Browsing Tag: technology


    My Google Glass Bathroom Policy

    May 18, 2013

    matt-glass-200pxI’ve had Google Glass for about two weeks now, and the more I use it, the more I like it. (It helps that Google has already updated the software it runs once, and there are new Glass apps from Twitter, Facebook and others that I can use.)

    One of the big discussions about Glass is privacy, and for some reason that discussion has often focused on Glass and public restrooms.

    Even though I have no desire to take photos in a bathroom, I’ve decided on this policy for when I’m wearing Glass at public events:

    Glass stays on, but I raise it off my face so it sits on top of my head.

    That’s what I did all last week at Google I/O, what I’ve done at various airports and what I’ve done in other public bathroom settings.

    Welcome to 2013 … where technology has advanced to the point that the phrase “Google Glass bathroom policy” needs to be a thing. (Maybe I’ll add this policy to my disclosures page.)


    Apple: Tops in Tech Support

    May 14, 2010

    I’m really loving Consumer Reports magazine; we’ll definitely be renewing when the current subscription ends. The most recent issues is all about computers, and as an Apple fan I just have to post this chart ranking computer makers on their tech support. Apple is so far out in front it’s not funny.


    I should also mention that Apple had the highest-ranked computer in every category where it had an entry; that includes all sizes of laptops, all desktop models, etc.

    Yay Apple!


    Adventures in Texting

    April 23, 2010

    A few nights ago, I was watching the Mariners game on FSN Northwest. Former Mariner Jay Buhner was a guest commentator on the broadcast. I loved Jay as a player, but he’s not so good in the booth. At one point, his explanation of a poor umpire call was, “They’re human beings, too.” And describing the secret to Ichiro’s success, Buhner revealed that “he just knows how to hit.”

    I had my iPhone with me when they put up a trivia question on the screen and invited viewers to send guesses/answers via text. The correct answer was “B”, so I decided to play along. And that’s when the adventure began. Here’s a screenshot so you can watch along as it happened.


    The moral of the story: If you text the word “stop,” you could cancel stuff that you haven’t even signed up for. Oh, and there’s no human being on the other end of some text conversations. Now you know.


    Detour at 35,000 Feet

    July 21, 2009

    Cari got home last night from a 4-day trip to Minnesota, and I decided to follow her flight on just like she and the kids do when I’m traveling. Thought this image of her flight path was cool:

    flight path

    I like how they flew through the maze of storms approaching Minneapolis, and I really like how I can follow this kind of thing on the Internet. Technology is amazing, y’know?


    Technology is amazing

    June 30, 2009

    It’s 11:03 pm PDT, and I’ve spent the last 90 minutes listening to a U2 concert that ended about eight hours ago: fan-taped, uploaded, and posted online. U2 is cool with this. The audio is on Kevin’s site. He has lots of bandwidth.

    I don’t normally listen to bootlegs but this is the opening concert of the tour. Right now, I’m wrapping up a 14-hour day that I spent updating two web sites, posting the setlist live as it happened on Twitter, digging through YouTube, Flickr, Twitpic, Yfrog, and any other source possible for photos and video, sending out emails to U2 fan mailing lists, and so forth. You can see the results on and @U2 (scroll down through “Bits & Bytes” updates). And I’m not tooting my own horn; I’m tooting my friends and co-workers horns — the @U2/ crew was amazing today — posting the setlist in @U2’s forum, spreading the word on Twitter, sending me stuff they found first, and so much more.

    All of this made possible by technology that, if I stop to think about it, is mind-blowing. This was my humble setup today:


    Probably hard to see, but on the main monitor there I have Tweetie open and a web browser. On the web browser I’m watching live / almost-live concert video streamed by fans via Srsly. There were four fans (that I know of) sending video right from Barcelona to my office. That’s frakkin’ crazy. And then I take what I saw and heard and post it on Twitter and on, and Lisa Z. (from @U2) posts it in the @U2 forum … and tens of thousands of U2 fans know what’s going on immediately. Bono says something, it’s online a minute later (if that). At the same time, I’m watching Twitter and dozens, maybe hundreds of fans inside the stadium are also posting updates. Retweet that stuff, and the world knows.

    In 1997, my first “online U2 tour,” we would rush to the hotel room or our house after the show and post the setlist on the web and send it to the U2 fan mailing lists. You’d get the news within a couple hours after the show, maybe the next morning in the worst case scenario. It was amazing.

    In 2001, friends inside the arenas would call and you’d get to listen to a few minutes of the show (and the audio was terrible, frankly), then they’d call again on the way out of the arena and recite the setlist. Fans would know what happened within 15-30 minutes of the end of the show. It was amazing.

    In 2005, friends inside the arena called and you could listen to the whole show, and the audio was actually listenable. On opening night, three friends at the show called me, Michael, and Scott separately so we could hear. Then the three of us not at the show hopped on AIM together and chatted together about what we heard over the three separate phone lines. It was amazing – one of the most fun nights of my U2 fan life. You could pretty much post the setlist as it happened — literally within seconds of a song starting, it was on But you had to wait until the next day for audio and/or video.

    And today, live video (and audio) from inside the stadium as the show is going on. Photos all over Twitter and Flickr during the show. Thousands of fans giving and getting the scoop on every detail. The setlist posted as it happened, and broadcast to tens of thousands of fans around the world.

    During the concert today, Sean pulled up a chair and sat next to me so he could watch everything — the videos, the pix, the live updates. I know I was more amazed by what was going on because I remember what it was like years ago. I hope I explained it well enough that he could appreciate it, too. I imagine someday, 10 years from now perhaps, he’ll be updating some web site (will they still exist then?) with links to every fan’s personal video/audio/photo web channel (we’ll all have them for our daily lifestreaming) and maybe he’ll look back and remember what it was like “in the old days” when he sat next to his dad to experience a U2 concert that was happening 5,407 miles away, but seemed like it was right in our hometown.

    Technology is amazing.