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Thought I'd miss Inbox more than I have

When Google announced they were killing off Inbox, I feared my inbox would become unmanageable again.  Alas, I was wrong.

Inbox's web interface was seductive enough that it made Gmail seem as musty as an 19th century home.  Now that I am forced to go there, I've been using the filters more to move emails I do not need to see to folders.  Now, little appears in my inbox, and what does appear is quickly swept away in the Android app or check boxed away in the web app.

I just keep they continue to add new features to Gmail as they have promised.



Intriguing Links

Probably like many readers of this blog, I am forever surfing the web on my phone. I find more intriguing things to read than I often have time to read right then.
Those, I save to Evernote for future reading. Sometimes what I find inspires a blog post here.
Often, I just don't have the time.
Starting today, I have a link at the top of the blog called Intriguing Links.  It is a link to a shared Evernote notebook where I'll periodically move captured links I think readers might enjoy as well.
My interests are varied.  You'll find links for Evernote, productivity apps, history, tiny homes, and more.
The list comes up in Evernote web, so it is searchable if you wanted to find say, just the Evernote posts.
And to the PR people of the world, no, I will not add your site to the list.

My killer use case for augmented reality not really mine

In 2016 my family and I visited Masada, a famous ancient site in Israel near the Dead Sea.

As our tour group walked around the ruins, our guide challenged us to imagine the daily life at this place occupied in the years before and just after Year 0.

The thought hit me that if I could be wearing AR goggles, as I looked at the ruins, animation could show the buildings as they actually were, and actors dressed in period clothing going about their business. I got quite excited about the idea, imagining tourists renting AR goggles at any historical site.

Imagine settlers building cabins at Jamestown, Washington sitting in his study at Mount Vernon, the debates in Constitution Hall, or roaming the streets of Jerusalem (as we did the day after Masada) and seeing people living and working as they did in the first century AD (or any date you choose).

Blogging this idea has been on my to-do list since our return home in March 2016.

Lately I re-read Daniel Suarez's amazing Daemon.  Knowing …

How to get this Evernote functionality in 1x1

Being as enchanted as I've been since 2008 with Evernote, of course the Evernote widget has a prominent place on my Android phone's home screen.

I have resented it taking up almost a full line on the home screen.

I have come up with an interesting solution.  Watch the 2 minute 15 second video below.

A terabyte SD card

I remember how powerful I felt when I acquired two 400 gigabyte hard drives to augment my existing 250 gigabyte drive and realized I'd amassed the unthinkable terabyte in personal storage.  Considering I'd started out in 1980 with a floppy disk drive storing a whopping 90K, I was quite impressed with myself.

Lexar just announced a one terabyte SD card

If you're into technology, life is a wild ride.


Things I want from Waze, Maps, and Safeway

Things I want in technology:

I want Waze and Google Maps to figure out about the third day, that I'm ignoring their recommended route to work and instead have a preferred way.  Then, after that, route me that way with appropriate estimates of time.

When those apps do route me another way, tell me verbally why?

I want stores to have an API.  I should be able to query Safeway, Food Lion etc. for the price and instock status of an item.