They Beat Me To It

I usually will add a note when a really cool idea pops into my head. Maybe it’s been done before but maybe not. Perhaps I’ll create it someday, perhaps I won’t. Apparently I was really feeling the whole connected devices, or Internet of Things, movement back in 2013. But now, it’s 2016, and there’s Amazon Echo, which I’ve enjoyed over the last year. It does pretty much what my “Commander” app would have done. In fact, another app, Anymote, that I use to connect with Echo in order to control…

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Checkout My New App, Nearest

A little over a year ago I started off down a path to learn more about mobile app development. For this journey, I asked one of my Barrel coworkers at the time to help me ideate on what kind of app to build. We started meeting and planning weekly to talk about what to do, and eventually we came up with a couple of different ideas. After a few weeks in, we already had the guts of what the app would do, some wireframes, and some working names. More meetings revealed the…

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Goodbye, Flash.

This marks an end of an era. In a time when nearly all websites are either entirely written in JavaScript or are JavaScript enhanced, it’s no surprise that the “modern browsers” are disabling flash, the web product from Adobe, coming from the likes of Safari 10 in Apple’s next OS release and now Firefox. Chrome for its part has maintained a prepackaged version specifically patched for chrome, but that might all be changing. The days of tween animation with flash is coming to an end. While we’re still on good terms, let’s end this amicably. 

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Prime Day 2016 Lackluster Performance

Today is Amazon.com’s self-proclaimed “Prime Day” holiday, in which the e-tailer (and soon to be retailer) discounts vast amounts of products from a wide range of categories exclusively for Amazon Prime members. Prime membership includes free two-day shipping on many products across the catalog, among other perks like Prime Video, Prime Music, et al. The clock started today, presumably at 12 am. For me, I only began around 6 am, but experience has been less than optimal. While shopping, I would often add deals to my cart only to find…

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Uber Leads the Way to Autonomous Driving

Evolution of Driving Driving of the four-wheeled variety has only been around for just over two centuries (my, is it really that young?!). In that time, the world has seen various iterations on the method of propulsion, which is still being considered to this day. Even more, cars are increasingly being mechanized, slowly merging with computers, the internet, and AI, or artificial intelligence. While I dream of a time when traffic jams are a thing of the past, we still have a long way to go to achieve the ideal–autonomous…

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Ode to Cold Brew

Is it bad that I fiend for cold brew day When regular coffee does not the same? Each day I look upon the fridge But no dark liquid is on the ridge. I try it hot or with some milk And even with sugary soy by silk. Alas to nolita the Mart I run And steal a cup for jolly good fun. Now I’m ready for the daily grind. What’s this jittery feeling I find? Too much caffeine for a daily boost! Next day I’ll halve it and save the…

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I hate myself because I just wrote an article about saving programming television

What do we all hate about cable tv? It’s stagnant, kind of like getting cell phone service. Sure, you get hundreds of stations, but it’s not curated. It feels wasteful. I realize cable and the various networks of its industry are stuck in this pattern because it feels good to get fat on the dollars of Americans. But I say they could get fatter. Like all good Americans, we all have cell phones, we all want that big screen tv, we probably have access to a Netflix account, we probably…

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I used to heart Mac

I used to be a firm Mac supporter when they were the underdog. This was a time when Microsoft and its Windows dominated the PC marketplace. And yet I still found myself using Windows powered machines for work, school, or personal reasons, that is, until I bought my first Mac. The iBook G4, the last of its kind, was an Apple-made laptop running Motorola’s G4 computer processor. I cobbled together enough money to get one from eBay, second-hand of course. When she arrived, it was like a bright new world…

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Apple Pay Is New to You

Google wallet and other NFC-based payment services have been around for quite some time. Apple pay is only new if you’ve never tapped a card or phone to a pay terminal. In those rare cases where one can tap-n-pay, it’s often baffling to the cashiers or cabbies accepting the payments. Why is everyone so averse to the absence of a physical swipe—that swoosh across the slot and the subsequent bleep to confirm? NFC, or near field communication, is a technology that can receive and transmit small amounts of data, and…

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Why I’m not buying an Apple watch

The question should really be: why is *anyone* buying an Apple watch? The first wrist watches to have computerized and connectivity features have been around since the late 90s. The missing link was an intermediary device such as a smart phone, which only recently reached ubiquity after 2007. By my count, Apple is at the very least two to three years late to the game since the Kickstarter-funded smart watch, the Pebble, came to market in 2013. Along with it came a slew of other devices for health monitoring, activity…

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Why I might switch back to Windows

For those using a modern desktop computer, you would usually fall under one of two camps, the Mac user or the Windows user. For those using one or the other, you likely started with one, either upgrading to the latest version or not, or you are a convert having switched your allegiance at some point. If you’re someone in tech, you likely use not one, not two, but possibly three to four operating systems daily depending on your tasks. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m one of those tech…

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