Eight days with AirPods

AirPods

I’ve been using AirPods for about eight days. Feels great without the cord, and sounds good across lots of podcasts, music, and video. They stay in while smashing tickets, eating a meal, washing dishes, taking a walk, or riding a bus. I’ve also worn them successfully while lying in bed for a short period of time. They won’t stay in if I fall asleep, which I expected.

I’m usually around a power source, so I haven’t thought of battery life in depth. However, air travel is in my future,1 and I plan to leave my Sony MDR-7506 headphones at home to free up space in my backpack.

Looking at Apple’s product page, I haven’t used Siri with them yet. Perhaps I need to find some podcast episodes for very simple ideas. Suggestions welcome!2

A few times, I mentioned to Amy that wearing them makes me think of something from an episode of Black Mirror. Pretty trippy.

Overall, I dig them! 👍🏾

See also from my colleague, Paul Ciano — A Geek’s Best Friend: AirPods (Part 1), and Part 2.


  1. Team meetup! 
  2. I think there’s a few from Back To Work or Mac Power Users

Closed my Media Temple account

During my sabbatical last year, I completed one project where the end result was to close my Media Temple account. (It was a good run!) Going forward, I would be saving $22 per year. 💵

I haven’t thought about this very much since I completed the move, which is probably a good thing. 😎


  1. Disclosure: I’m a Community Guardian at Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com. I also use WordPress.com for my personal sites. 
  2. I didn’t realize Shaun Inman suspended sales and support for Fever and Mint in December 2016. 
  3. This is my personal FastMail referral link

My year in music – Last.fm

Last.fm published my listening report for 2017! I like it. A few thoughts:

  • The drop occurred during my sabbatical (February–April).
  • I rarely ❤️ tracks in the Last.fm app.
  • Listening Clock — 4:00–5:00 pm might be the period of time when I’m in the groove at work. 🕓🕔
  • Biggest Day — “You listened to 225 tracks on 20 June 2017.” This…seems wrong. I’ll consider cleaning this up by hand; I can delete scrobbles, mainly ones that occur at the same time.

I also appreciated the ability to download images of the various data modules. For posterity:

Broke my Kindle Keyboard

It lasted for about 2,388 days. I don’t know the exact date it arrived, but I added an entry in Day One after I broke it on April 6th, 2017 (during my sabbatical).

Annoyed with myself for breaking the screen of my Kindle. I rolled a bit on it.

While it isn’t cracked, per se, two thirds of the screen no longer update.

It’s been fun! 😁

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AirPods, where are you?

Apple AirPods

I misplaced my AirPods for several hours. It was rough, especially since I bought them less than four days ago. 😁

Last night, I placed them in my messenger bag. I had ventured out to visit a friend, and requested a pickup from Lyft1 to get home. After I got home, I couldn’t find my AirPods. Neither could my friend, or the Lyft driver.

After four or five times looking through my “empty” messenger bag, I realized there were exterior side pockets. I rarely use them; my stainless steel water bottle won’t fit.

Conclusion: The AirPods case can fit in those exterior side pockets. 😊

P.S. I wrote this post on January 22nd, and changed the date to reflect the day this happened.


  1. Referral link. I earn $10 in ride credit if you use it for your first ride in Los Angeles. 

The Value of Privacy

Great post by Bruce Schneier from May 2006. I found a few highlights in my Instapaper account. Here’s one:

For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.

 

TIL (Things 3) – Filter list by multiple tags

When viewing a list on all platforms (Mac, iPad, or iPhone), you can filter by more than one tag.

  • Mac: Press and hold Command (⌘), then click your desired tags.
  • iPhone: Filter by tag, select one tag, then return the same menu for the ability to check more tags.

The “Using Tags” support page by Cultured Code gave a handy example:

It’s useful […] if you want to see all your 🏷 Work to-dos that are also🏷 Important.

For Todoist, see “Filter for tasks by label“. As for Wunderlist, no joy.