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 …

Spotify, Apple Music, And The Masses Of Online Music Choices

A few months back, I gave the new Apple Music a go. As a long time Spotify user, I was mainly compelled by access to Apple’s library, with the expectation that the service would have access to the full catalog. Well, that’s not the case. With that, it’s not quite clear when a song is available Read More …

Capitalist Based Issues with Tech Tools

I hate, hate, hate feeling beholden to one entity. That feeling of helplessness; ugh! When it comes to tech tools for the business world, Microsoft and Adobe created great tools. However we’re stuck with whatever price they want charge. Take a look at the current shift to a subscription model.  Anyway, I feel a need to Read More …

Maker Day @ MOHAI: Coding

This looks amazing and delightful; what a great way to develop both creativity and technical problem-solving. I plan to get down there! Maker Day: Coding Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11:00am – 02:00pm On the last Saturday of the month, come to Maker Day at MOHAI to tinker, experiment and create alongside some of Seattle’s most innovative makers. Drop in Read More …

Long-Suffering RadioShack, My Geeky Youth Paradise

It pains me a bit to see RadioShack suffering so (see No new bidders emerging in RadioShack’s bankruptcy as 2,000 stores face closure over at Geekwire). It doesn’t surprise me, just saddens me. As an electronics enthusiast growing up (back in the 70s and 80s) this was THE place to see stuff, to get your gear. I Read More …

Spam from Zillow Email Address

Hey folks, I’ve noticed a slough of email from zms-248310770403394@reply.zillow.com. Besides a bunch of messages “We have received your case…”, I also have noticed that any reply to the that address goes to “everyone”. My theory: there’s a bot somewhere that’s taking every reply and blasting itself out. No, I don’t think Zillow has anything to do Read More …