Re: Microsoft Band

The reason Microsoft’s attempts in the hardware space fail is their constant discontinuation of products. Consumers are not going to buy hardware from a company when they know the products won’t last more than a year or two. Ergo, new hardware products will not be purchased dooming them to the cycle of failure. 

On Social Media

You are the star of your life story. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and even Snapchat among others provide a place for you to share that story with the world.

Let’s face it, not everyone is a bestselling author. You can read this site for proof; however, the bar for interesting material has fallen quite low thanks to these social media platforms.

While the inanity of everyday life may provide the occasional chortle, the inflated tragedies of first world problems are decidedly boring at best. There is no dearth of material on these networks, but there is certainly a lack of interesting content. 

Don’t misread me. I love my family and friends. I care about what is happening in their lives. I’d like to think they care about me as well. Here’s the dilemma. Do I want to read complaints and trivial matters all day?

No. I’d think that they don’t want to waste their lives on it either. I gave up on social media a couple of years ago now. 

Should you? Do what is best for you, but I have a recommendation. If what you are about to post isn’t noteworthy enough to phone your family and friends about, then cancel the post and come back when you have something worthwhile to share. 

Better yet, only share things when it doesn’t involve complaining. Life is too short. 

In other news, it’s fun to watch our Basset hound puppy attempt to catch fireflies on a summer night. She’s adorable. 

Tools and Meta Talk

After much casting about and grumbling over speed and security and various other issues, it looks like WordPress is still holding strong as the CMS of choice. Whether it is due to familiarity with customization or the ease of sticking with it despite some of my recent irritations with it, I don’t know. I do know that I usually don’t like meta talk on the site, but here it is anyhow. On the topic of tools for productivity, I have read several posts about an exodus from Evernote, my note-taking, everything box of choice, and in my opinion, the alternatives are inferior.

Yes, Evernote has its problems and issues, but for me, maintaining original formatting is critical for the “notes” I send to Evernote, and I have not found a service that is as good at it, nor have a I found a service that has as many integrations to allow for seamless import of notes. Microsoft’s OneNote comes very close, but still manages to mangle the content, and the UI concept of notebooks and sections (which have limits on the number of notes in them) with tabs as well as the need to open a notebook and the lack of easy sorting of notebooks on mobile make it a failure. I realize that there is a push for search and that is a primary way I find information in Evernote as well, but I do maintain an old system of note and folder organization in Evernote that makes it easy to browse and archive notes.

After much deliberation and testing, WordPress wins the CMS contest yet again. If I can offer one small bit of advice to potential contenders in the CMS space, documentation is king. If I cannot figure out how to customize your product for my sites, then I will not cast about for very long attempting to grok it and suss it out. I am old and cranky. So are most other people although they won’t admit it.

Open Blasphemy

It’s well known that I am a proponent of Apple products. However, I am typing this post on a Kindle Fire tablet. The non-HD, 7” model, no less. Why, you ask? One reason is to test the WordPress and Ghost editors on a small screen tablet, but another reason is that it is growing on me and has been quite a pleasure to use, screen pixel density aside.

Even though I prefer Apple products, I am heavily invested in the Kindle ecosystem with Amazon. Because of that, this Fire tablet has been amazing for reading. I still have my e-Ink Kindle Paperwhite, but I have been tearing through books on this device. I’ve tried reading on the iPad, but it seems a bit too large and even at the lowest brightness, far too bright for a dark room.

This device is not perfect, true, but I am enjoying it. I would likely enjoy an iPad mini. However, this tablet was $40 and is handy right now. I may write more about it later.

Pardon The Mess

I have been moving sites around and changing back-end services for hosting and testing out new CMS systems along with flat file servicing of web sites, so for the next little while, this site may be in flux and may look odd at times. Enjoy the variety and thank you for your understanding.

Autumn Leaves

Crisp air and the scent of decaying leaves mark the season colloquially known as fall. I revel in the thought of piling leaves high and jumping into them with my son. 

The season harkens the upcoming winter, but despite wishes for snow and sled riding, I am in no rush for this to pass. Time moves swiftly enough. 

When autumn leaves, so ends another harvest of delicious fruits, fun experiences, and fond memories in a year of laughter, love, and growth.