Technology: iPhones 14, Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2nd Gen

This post on MacRumors inspired me to write this post. From that post:

The Apple Watch Edition line had been available since the launch of the original Apple Watch in 2015, and in recent years had offered titanium casings with an additional, exclusive watch band. The Apple Watch Ultra is now the only Apple Watch to offer a titanium casing.

There’s a reason I purchased an Apple Watch Edition last year. The writing has been on the wall for a while and since I was desperately hoping for a ceramic white re-do, I was expecting Apple to do something drastic and would give us a lineup that was $199-$999 for Apple Watch with SE sitting at the bottom,  Watch at $299/$399, Ceramic at $699 as an Edition and Pro at $999 with features I wouldn’t want or need such as the inclusion of a mobile camera or extreme tolerances to cold/hot temps or high & low altitudes such as underwater tolerances that greatly exceeded where I would go. I was going to stick with the Edition watches personally.

I was worried a year ago that Edition would go away so I bought one, a 45MM Space Black Titanium and I added AppleCare which gave me a 3 year warranty. Little known fact about the Edition models that you have a 3 year warranty as, by default, they come with a 2 year standard warranty. I have almost entirely stopped using my Space Black link bracelet and now exclusively embrace my collection of sport nylon bracelets in different color styles (Pride, Olive Green, Red and Nike Grey). These are so light weight and pair well with the almost non-existent weight of the Titanium. I’ve gone totally opposite from the heavy weight of the Stainless Steel + Link Bracelet I wore every single day from series 0 until series 6. 

For iPhone, I was expecting Apple to kill Lightning in lieu of wireless only, a larger screen size and move away from the heavy stainless steel (something I actually value on iPhone) so last year, I purchased a maxed out iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1 terabyte of storage with AppleCare again expecting a 2-3 year ownership like the watch. 

On Friday, I gave Apple $2,647 and purchased:

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max, 1TB – Gold
  • Apple Watch Ultra – Orange Alpine Loop
  • AirPods Pro 2nd Generation

So much for self control. I will be selling my iPhone 13 for around $1100 since there are very few 1TB models for sale so surely there’s a person in a niche who wants that much storage and willing to pay $100 more than a 512GB capacity phone. I will not immediately sell my 45MM Titanium Space Black Series 7 watch even though it’s worth about $650 ($250 less than I paid) due to its rareness as the last non-ultra Edition in Space Black Titanium. I will be putting my AirPods Pro in my secondary carry bag that is just my iPad Pro as a backup pair because the battery is pretty good and I’d be using them in a quiet office space where the enhanced noise cancelling features aren’t necessary.

If you’d like to see a few photos of my Apple Watch ownership story (so far), I created this post last year on my move to Titanium from Stainless Steel.

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Why did I spend $899 on my watch and $1499 on my iPhone 12 months ago just to sell them a year later? Well guys, that wasn’t the plan! Duh! Apple did a few things that really convinced me that I needed to give them another wheelbarrow of cash. 

Apple Watch Ultra

I waited 5 days to pre-order this watch as I was torn between pros and cons. Here’s the reasons why and the reasons why I’m keeping my Series 7 for a while or at least until the Ultra’s return policy is up just in case I end up not liking it:

Pros:

  • 1.5 days of battery life or 5 days depending on what power mode you choose
  • 49mm display and more information on the Infographic Module that I use nearly full time
  • Protected Digital Crown eliminates false presses when I’m wearing motorcycle gloves
  • Free strap (I had bought an Orange Alpine Loop for $99 then realizing I could just spend $649 more and get the loop for free — LOL)
  • Activity Button with tracking for way points when riding off-road

Cons: 

  • Activity Button which is necessary to mark way points when off-road tracking isn’t accessible when I’m wearing gauntlet motorcycle gloves
  • Hard (not smooth) corners around the screen will mean the titanium will surely get damaged, scratched and dented when I bang it against walls, trees, motorcycle parts
  • Digital Crown may be harder to use with my full GoreTex gloves but that’s not clear
  • Larger screen = larger touch points. I already get false touches from my gloves when riding in the rain and bits of water gets between my gloves & watch face
  • Heavier than my 45MM Titanium watch by quite a bit. My S7 SB Titanium – 45.1G. My old stainless steel was 51.5 grams. The new Ultra is 61 grams. That’s a BIG jump
  • Overall, it may be too large and bulky to use when actually doing physical activities like lifting weights or riding my motorcycle with off-road waterproof gloves.

