The Presse by Bobble

I love coffee and, while I’m not nearly the coffee snob some people are, I love a good cup of coffee. I know enough about coffee to know that different brewing methods make for different kinds, tastes and flavors of coffee. I’m also a fan of gadgets in general.

Every morning, I make a pot of coffee using a regular old (crappy) Black and Decker cheap coffee maker. The first cup is pretty good but, because it sits on a heating pad, it eventually heats the coffee up so that the last couple of cups are awful. So I’m always on the look out for a different (and inexpensive) way to make coffee.

I saw this online yesterday:

It’s The Presse by Bobble. It looked kinda cool so I thought I’d treat myself and buy it. After adding it to my shopping cart, I found that the company doesn’t ship to Canada – DAMMIT!

Well, this morning on Twitter, I saw this:

@ShawnKing give @welldotca a try! https://t.co/JNxK13QCRw

— bobble (@bobble) March 3, 2016

WOO HOO! And, even better, it’s cheaper on the Canadian site! So in 6-8 days, I’ll be making coffee in my new The Presse by Bobble! I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

RealTime Industries' Reflective Decals

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I ride a motorcycle – a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES to be specific.

Riding is the single most dangerous thing I do but it’s also the most fun I can have with my clothes on, so I do it as much as I can. But you have to “manage the risk”. One way of doing that is by being visible to those who drive cars, whether it be through bright colors, high visibility gear, more lights, etc.

I highly recommend these kinds of reflective decals you can easily put on your bike. Hell, even *I* can do it and I’m usually pretty incompetent when it comes to these kinds of things. Similar to the kinds of materials you see on a bicyclist’s clothing, these “stick” to your bike and become visible when car headlights hit them. They have the added bonus of looking really good, too!

I got my set from the nice people at RealTime Industries. They don’t have decals for every make and model but if they are available for your bike, I really encourage you to get a set for your ride.

Here are the before and after shots (click the image for a larger image). The light source is the camera flash:
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As you can see, the difference is obvious. Every little bit helps and this is a great way to make yourself more visible to “cagers”.

Macworld Expo is Dead

Expo

Regardless of the spin IDG is trying to put on this, this is not a hiatus. Regardless of the hopes of attendees, Macworld Expo, Macworld/iWorld in any incarnation is well and truly dead.

No one thing killed the show. It was a death of a thousand cuts, starting with Apple abandoning the show (and, I maintain, abandoning the community that supported it for so many years) and the strength of various other outlets to get Apple’s and the vendors message out. IDG’s inability to pivot the show to “something else” also contributed, along with their inability to work with and convince vendors and attendees the show still had value.

I have been and will continue to be pilloried for my criticism of IDG and their, quite frankly, botching of so many aspects of the show. For their “fudging” of attendance figures and for their bullying of the media and vendors, among many other things. Make no mistake – a great deal of any blame for the failure of the show lies directly at the feet of IDG and their management.

But the on the floor staff of any particular Macworld Expo was always amazing. Whether it was the wonderfully bubbly Sarah Hindmarsh (now Harvey – congratulations!), the dedicated and devoted Kathy Moran or the hardest working guy at the show, Paul Kent. They did the best they could with what little IDG gave them. And their best was often better than anything anyone else could even imagine.

Jon Seff:

“That’s what I’ll miss the most—an event that drew together people I read online or communicated with on Twitter into meatspace for a few days.”

There is no trade show I’m aware of that had the constituencies of a Macworld Expo – everything from brand new users to grizzled old veterans. Artists and techies. IT pros and their customers. Shareware developers (remember those?) And huge multibillion dollar corporations. Paul Kent and his staff (and others before them) had an absolute bear of a time trying to serve all those different groups and, for the most part until Apple left, served them well.

I’ve always said the Expo wasn’t about Apple or the show floor or the vendors or the media or the announcements – although all those things were important and the show wouldn’t be a success without them – but about the people and the community. Friends, new and old. Listeners, readers, developers, colleagues, bartenders, taxi drivers, waiters. And all the fun you had with them.

I remember very few of the products or pamphlets or buttons I got at any individual Expo (hell, I went to 30+ of them around the world over the years) but I always remember the people I met and every year, looked forward to the shows to seeing them again.

I’ll miss that the most.

Gazelle Refer a Friend Program

I’m a big fan of Gazelle so I have no problem pimping this deal. It’s even better that *I* get $15 if you sell something and *you* get an extra $10. Win/Win! 🙂

Gazelle Refer a Friend Program:

Until August 22nd, refer your friends and family and Get $15 from Gazelle for every friend who sells a gadget.

Your friends will get an additional $10 on their first trade-in.

Anyone else tired of The Mac Web writing shit like this?

In a story posted this morning, “Next iPad Air subtly redesigned if new images are to be believed”, iMore hedges its bets so much as to make the “news” utterly useless.

“…images up top purport to show…”

“If indeed this does belong…”

“…we could be looking at…”

“…we don’t know for sure whether this case is legit…”

“…take it with a healthy dose of skepticism.”

“Not a great deal is known…”

“…this could, maybe, possibly be the real deal…”

“Or it might not.”

That’s only three paragraphs. Now, keep in mind, this is not in the “Opinion” section of iMore or in “Rumors” or in “Shit we pulled out of our asses” section. This is listed in their “News” section.

Stop it, Mac News Web. Just stop. You make yourself, and by extension, the whole community look ridiculous with your endless “Zaprudering” of every minute piece of information – real, fake or imagined – you can dredge up. Stop wasting your and our time with stories like this and look for real, concrete information. Now that would be news…

"Apple & Beats use Siri and Pills" – or did they?

