Those who know me even a little know that I am an absolute Apple fanboy. The truth is, it doesn’t take much to staunchly appreciate good products. That’s why I love Apple, and that’s also why I was intrigued by Google Glass when it was first released to a closed group.
Once upon a time I prank called Dell technical support. I chatted up the agent about bypassing Windows XP’s login screen and the handed off my phone to a friend. He proceeded to ask the unfortunate call center employee for dating advice. The 29-year-old from the Philippines was polite but befuddled. The dorm counselor was pretty annoyed when our raucous laughter woke him up at 4am.
Take a minute and think. What if you really could call someone up for life advice? What if you could do it over video chat? It looks like that’s what Google’s trying to do with a new product called Helpouts.
With the recent release of a pair of new iPhones and hanukkah just behind us, and the holiday season just ahead, many of my friends, neighbors, and peers have become or expect to become the owner of a new iOS device. When that happens, they’ll usually ask me if I “know any good apps.” Well, Charlie’s a pretty good app. Bob’s a pretty good app too.
All kidding aside, I don’t like keeping a million apps on my phone at once, but I do have a steady list.
If you’re Facebook friends with me you may have noticed some of the shots I took of random objects on my desk. I don’t know much about photography, but I’d like to share my learning process in the hopes of clarifying my own learning process for myself. I, of course, invite critique.
At the time, I hadn’t expected it, but it seems as though a blog post that I wrote back in August is coming to life again – and again. If you haven’t clicked on that link I’ll give you a moment to skim it. Essentially, what it says in that post is that I took a thread of a thousand comments on Facebook and ran some aggregations on them.
On Thursday night, I walked to Willamsburg to watch (and join) some hassidic groups celebrating the holidays.
At Puppa, one of the groups I watched, it’s tradition that the Rebbe (grand rabbi) throws out apples and walnuts and the followers all try to catch them. In general, objects that come from a spiritual leader are considered by hassidim to carry blessing. I’ve heard conflicting explanations for what the apples and nuts are supposed to be “good for”, but it can’t hurt to catch a blessing.
If you had to summarize a few hundred comments on a given Facebook post in just one word, what would that word be? Who’s comment got the most likes on a single thread? How many people actually got involved in this conversation? I had questions like these, so I built a little app to help me figure out the answers. (Warning: While I like to keep my posts on the lighter side, this one gets technical towards the middle.)
As New York Times CIO Marc Frons told me during a Q&A session earlier this summer, “if you want to complain, you have to have a solution.” In order to have a solution, though, you really need to quantify the problem.
Recently, I’ve invested in two different articles of wearable technology. For the most part, they show promise, but lack of polish. I’m excited at what the right software will enable, but disappointed at what existing software offers. What are manufacturers not getting about wearable tech?
The 9th day of Av begins this evening… The historical anniversary of national tragedy for the Jewish people.
Some folks at work have asked me about my beard. It’s almost surreal to explain to a cultured 21st century individual that there was once a temple in Jerusalem. I’m usually not in a position to explain the history of the Jewish people, nor the idealism of what was. I keep it short. “It’s a religious thing, but it’ll be gone by next Wednesday or Thursday” I say. It hurts to think about our losses, but it’s what’s left unsaid that hurts even more.
That’s not as long as some folks, but it’s more than half of the lifetime of the store itself. In technology time, that’s pretty old. When you get to be that old, you learn a thing or two. I’ve learned that it’s not incredibly easy to sell apps without advertising them. It’s also really difficult to advertise apps through a digital medium, because the App Store is so saturated. That’s why I’m trying something new.
At a little after 10AM, I took a train to 63rd and Lexington, to meet an uncle. I lent my iPhone 4 to my cousin for her trip to Israel, and it’s been sitting on my Uncle’s desk for several months now. Once I got the phone, I could have just hopped on a train and returned home. If I had done that, what kind of New Yorker would that make me? Instead, I found a Starbucks and sat down.
My Grandma uses the internet better than you. This means that I have to be careful what I write here, because Bubby, as we call her, undoubtedly will read this. (I’ll bet almost anything that my Mom or Dad sees this tonight on Facebook and emails her a link.)
A few weeks ago, my grandparents were over for the weekend. At lunch, Bubby told us the story of her printer, how it stopped printing, and what she did about it. This story is about how my grandma schooled Dell Technical Support.