I’m going to give it a try and see if I like it. I may not. Honestly, it might be too large completely in which case I’ll fall back to my now obsolete Series 7 with all of the features I need in a very lightweight titanium case with a 3 year warranty.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max – 1TB

A bit of housekeeping, someone asked me a while back if I’ll actually use all 1 terabytes of storage. I just opened my iPhone’s settings and I have 190 gigabytes free with 1.02TB of total capacity. I’m using 820 gigabytes of space on my iPhone. Also, after 1 year of ownership, I have a battery health of 92%. The warranty expires 9/24/2022 but I have Amex covering 1 additional year of warranty and any accidental damage through a credit card perk if I pay my cell phone bill with my Amex card. My iPhone 14 will have AppleCare because I am paying Best Buy $199 a year as a Total Tech Member. They didn’t realize I’d actually take them up on “free AppleCare” for all of my devices and Best Buy is now paying for Apple Care on two MacBooks, two iPad Pros, Two AirPods (Pro+Max), two iPhones and an Apple Watch Ultra. I’m getting my money worth for their $15 a month program that gives me no restocking fees, extended return period and free AppleCare. If you buy a lot of Apple Products, give Best Buy Total Tech a try.

Moving on, The iPhone 14 has some pros that are VERY interesting to me and make the upgrade worth it:

  • Dynamic Island (making the notch/pill useful)
  • Always on display (boy do I miss Blackberry’s red flashing light when you have a notification but this is a good compromise 20 years later)
  • 48 Megapixel raw images
  • 50% improvement to low light photos
  • Re-introduction of the 2X camera
  • Improvements to all 4 cameras (I will link to the Halide Blog’s breakdown when they put one up but there are a LOT of improvements)
  • Satellite SOS (I’m paying Garmin $35 a month April – November plus having to carry a bulky InReach with me every time I ride and this is free for 2 years)
  • One additional hour of battery life
  • Reduced burn-in risk on OLED (I have light burn-in today)
  • They kept the Lighting port (I wanted USB-C but I think we’ll go port-less before they go USB-C)
  • Very possibly new thermal management that will keep the iPhone from overheating in direct sunlight (mine dims the display and overheats every day that I’m outdoors which is the same issue with my iPad by the way. I can get 15 minute of use on my iPad when in direct sunlight before it overheats and goes into power reserve)

Cons: just the price. $1599 is a LOT of money for an iPhone. I’m getting AppleCare for free and the iPhone is sales-tax free thanks to living in New Hampshire. I’ll likely get $1150-$1200 for my old iPhone (one company guaranteed $900 if I sell it through them without dealing with any people) so this is not a HUGE cost to upgrade. I’m glad I didn’t pay for AppleCare on my old iPhone or pay a monthly fee to Verizon and get locked into a 30 month plan like my wife.

There really aren’t any cons to upgrading. This is the same iPhone I love today with a lot of new upgrades that will save me time and money and allow me to use the iPhone for day rides off-road without having to bring my SLR even though I’ll continue to bring my SLR for many trips because the photos are MUCH better. Just an example, here’s an iPhone 13 Pro Max photo next to a Canon 5D Mark IV with my 70-200 MM lens. I’m still not shooting exclusively with iPhone except for trips that are just one day on my dirt bike. 

iPhone:

People iPhone

SLR (same people, same time, same lighting)

People SLR

iPhone is years away from producing photos like this but it’s getting easier to live with it on a short term trip.

