January 20, 2018

Article: Thoughts on BMW’s Decision to Charge Subscription for CarPlay

Earlier this week, BMW announced that CarPlay would be treated as a yearly subscription option on 2019 and newer vehicles. Previously, it was always a $300 option on cars, in contrast with many manufacturers who include it with all models or at least a certain trim level or higher. I think this move is consumer-hostile, hope it doesn’t become a trend across the industry, and have moved BMW to my “never” list for future vehicles…

January 6, 2018

Article: Stepping Back From Social Networks

As we start 2018 and the meta-topics of social networks are being discussed on social networks, I started thinking about my use and what value these are bringing to my life. I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to share my strategy with some thoughts on what led me to those decisions. These conclusions may not work for you, but maybe they’ll serve as some inspiration…

December 14, 2017

Article: The Future We Might Deserve?

Some time today, the FCC is expected to vote to repeal most of the 2015 net neutrality regulations. These rules prevented broadband providers from blocking or slowing down web sites or apps. This apps prevented companies from making deals to give certain kinds of traffic priority over others. The only thing that will remain is that providers must disclose what they do with web traffic…

November 21, 2017

Article: Back to the iPad (Again)

Well, that didn’t last long. Since I wrote about using an iPhone as my primary device back in September, I have found the iPhone 8 Plus to feel “normal” in comparison to the iPhone 8 or SE, and really like the additional features. However, I have also found out how I much I missed having an iPad for around my apartment, writing, and just in instances where the iPhone screen is a bit too small…

September 25, 2017

Article: Working From An iPhone

Choosing a particular device to be your primary computing device can be very rewarding once you think you’ve made the right choice. I managed to get most of my use to a 12.9″ iPad Pro. In tandem with an a current-generation Mac mini and an iPhone SE, my personal technology lineup was pretty complete. At work, I was doing most of my work off of a work-issued iPad Air 2 or my iPhone in a pinch…