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Relocating to California is something I look forward to doing again. A lot has changed since the last time I did this. Services like airbnb for short-term housing and LinkedIn for job hunting did not exist in 1999. Craigslist did, however, and it’s worth noting that is one of the few things that hasn’t changed, and I’m using it again to get rid of stuff.
This time I will be piloting alone and not having anything shipped. I’m liquidating everything that won’t fit in the car and basically restarting once I get west. A better car helps, this time it’s a 2004 Saab 9-3, vs the old ’99 VW bug. The Saab is screaming to going on a road trip and has tons of features for just that purpose.
This has got to be one of the more interesting and insightful articles I’ve read concerning the emerging field of wearable computing systems. It will be very interesting to find out how these new technologies will either hamper or enhance our experiences. I can imagine already that driving with Google Glasses on might be dangerous and become illegal at some point. Don Norman, a former Apple employee, talks about this kind of thing in general, and the taxing effects of multitasking specifically. Don’t believe the hype: doing 3 things at once makes you more distracted, not more aware.
The Paradox of Wearable Technologies
Can wearable devices augment our activities without distracting us from the real world?
This is a WordPress blogpost that has triggered a LinkedIn status update of it’s contents. Basically, whenever I publish a post to www.sundrumblog.com, my LinkedIn is updated at the same time. This being accomplished by a new web service called If THIS, then THAT (IFTTT), which is incredibly easy to use and configure. There are literally thousands of possible uses, depending upon which services you use already (Facebook, Blogger, Instagram, DropBox, etc).
The interaction model revolves around “recipes” which consists of “channels” and “triggers”. IF some web service does something, THEN some other web service does something too. That’s the bare bones description, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The channels are not just web services, but include email and SMS or even phone calling. It even connects to the WeMo Switch app-enabled accessory for household electronics. The Internet of Things is coming alive.
Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox browser, has steadily been woking on it’s own mobile operating system for about a year. Things are ramping up, and I am particularly excited to know that the first devices running the new mobile OS should be arriving next year. I’m sure I’ll have the new iPhone 5 well before then, but as a champion of open web standards and protocols, I’m happy to hear about the development. One small step for Mozilla, one giant leap for the mobile web. Mozilla’s efforts on this front will go a long way to help put mobile web sites and web-apps on feature parity with natively written apps for either iOS or Android, help spur innovation in the space, and allow more entrepreneurs to begin developing app without being limited to either Google or Apple. I am all for that.
Here’s a brief article from WSJ on an event Mozilla hosted recently regarding the newly named “Firefox OS” (which used to be “Boot to Gecko” or B2G”).
And here’s the word from the horse’s mouth on the subject at the Mozilla blog.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how this develops, and can’t wait for mobile web sites to get access to all the same hardware features native apps do (I believe the camera API is already available. One down, many to go…)
This is cool shit I’ve been messing around with lately:
• Using the iPad for designing and building websites (code & graphics)
• Using the iPad for the above with an external keyboard case – it rocks!
• Mirroring the ipad on the widescreen via HDMI (Google earth is so cool) – and shooting video of it
• Digital wifi feedback by calling an iPad from iPhone via facetime
Things I’m looking into:
• Trying to find a way for my mom to use an old iPhone 3G – pay as you go
• Looking into the rasperry pi (a hobby computer the size of a credit card for $25)
• Home-made tornado (miniature version first, then scale up)
• Lasers (with tornado)
• Lego Robots (with tornado and lasers)
Something that has occurred to me is that my battery is doing fine, but it is simply a by-product of me running everything to the hilt that is causing the decrease in capacity. I find it hard to get my work done without WiFi, Bluetooth, a bright screen, music or news playing, etc. The features that use up the most power are also those I want the most. I did perform a rudimentary test, turning off everything, and letting the machine just sit there and eventually go into sleep mode. I hadn’t started at 100% charge – but from around 80% down, it lasted for a good three hours. But the Apple website says I should get “up to seven hours of wireless web.” I think it is both true that my usage sucks up battery power, and that the battery is bad. I’ll know soon.