Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch lets you ditch your phone in style. I love the Gear S2 and wear it every day. The rest of my SmartWatch collection is gathering dust in a watch case. I love the styling of the watch, and, most of all, the ability to take all my phone calls on the watch if I prefer. I can leave the SmartPhone in a charging cradle at the office while I am out and about, and never miss a call, text, or email. The larger design of the S3, and the ruggedness of the Frontier version with the phone chip, screams male geek. Grunt. Ladies, you will probably prefer the Gear S2 for smaller wrists. However, SWMBO swears by the fashion design of the Michael Kors smartwatches. To each his or her own.
Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans - The New Yorker. Andy Borowitz writes about scientists who complain about a new strain of humankind; you know who they are. "Don't confuse me with the facts". "I don't care what the facts are: He/She is my candidate". Conspiracy theorists, politicians, and, yes, Virginia, some of our clients, have this malady, and it is spreading. In BigLaw you don't have a lot of control over your clients. They tend to be large businesses who send a lot of work to the firm. You are assigned to a case; and, regardless of the fact-resistant human contact at the business, you are required to represent the client. Solos, on the other hand, get to choose our own clients. More than once, I have sacrificed money for the pleasure of saying "Sorry, I can't take your case". Or, "Given your inability to understand that your chosen course of action is counter-productive, I must withdraw from your representation". There is no better feeling (well, almost) than telling a problem client that they need to go elsewhere. So, fact-resistant humans, please stay in your fact-resistant world, and suffer your own consequences. I am very happy right where I am, down here on Planet Earth.
After two posts this morning with the "All out of love" allusion, I can't get the song out of my head. It is only fair that you have to listen to it with me, and hum it for the rest of today. Misery loves company.
Samsung announces that over 500,000 Note 7s have arrived in the US | Android and Me. I have owned every Note version since the first. But, I balked at spending over $800 for the Note 7. When they started exploding, I figured I dodged a bullet. Now, Samsung is trying to remedy the error by sending thousands of replacement phones to the U.S. I applaud the company's efforts to fix the problem. But, there is still the problem of the phone being overpriced. I fell out of love with the line when the company traded thinness for a removable battery and no additional storage. If I have to live with that, I prefer to spend a lot less money. But, hey, maybe there are 500,000 people out there with more money than sense.
WAIST BAG SMARTPHONE HOLDER - HANDEE HOLDER by Lifesaver P.M.C.S Ltd %u2014 Kickstarter. What would happen if you combined the two dorkiest products in existence? Why, the Waist Bag Smartphone Holder, of course. A fanny pack combined with a selfie stick for those too lazy to hold their smartphone for more than a few minutes is now available to support in this KickStarter project. I suppose putting the phone down on a table is too complicated. And, walking around watching a movie on your phone instead of looking where you are going? What could go wrong? Jeez.(Thanks to Plusser +JAgnew for the link)
Microsoft may block laptops from installing Linux [Update]. Microsoft is all out of love for Linux, and no longer plays well with others. But, the company isn't lost without Linux, and is cutting deals with manufacturers to lock the BIOS of new computers to block installation of other OSes, like Linux. Most of us are locked into the Microsoft ecosystem anyway; so, it is not a problem that those, other than computer geeks, will have. But, once you buy a computer, you should have the freedom to load whatever operating system you want on it. There are ways to get around the locked BIOS; but, they involve using an external ROM flasher, and are a pain. So, before you put money down on that flashy new computer, find out if you can load your favorite OS on it. Jeez.
Google's New Messaging App Is So Useful I Don't Care That It's Creepy. I just downloaded, and have started using, the new messaging app from Google, Allo. Very cool. It learns my habits, knows where I am, knows what I am doing, and tailors my contacts to all that it knows. Having been married for some time, I already understand what that is like; so, the total surrender to an all knowing friend is nothing new to me. But, for those who value their privacy, Allo is the ultimate invasion. But, hey, this thing is really cool. It will even finish your texts for you before you type them. And, talking to Google Assistant is like talking to your wife. It knows everything before you do, and it is always right.
Why Evernote Is Giving Up on Its Data Centers for Google Cloud.Old friend, and reader, Michael Haddad, asks me to comment on the Evernote move to Google Cloud. The short answer is that Evernote is a sofware company, and wants to concentrate on what it does well. Google is a data company, that specializes in storage and retrieval of big data. The move is economical, and leverages Google's security protocols and industry dominance. This is a win-win for both companies, and is a trend that many third party software companies will follow in the future. It represents the consolidation of big data, and the segmenting of the software market.