AirPods Pro 2nd generation:

I’m stoked with the features that were added. From memory and in short:

  • Price remains unchanged at $249 (HUGE)
  • Double the noise cancelling
  • Selective noise cancelling and I hope it works on children screaming at a cafe. Jackhammer sounds aren’t something I deal with but I’d love to wear AirPods with Transparency turned on more often and have coffee grinders, children, Harley motorcycles and horns honking be removed. This is the feature that will make AirPods full-time wear for many folks who get agitated with loud noises
  • Audio boost of voices again, in transparency mode hearing someone talk but not a coffee grinder will be amazing
  • Improved spatial audio based on the shape of my ears (wow)
  • Better fitment with more tips (excellent, the Large size falls out because it’s too large to go deep and the medium falls out because it’s too small
  • Bettery battery life
  • Find My support with a loud speaker on the case

I’m excited and there are no downsides except for cost which the iPhone was the same. Tons of upsides but the downside being having to pay to upgrade. Apple can you please bring out a $250 a month “anything plan” so I can just always have the latest laptop, iPad, AirPods, iPhone and Apple Watch? I’d sign up tomorrow. 

Overall, this was a fantastic event. I won’t be purchasing the next iPad or MacBook Pro but I’m still holding some dollars for a ProDisplayXDR that is half the price of the current one. I want something 27-30” that is 6K without all of the reference monitor features that the current $4999 ProDisplay has and ideally a much better webcam than the Studio Display but there’s always next year.

Here’s the products I pre-ordered:

BestBuy2

BestBuy1

Thoughts on Education and Welfare

I wrote something in a local community message board which was my off-the-cuff thoughts toward a wave of both conversations and actions to take on student loans debts and post-primary-school education of Americans. I wrote:

I didn’t attend university. It’s a choice I made and I did okay for myself. The majority of my professional relationships are with folks who not only went to a college but their education was free. I’m talking about Europeans. My dutch, German and danish colleagues had a free or nearly free education and they were able to graduate, get their job and begin building a savings and preparing for retirement just like I did after I got my first job at 16 when I started checking out of high school. I graduated barely but I got to start saving. I’m 36 now and my wife has a masters degree. She makes less than me but pays more in her income to loans because she started her career a full 7 years after I did. I had a huge head start on her but also acrued zero debt. From age 29, I had a mortgage. That’s it. No other debts.

I look at how my colleagues in Europe live and how many of my friends here live and I think there are many forms of education that should be subsidized. Not just university but schools to learn a trade, get a CDL, become a nurse or CPA. There are professional jobs that I think should cost people who have a passion for them nothing. This will of course increase the amount of cash-grab predatory companies who will try to take advantage of a pool of federal money so loan forgiveness and subsidies are a good idea but access to that money needs to be regulated as well. Florida State can’t just make a 4 year degree $250K because they can. I don’t know how Europe does it but there has to be a reasonable cost of education put in place. Maybe the recipient pays the difference if the cost is over $50K a year? I don’t know.

All of this drama over ‘handouts’ is sadly the same dog & pony show where those for it just want to forgive loans and those against it just want to say it’s welfare when the fact is, there’s plenty of money to make this happen if someone brave enough just proposes a tax code reform that forces everyone to pair their fare share. Close these millions of loopholes that allow anyone with a good enough accountant to cut their tax bill by 10-15% with little effort. The money is floating around but isn’t being put back into our economy to invest in these ‘welfare’ programs.

So long as there are tax loopholes, wealthy folks will exploit them while still tapping into the programs that could be seen as welfare (PPP, grants, handouts) and pretending that the poors like us are do-nothing welfare cases mooching off the government.

like libraries, education should not cost anything. I educated myself with just an internet connection (which was a DARPA subsidized program) and real world experience. If someone needs to be in a classroom for that same education, we shouldn’t charge them the equivalent of a house to get it.

The bullshit here is by investing in education, healthcare and infrastructure using tax dollars collected from everyone as a flat percentage of income makes America stronger. We’re weakest in so many areas (drug, crime, education, decreasing lifespans) and yet we’re doing nothing about it but arguing over bullshit. Tax everyone 25%, invest in our people and country and actually make America better than ever instead of pillaging it and throwing scraps to anyone making less than a million dollars a year.

