Feb 222016
 

So I (finally) got a day with weather warm enough to fit in a quick jaunt down the rail trail.  I burned some time finding some gear to keep my head and legs warm, so I could only fit in an hour on the trail, unfortunately.

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I was excited to try see how well the Apple watch would work with Cyclemeter to record “real-time” heart rate monitoring.

 

 

 

While the results weren’t perfect, (somehow it quit after 2 miles) I’m hoping that the new software update will improve things.  I’m interested to get more accurate calorie counts.  We shall see!  Now for some warmer weather…

Feb 282015
 

So I finally get serious about filtering spam to my own mailbox… Old addresses are forwarded there, so I get a lot of spam. Also, having a local IMAP store is always nice. Since I have e-mails now that go back sixteen years… 2 GB of storage offered by ISP’s at prices I am willing to pay simply won’t cut it. On the other hand, I think the freeze/thaw cycle is causing major Internet suckage at my house. The main feed is full of water… Interesting that it doesn’t seem to affect the video feeds, but Internet has been off for several hours each day this week.

Everything is Awesome!

Internet Suckage

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Oct 082013
 

In a post-PC world, my interest in computers and computer systems has been renewed by the abundance of low-cost, yet powerful devices that run variations of UNIX-like operating systems.  Though I am working with the OSX GUI mostly, I find that familiarization with Linux helps me bridge the gap between Windows, Mac OS, Android and allows me to identify and manipulate – copy/modify/etc – shared code.  Though individual command syntaxes vary greatly, their purpose as it relates to interaction of software/hardware components shares a similar logic.  Each process; each subroutine; each byte; can be identified and replicated on the other platforms…

Using a universal or unifying language can deliver the convergence of technology/device that major vendors have missed when evolving their market strategy around “the cloud” – what’s it all about?  In the end, it’s about access to information.

Aug 092013
 

So learning cli commands for multiple operating systems simultaneously is reminiscent of taking french and spanish in school.  Twenty years later, and I speak neither.  Thankfully, ‘unix-like’ pretty much means that someone already wrote a conduit, recipe or package for your favorite tool.  How I managed to not totally blow away my system messing around with brew, fink and an assortment of other package installers before I got my bearings, I’ll never know.  Not quite ready for Gentoo, but I’m starting to get the hang of Arch Linux.  I see a raspberry pi in my future.  By the looks of things it’s like the microcomputer equivalent of the swiss army knife.  Looks like you can set one up as a universal repeater/plex media center client which would be handy on vacation…

 

And here’s the proof that more of out customers are using Macs than ever before: