My love-hate relationship with Apple’s Activity Rings
This year I have decided will be the “Year of Health.” This was the yearly theme I decided on and described in more detail in this post. So far, it has been a rough but good couple of months. Have I made a ton of progress in weight loss, exercise, better meal options, etc.? Yes and no.Read full story
MacBook Pro 16-inch review: Apple’s portable powerhouse reviewed.
My Dad has been using a 2009 15-inch MacBook Pro for over ten years now, and it was finally time for him to replace it. After getting a screen repair, a battery replacement, upgrading the hard drive with an SSD, and upgrading to 16 GB of RAM — it was finally time that he lay the monster of a laptop to rest and get something new.Read full story
A reflection on Digital Minimalism
Facebook, the dreaded yet favorite social media platform that everyone seems to be on. A lot of people close to me use Facebook everyday; some of my family and friends have embraced it as a new way of getting “news”. It also just so happens to have posts from loved ones too. This embracement by my family is why, at times, I grapple with this fear of missing out.Read full story
M1 MacBook Air review after 2 months
I have continued to praise the MacBook Air with the M1 processor in multiple posts since I got it in November last year. Initially concerned that not having Intel would create some issue with using it for my day job, it has actually become a perfect machine to use for work primarily because of the workaround I found in using Microsoft Remote Desktop instead of running Windows.Read full story
Castro review: a podcast app that just makes sense.
Every year when I get an email from Apple that a subscription for one of my apps is coming up for renewal, I like to rethink and reevaluate if the app is worth me continuing my subscription. Some of them are a no brainer to renew, like Ulysses and 1Password, but some have me struggling to stick with, like my favorite Podcast app.Read full story
Apple’s Silicone MagSafe Case: a review from someone who hates cases.
To say that I have an opinion when it comes to cases on phones would be an understatement. I have written many posts about using my iPhone the way it came straight out of the box and how my frustrations with cases only add to my prevention of ever wanting to use them.Read full story
Microsoft’s Surface Pro X review
After reviewing the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 and using Windows on my MacBook Pro for a week, I wanted to review Microsoft’s very own hardware. The Surface line has been evolving over the years in becoming a very solid lineup of Windows hardware.Read full story
Reviewing Apple’s “Last” Intel iMac
iMac 27-inch in all its glory. With the introduction of the M1 on the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini last year it is inevitable that Apple will be replacing the iMac lineup with some kind of Apple Silicon chip. Whether it is the actual M1, a upgraded M1X, or even a new generation M2, the new Apple Silicon in an iMac will blow any Intel version out of the water.Read full story
Rereading my favorite books on a Kindle: My fear of ruining Harry Potter with e-ink technology.
I remember when I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was on break from school, and my Grandma, who attempted to read it herself, asked if I wanted to give it a read. She felt the number of characters was a bit too much, and trying to keep up with them all was frustrating.Read full story
Feeling even bluer: blue accessories that I have purchased since getting the iPhone 12.
After getting the iPhone 12 and being happy with the Blue color option, I noticed that I was also choosing blue over other colors for other devices and accessories. I have always been a fan of the color blue but have stuck with more neutral colors when buying previous iPhones.Read full story
The iPhone mini : is miniature better?
After seeing the iPhone mini in a variety of photos and videos from reviewers, a lot times I couldn’t really tell that it was an actual mini iPhone. Even in photos with the iPhone 12 mini sitting next to an iPhone 12 ( 12 Pro), or even the Max, I still could not conceptualize how small the device actually was.Read full story
My exploration into analog productivity, including the Bullet Journal Method
I have dabbled in several different workflows to help keep track of the things I want to get done. For work, I have tried Todoist, Notion, Trello, and Omnifocus. I have used these tools, including Things and Reminders, for personal, non-work related task but overall, like many, I find it challenging to stick with one solution.Read full story
Apple’s MagSafe Wallet: does it deliver or slip?
As soon as I saw the leather wallet option as one of the new MagSafe accessories for the iPhone 12; the minimalist in me knew I had to try it. The MagSafe idea alone for wireless charging on the iPhone was exciting with the ability to not have to worry about overnight charging mishaps, but other magnetic accessories surprised me.Read full story
Has Apple Won with Apple One?
All technology podcasts, magazines, blogs and websites have covered Apple One in great detail. They go over the things that could be better, like larger iCloud storage sizes for each option, and discuss Apple’s clear goal in getting more into services.Read full story
The GORUCK GR1: a new backpack for my future everyday tech carry.
Who knows when we will be able to go back into the office. When I was able to go to the office, at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, I started using the new gym that was offered by my employer. Since March, that gym has been desolate and the backpack I purchased to carry my gear to use for the gym feels the same.Read full story
AirPods Pro’s painful truth: it hurts literally and figuratively to move on.
I wrote about how AirPods have changed my life about a year ago and that still has not changed. You can argue that they have actually grown to be even more essential in my life. Since working from home that have not only been my go to headphones for personal use but I also use them for work almost everyday.Read full story
The smartphone storage problem: or is there really a problem at all?
For the past few years, the tech world has criticized Apple for its minuscule base storage sizes. Apple has slowly crept up this standard capacity from 4 gigabytes with the original iPhone to now 64 gigabytes for the iPhone 11 Pro.Read full story
iPhone 12 review — feeling blue: do you choose an iPhone based on color or specs?
When I got up early in the morning on October 16th to pre-order a new iPhone for my wife, I of course couldn’t help myself but use my iPhone Upgrade Program to upgrade my own iPhone 11 Pro.Read full story
Working from home setup 3.0: new home, new office, new setup.
My Working From Home Setup. This will be my third Working From Home setup posts, which you can catch up on by reading the first two here:. Since WFH Setup 2.0, my wife and I moved out of our last rental and purchased our first home. With it came a lot of stress and money, but in the end set us up with a new house to call our home. Which includes a space for a nursery for our, soon to come, baby boy and a new shared office space.Read full story
Simple yet so powerful: My review of the new 2020 M1 MacBook Air.
2020 M1 MacBook Air (Photo by Author) Since I decided on Starting from Scratch I have been thinking a lot about my setup and if I wanted something stationary or mobile. After reviewing the iMac a few months ago I was convinced that, when I had the opportunity, I would get one. When that opportunity finally came; I didn’t pull the trigger.Read full story