The economic benefits to our fellow citizens is immeasurable. There’s a reason why millions of people from all over the world come to USA for their education. We have great schools here but the median income household American can’t afford to send their kids to one of our great schools anymore. The economic benefits of natural born citizens is HUGE. We’re gutting our country making an education accessible only to the rich. Some would say that’s by design but that’s a short term gain for some and a long term loss for our country.

I am privileged in making the opinions you’re reading because I work with university students as a large part of my job. I connect engineering students to tech roles. I spent last week screening 350 resumes for my 60 person a year internship program that I run in 5 countries. I also act as a connector on LinkedIN for anyone who wants an introduction to my professional network. About 40% off my LinkedIN contacts are enrolled or graduated students in the computer/data sciences fields. As someone who never went to any university, it’s weird to spend a full day at an Ivy League school with staff talking about how I can help place their students and the skills I’m looking for over the next 2-3 years from engineering talent. I don’t talk about that on this blog very much but it is a personal and professional passion.

Through the years of experience, I have realized that there are millions of people that graduated after the year 2000 from high school that went on to gain a college degree and if they were lucky enough to put that education to use and find a higher paying job, they were left spending a large chunk of their income for the next 30 years paying off those loans. Student loans are unlike any other loan type, the interest rates are high and you can’t file bankruptcy on many of them. You can be homeless on the streets and still be getting notices sent to the General Delivery mailbox at USPS or to your last known address trying to collect on these while you walk the streets not knowing when your next meal will be. As I get older, I realize health issues can happen to any of us. You can be unable to work from any freak accident and the social safety nets we have in place don’t apply to student loans.

I want to be clear when we talk about social safety nets aka welfare that every single American citizen benefits from tax dollars. My mother put food on our table thanks to Florida and Federally backed food stamp programs when she was out of work with a health issue for 2 years. My father was our sole provider and tore his Achilles’ tendon and relied on after-school programs, school busses, free lunches, free sports programs and federal assistance to keep our family together while he spent 1 year working on being able to walk again. I used a federal program to purchase my first home at a great rate. Family members of mine use Medicare / Medicaid for their health insurance and my family who owns a dairy farm has leveraged agriculture subsidies and programs when commodities like milk, corn and tobacco prices fell with demand and we couldn’t make payroll for all of the farm hands. Every single member of my family firmly rallies against ‘welfare’ despite these programs allowing me to succeed and get to where I am today.

Also, corporations, universities, non and for-profit businesses utilize tax loopholes, public funding, subsidies and federal backed PPP loans to pad their bottom line and achieve profitability and the winners are the american people who own shares in those companies, a class that is much smaller than you think. Many Americans that don’t have access to a pension or 401K retirement plan don’t own stock in American companies and therefore have not benefited by our nation’s rising GDP on their hard working backs. The government is subsidizing increased shareholder profits among many other programs.

I write the above because the folks who believe that Americans who commit to a student loan should be required to honor those commitments can direct their opinions toward every single American citizen who has received food stamps, medical assistance, disability assistance, PPP loans, Covid-19 stimulus checks or a discount on anything paid for by taxpayers. You have my permission to write a check to the government reimbursing them for all of the welfare you and your family has received.

I also ask my fellow Americans who believe that they shouldn’t pay for someone else’s education to not forget that this is for the greater good. This isn’t cash-for-clunkers. This is a program that makes our people smarter and better prepared to continue growing our economy relative to other countries. Not every American needs a college degree but those that have a passion for a legal/sciences/medical or other profession shouldn’t have $250,000 USD be the cost (loans + interest) to make our country better. I don’t want to be a nurse but someone who does shouldn’t have any barrier to realize their dreams and help our country. A low-income black man in Alabama should have he same opportunity to be a nurse as a wealthy white man in Connecticut. Both of them are working hard to get into a school but both of them don’t have the economic abilities to attend the nursing schools and get that degree.

