Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WTF happened at Apple?!?!

After thinking more about the WWDC keynote and seeing the various betas that are now out, I have to ask, WTF happened as Apple appears to be listening to Apple fans and giving us what we want.

Now nothing is ever perfect, but if you look at the list of things that Apple fans have been wanting, it seemed like they hit every reasonable request they possibly could.

iOS 11 on the iPad looks exactly like what Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs have been begging Apple for on Canvas their iOS productivity podcast.

WatchOS got updates that matched what Tailosive Tech asked for on youtube

Then, the most obscure feature that Merlin Mann has been asking for, the automatic deletion of unused apps, even showed up.

So, I think something important has changed internally at Apple. It seems the years of whaling and gnashing of teeth that the apple fanboy community has caused some changes and I couldn't be happier.

Monday, March 13, 2017


With my best friend Lucas, we started a beer podcast called Untitled Beer Podcast.

Not the most original name but it is more just an excuse for us to get together for drinks once a week and talk about stuff.

If you like beer and drunken commentary then you might find it amusing.

Any constructive criticism is appreciated and you can contact me via twitter @mulderc

If you would like to join in we would be happy to buy you a beer! please just contact me

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Inside a Philips Hue bulb

I have been using Philips Hue lights for years now and like them a lot. They are probably the easiest way to add some color and smart home automation to your home. Today one of my lamps fell over and damaged a brand new bulb. I thought I might as well share with everyone what they look like inside.

Here is the light right after getting damaged.

I then peeled away some of the broken glass which showed the LEDs which are encased in what appears to be a plastic bubble.

The light actually still works!!!

If you enjoyed and would like to help fund a replacement bulb, I take bitcoin ;)

Bitcoin Address: 15otFqM3UwwCkVa3fCh6xu5y9TsrLxCqBC

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 (2016) You get what you pay for

After my Nexus 7 had died, I started searching for a new tablet and was having problems finding anything at a good price in the size I​ wanted. Finally, Amazon announced the Fire HD 8 update and given the price I decided to order one, but this tablet has taught me that you do get what you pay for.

This is a decent tablet for the price, but it has some serious drawbacks. The app store that comes with the device is very limited and is missing many apps you would expect to find, for example there really isn't a decent email app in the Amazon app store. You can sideload apps but this is a small security risk, and your results will vary depending on the app. The screen is my biggest issue with the device as it is a much lower resolution screen than other tablets I am used to. Battery life has been decent but not as good as I was expecting. The feel of the device in the hand is very plastic; you know that you are holding an inexpensive tablet.

Overall if you need a cheap tablet, this is a decent choice, but I would recommend saving up for something that has a better screen. ​

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Adventures with OmniFocus and GTD: Part 0

I have dabbled with the GTD methodology for years now, and although I think it is a great productivity system, I just couldn't ever get it set up to where it didn't feel like more work than it was worth. I have also played with OmniFocus for years but never committed to it, mostly due to not having an iPhone or a Mac at work.

Well, I finally picked up an iPhone, and I finally am busy enough at work that I needed to improve my productivity, so I have dived into the wonderful world of GTD and OmniFocus.

For the next few weeks, I plan to blog semi-regularly about my experiences and thoughts. Hope you join me for the ride

Thursday, November 26, 2015

THE EXPANSE is pretty damn good and you can watch first episode right now!

Being a huge fan of the books I was pretty worried that Syfy would screw up the TV adaptation but the first episode was pretty amazing. Best new Sci-Fi show in a long long time.

Please check out the first episode and if you like it go check out the books. You can also pre-order the whole first season for just $15 on google play.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Building A 12-Story Highrise From Wood In Portland's Pearl District

I have been reading about high-rises built from years now and finally Portland is getting one. I think this sounds amazing, can't wait to see what it is like.