a new watch and iPads, and they just announced new iPhones and a HomePod mini. Given that I have not yet used any of these products, the thoughts below are just some first impressions based on what was announced and my own bias.

New iPhones

Apple announced the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and they all look really sharp. They are reminiscent of the iPhone 5, 5S, and SE, but with the infamous notch, larger screens, and Face ID. They sport the newer, faster A14 Bionic processor, and the screen resolutions and cameras have, of course, improved across the board. …

Why I prefer the default iOS Mail app

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I am one of those people that actually likes email. Maybe it’s the fact that I came of age before texting, Facebook, Twitter, or even AOL Instant Messenger were things? Maybe I’m just weird? But the reality is, I really like email. I subscribe to a ton of newsletters, and I look forward to checking my inbox every morning. Yeah, it’s probably the weird thing.

I’m also one of those “inbox zero” people. For both work and personal email, I triage it as it arrives and deal with it accordingly. (Maybe in another post I’ll delve into the modified version of Merlin Mann’s system that I use.) Needless to say, as a person that has multiple email accounts, as a person who practices the “inbox zero” philosophy, and as a person who reads and responds to the majority of my email from my phone, a good email client is really important. …

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