I ask when is the best time to make education free? When was the best time to form our Social Security safety net, Medicare, Medicaid, our department of transportation, FAA or other public good initiatives? There’s always going to be someone who makes an out-of-pocket payment for a medical procedure or student loan bill right before the cut-off. There are going to be people who just paid their insurance premium or finished paying off student loans before a new program kicks in. If you retro-actively reimburse them, what’s the cut-off? There is no system that fits all but we have to start somewhere.

My ideology in this and why I am writing is because I have met hundreds of people at job fairs and talked to online who chose to self-teach themselves programming versus going to college because they couldn’t afford it. There are good programmers who are self-taught but not everyone can learn this way. I can’t fathom how many millions of American Citizens who went into a different career field because they couldn’t afford college. To be honest, I’m one of them. I had no college savings from my parents, I had no grants or assistance given to me and at 18, I had to pay my parents rent and get a job or move out. I could have very well been sitting here talking to you at 36 with $100K in debt to pay off and arrived at the work force 4 years later and who knows where I’d be financially had I took on that debt and gone to college.

We need to support Americans who want a college education to get one. This should include trade schools, STEM education and specialized schools for welding, commercial trucking and more. Gaining the necessary skills to improve our country’s economy and fill specialized vacancies is something we shouldn’t put barriers up for.

There is an elephant in the room for me and that’s how the government should regulate the cost of education. Through Executive Order, President Biden is forgiving $10K/$20K in loans for all Americans. There is a bill submitted late-July that has yet to get through committee that would forgive $50,000 in loans. There is talk of making education free not just through the services loan forgiveness program but for everyone. This is what most other developed nations provide but there will be institutions that take advantage of this.

What’s to stop a community college in Florida from charging $100K a year in tuition because the government will just pay the bill when it comes? This will require the federal government to setup a system that regulates that tuition cost. The same goes for a trucking school for commercial drivers. A $5,000 course will balloon if the feds can just reimburse the student based on the number written on a receipt.

There will need to be a way to keep these prices in check. My suggestions is schools are rated based on their degrees offered, public funding, size of their endowment and placement rates. How many graduates get a job in X industry and what do they make per year after 10 years? That’s the only way to properly measure what each school will be owed in tuition reimbursement from the government.

The long tail of this free education is something I’m not seeing anyone talk about on either side. Let’s look at the economic benefits of the federal interstate highway system. What are those monetary benefits? Immeasurable, right? What’s the benefit of dams, bridges, subway systems and taxpayer funded football stadiums? There are economic arguments for all of these to be taxpayer funded even if the benefit is just entertainment and a few jobs working concessions / parking.

The long tail of Americans having a specialized 4/6 year degree is going to make this country more competitive globally and it will help us to eliminate the shortages in the engineering, medical, transportation and energy sectors. I’m not talking about more MBAs. I’m taking about programmers, structural/mechanical engineers, nurses, doctors, drivers, power plant engineers, wind farm designers and developers, all of the things we’re going to need in the next century. What about the psychiatrist/psychologist/crisis help we need that requires a college degree? The list is long on the specialized professions we are currently short.

When you have a country that already hasn’t found a way to keep household income in line with inflation and cost of living, this means less Americans will attend secondary schools and more people from overseas will. It’s good we have people from all of the world who come to America for their education. I get to meet hundreds of them a year but when I look at my applicants pool, only 10% of my applicants are USA citizens for computer programming jobs. How many American kids wanted to go to school for computer science and couldn’t because their family is barely making ends meet so they take a job locally and our shortages grow while our median household income shrinks relative to cost of living.

Opening up college (and trade schools) for all will have a long-tail economic benefit that will reverse this trend in 20 years. It’s going to take a long time and we’re not even close to offering a free university education yet. Today, we’re just talking about loan forgiveness as an economic booster but long-term, if I have a child who wants to become a therapist or build robots, my household income or their 20-40 years of debts won’t be looming over their head when they’re considering what path in life to take.

As you can tell, I’m incredibly passionate about this. Education is our key to a strong nation. Making it free will benefit all of us. I didn’t go to college and I wish I had the opportunity to but now, others can and that’s a good thing. The greater good of this country requires we invest in education. I frankly don’t care that someone is upset that they paid off their loans already or didn’t go to college because this program didn’t exist and are angry they didn’t have this opportunity. This country is more than just one person’s issues. When your town has higher paying jobs thanks to specialized trades and education, you’ll make more money. This is an economic stimulus that makes us all stronger, smarter and better equipped to remain a super power.