As is usually the case, MacMacs lost their mind when a video, purported to be “a bizarre new ad” by/for Apple and Beats, seems to be criticizing or, at the very least, poking fun at the companies involved and “Siri’s disembodied voice”. But is it any of those things?

Doing a little research (something seemingly foreign to much of the Mac Tech Media), you’ll notice the video doesn’t appear on Apple’s official Youtube video channel. Nor does it show up on Beats’ official Youtube video channel.

The video was first spotted on the Beats’ official Twitter account but the tweet has been deleted.
It seems 9to5Mac has put the video up on their own channel.

So rather than the media jumping to conclusions that this is an Apple or a Beats ad and slamming the companies for it (The Verge says, “Apple has frequently made a sport out of not inviting people to things — ask the press — but now there’s finally an ad about it.”), maybe it’s just an internal Beats video poking at their new overlords.

What do you think is more likely? Here’s a hint: It’s NOT an “Apple advertisement”.

A cartoonist's review of his magical space car

The Oatmeal has a cartoon/article – “What it’s like to own a Tesla Model S – A cartoonist’s review of his magical space car”.

Now, I love The Oatmeal. Funny stuff. And I like the idea of a Tesla (never driven one so I can’t say much more than that). But his love of his Tesla may be blinding him to some things.

He says:

After seven months and 4,000+ miles, any “range anxiety” i used to have has been completely quelled.

Of course it has. If you are only driving an average of 19 miles a day, there’s no need for range anxiety.

I use Tesla’s supercharger stations if I’m planning a long trip.

If he’s only driven 4K miles in seven months, what would he define as a “long trip”?

I have the 85kwh battery which I can go up to 260 miles on a single charge.

I don’t know about any of you but I would regularly drive that far on my motorcycle just to go get coffee. 500-600 miles/day were not unusual. In a car, I could do that “charge distance” several times in one day.

My Model S can go from 0-60 in five seconds.

That is great acceleration but my motorcycle did it in 3.8. 🙂

I want an app that makes race car noises when I accelerate.

You know what makes race car noises when you accelerate? A fucking race car…

In referring to a friend who has solar panels on his house and, therefore, his Tesla is being being charged via sunlight:

What I find insanely wonderful about this is that technically my friend is now driving a car which is powered by the motherfucking sun.

Yeah. Technically, WE ALL ARE.

In a knock ostensibly directed at the internal combustion engine:

It’s like driving around in a miniature power plant, or owning a television set that needs to be topped off and then pull started.

Wait…WTF? Your Tesla has a “miniature power plant” in it and it most certainly needs to be topped off – and even more frequently (and more slowly) than a gasoline powered car.

Don’t get me wrong – I know electric cars are our future and, for the most part, I welcome that future. But I’m also a realist and don’t want people to think it’s all going to be all candy canes and lollipops.

Would I buy a Tesla? No. At $70,000, there are cars that are just as good performance wise that will take me on much longer trips than a Tesla.

Apple tries to Clean Up its Carbon-Spewing Ways

WIRED:

It’s an unusual trip in that its point is to give a reporter exposure to the way Apple works, a departure from the company’s usual maniacal secrecy. But when it comes to the environment, Apple consciously carves out an exception to its standard opacity.

Steven Levy got the grand tour of Apple’s newest data center a few miles outside Reno.

The good news in his article?:

Apple is close to its goal of powering all its facilities 100 percent by renewable energy. Its corporate campuses and data centers are now at 94 percent renewable and rising. (In 2010 it was 35 percent.) The next step is to extend the efforts to its retail stores.

The bad news?:

In this accounting, Apple does not include the manufacturing, transport, and use of its actual products, which accounts for 98 percent of its carbon footprint.

They have a LONG way to go. But at least, they are moving in the right direction.

The "Macumentary"


Way back in the mists of (internet) time, I did a show out of a professional studio in White Rock, BC with a crew of old school radio guys. I found a co-host at a MUG meeting and “The Mac Show” was born. I’d been doing a “broadcast” for several years before meeting these guys but it was definitely not as good as what it eventually became.

We had a great time and the radio guys taught me a lot about how to do things properly. It’s a real shame the relationship fell apart.

A show listener and professional videographer, Adam Tinkoff, pitched the idea of this “macumentary” to us and MacAddict magazine. This video was included on the magazine’s CD-Rom (remember when magazines would give those out?) in August 2001.

I Nearly Destroyed This Dragster And Now I Respect Drag Racing

Jalopnik:

Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: I’m an idiot. I’m a big dumb idiot who made a stupid mistake and got lucky that something really bad didn’t happen. I’m hoping I can use my idiocy for some good, though, and dispel some myths about drag racing. Because drag racing deserves your respect.

“I Nearly Destroyed This Dragster And Now I Respect Drag Racing”

Leaving aside the issue of, “you should have respected them BEFORE, asshole” – I mean, you have to respect someone insane enough to get behind the wheel of a top fuel dragster, sit in front of a engine that generates approximately 7,000 horsepower, accelerates from a standstill to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in as little as 0.8 seconds, has a top speed that exceeds 300mph and subjects the driver to an average force of about 4.0 G over the duration of the race. (wikipedia stats)

So yeah – you better respect these guys.

But the story is still a good one. The writer makes the same mistakes many of us would have when faced with such an insane situation without the years of training a drag racer goes through.