USPS Informed Delivery

In my mostly digital world, SnailMail is a chore.  That’s why I applaud the USPS’s new Informed Delivery service, which sends me an email every day so I can view it in my normal morning routine.

PhotoScan Is Great

It’s no secret that I’m a Google Photos fan1 2 and you can add PhotoScan to the list of features I love. Tonight we built a simple rig out of cardboard and within about an hour we scanned over two hundred fifty photos, then let Google automatically crop and rotate them.  Almost instantly they were available […]

Introduction to Google Photos

I need to help my Mom get familiar with Google Photos, so I gave her the following advice.  If you have any tips, please let me know at [email protected] I installed Google Photos on your phone which automatically syncs your photos to the Google cloud. Give https://photos.google.com/ a try RIGHT NOW and let me know how it goes! You […]

Google Home: Great For Music & Radio

After a few weeks with the Google Home (the voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant) I’m a fan because it’s so convenient for playing music and radio.  I’m finding myself listening to both more (and consequently watching less TV!) since it’s just so easy to walk into my apartment and say “Hey Google, play 90.9FM” […]

Web Landmines: Thrash, Nags & Bloat

This is a rant.  The wealth of information on the web is amazing, but I find it riddled with user experience landmines that make it an unpleasant medium for reading.  These landmines are so frequent that stumbling on nice plain HTML page, like paulgraham.com, is refreshing and relieving, instead of normal.  The modern web is […]

Outlook for Web

Recently I was somewhat shocked to learn that Microsoft Outlook for web has awesome features like pinning and the notion of important messages.  I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, since awesome open source web mail clients exist like RainLoop, but I was living under the rock of “nothing-compares-to-gmail.” The history of email web clients […]

Google Photos Has It All

Google Photos is a spectacular product that has helped to rekindle my passion for photography.  Since the launch in May 2015, I’ve uploaded 39,524 photos, created 117 albums and enjoyed countless “aha” moments, all while benefitting from a steady rollout of new features.  Google Photos makes it a joy to share and find my photos taken on both my […]

Pebble 2 is Part Fitness Tracker, Part Smartwatch

I’m now a week into using the Pebble 2 and I’m a fan.  I’ve wanted to try Pebble’s next generation smartwatch for ages, and almost 100 days after my wife’s pre-order and about a month after Pebble’s demise, it finally arrived*.  For my taste, the Pebble 2 gets all the hardware stuff right including: screen, waterproofing, battery, sensors […]

Wedding Name Cards

One task for our wedding was printing cards with names, table number and entreé choice. Microsoft Word would be great for the mail merge, but not the aesthetics; Adobe Illustrator would be great for the design, but I’m unfamiliar with it’s “variable data importer.” I wondered: “Can the browser do this?” and before long, with […]

Android 5.0 Battery Observations

I recently got a Droid Turbo 2 (Verizon edition,) which features a 3,760mAh battery, and with light use it lasts 2 full days on a single charge.  This endurance, combined with the rapid charger, is a compelling feature.  Once in a while my device consumes battery at twice the normal rate, which has lead me […]