October 20, 2017

First Look at my #watchonlychallenge

In the spirit of the new LTE Apple Watch, I decided to create a challenge for myself to use only my Apple Watch for about 10 hours. I own a series 1 Apple Watch and I wanted to see the limits I could push it. Because I have a series 1 watch I kept my phone on my pocket to remain tethered to my watch. This is my initial review for my #watchonlychallenge.

Here it is, day one with my Apple Watch only for the day.





I started my challenge walking from my car to my office building. Before getting out of the car I wanted to listed to some tunes on the way to my office. Turned on my bluetooth Jaybird Freedom's and as normal it connects to my phone. So I navigate on my watch to start some music and then I get this message.

For some reason if I start a song from the watch it forces me to play it from the watch thus, I have to connect my headphones to the watch directly. After connecting my headphones to my watch I started my stroll.



After starting my day at work came the real test. I get many emails that are essentially a task list for me so depending on the urgency or situation I have to react differently with each situation. My watch helps me filter when to react. However, I have found that when certain emails needed attention in that moment I naturally pulled out my phone and started typing away (and I cursed myself each time I realized it).

It's lunch time now. I'm heading back to my car. Today I didn't have to pay 1/2 a mile away so it's a short walk and nice warm weather. I played more jams on the way but I couldn't see what was playing in bright daylight 🤔 (series 2 & 3 have brighter displays for this reason).


The afternoon was a repeat of the morning. It wasn't very exciting but here's why:


  • The #watchonlychallenge just turned into keep your phone on your pocket challenge. Instead of using my watch and phone I found myself just doing things I could do on my watch on my computer instead. I'd make sure to answer emails there, I answered text messages on my computer, etc. 
  • This challenge helped me realize how slow apps were to open on my watch. I constantly found myself looking at my calendar using the Outlook app but it took forever. Using the modular watch face with the Outlook up next widget helped me stay on track.
  • I wrote out a few messages on my watch...it wasn't fun....at all. I did some voice to text too. I had to repeat a few statements but I believe this is due to Watch OS 4 being so new...I didn't have this problem in the past. 
  • I expected phenomenal battery life from not using my phone. However, battery life remained the same on my phone. I was using iOS 11.0.2 on my iPhone where battery life was horrendous anyways.


This was a first look. I'll try it again soon. I think 3 days would be a sufficient amount of time.

I can't help but wonder if this experience would be better on a series 3....with my phone of course 😊.



-Shante'

March 10, 2017

The New Age of Spam

The New Age of Spam



When we think about soliciting online we refer to the term "spam" (no no, not the processed goop in a can). Spam can be something we want or something we don't want. Most of the time it's something we don't want because it's the guy tapping you on the should that says, "do you want to buy this?" You say, "no" and then he says, "Ok, do you want to buy it now?"



In the technical world spam used to be littered in our email boxes. Though that still happens today many email filtering systems have developed to all together prevent spam from coming directly into your inbox. Later advertisements began to show on websites...and then obnoxious advertisements displayed on websites. Thus, pop up blockers and ad blockers were created. So when one way doesn't work you find another! That is what marketers have begun to do. They have found other technical mediums that we use to place those advertisements in front of us. Here are 3 most recent ways they have managed to do that.

Apple Calendar Invites MacRumors
Apple Working to Put a Stop to iCloud Calendar Spam
"...many iCloud users have been the target of spam that's delivered in the form of an unsolicited Calendar event invitation, and now Apple is working on a way to stop it."

"Because iCloud calendar invites are sent to an iCloud calendar automatically by default and there's no easy way to ignore them, there's no clear way to stop the spam."

"Image via OS X Daily Declining, accepting, or choosing "Maybe" on an incoming iCloud invite lets an iCloud email address is valid, so until Apple can put a stop to the spam, there are two fixes."

"Both iOS users that use the default Calendar app and those who use third-party calendar apps like Fantastical are affected by the spam issue, which appears to be fairly widespread.."


 via Aaron Blog



Google Drive - iMore
Does Google simply not give a $#!+ about Docs spam?

"Recently, Google users began receiving spam in the form of shared Docs folders."

"Google Docs spam continues, and apparently there's no way to stop it."

"Also raise a fuss about Google Docs being spammed as well, and don't stop until you get Google's statement and reassurance that they're working on it, and you start seeing solutions."


via iMore

Windows One Drive - PC Magazine
OneDrive Ads Appear in Windows File Explorer

"The bad news is that the reason it's so easy is because Microsoft appears to be inserting OneDrive advertisements directly into the Windows 10 File Explorer windows."

"The ads tout OneDrive's $6.99-per-month, 1TB storage subscription and appear just below the menu bar in Windows Explorer windows, ExtremeTech notes."

"One Reddit poster who has a current Office 365 subscription noted that the OneDrive ads still appeared."

"As ExtremeTech notes, the OneDrive ads are not the first time Microsoft has touted its additional services in various places throughout the Windows operating system."

via Hot Hardware

Shante'