This is part 1 of a series of posts on the Apple Watch. Although it won't be available for purchase for months, Apple just announced the new standard in smart watches and wearable computers. It's as far ahead of the status quo as the iPhone was from the "smart" phone pack on its introduction back in 2007. But as it stands, the Apple Watch doesn't transform the market: Although … [Read more...] about Transformative Success – My Thoughts on the Apple Watch, Part 1
After our TiVo died, our family has turned to the Apple TV more and more. I've encoded some movies using Handbrake but wasn't sure how to access alternative audio tracks (commentary, etc) or subtitles, and an Internet search was less than helpful. It turns out its fairly simple once you know the trick! A New Hope I have long used a Series 3 TiVo as my cable tuner, and we … [Read more...] about How To Access Alternate Audio Tracks And Subtitles On An Apple TV
As a parent, especially a techie one, you never know when a teachable moment is going to appear. Last night, I mentioned that I was testing a new Ruckus access point and enthused about how fast it was. My 12-year-old asked, “why is it so fast?” This led to a wonderful discussion about radio waves, congestion and propagation, and spectrum licensing. Yeah, I'm that kind of … [Read more...] about Teaching Science with Wi-Fi (Thanks, Ruckus and MetaGeek!)
This post is a bit of a break from my usual gadget-fest, but the object in question isn't that far off: It requires electricity, costs more than average humans can justify, and simplifies a task we've all been doing fine up until now. No, I'm not talking about the Apple iPad, Roomba, or TiVo; I'm talking about the Litter Robot! That's right: An overly-expensive electric cat … [Read more...] about We Live in the Future: Robotic Cat Litter Boxes!
Personal computer hard disk drive access methods have repeatedly been forced to adapt to ever-expanding capacity. Physical (CHS) addressing and 28-bit LBA have been abandoned, but the disk drives themselves retain the tiny 512-byte sectors they have had since IBM introduced fixed-block addressing in the 1970's. But time marches on, and Western Digital is leading the change to … [Read more...] about Drobo, XP Users: Beware of 4K “Advanced Format” Drives!