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I Ain’t Dead

I know, it’s been pretty damn quiet around here. Aside of course, from a single repost from my other blog. But I’d like to cite two pieces of evidence to prove that I haven’t been doing nothing at all: This site has a shiny new theme; I’ve actually been posting multiple times a week over at my Future Technology blog. Lets talk about the ... Read more

Some Notes on the “Andrew Ng” Coursera Machine Learning Course

Note: This is a repost from my other blog. I was originally going to write this as a “review”, but this course is now considered such a foundational resource that writing a review would feel presumptuous and redundant. Then I was going to write it as a list of pros and cons, but I came to the conclusion that this would probably be subjective. S... Read more

International Men’s Day

As promised back in my International Women’s Day post, I’m now writing about its counterpart. International Men’s Day is the day I’m posting this: the 19th of November. As noted in the previous post: some people would say that we don’t need this day, because the other 364 days of the year already serve that purpose. I say we do need it. In the f... Read more

Blogging on the Quartz Curve

A little while ago, over dinner, a good friend of mine introduced me to something called the “Quartz Curve”. Named for the online news magazine which coined it, it goes like this: if you plot the length of an article against user engagement, the resulting graph is bowl shaped. Specifically, the trough is between 500 and 700 words. Shorter artic... Read more

Mostly an iPad Followup

Somewhat appropriately, I finished and edited my previous post about switching to an iPad for many of my computing use cases on an iPad. Luckily I have access to one which belongs to my employer and happens to be running the iOS 11 Beta. Since I was traveling at the time, I could also grab the Magic Keyboard which usually sits on my desk for ty... Read more

Thinking About Going iPad... Mostly

Going “iPad only” is all the rage in some circles. I don’t think it would really work for me. iOS still has too many limitations for that. But I do like the idea of using an iPad as my main “carry around” machine. Right now I use a first generation MackBook Adorable for this purpose. I take it on holiday and bring it with me to coffee shops (and... Read more

Should Have Paid for the Delivery, or: Value Your Time

Just before the weekend I realised I needed a few items from Ikea at fairly short notice. Nothing complicated. A rug and some rails of the sort kitchen utensils dangle from. My in-progress kitchen would definitely remain in-progress without the latter. The obvious solution was the usual online shopping and home delivery combo. I fired up Ikea.co... Read more

Smart Watches, Pilots’ Associates, and Travelling Salesmen

I can probably be described as a wearable tech true believer. I bought in fairly early and have more or less stuck with it. As a device class it’s still in the early stages, I think, but has a lot of potential. After all, humans have been putting computers on their wrists for a long time now (albeit ones which only compute the time). My History... Read more

WWDC Predications Score Card

Having made a point of making some WWDC predictions in my last post, it seems only right that I should look back at them after the fact and see how I did. I’d also like to talk about a couple of the other interesting things from the Keynote. My Predications Firstly: how did I do with my predictions? A More Impressive Follow Up to the Integrat... Read more

Yet Another Rambling WWDC Predications Post

Tomorrow is the opening keynote of Apple’s WWDC1 conference. Two years ago I predicted that Apple would open source Swift, and I was right2. Last year my predication was XCode for iPad. That didn’t happen, but Swift Playgrounds did… which sort of made me half right. Rather than just tweet one prediction this year, I figured I’d try writing a who... Read more