October 29, 2018

Article: DirecTV (Now) Not So Much

For those who regularly read this site, you may recall that I covered the launch and provided some updates a few months later on AT&T’s streaming service, DirecTV Now. I realized that with many things in the technology world, it’s easy to write about something, share opinions and experiences, and then move on. Since this had the makings of a long-term test, I thought it was best to check in again and share my current streaming setup…

October 16, 2018

Article: Contactless-less

Over the past four years, it’s been fun and exciting to see Apple Pay go from a niche, geeky service to something…just a bit less niche and geeky. However, there’s a few retailers that don’t support Apple Pay, or any contactless form of payment, despite either having the hardware or the resources to make it happen. It’s mostly political, either as an attempt to circumvent credit cards or pushing their own service, but still worth examining…

July 23, 2018

Article: Easy

Like many who run sites like this one, I have a separate day job and it happens to be working in technology. While I enjoy what I’m doing, there are always ups and downs no matter what you’re doing or who your employer happens to be. For the past few weeks, something has been bouncing around in the back of my head and it got to the point I wanted to share…

May 12, 2018

Article: Replacing AirPort with UniFi

Apple’s AirPort routers practically brought the idea of Wi-Fi to the masses, along with the original iBook. There were other manufacturers working on the idea and standard (early AirPort routers actually used a Lucent PC Card for their hardware), but back in 1999, it felt futuristic and the UFO design of the early models was downright cool. After years of neglect, Apple discontinued the AirPort line of products, leaving some wondering what to do now…

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…