Healthcare and Education should be free just like our infrastructure.

Linked Bankruptcy: Everything I wanted to link to but didn’t (volume 4)

Like similar entries, I have spent a lot of time this year on planes and will spend more time before the year is over and so I’ve read things from my growing Instapaper library that are marked “to blog” and here we are finally linking to them. You all know I’m not a breaking-news lover but instead I like reading long-form stories recapping an event that happened months or years ago. I’m linking to them because they’re worth a read, not because they’re particularly relevant today:

Thank you, Guido via Dropbox’ Blog announcing Guido van Rossum’s retirement. Great piece but it was this that I highlighted for later recollection:

But as the company grew, new engineers who joined couldn’t understand the code. Clever code is usually short and cryptic, written by and for the individual who came up with it, but is hard for anyone else to understand—and nearly impossible to maintain. Guido called this “cowboy coding culture”. He recognized its value in our early stages of trying to implement things quickly, but knew it wouldn’t be sustainable over time, so he decided to speak up in his own quiet way.

I have since adopted Cowboy Coding as my favorite phrase when talking to Early Careers talent about prototyping and how it works early on when you’re trying to prove a concept but doesn’t hold up well when billions of people are relying on a product built with cowboy code.

Larry and Sergey: a valediction by Nicholas Carr. My favorite part because I think this statement is poetry and explains eloquently the culture shift Internet has done to us for better or for worse:

That kind of happiness requires a combination of idealism and confidence that isn’t possible anymore. When, in 1965, an interviewer from Cahiers du Cinema pointed out to Jean-Luc Godard that “there is a good deal of blood” in his movie Pierrot le Fou, Godard replied, “Not blood, red.” What the cinema did to blood, the internet has done to happiness. It turned it into an image that is repeated endlessly on screens but no longer refers to anything real.

Twitter’s future could look a lot like its past by Casey Newton in December of 2019 and this relevant bit about Dorsey’s Blue Sky initiative:

This five-person team, to be known as Blue Sky, will be charged with the project — effectively turning Twitter the platform into Twitter the protocol. In such a world, Twitter would be to tweets as Outlook is to email: one client for reading and writing messages among many.

I expected, like Dorsey, this initiative would be dead but their Twitter account is posting updates as of April and they have this site to show for it – https://blueskyweb.xyz and a Twitter Thread explaining where the project is 2.5 years after Dorsey created it as a Twitter employee project. https://twitter.com/bluesky/status/1518707597532024832 

The Sabbatical Experiment by David Sparks (2020)

  • I have been working too hard. I need to get better at building in some more fun time during the usual workweek.
  • My “urgent and material” test for client work needs to continue into my daily routine, even on weeks where I am not slowing down. Too often, I put myself in a pickle by overpromising turnaround times on work that is neither urgent nor material.
  • Hyper-scheduling works. As soon as I removed the blocks from my calendar, my production went straight to hell. That was by design last week, but if I did it every week, I would not be able to pay for my shoes anymore.

Why Are Conservatives Obsessed with Pedophilia Right Now? By David M Schell (2020) who posted a follow up in April of 2022 that links here and he added, “This article from Religion Dispatches, I believe, offers a much more compelling explanation for the current (and very weird) wave of right-wingers referring to anyone who acknowledges that same-sex couples exist as a “groomer.”

How Apple Is Organized for Innovation featured in HBR is just a really good read and even though published in December of 2020, is worth a re-read from time to time.

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow by MG Sielger in November of 2020. As MG’s career progressives and one day he retires, I hope someone will find this quote as one of his best about the business of investing in people versus ideas:

“Talking to entrepreneurs, I find it best to acknowledge that you’re perhaps on a journey together and you have no idea how it’s going to play out. So much of it is luck, but even more of it is timing. Hard work is a prerequisite, of course. But mainly to ensure that your company is in the right position to capitalize on the luck of timing, should it come.”

