Last week we released version 4.8 “Evans” of WordPress, as I write this it has had about 4.8 million downloads already. The release was stable and has been received well, and we were able do the merge and beta a bit faster than we have before. When I originally wrote about the three focuses for…
Call me a geek, but I enjoy these emails each month when my house and car let me know how they’ve been doing.
I’ve been an iPhone user since the iPhone 4 and have never had a case. Over the course of the life of the phone, I’ve scratched the edges, but nothing too major.
Today, as we were playing in the basement, my phone got underneath a kid’s wooden rocking chair and it got quite a few surface scratches on the glass.
They are only noticeable when the screen is turned off or if the light hits it exactly right.
Any suggestions on a way to fix?
I love finding new ways to speed up my work on a computer.
I already do a lot of things in this video, but the main tip I picked up is to speed up the tracking of my mouse, game changer!
Unless the Tesla Model S comes down significantly in price, I think I’ll have to opt for the Model 3.
I love the idea of having a battery operated car (since I have a battery powered mower), but right now the base price is much too high for me to splurge on.
A few days ago I posted about buying a new reel mower for our grass.
This wasn’t the optimal solution.
If the grass was too long, the mower didn’t work right and my old battery powered Ryobi mower wasn’t holding a charge long enough to mow my whole yard.
After a bit of research, I found that the EGO brand to have the best battery technology on the market, so of course, I had to have one.
On Sunday, I stopped by Home Depot to see if the in person version was as impressive as the reviews were online.
Turns out the reviews were right. EGO has a handful of battery powered outdoor tools and there was a deal on that day to get a leaf blower for $100 off. This included a battery that could also be used on the mower.
I picked up the 21″ self-propelled mower and put it thru the test today.
My goal: mow the whole yard in under an hour.
The self propelled mower has a throttle control and I set it to rabbit speed and took off. I got thru 90% of the yard before the battery died. I used the smaller leaf blower battery to finish off the yard.
The whole yard was done in 40 minutes. Fastest I’ve ever finished completely mowing the yard.
Then I trimmed and cleaned up with the leaf blower and was done in under an hour.
The gear is expensive, but it has the power of the gas powered equivalents.
I got a pair of Apple AirPods this week and I’m impressed with them.
I’ve had a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones for awhile (Bragi) but they are too cumbersome to set up for 5-10 minutes of podcast listening.
I’m able to catch up with podcasts in the early morning as that’s my designated time to keep little man asleep 🙂
One other cool thing is I can connect them to an AppleTV and have no audio playing in the room. Since all of our television content comes thru an AppleTV and we have a new born baby, this might be my favorite way to watch television.
We’ve redesigned the iOS app to work even better for publishing right from your tablet.
I’m going to try it too and see if I can grow my list too!
During my #100DaysOfCode challenge, I’ve been looking around my websites to see what’s broken / needs fixed and I stumbled upon my 404 page was broken.
Kinda of funny that the page that displays when you land on a broken link was broken.
I added an opt-in form to the page to see if I can capture any email addresses from the broken page.
After a few hours of tinkering, here’s what I came up with:
I heard about the book on a podcast recently and since I’m a fan of the Tesla brand, I decided to get the book from the library.
It’s a fascinating look into the mind of one of the most powerful brains in the world.
I think he’s changed the world with his thinking about electric cars and solar energy.
My goal is to have a Tesla parked in the garage 🙂
I can typically consume content much faster than real-times speed, so I have a Chrome extension that allows me to speed up all videos. It’s called Video Speed Controller.
I have it set on 1.5 speed by default, but normally bump it up to 2 or 2.5 depending on the type of video.
And if the plugin doesn’t work for a certain type of player, I normally download it to my computer and watch it with Elmedia Player, as that also has controls to speed up playback.
I got the newest MacBook pro late in December as my new work machine and after a few weeks of using it here are my thoughts:
- I’m a fan of the keyboard. The buttons feel solid and they don’t travel too much. It took a few days to get used to it. Now I don’t like the feel of my external keyboard 🙂
- TouchBar is eh. It works really well and it’s smooth to scroll up and down to change the volume. Most applications don’t have any extra functionality built in, but it’s starting to grow on me.
- TouchID is amazing. It unlocks my computer and 1Password instantly and I’m typing in passwords much less often. This needs to come to a new Apple external keyboard.
- It’s small. The height of the whole computer is less than the base of my last computer.
- USB C is great. I like being able to plug into either side to charge and since the plug can be inserted either way, that’s a bonus too.
- I do miss the orange / green light that lets me know whether or not the battery is charging.
- I haven’t missed the ports too much in the three weeks. I’ve got an adapter that I bought on Kickstarter coming that will give me a USB-A connection and SD card slot.
- The slate gray color is super pretty.
Today, when I was trying to figure out when we’ll be out of the bone chilling weather, I used the Siri button on my TouchBar and asked what the forecast was for the week and here’s her response: