The Samsung S6’s Voice Assist And Other Annoyances

My son managed to turn on Voice Assist on his S6. Don’t do this unless you really mean to. And I recommend spending some time learning about the system before diving in. For me, coming into the middle, it was an exercise of frustration. Fortunately, I figure this stuff out.  The biggest challenge was learning Read More …

Hackers claiming to have info for millions, including *gasp* celebrities

Hackers claim to have personal info of millions of Instagram accounts, including celebs When I first heard the story (not this specific article), I believed that the photos were pulled from her phone. Which is what caught my attention. Now I’m a bit puzzled. Ok, they posted nude photos of Justin Beiber on Selena Gomez’s Read More …

Me and My Neti Pot!

Last week was pretty awful for my allergies, with all of the smoke coming down to greater Seattle from BC. So, with a dollop of rain on Sunday, and the changing winds, our smoke has cleared and my allergies have been far less cranky. Well, for a few days. Now, though, something has started blooming. Read More …

Google, Music, Spotify and Being Behind Knowledge-Wise

So, my family watched quite a bit of YouTube. Everything from Rick Steves to vloggers to geek stuff. I’ve learned so much more about the extended Star Wars universe than I ever thought possible. I consider myself a great master of Jedi lore and wisdom, until YouTubers instilled great humility in me.  Seemed a good Read More …

Some Recommended Regional Real Estate Reading

Here are few articles that feature important information about the greater Seattle area: Seattle home prices rise at more than twice national average, as U.S. tech hubs see biggest gainsI know most everyone is aware of the regions housing prices and the issues they’ve spawned. It is valuable to have quantitative info to support the Read More …

My weird brain, sci-fi and technology 

​My love of things geek manifests in strange ways at times. A huge fan of Ghost in the Shell, I wonder about Wi-Fi protocols and data throughput when people “think” at each other. Or how many servers are on the Death Star? RAID drives? How much email gets sent daily? What kind of data connection Read More …

Another Reorganization At Microsoft

As a former Microsoftie with many friends still there in Redmond, I follow these news stories with intent. We’ve had a few stories hit the wire the past couple of days: Microsoft Is Planning Sales Reorganization Focused on Cloud Microsoft reportedly set to lay off thousands as part of massive sales reorganization: From Geekwire Internal Read More …

Some considerations on the “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act”

So, I read this article “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act” over at KNKX and have a few concerns. Mainly, we do so much more with our phones than just call/text. Will this bill make using GPS illegal? What about radios? I often use my phone to play music. Where does that fall? Now I haven’t Read More …

Some thoughts on the current state of the Streaming Music Business

Earlier today I read this piece from my friends at Geekwire: “Music service Rhapsody posts record $35M net loss even as revenues climb to $202M“. I’m not simply concerned about a long-standing Seattle tech company struggling, but also that entities like Spotify are also bleeding cash to keep their market share. The losses are not Read More …

2015 Year In Review via WordPress

I’ve been using the Jetpack WordPress toolbox (my name for it) for a couple of years now. I like their tools and customization options. And then I got this email a week or so ago, and found it fun.   A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times Read More …