Maker Euphoria 

by Rick on November 4, 2015

in Geek stuff,Innovation

I spend many years of my life writing software, much of that for embedded controls for commercal kitchen equipment. I still get excited when new systems are turned on for the 1st time. It is exelerating and causes the hair on my neck to stand up.

I mention this because a young engineering stopped me and asked if I had a few minutes to see something. She had turned on a new control … and it worked. She was excited, and it reminded me of those early years. Making something new is so exciting. It still runs through my veins and is part of my DNA. I love watching another generation of engineers experience this euphoria.




I have been using Apple Pay for a while on my iPhone. It works great .. I have purchased gas, groceries, food .. even household items at Home Depoit. It is so frictionless, and amazes me how well it works. I didn’t need my wallet, I just pulled up the phone, and paid!

Now I can use it on my Apple Watch. That is even more amazing. Now I don’t even have to pull out my iPhone. Heck, I don’t event need it with me. I even check into my flights using the Delta notifcation.

Apple Pay is a game changer .. and even more so on the Watch.

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The Christmas Tree

by Rick on December 24, 2014

in Life


TreeI remember as a young child when I would turn off the room lights and play Christmas music while watching the lights on the tree. I would dream of big things. Special memories … It was not about the gifts .. It the quiet peace if the season. Some are not as fortunate … Share the hope!

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Free Art?

by Rick on November 8, 2014

in Technology and Life

In a recent interview with Yahoo Music, Taylor Swift makes this comment: … music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free. I wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal this summer that basically portrayed my views on this. I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress. But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word music out of the music industry. Also, a lot of people were suggesting to me that I try putting new music on Spotify with Shake It Off, and so I was open-minded about it. I thought, I will try this; I’ll see how it feels. It didn’t feel right to me. I felt like I was saying to my fans, If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it. I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.

I have tried to understand how the changes in the music industry for sometime. A lot of people say that musicians are now making their money on concerts, not on record sells. There’s probably some truth to that. But I also think she makes a good point. What do you think? Same could be said of software. Do we live in a time with everything is expected to be free?



Mobile Payments

November 7, 2014

I am really excited about the potenial for ApplePay. Yes, it is new, and  most banks and retailers have not adopted it. The fact is, it is seamless and just works. I have been using it for over a week know, and have used it to purchase everything from Hot Chocolate to gas to groceries. […]

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OS X – iOS 8 Handoff

October 29, 2014

I have been playing with the new Handoff feature in OS X and iOS 8.1 for a while now. Today I had one of those magical experiences. I needed to respond to an email, but was in the car heading to work. I started the response on my iPhone but dictating the message. I arrive […]

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My Favorite iOS Photo Apps

October 12, 2014

I am often asked about my favorite photo apps for iOS. It is actually very dynamic, but I though I would create a list of my top picks today.    1. iOS ‘Photos’: Yes, the stock photo app is amazing in iOS8. If you have not done it, I would install iOS8 right away. This […]

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Life unchained …

June 20, 2014

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again

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June 18, 2014

One of my favorite Sir Richard Branson quotes: “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Rules, status quo .. don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo!   

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The Future of Mobile Ad Revenue

June 10, 2014

Ap based search is not new, but it is starting to take share from the big guys like Google.

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