Is it just me, or have there been a lot of robot-themed movies lately? I suppose it’s not really that surprising, as science fiction is one of the best barometers of cultural zeitgeists.
I heard a really fascinating episode of one of my favorite podcasts recently (99% Invisible). It was about hacking IKEA furniture. They interviewed the curator of a website devoted to the niche art form.
My wife had a dream of raising chickens and she made it a reality. It wasn’t something I was extremely eager to get into at first. But I have to admit that they are fun, curious little creatures.
Last time, I talked about two key aspects of technology that tend to make loyal customers: platform ecosystem and user experience.
It was a natural transition from owning Macs for the better part of a decade to iPods and then finally iPhones. Apple has done well to keep the user experience very fairly consistent between all the platforms. That is probably their single greatest contribution to the technology world: coherent ecosystem. In other words, the way you work on a Mac tends to be naturally the way you would work on an iPhone. And that’s a good feature. It makes for loyal customers.
I love IDEOne. It’s a fully debuggable online compiler for a bunch of software languages. And there’s no need installing a plugin to format source code correctly on my blog, when this service offers embeddable links. Like this:
By the way, this isn’t compiling. Anyone have any pointers? See what I did there? Pointers?
I’m a big fan of Dropbox. I (and the rest of the internet) have been using it in free mode for quite some time. I probably don’t need to tell you what it is. What I particularly love about the cloud is that it kills two birds with one stone:
- Syncing your files painlessly between all your devices (computers, phones, tablets)
- In the process, giving you easy backup (by way of mirroring your data across multiple personal devices, as well as in the cloud)
I’ve always loved following tech. The emergence of the wearables market has been a fascinating one: a convergence of small form factor, low power, and high performance electronics. In particular, this market really couldn’t have happened without the smartphone industry blazing the trail, since wearables leverage multiple technologies like touch screens, accelerometers, compasses, and wireless interfaces.
And yet, I’ve been pretty reluctant to actually buy a wearable. I’m a late adopter. I’m also fairly inundated with enough tech already. So having another device to sync, charge, socially link, and generally pay attention to, wasn’t a prospect I was eager to jump into.
You read that right. I’ve made the switch. Got rid of my iPhone(s) and careened over into Android territory. And so far, the grass is still pretty green over here.
Well, I’ve officially joined the DIY electronics community. Last week, I attended my first Maker Faire. It was my city’s first ever, and I was determined to take one of my projects as a booth participant. Nothing like a deadline to get my hind quarters into gear and (kind of) finish a project!