Computer Geek-ness

Wrist watches are the new black.

I’m sitting in an interview, or a meeting, and the person I’m talking to keeps touching the home button on their smartphone so that they can see “how we are doing for time”.

This is hands down one of the most distracting, flow breaking, creative spirit destroyer out there.

I know I know, this sounds a bit extreme, but bear with me….

Long ago “timepieces” were on a chain, in your pocket.  To check the time you had to pull it out, say “tsk tsk”, shake your head disapprovingly, and rush to your next appointment.   Enter the wrist watch.   Super awesome stealthy way to stay on time without being an obvious, distracting clock watcher.

Now, anyone who knows me well, knows I RAIL against clock watching… “take as much time as you need to do it right, doctor,  as long as I don’t have to stay more than 4 hours past shift end”,  “It takes way more time to do it over than to do it right the first time”,  etc…

So for those who have known me for a decade or two, you’ll be laughing your ass off right now, i’m sure.  “Laura? have you lost your mind? you really want people, yourself included to wear a.. wrist watch???”

Yes.  I do.

Smartphones are not subtle timekeeping devices.  They are great for all the other things under the sun, and yes, fine for setting alarms, makeshift stopwatches, location driven alerts, etc…  BUT THEY SUCK AS WRISTWATCHES.

I’ve been in 3 meetings over the past 2 weeks where multiple people were checking their phones.  Fingering their phones (forgive the crass visual). Touching them every 3-5 min to make sure we will get to everything in the allotted time.  I’ve even seen presentations where the presenter would stop, touch the smartphone, check the time, go back to yapping.  Alerts add to the mayhem.  Touch to check time… Oh look!  A push alert came through from the noise sensor in my office, that must mean the dog-sitter is there picking Lucy up <checks time> cool!  right on time!”  now what were we talking about?

Think about it, have you been talking to someone recently?  Out to dinner perhaps?  Enjoying yourself only to see them start fondling their phone.   Dog tilt head look at them “oh, no no, i was just checking the time” uh huh…  (am i boring, were they checking for text’s, emails, dog sitters, nest smoke detector?)   what were we talking about again?  you get my drift.

So, this is why I think that the iWatch will actually be a success.  I didn’t at first, i thought “what on earth are they wasting their time on this for”,  but now.. now i think i was wrong.

There is a cultural evolution afoot, and it is one that will work to put subtlety back into our lives.  In the same way we evolved from watches on chains to wrist watches…   We are constantly bombard by tech.  I’m not saying the tech has to go anywhere (i’m a HUGE fan of tech, just come visit my smart house where I can remotely use my iPhone to control temperature, lights, listen for the dog sitter, detect movement, and report back near instantly) it just needs to become more integrated and less obvious.


Planes, iPads and cameras

Planes are a great place to catch up on my blogging truancy… I must thank Alex again for the hand me down iPad, I foresee an increase in productivity (or at least something resembling productivity). Those of you who enjoy my rambling can thank him as well 😉

So far other than Pages for the iPad (although it is missing some of my favorite templates) it seems I use iBooks, penultimate, notetaker HD, sketchbook pro and of course iTunes (videos) the most. Utilizing Handbreak (and a good tip from AC) I can now watch Sherlock on the plane :). Ok, maybe productivity was not quite the correct word.

I can pull up a video with a demonstration of perfect fin kicks, or a blown up scooter tail. I can blog, watch videos, and today I figured out how to download photos directly from my DSLR to the iPad. If it were not for a handful of files that I have not yet sent to the “cloud” this trip could _almost_ have been Laptop free! Exciting concept, no?

I know, I know, I’m a bit late to this bandwagon, but I really didn’t want to pay a chunk of ka-ching that could be put towards a wide angle adaptor for the ex1 on something that had the potential to just get tossed on the desk and be yet another flat shiny surface to collect dust.

To a degree it is great that I waited, I feel like they worked out a lot of the early bugs so apps run smoothly and is actually a productivity enhancer as opposed to annoyance and distraction creating gadget. That is not to say it is completely perfect, (the spell check and autocomplete makes for some entertainment) and not to say it is distraction free – Sherlock and Dr. Who at my beck and call with outstanding battery life = a fine distraction.

And so begins our descent… Shortly I will be in Long Beach for the annual Scuba Show!

It is the first time Alex has been left home alone with Lucy overnight (for two nights even) since she came to live with us. I wonder how the house will fare LOL! Luckily the doggie sitter was available for Sunday as our trips overlapped slightly, which means only one real day that they are ‘home alone’ 🙂

Do I, Don’t I, Do I, Don’t I….

Okay, so I’ve been agonizing about getting a new laptop for what must seem to my friends and family to be an eternity…  

It’s not so easy, with patent application fees for the she-p, upcoming investment for disposable she-p plans, standard cost of living, etc… can I really justify a new computer…   and if so, which computer?

A little history… My current laptop is a G4 Tibook, circa 2001,  Yes, it’s still going… Yes, it’s in the mac museum listing… It happily (albeit slowly) chugs along, useless for basically everything but web surfing and email.  Eight or so years later it’s by far the most useful birthday gift I’ve ever received.

But, it doesn’t play well anymore with my desktop (intel imac), or many other things that are now leopard based for functionality.   I’d like to access my files remotely, screen share, etc… Even when I can get it to connect, its so SLOOOOOOOOOW that by the time things open, I’ve forgotten what I wanted and found another way to accomplish the task at hand.  

So now I’m debating a cheap ibook (the bottom end has a firewire port – so I CAN use imovie to do the machete chopping if I want to get started on video editing away from the desktop, or a refurbished bottom of the line macbook pro.  My current desktop was a ‘refurb’ and it’s been stellar…  

Waffle waffle waffle.  

In other news, my XM450 undies in size XS are the BOMB!  

She-P is now PATENT PENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

and… hmm… what else.   Oh, actually making it to the climbing gym ~3 times a week, and happily thrutching my way up things in the 10 b/c range.   By outdoor climbing season, I might actually be back to leading 5.9 on ‘real’ rock 😉  

Found some new web publishing software that just plain ROCKS!  RapidWeaver. Somehow they found the happy place between Dreamweaver and iweb.