Weekly Update 3

Time flies when you're having fun! I'm really happy to be back in Silicon Valley after returning from Calgary (and Edmonton). Nothing like being back, getting up in the morning to a crisp 50º and going for a walk. The last week was relatively quiet as the year is winding down. This past week I published two articles: Cable TV Providers are in Trouble (my experience with Apple's new TV application for Apple TV, and a realization that if the Cable providers continue to put up barriers to accessing content, they'll soon find themselves bypassed) Serial - Driverless Serial Terminal Emulator for macOS (a long-overdue review of the excellent Serial written by Chris Kent, if you use USB serial adapters...

Serial - Driverless Serial Terminal Emulator for macOS

This review is a long-time in coming. Back at the end of 2013 I wrote an article on Enabling a USB to Serial Port Adapter in OSX. The issue was that Apple changed the way the drivers worked under Mavericks and there were some tricks you had to do to get them working again. One of the things that came out of writing that blog article is that the author of a piece of OSX (now macOS) software called Serial, Chris Kent, dropped me a message after reading my article: Sure to his word, he sent me a review copy and I loaded the software on my Macintosh; but as life would have it, I just didn't need a Serial...

Cable TV Providers are in Trouble

Today Apple released iOS 10.2 which, among some other features, includes support for Cable TV (and other) provider Single Sign-on and a new application from Apple called TV. Unfortunately there is a big issue with their support for single sign-on providers: Still missing are a number of major services like Spectrum, Google Fiber, AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, and Comcast Xfinity, plus the main competition for Sling, Sony's PlayStation Vue. -- appleinsider [Author's Note: Time Warner Cable and Insight are also missing] What does this mean to you depends on whether or not you are currently paying a "traditional" provider for cable or satellite Television access. If you are, hopefully you are paying one of these providers: CenturyLink...

Weekly Update 2

The second week of my new blog and I was able to accelerate the number of articles that I published, even during a heavy travel week at work. Two of the articles were product reviews, both of which are Kickstarter projects that finally came to fruition after more than two years of waiting: Ubiquiti - Configure micro-segmentation for IoT devices (the Internet of Things is a danger to the global network as well as your local LAN, here I discuss how I segregated my IoT devices into their own micro-segment in my home network, using Ubiquiti UniFi) 2016 - What I've Read (a collection of all the books I read in 2016 with short synopsis of each) Ube (now Plum)...

The Temperfect Mug by Joeveo

The team behind the Joeveo Temperfect Mug had quite a story in bringing this product to market: tree through roof, hurricane, bad factories, scheduling, design issues, and production issues. The concept is that through a special thermal layer in the mug, heat from over-hot drinks (180ºF) will be absorbed into a special liner, quickly cooling the drink to a specific desired temperature (~145ºF) in a few minutes. The real magic happens as the mug then leeches heat back into the beverage as it cools, to keep it between 120ºF and 145ºF for up to 3 hours! Compare this to a standard vacuum-sealed mug that keeps the beverage ABOVE 145ºF for close to an hour (too hot to drink) and then...