I’m going to give an unpopular opinion. I am no fan of Trump but a supposed news like site Buzzfeed shouldn’t be posting news by saying we have no idea if this is true or not, we’ll let you decide. Yes, the details are salacious and everyone is getting a good laugh but if “fake news” is a problem (and I think it is to a degree) then this shouldn’t be the standard of publishing. Moreover, this guy Cohen who was supposed to be in Prague, was never there. He was at USC with his son (this has been confirmed). I know that Trump is the devil and if he says the sky is blue it needs to be rebutted but let’s be fair about what we are doing here.
Just because he has gone and said things with no proof, that does not grant us permission to do so as well. Additionally publishing this stuff allows the ignoring of bigger issues with Trump as president.
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Yesterday the official news came down that Pebble sold their intellectual property to Fitbit. I got my first smartwatch 4 years ago and it was a Pebble. Even though I moved on to other smartwatches, I still had a soft spot for the company and their products. While not the first smartwatch, Pebble was the first wearable device to take hold in the imagination of people and allowed people to imagine what a smart watch should and could do. For me it allowed me to realize what I needed in a smartwatch. Something to be able to triage notifications and possibly reply to things if a quick, canned reply was needed.
Pebble was a trailblazer. I don’t want to say they were ahead of their time but the were early in the game. Sadly when the mobile OSs like Android and watchOS came about they lost their advantage, especially when it came to iPhones1. I would even say that Pebble’s rise and fall mirror, in some way, that of another third party hardware maker, Palm. Both were tech darlings and crashed when better funded companies got into the market.
Today when you look at your appleWatch or AndroidWear device, just remember the company that got the ball rolling on wearable technology.
Whether or not it was fair for Apple to do this is a matter for debate. Strictly as a business matter it made sense. ↩
There is nothing like the culmination of a trilogy. As a reader you are always wondering if things will end as you expect them to end, or will there be a twist at the end that will shock you. In Bloodfeud, the final book of the Scarlet Star Trilogy, the author (Ben Galley) does a good job of managing the readers expectations while making sure there are some surprises at the end of the book. (Here is a review I wrote about the second book. Sadly the review for the first book is MIA)
The location is this book switches to London and only London where Tonmerion begins to execute his plan for revenge against Dizali. We see a lot of growth in both Tonmerion and his partner in crime Calliade as they need to deal with the obstacles they face in getting their revenge.
The twists at the end are good and they were both things I did not expect and in different ways.
I greatly enjoyed this book and although the author was kind enough to give me a review copy of Bloodfeud I went ahead and bought a copy on my own (like I have done with all of his books) because I believe you need to support your independent book authors.
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
It doesn’t matter if you are a conservative or liberal, republican or democrat I think you would agree that the debates are broken and need to be fixed. The question is how to go about doing that? The good folks at Intelligence Squared US have an idea, get back to what the debates are supposed to be about, the issues and seeing if the candidates know them.
This isn’t about the sound bites you hear the candidate make time and again. This is the candidates knowing about a specific issue and being able to talk about it in depth.
I’ve been a big fan of the debates they put on and as I have mentioned before they are always respectful and thought provoking, no matter what opinion you have. If you have not listened to them, I highly recommend you give at least one a listen.
To that end the people at Intelligence Squared have created a a petition to have at least one Oxford style debate this election cycle. With our help they can get some civility back into political discourse.
Note: This was originally posted in 2014 when I made the switch. It’s reposted now because of the news last week about Evernote’s change in pricing.
I have been a big fan of Evernote for a long time. The ability to keep your notes one place and have them automatically sync to any device is really what “the cloud” is all about. For a long time Evernote was my goto place for storing information. The fact it was the only cross-platform service of its kind helped me like it as well.
Earlier this year a competitor became cross-platform and I have found it works better for me how I like to organize my data. Microsoft’s OneNote is that competitor. At the root both services allow you to set up different notebooks for your various needs. However, where OneNote excels for me its use of the notebook metaphor and each notebook is allowed to have an unlimited number of tabs. Within those tabs you are able to have pages. This is opposed to the tagging Evernote does. A good example of this would be a cookbook. You can have tabs for your deserts, main dishes and appetizers and when you are on that tab you can see them automatically. As I said before the metaphor really works for me and how I prefer to set up my things. I suppose you can kind of do the same with subnotebooks in Evernote but it just doesn’t do it for me. As they say, your mileage may vary.
OneNote does have its faults. The biggest one I have seen is the ability to get data into OneNote. Specifically getting data out of Evernote and into OneNote. There is no import function on the Mac client. Another oversight is not having the ability to do handwriting. This is something Evernote does allow on their mobile devices with the Penultimate app. I believe these are a major oversights and ones Microsoft hopefully will address in their next release.
If you are on multiple devices and like to have your notes organized you can’t go wrong with either of these two services. However for my money OneNote is which works best for me.