Profile

Cover photo
Tom Wolf
Works at Rotary International
Attended Michigan State University
Lives in Chicago, IL
965 followers|398,473 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1'sReviews

Stream

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
This article echoes a lot of what seems to be part of our current collective opinion about all the attention-grabbing tech that surround us. I agree with the sentiment, but I don't think we should blame the devices or the apps or our brain chemistry. We must think of ourselves as being an active participant and recognize that the same tools which make it so easy to distract ourselves from whatever requires our focus can be used to prevent distraction.

Recently, I've been attempting to cut back on my work. I'm a bit of a workaholic and I can easily fill my entire life with my day job. I've made a subtle but effective tweak in the past few weeks: after the workday ends, I turn off work email notifications on my phone. That one little tweak, which is trivial to do because of the power of my device, has made me more present at home and I've worked less in off hours. I can still easily check my work email from my phone, but I'm not getting the notifications. I don't give myself the space to be distracted.

This happened to be the right adjustment for me in one arena, and I have others to evaluate, recognize and change. However, the point of my anecdote is that I adjusted my own behavior and forced the power of the distracting tool that's constantly in front of me to work to my advantage. I'm also reading more these days.
Or, Can books save us from what digital does to our brains?
5
David McMasters's profile photoPat Wolf's profile photoTom Wolf's profile photoJames Grimes's profile photo
4 comments
 
You guys are making me feel like a luddite again, even though I have a smart phone.  I don't have any notifications at all on my phone except texts (don't get too many, not a teenager), and explicitly-set reminders (call babcia, put flea stuff on dogs [don't get those mixed up]).  Considered ridding myself of smart phone entirely but kept it for one purpose: GPS mapping and tracking with connection to traffic and public transport.  Also weather but could do without that.

I understand David's refocus on specific topics.  For me, that would be a loss - I like reading books and browsing them in vast collections (i.e. public libraries).  But the downside is not being terribly expert in any particular area.  Were I still 30-ish, that'd be a real liability.  So, it's a tradeoff.
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
The worst thing about this whole situation? The number of developers who developer for iOS first or iOS only. The free pass that Apple gets on this and all their other nefarious tricks is absurd (for example, consider for a second how every new product includes some "innovation" that has been available in other parts of the market for years, sometimes decades).  Bah!

#Curmudgeon  
1
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
All it takes is a phone call!
Join me. Tell Congress that it's time to end the NSA's unconstitutional mass surveillance under the Patriot Act. https://fight215.org
1
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
It's April 1st...a healthy day of play!
Does something serious happen when we play? In this episode, TED speakers describe how all forms of amusement — tossing a ball to video games — can make us smarter, saner and more collaborative. Comedian Charlie Todd and his group Improv Everywhere choreograph bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes, creating whimsical opportunities for total strangers to play together. Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more...
1
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
I agree, shut up and take my money!

via +Richard Enbody​
1
1
Jeanmarie Matteson's profile photo
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
The fact that this thing can cross oceans is pretty amazing. The long flight times are really just a footnote.
1
Add a comment...
In his circles
627 people
Have him in circles
965 people
Society of Glass Enthusiasts's profile photo
David Bayles's profile photo
Naveen Rajput's profile photo
виктор илющенко's profile photo
Mary Alexander Johnson's profile photo
Jacob Roufa's profile photo
Jirka Doleček's profile photo
Olaniyi Yemisi's profile photo
Morgan Bird's profile photo

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
This seems like the kind of utility that I'd like from Facebook. Sadly, I won't be using it because they require nearly every Android permission it's possible to request. Unnecessary and exactly the kind of crap that I've grown to expect from FB.
Make your phone smarter with Hello. Built by Messenger just for Android, He...
1
James Grimes's profile photo
 
Well, some of it looks good, if you're on Facebook, but "Automatically block calls from numbers that have been blocked by a lot of other people." !? Yikes.
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
The "Up House" is still hanging onto existence!
After its owner refused to vacate, a 600-square-foot bungalow that is now abutted by taller commercial buildings has become a shrine to defiance.
2
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
Very much NSFW, but a great way to understand the bottom line implications of the Patriot Act and ongoing government surveillance.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)
4
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
Sad news today 😢
A brief note on our company Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders…
1
David McMasters's profile photo
 
Like you said...end of an era
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
Ha.
 
::rimshot::
The Internet's visual storytelling community. Explore, share, and discuss the best visual stories the Internet has to offer.
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Tom Wolf

Shared publicly  - 
 
Saturn’s Iapetus looks like nothing else we’ve ever seen. What made it so?
4
Peggy Wolf's profile photo
 
