We just couldn't wait to celebrate with an early birthday trip to Portland last weekend. Although the weather didn't hold up for very long, we found comfort in our great friends (and great food!). We even tried a bit of ice skating - a rare treat for these Floridian-turned-Californians! #happybirthday
"Instead of reporting to work, we're paying our employees to do what we love most - be outside."
REI is setting a great example for other retailers and for us all. This Thanksgiving, consider enjoying the great outdoors with friends and loved ones, rather than wandering the shopping malls. I know I will.
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I picked up this Solder:Time Watch Kit project at Maker Faire, and will proudly solder it up this weekend.
Making is a valuable life skill. It requires creativity, resourcefulness, and a genuine desire to learn. Although Makers are sometimes misunderstood by those around them, the Maker community is large and vibrant.
Thank you to those who have stood with fellow Maker Ahmed Mohamed, even as those around him failed to appreciate his achievements. #IStandWithAhmed
I’ve been wearing the Fossil Q Dreamer for a few days. This is first activity tracker I’ve worn that does not display notifications independently, but I figured I’d give it a shot. Here are my initial thoughts.
By far, the Q Dreamer is the prettiest activity tracker I’ve tried on. Since it doesn’t have a screen, I can wear it on either wrist without losing functionality. If I choose to wear a watch on one wrist, I can continue wearing this on the other. The Dreamer is also elegant enough to pass as jewelry, so combining with other accessories is an option. The battery life is amazing. Charging from zero to 100% took about thirty minutes. Two full days later, the battery is still hovering around 80%.
The companion smartphone app is easy to use. It can connect with a variety of social media accounts and provide tailored notifications with a quick buzz and subtle LEDs. You can set the importance of each alert with three LED lights on the side of the Dreamer. In addition, step count and distance travelled can be tracked.
Charging the device is not user friendly. The Dreamer charges wirelessly atop a ‘charging pillow’. However, keeping the devices aligned requires Dreamer to be fully clasped around the charger This is more tedious than it should be.
The edges of the Dreamer are metal and sharp. Be careful not to bump into objects or people, or else it may leave a scratch.
Although the app is easy to use, there is a feature called Curiosity. It’s designed to help you think outside of the box, and try things you may not have in the past. Distance tracking appears to be an issue for Dreamer. During a 10k walk, I compared the distance measurement to Runkeeper using GPS. Dreamer’s distance fell short of Runkeeper by over one mile. It’s not clear whether Dreamer will take my stride into account over time.
I have not made a final decision as to whether or not I will use this permanently. How it wears in the next couple weeks will determine that. The device has been satisfactory so far, and an updated review will be posted later this month.
- University of FloridaMechanical Engineering, 2000 - 2005
- Florida State UniversityComputer Science, 2011 - 2013
- Intel CorporationSoftware Engineer, 2012 - present
- FPLNuclear Engineer, 2005 - 2012
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