Posts filed under “tech”

iPad mini 2

Two years after I got my wifi iPad mini in Norfolk, I’ve occasionally been running up against the limitations of its older hardware and lack of cellular data. Essentially the iPad mini is a smaller iPad 2, with the same A5 processor and only incremental upgrades from the iPad 2’s system. While that’s continued to […]

Batteries and Geniuses

It’s a bit outdated as of iOS 8, but here’s an actual Apple Store Genius’s guide to improving battery life on your iPhone or iPad. Most useful tip has been to turn off Location Services and Background App Refresh for the Facebook app, which not only slowed battery drain but actually caused the battery percentage […]

Google Glass

Google Glass is large, conspicuous, and expensive. It’s a bulky two-piece computer prominently clinging to the side of your face on a frame that is unfoldable and unpocketable. Unless you have a bag* with you, Glass pretty much forces you to wear it on your face — and this might be by design. It’s possible […]

Selected Readings on Internet History

A Brief History of the Internet, from DARPA to the FNC, by the Internet Society. Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think,” seminal 1945 essay on a future machine that could visually trace user paths through a network of hypertextual content. The Hut Where the Internet Began. It was in the Philippines that the late Douglas […]

iPad mini

(Buy an iPad mini just like mine on Amazon!) While in Norfolk last month I dropped by MacArthur Center Apple Store to see the just-launched iPad mini. The store was bustling, and staff told me they had quickly sold out of all but the 64GB stock. I held a demo unit in my hand, and […]

Augmented Reality Curiosity

Speaking of Curiosity, JPL has made Spacecraft 3D, an augmented reality app for iOS that projects a simulated Mars rover onto your camera view. Just print out the 3D marker (embedded in the app and emailable from there as a PDF), place it on a flat surface, and point the camera at it with the […]

On the Passing of Computer Luminaries

Steve Jobs died on October 5th, shortly after the iPhone 4S was announced. Jobs’ reserved seat sat empty at the event, and as new Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the keynote he almost certainly knew the time was near. I half-expected that he would demo the new iPhone’s FaceTime app with a call to to […]

Eulogy for an iPad

I lost my iPad last month: stuck it in the seat pocket on the plane coming back from NASA Tweetup and forgot it there, only realizing the loss well after we had disembarked. It’s gone now.


My gateway to iOS was a second-generation iPod Touch gifted to me by Mom for Christmas in 2009. For a while that served as my music player and secondary mobile device alongside the Nokia 5800 and later the HTC Magic, but more and more I found myself just wifi-tethering the iPod Touch to the phones […]

HTC Magic 32B AKA T-Mobile MyTouch

First off, I refuse to call it the “MyTouch.” Starting a proper noun with such a strong possessive pronoun just confuses the use of any article — or any other possessive pronouns — preceding the name. “A MyTouch.” “The MyTouch.” “My MyTouch.” “Your MyTouch.” Plus, it sounds like the setup for a bad “your mom” […]