I'm old enough to remember a time when my phone battery would last the entire day. Seriously! I'd charge it while I slept, wake up with 100% and go to sleep without having to charge it once. That, sadly, is no longer the case.
I always said I'd sacrifice phone size for battery life. Manufacturers are focused on making phones thinner and lighter when I'd gladly double (or triple!) the thickness for a better battery. I've probably said this a dozen times in 2018 and my wife must have taken a note, because for Christmas she got me a PowerBear for my LG G5 phone.
It's essentially a battery case. Yes, it's pretty heavy, and yes, it's at least tripled the thickness of my phone, but I just love it. With this case I never have to worry about my battery dying, and charging the case is effortless because it charges along with the phone when you plug it in.. Yesterday, for example, I rode my bike for two hours while running three battery-chewing apps (MapMyRide, Stitcher and Google Maps) and thanks to PowerBear I arrived home with a full battery.
This isn't a paid endorsement, and my wife paid for the gift, I just like to share when I have a piece of tech that truly improves my daily life. This case is right up there with the best headphones I've ever owned.
I'm still wearing those headphones daily, too...
Update: Got a tweet asking about the price. My wife got mine for $20 on Kijiji but I see on Amazon that my LG G5 model retails for $50 CAD.
If you thought the Desktop vs. Mobile vs. Tablet entry was cool, you'll love this one.
Here are the browsers used by visitors to this site in 2015:
- Chrome - 39.29%
- Safari - 29.33%
- Internet Explorer - 12.60%
- Firefox - 9.19%
- Android Browser - 2.40%
- Blackberry - 2.14%
- Edge - 0.41%
- Opera - 0.22%
- Opera Mini - 0.14%
- Amazon Silk - 0.11%
There was a time when Internet Explorer absolutely dominated these rankings...
I'm in Google Analytics checking out stats for this site in 2015, so I thought I'd share a few details.
This site is 13-years-old, so there was a time when 100% of visitors came from a desktop / laptop. Today, that's definitely not the case.
Here are the stats for desktop, mobile and tablet visitors to this site in 2015:
- Desktop - 52.58%
- Mobile - 35.55%
- Tablet - 11.87%
The Nintendo Wii arrived for Christmas way back in 2007 and was an instant hit. If 2007 sounds like a long time ago, it's because it is. It's been eight years of Wii play in my home.
The last few years, however, the Wii has primarily been used as a weight loss tool for Dad and the family Mario Kart machine. That's the one game we all still love to play, and family tournaments are epic.
Sadly, the Wii is dead. It no longer reads discs, so Mario Kart is kaput.
Does anyone have a dusty old Wii lying around they no longer want? Brother, can you spare a Wii?
Did you know your Facebook news feed was determined by a proprietary algorithm? Facebook looks at your level of engagement with the friend, the perceived value of the content, a whole bunch of stuff... then determines what it will serve up to you on your news feed.
I've hated this concept since Facebook introduced it. I don't want their algorithm to determine what I see and what I don't. As a result, I haven't visited my Facebook news feed in years.
I leverage Facebook lists to replace the wall, thus eliminating the dreaded algorithm. Here's how you create such a list:
- Scroll down to Friends on the left side of your News Feed and click More.
- Click Create List.
- Enter a name for your list and the names of friends you’d like to add. Keep in mind you can add or remove friends from your lists at any time.
- Click Create.
There ya go. Bookmark a list that contains all your Facebook friends and that replaces the news feed. You'll see all updates by all friends in reverse-chronological order, just like the good 'ol days.
And if you have so many friends you need the algorithm, get the shears out of the shed. It's time for some pruning.
You shouldn't wear headphones while you bike. At least that's what I tell my kids. The fact is, when I'm biking alone, I always wear headphones.
I used to wear the buds that come with your smartphone. Then, for my recent birthday in June, my wife surprised me with a pair of Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones. They're incredible.
Firstly, they're wireless. This is awfully convenient. They connect to my phone via Bluetooth and I can bike a full week before needing to charge them. And charging them is as simple as plugging them into my laptop's USB port for a couple of hours.
And they're not noise-cancelling headphones, so all the ambient noise like bells and honks and cars and people talking still get heard. This also makes them the safest headphones I've ever owned.
On top of sounding great, it also has a microphone so I can answer calls by simply pressing the button over my right ear. There are plenty of convenient controls on this thing.
And most importantly, it's designed for workouts, so it never falls out and is water resistant. I often forget I'm wearing it.
My wife tells me she bought it online for $120 CAD. If you wear headphones while you bike and/or run, it's worth every penny.
Prior to four years ago, my work machine always ran Windows. At home, I usually had a desktop running Ubuntu Linux, but the laptop was Windows XP for a solid decade.
Then, I was issued a MacBookPro, and quickly learned to enjoy OS X. What I liked best about the MacBookPro wasn't the software, but the hardware. It was incredibly stable and almost never crashed.
I speak about the MacBookPro in the past tense because it was recently replaced by a Dell laptop running Windows 7. I've been working exclusively in Windows for the past 3 weeks and I must admit I prefer the Windows OS to OS X. I've just had to remember to CTRL instead of CMD.
Windows gets a bad rap, but it ain't so bad. Of course, I haven't tried Windows 8 yet... and I don't ever plan to.
What OS do you prefer on your desktop or laptop?
I have another question for the hivemind. What is the very best online storage?
I'm speaking of Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive and the like. Which do you use? Which is the best online media storage?
I'm not an Apple guy. We all know an Apple guy or two, in fact, you might be one. Some people get very excited about all things Apple and consume Apple's latest technology with religious fervor. I'm not that guy.
Apple's introducing a watch. Appropriately enough, they're calling it the Apple Watch. There's a classy version, a sporty version and a ridiculously expensive version that really only exists to gobble up news space.
I have no interest in an Apple Watch, and not because it's from Apple, I also have no interest in a Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, which has been on the market for a while. I'm just not a watch guy.
In fact, I don't think I've worn a watch since I was a teenager. I find it too constricting. I don't even like wearing a wedding ring. I'd make a fantastic nudist.
Will you be buying the Apple Watch?
When I was a kid, I thought these graphics were amazing. I mean look at that basketball game! And check out the detail of that golf course! The future arrived to my home in 1981.
These games were part of my Atari Catalogue featuring 45 games available for the Atari 2600.
We actually never owned an Atari gaming console but an Atari 2600 clone called the Gemini (not to be confused with the Gemini I won back in 2009).
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