Saturday, October 31, 2020

Love the Back Tap. New button on your kidding!

Find the article on The Verge website

It's not a "back rub" which might sound pretty good right about now, but the "Back Tap" and it's good too. Much more of a treat with this trick.. It's a new iPhone capability that comes about from iOS14, which we all have upgraded to, right?

Thanks to a great article from The Verge by Chaim Gartenberg  - as the "Button of the Month" for October - I have now enabled Back Tap to get those screen shots from my iPhone that I often struggle with. Now, it's just a tap-tap on the back of my iPhone 8, rubber case and all. And given the large choice of functions potentially enabled with the double-tap, it makes me think about how I will use my triple-tap option!

Find under Accessibility and Touch, at the very bottom...

Scroll down the next list to find your choice to activate with two (or three) back taps...


Pondering my Triple Tap choices...

Happy Halloween and Happy Back Tapping!

Monday, October 26, 2020

We didn't start the Fire...

My collection of Kindle Fires - one of each size

I have been waiting to use that song lyric/title in SOMETHING on social media. When finally it occurred to me that I have a nice stairstep collection of Kindle Fires, each in a different size and color, I had my subject!

For now, it's also a chance to get back to something in blogging world. Other than my short book reviews, which I have been slow to produce lately too, my posts have dwindled to near zero. My topic of how the fax has played into the pandemic story had appeal, but that's now old news. Likewise, a few other tidbits have made me think blog post, but like with many things during these crazy times, for me at least, they don't get done.

So here it is...a Monday-morning color fest, and a rock-and-roll caption to go with. Does that work?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review: Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump

Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump by Michael Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For me, a must read

Having followed current events very closely I felt like I had to read Cohen's story.It was informative and even entertaining, in many places. The story of his growing sycophantic behavior certainly sheds light on others. All the detail on his work to cover up the affairs - money changing (or not) hands and the like - was much more than I needed.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Review: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great stories on Churchill’s first year as War PM

Erik Larson knows how to spin a tale, and I was delighted to have The Splendid and the Vile to read during these times (2020 coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis and social unrest). The backdrop of people in London carrying on, during the sometimes nightly Nazi bombing raids, is truly inspiring.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Welcome Apple Glass - seriously

One of a number of press coverage - this one from Apple Insider

My choice of this post's title ("Welcome...seriously") reflects a bit of an homage to the famous 1981 Apple advertisement, welcoming IBM to the personal computer market. This time, it's not an upstart company having the nerve to "welcome" the seemingly insurmountable computer giant into their backyard, the nascent "personal computer" market (and I credit IBM with popularizing the "PC" nomenclature). Instead, it's me welcoming Apple into the #smartglasses market. And like 1981, at this stage of the wearable-computing-eyewear market, it's early, with bona fide success for any or all players very much up in the air.

I just posted last month about Amazon's Echo Frames efforts, a product which include many things in common with the rumored Apple product. The big one, it would seem, is that both have the capability to be fitted with prescription lenses, meaning they can be full-time replacements for users' existing glasses.

The speculation about the Apple product's AR/VR functionality may end up winning the day, but to me, the main point of differentiation (at least as anticipated when Apple's product comes to fruition), is their assumed dependence on the companies' different "assistants", Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Apple Siri. It's accurate to say I use both of these technologies on a daily basis, and I view Amazon as having a very large advantage. While Siri manages to use my voice commands make a call or open an app on my iPhone, and Alexa does quite well with managing my home lighting and controlling a few (so far) other smart home functions, when they meet on the same playing field, like requesting information (just for fun, say, "who's birthday is it today?"), it seems Alexa is far more likely to speak back something pleasing ("today is Miles Davis's birthday", followed by a short bio of the late, great jazz great), whereas Siri seems to put the burden back on me ("Sorry, I don't see any matches in your contacts"). 

Like with Amazon Echo Frames, I am happy to keep an eye on this development from Apple. I just don't anticipate beating down the doors for a pair - or is it singular, as in "Glass". That nomenclature did not work so well for Google (with the quickly-coined term "Glasshole" gaining widespread buzz) - we will see for Apple!