Nobody says hi in San Francisco by Noah Smith in 2020 adding this on to the long list of blog posts I’ve read about how San Francisco was great before “I moved there” 

Pellet Ice is the Good Ice – New Yorker and I agree. It’s my favorite thing about going to the southern states is finding an ultra sweet sweet tea with pellet ice in it.

Can Matt Mullenweg save the internet? By David Pierce in December of 2021. I think this is a story we need to tell. Matt stands pretty unique among open source builders who created remote first companies that are wildly profitable and successful and companies who are set to withstand all of the ups and downs of tech. Matt is one of the good ones.

On Photo Sharing via InitialCharge.net

As an experiment, I started sharing photos with individual people, privately, over iMessage. I wouldn’t send them a whole collection of photos, just one at a time here and there. And what I found is that when you send an individual person a photo privately, you actually spark a conversation. You end up relating the photo to something that you did when you were a child or reminiscing about when you and the other person traveled to that location years ago

I’m the first to admit, I really don’t have many people I think are friends and I’m not really social with any of my family. Sending a photo to my dad requires opening Voice.google.com, clicking the photo icon, uploading a photo from my desktop I exported from Photos for Mac and then sending it over. That’s how I share images with family but since I rarely ever do it, that’s not really an issue. I am lazy so I tell people if they want to see where I’ve been or what I’m doing, just go look at my Flickr page. That’s good enough but for people who do have friends and family, iMessage is the best place to do it but that shows that maybe there is a better way ,no not another messaging app but something more passive. Shared iCloud Libraries is a start but what if we could make that even more dynamic. No hashtags (thanks to machine learning and location sharing), no selecting photos and uploading them and adding filters. Just think Polaroid with your closest friends. Just a thought.

That broken tech/content culture cycle by Anil Dash in early 2022, this 24 part series on how you destroy the internet was fun to read. Anil nailed it. You think of Facebook when you read this but it can be applied to any content company.

iPhone 13 Pro: The Edge of Intelligent Photography by Sebastian de With took 6 months to publish after iPhones 13 arrived but it was well worth the wait.

The Google Incentive Mismatch: Problems with Promotion-Oriented Cultures by Zach Lloyd published in May. I’ve been thinking a lot more lately about the talent crunch in tech and how we reward contributions. This was an eye-opening piece.I probably wouldn’t do well at Google. 

Protocols, Not Platforms: A Technological Approach to Free Speech by Mike Masonic for Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute (quite a mouthful). This August of 2019 article is one I’ve read twice. I love it. I want to print it off and stick it on my wall and read every day. It’s the kind of article that has re-shaped how I think about what we create and what I do next with my time. We need to build protocols. 

Linked: “Instagram responds to criticism with shocking revelation that it will ‘continue to support photos’”

Via TechCrunch:

Instagram head Adam Mosseri posted a video this morning addressing mounting concerns about changes to the app’s feed and its increasing emphasis on video.

Is it lost on these folks that all of the criticisms of Instagram referenced by TechCrunch are videos? Like you’re going to make a video chastising Instagram for losing sight of photo sharing? It’s like making a video that blogging isn’t dead yet and is a healthy and vibrant publishing medium. Um…why not write it? Or in Instagram’s case, publish a photo? 

I’ve been using Instagram again but via an online social media publishing tool and haven’t once installed the app at least not since Facebook bought it 10 years ago. I guess posting photos is not cool anymore. If Instagram is dead and everything is just video, where does one share photos? 

15 Years of iPhone

A picture is worth a million words…shot on iPhone shortly after release in 2007. I was first in my town to get one at a Cingular store and then first in San Francisco to get a 3G a year later. The 2nd iPhone added 3G and the App Store….the first iPhone started the revolution but the 2nd iPhone secured its place in the history books.

A lot has changed in the world of technology in 15 years but oddly enough, I’m still sitting here at a dual monitor desk blogging about technology. In my life though, a lot has changed. Moved across country twice, got married and grew a lot. 

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