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I like my gadgets. I’m a technology guy. I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember, begging my parents for the latest video game consoles or computer upgrades. I don’t want to turn this blog into a technology blog, but sometimes I write about my toys and the passion they inspire in me and how I use them to make my life more interesting or to express myself to the world.

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city & culture | technology 

7 May 02017 | 3 minutes of your time

There are many types of people who inhabit our web…

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At least a dozen, but the better question is what percentage of my day do I look at them. Sadly, that up in the 50%+ range.
a sums & pieces for 21 Feb 02017
I usually just text these days, but I'm even really terrible at that lately. I'm playing the reclusive fool this December.
a sums & pieces for 15 Dec 02016

technology 

20 Jun 02016 | 3 minutes of your time

Did I mention: WTF Apple?

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technology 

14 Apr 02016 | 5 minutes of your time

I’m not saying I’m completely sold on the smartwatch revolution… not quite yet.

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One TV, one tablet, one laptop, two cell phones, double monitors at home, triple at work, a screen in my truck, a photo frame on my desk, and a kindle in a pear tree. And that's not even counting the hundreds in the window of every shop, restaurant, and public notice board.
a sums & pieces for 21 Feb 02016
Coffee in the Burbs

Finally back on schedule after the holidays, I’m sitting in the local cafe with my laptop on a Friday morning. (They may be a limited commodity, so I’m savouring them.) As usual, and as I’ve done for almost a year now, I paid for my coffee with an app from my phone. It is a familiar action, something that when I buy coffee downtown is just how the world works. Everyone lines up with their phones open. Scan-Bleep. Scan-Bleep. Scan-Bleep. Cash? Really? Pause. Scan-Bleep… I’d sat down with my coffee, and just opened up my laptop, and a guy walks up to me and asks “Excuse me, how did you just pay for your coffee, there? Did you use your phone?” There was palpable amazement in his voice, as if I’d just transported into the restaurant on a hoverboard with a pet velociraptor on a leash, not, y’know paid for a coffee with my phone. This is the point at which point I politely show him the app, as he open-mouthed revelled in my technological awesomeness. And then I show him the three giant posters in the store advertising said app and… well, ah… life in the burbs.

29 Jan 02016 | city & culture | technology

technology | writing 

17 Dec 02015 | 2 minutes of your time

I never thought I’d be the person who advocated for voice-to-text dictation…

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Call what on the who now? Oh, wait... I think that's an app on the minicomputer I carry around in my pocket.
a sums & pieces for 15 Dec 02015

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