Amazing!  I enjoy hearing about things I don't keep track of very much.  Smooth explanatory writing too.
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
627 people
Have him in circles
965 people
Society of Glass Enthusiasts's profile photo
David Bayles's profile photo
Naveen Rajput's profile photo
виктор илющенко's profile photo
Mary Alexander Johnson's profile photo
Jacob Roufa's profile photo
Jirka Doleček's profile photo
Olaniyi Yemisi's profile photo
Morgan Bird's profile photo
Education
  • Michigan State University
    Computer Science, 2001 - 2006
  • East Lansing High School
    1997 - 2001
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
t-dub, Thomas
Story
Tagline
I am a human being.
Introduction
I'm a web applications developer who has been working on some variation of a LAMP stack since the early web (when the P usually stood for Perl). I currently lead the Development Team for at Rotary International's Web Department. I am an early adopter, but I appreciate quality tools regardless of age (think bash & vim).
Work
Occupation
Senior Web Developer, Web Software Architect, Lead Developer
Skills
PHP software development, Javascript software development, SQL query tuning, Linux/LAMP stack system administration, HTML/CSS authoring, programming, web development, software engineering, software development management
Employment
  • Rotary International
    Lead Developer, Web Department, 2013 - present
    I lead the Development Team for Rotary International's Web Dept., maintaining and enhancing the Rotary.org website serving the public and our 1.3M Rotary Club Members!
  • Rotary International
    Web Developer, 2012 - 2013
  • Network Ninja
    Software Ninja, 2012 - 2012
  • eSpark Learning
    Development Lead, 2011 - 2012
  • Summit Media Group, Inc.
    Sr. Web Developer, 2009 - 2011
  • Nonprofitable.org
    Lead Developer, Co-founder, 2009 - 2010
  • Chicago Technology Cooperative
    Lead Developer / Project Manager, 2007 - 2009
  • Teaming For Technology, AmeriCorps
    Technology Consultant, 2006 - 2007
  • Michigan State University, Residence Halls Association
    Director of Technology, 2003 - 2006
  • Michigan State University, Computer Science Department
    Undergraduate Researcher, 2003 - 2005
  • Jimmy John's
    Driver, 2003 - 2005
  • City of East Lansing, Information Systems
    IT Intern, 2001 - 2001
  • City of East Lansing, Senior Center
    Computer Instructor, 2000 - 2001
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Chicago, IL
Previously
East Lansing, MI - Lansing, MI
Tom Wolf's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Brevos - Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

Welcome to Brevos.BitDroid was my first Android app, it has evolved with the platform since Android 1.5 and has changed a lot over the years

Mailbox - แอปพลิเคชัน Android ใน Google Play
market.android.com

สนุกและรวดเร็วด้วยกล่องขาเข้าอีเมลบนอุปกรณ์มือถือที่ช่วยเก็บอีเมลให้เข้าที่ หมายเหตุ: ปัจจุบันสำหรับบัญชีผู้ใช้ Gmail และ iCloud แพลตฟอร์มอี

Apple’s App Store review process is hurting users, but we’re not allowed...
medium.com

It’s time we had a conversation about how slow and arbitrary this process really is.

Chromebook Pixel
www.google.com

The new Chromebook Pixel. For what's next.

Authentic Weather - Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

One smile at a time plus accurate weather information.Authentic Weather app is original human & honest weather app out there. Look outside a

VMware Workstation 8: This virtual machine appears to be in use - ITExpe...
www.itexperience.net

When working with VMWare Workstation 8, you should always make sure to suspend or shutdown your running virtual machines in VMWare Workstati

How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at ...
arstechnica.com

"Equation Group" ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.

Apartments for Rent - PadMapper Apartment Search for Oodle, Rent.com, Ki...
www.padmapper.com

A free tool to help you find an apartment or sublet to rent. Basically, it's a big Google map with lots of house and apartment sublet and re

The strangest moon in the Solar System
medium.com

Saturn’s Iapetus looks like nothing else we’ve ever seen. What made it so?

BADLAND
market.android.com

Vuela y sobrevive a través de la aventura de acción ganadora del premio Juego del año: BADLAND¡Más de 20 MILLONES de jugadores y sumando!5/5

SuperSU
market.android.com

SuperSU is the Superuser access management tool of the future ;)!!! SuperSU requires a rooted device !!!SuperSU allows for advanced manageme

Read&Write for Google™
chrome.google.com

Boost reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.

Thought Imgur would appreciate "Jeff the Diseased Lung"
imgur.com

Source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UsHHOCH4q8 Feel free to repost this with this tag, maybe we can also raise awareness here!

The Science of Sample Rates (When Higher Is Better — And When It Isn’t)
www.trustmeimascientist.com

One of the most hotly – and perhaps unnecessarily – debated topics in the world of audio is the one that surrounds digital sample rates. It

Android System Administration Utilities | Linux Journal
www.linuxjournal.com

“Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant” Benjamin Disraeli 1867. Quite a fitting quote if I say so myself. When I

Generation Stupid
medium.com

We need to talk.You’re not going to like it.

How do I see the commit differences between branches in git?
stackoverflow.com

I'm on branch-X and have added a couple more commits on top of it. I want to see all the differences between MASTER and the branch that I am

Revealed at Last: Magic Leap's Vision for Augmented Reality, in 32 Paten...
www.wired.com

Here's why Google invested $542 million in an secretive Florida startup.

Jota+ (Text Editor)
market.android.com

Jota+ is the best text editor for Android. Jota+ is easy to use. And have the great ability and great performance. For documentation, for pr

There aren't that many shops that work on non-commercial diesels in the city and these guys are some of the best. They will go above and beyond to get the parts you need, they'll do their best to get you back on the road as fast as possible, but they won't compromise on doing the job well.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Great cocktails!
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Good draft list, an interesting space and solid food. Get some of their meats.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Amazing atmosphere, delicious drinks, and tasty grub. Hard to go wrong!
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
123 reviews
Map
Map
Map
Had an excellent breakfast. I'd recommend getting one of their interesting variations on eggs Benedict.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Their beer is a mainstay of the Chicago beer scene. Death's Tar is one of my all-time favorites. If they have it, order! The food here is delicious too, but it honestly wouldn't matter. The beer is that good.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
The star is the mac-n-cheese pizza, no question.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago