It’s been a busy few weeks here, as we worked our way through some of our normal features – like best of last year, and anticipation for this year. Plus the holidays, all that… it’s been a while since having coffee. So…
If we were having coffee, I’d say hello, and how are you doing? I’d probably talk about the upcoming Platypus Con, and all my plans to get things constructed, painted, and on the table to be playing some increasingly cool looking and competent Warmachine with our growing group.
I might talk about shows or games or other things we’re up to, but honestly those all came up in recent posts as well. No, what I’d probably do if we were having coffee is gush about the Geek Baby.
A big recent topic of consideration, concern, reading, and discussion has been Screen Time. For a long time, the official advice to parents has been Screen Time Is Bad, with the recommendation to be zero Screen Time before age 2.
I’m sure you can imagine where our problems begin. If not, hello, welcome to Comparative Geeks, we’re kind of plugged in.
Posted in IRL, Rant, Tech
Tagged Geek Baby, iPhone, Media, misused technology, parenting, Screen Time, STEM, technology, Television, Weekend Coffee Share, women in technology
If we were having coffee, I might very well complain about Apple Music.
That’s a lie: I love Apple Music. I would complain about a related problem: iCloud Music Library.
Holly and I waited at first when it came to Apple Music. We reached a point, though, in looking at the option for a family account – cheaper than us each having an individual, and available since we family linked our iTunes accounts. We heard it would be available on the new Apple TV which we wanted (and got). We heard it was going to have a whole lotta music.
So we started up our three-month free trial (I think we’re still in it? Might be close to the end…). And I went to turn it on. And it told me something: to use Apple Music, I had to turn on iCloud Music Library. Without a second thought, I turned it on, and Apple blew up my music library. Continue reading
Posted in IRL, Music, Rant, Tech
Tagged album, Apple, Apple Music, data cap, iCloud Music Library, iPhone, iTunes, Library, Music Library
I know this is a crazy topic for someone who writes a blog because everything we discuss relies on us being connected and online. To discuss, analyze, and keep up to date on a variety of topics we need to remain connected. At the same time it is important every once in a while to take a moment to disconnect from online. Every once in a while the amount of stuff that is happening online can feel like a lot and you can constantly be checking on things. There is even a commercial for a Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge that allows you to check notifications on the edge of the phone with a single swipe of the finger without lighting up the screen. We are increasing the ways that we connect to people and the ways that people can connect to us.
At the same time, I do think it is good, every once in a while, to disconnect. It does not have to be for long, but I always find it refreshing. One of the problems is that the easiest way to disconnect is to literally be in a location where you cannot connect, which is not the easiest thing to do.
Just yesterday we were watching this video on SourceFed Nerd, where they were asked what they would do if the Internet shut down. It’s a fascinating question for this group, in particular, because even more than Holly and I, they live on the Internet – making videos, taking in and processing news for Sourcefed, monitoring comments on dozens of videos, making sales on For Human Peoples.
However, there was an earthquake here last night (we’re fine), and it’s destabilized the Internet in town. One of the two providers is out, as well as our cellular data. So we’re getting a tiny taste of what it would be like to have no Internet.
Texting worked once we turned off iMessage – which kept failing while trying to send over data. Most of the texts have been about the fact that the Internet isn’t working… though of course a few went out saying that we’re fine in regards to an earthquake!
And there have been emails as well, largely to the same effect.
There’s an office I’m not working at today, and it sounds like their Internet is completely out – and this is their main way of communicating with customers. This must have really slowed down work – and it means that tomorrow, when I do work, may very well be crazy.
We depend so much on the Internet anymore! I hope it’s back up working soon. Not going to lie. But what do you think? What would you do if the Internet failed? How would you be impacted? (I asked on the Internet). Let us know in the comments below! And hopefully, we’ll be able to check and find out that you commented!