For many years I couldn’t understand what software architects do. Early in my career, I thought they were useless. As a young developer, I felt that I could do the job of a business analyst, software architect, and developer all at the same time. Now, seventeen years into my post-college career I am one myself. I am trying to learn what it means to be a good software architect, and I hope to be one myself. Continue reading What does a Chief Software Architect do?
In the spring of 2017, I borrowed a Series 1 Apple Watch from our lab at work to see if I’d like it. I didn’t. I hated it. Now I have a Series 3 Apple Watch, and I love it. What’s different? Fitness and health tracking is my primary use case I started running in the fall of 2015, and I’ve been using Fitbit as … Continue reading Apple Watch Series 3 is a gem worth waiting for
I downloaded my Facebook data. For the most part, I didn’t find anything there that I didn’t voluntarily provide to Facebook. It’s worth noting a few things that people should pay attention to. Contacts When you install Facebook, it asks you for access to your Contacts. This is so it can help you find more friends to connect with and so you can use your … Continue reading I downloaded my Facebook data. Nothing there surprised me.
Facebook, these days, reminds me of Microsoft: big necessarily evil that is very difficult to avoid altogether. The irony of the situation is that it is easier to stop using Google than it is to stop using Facebook. Here is why. Getting rid of Google Search There is plenty of web search alternatives out there, and you don’t have to use Google. Email Google scans … Continue reading Facebook is the new Microsoft
Over the weekend we activated an iPhone for our teenager. I decided to put this guide together for other families who might be less technologically inclined. Picking the right device iPhones and iOS ecosystem are fundamentally more secure and private than Android. Apple doesn’t make money from tracking people. Google does. There is no shame in using Android or letting Google track you, but make … Continue reading Quick guide to Internet privacy for families
In my post on social media and intersection of politics and technology I wrote about a social networking platform that addresses the ills of the current big providers like Facebook and Twitter in light of the 2016 election interference. I have more thoughts on the topic today. I am not going to rehash what everyone is already saying about Twitter and Facebook. Let’s talk about … Continue reading Leaving Facebook and Twitter: here are the alternatives
It’s been awhile since I last wrote. I’ve been experiencing a sort of a writing block since at least six months ago. This post is my attempt to break it. Ever since the election I’ve been deeply concerned about the state of the United States. What used to be collegial disagreements over policy issues between Republicans and Democrats became visceral hatred and mistrust. Typically I … Continue reading When politics and technology intersect