New AppleTV & George Orwell

Short version: Unless you are wanting to play a few games on your TV, or unless you want to cut the cable cord, the new 1st gen TV is a total pass. Version 1 of the tvOS is, as has become standard practice for Apple’s new products, a big step backwards. The foundation they have set in place has potential… Continue reading

Modern Day Gramophone

I came across this old photo in the attic at grandma’s: her old gramophone playing her old iPad, circa 1929 or so. Obviously it didn’t come from grandma’s house. The Gramophone came from Restoration Hardware a couple of weeks ago and acoustically amplifies the music from the handheld device you place in the slit. It actually works amazingly well. The… Continue reading

Canceling AT&T iPhone Service

I’ve always hated AT&T. I ditched them many, many years ago. After an unacceptable experience with Sprint, the first option for getting rid of AT&T, I went to Cingular. I was a relatively happy Cingular customer. Cingular signed the deal with Apple to be the first and only carrier with iPhones. Shortly after they had exclusivity, AT&T bought them. I… Continue reading

It Was Her First Time …

It was my first time … It seemed unnecessarily awkward. It was just not going the way either of us thought it would. Wasn’t this supposed to be fun? We kept trying different positions—every position we could think of. Nothing seemed to work. Until, very unexpectedly, it happened. It really was ghastly fast. Frankly, it wasn’t at all what I… Continue reading

Replay: A Saturday in October

Replay I first heard of this simple iOS movie app, Replay, in the Apple Keynote this past week. It’s free. I thought I would check it out. Indeed, it works as represented: a really easy way to select photos and video from an event or day and create a fast, relatively interesting movie with a variety of theme choices available.… Continue reading

iOS 8: Now, That Just Ain’t Right!

Get ready… I was sitting here working away when my new phone rang, the one with the new 415 number. Only one person in the whole world knows my new number right now, and the person calling wasn’t him. How did this other person, who I know, get my new number? I checked my old phone, which was still on… Continue reading

Weekend of Bad Karma/Good Karma

I think we general experience good karma, but this weekend was a dramatic departure from the norm. Steve was here from Atlanta. His locked AT&T iPhone 6 had arrived on Friday. We decided to take it back to the Apple Store because we were switching to T-Mobile. Off we went to the T-Mobile store in the Marina district. Because of… Continue reading

Announcing My New Phone Number

I just posted a moment ago that I switched mobile carriers (from AT&T to T-Mobile). I also chose to change mobile numbers. I had a Beverly Hills area code (310) from my Los Angeles days and have now changed to a San Francisco Bay Area area code (415). After all, I do feel more like a hipster from the Bay… Continue reading

Changing Mobile Carriers

I’ve had an iPhone since they originally were introduced seven years ago. I actually waited in line for several hours at the Apple store in Lenox mall, Atlanta, Georgia. I posted about that experience back in the day. I’m one of those few remaining users who got AT&T’s unlimited data plan. But I’ve always hated AT&T1. To me, they have… Continue reading

The Next Big Thing

I occasionally actually overhear conversations about the next big thing all around the bay area. After all, this is the epicenter of the tech industry. In this post, I’m going to let you in on what I think “the next big thing” is going to be! Reflecting on the Recent Past Aaron Swartz Back in 2003 – 2004 I discovered… Continue reading