Slingbox

I bought a Slingbox years ago when we lived in Paris. I wanted to watch football games. And it sort of sometimes almost kinda worked. It stuttered and stalled but I could watch a few games.

Today I wanted to watch the Seahawks game. We get some sort of basic cable as part of out internet package but it’s not compatible with our French TV.

So we plugged the Slingbox in, bought the iPad app ($15 seemed expensive, but since the Hawks won….) and voila. It worked.

Too often we forget how close to magic this stuff is.

LoseIt

Back to LoseIt this week. Weight hasn’t gone anywhere but I feel a bit leaner and that’s what really counts.

Slacked last week recording things.

The other key this week: no diet cheat day. I may fall of the paleo wagon but I won’t plan any stops along the way.

Still texting while driving? What it’s going to take to make us stop

Still texting while driving? What it’s going to take to make us stop

Sorry, the Future of Computing Is Not on Your Wrist

Sorry, the Future of Computing Is Not on Your Wrist

When Good Isn’t Good Enough: What Email And iPods Teach Us About Microsoft’s Lumia Bust
BY AARON SHAPIRO, fastcompany.com

In the math of new products, the value equation must add up. And incrementalism doesn’t win.

This week’s Nokia acqui­si­tion announce­ment by Microsoft rais­es an inter­est­ing ques­tion that I believe all busi­ness lead­ers would do well to lea…

This tells a lot of the story but misses an important fact: many people don’t switch because the future cost is higher. When the next amazing/cool/fun/wow app comes out how long until I get it on this platform? Will I get the new hotness at all?

This is a real problem for Microsoft. I like that the article talks about wearable computing (the future, the phone is just one part of it) but is Microsoft even in that game?

I’ll note that Microsoft had a smart watch back in the early 2000s. It stunk, it wasn’t super easy to use, it had a lot of things wrong. But like so many other things Microsoft did early (tablets, AI, phones) the company didn’t have the courage to keep improving it. But I see Pebbles now and think that Microsoft had a 10 year head start in this race and squandered it.

Lose It

bricin:

For one week… I will track my intake and exercise with Lose It.

I did this years ago while we were living in France. My food choices are a melancholy walk down memory lane. Baguette. Tranche de poulet. Cassoulet.

I’ll report back on the good, the bad, and the ugly. My initial impression is wow, this app is hard to use. But maybe once I have my food choices in I can dial this in a little better.

I have used LoseIt for roughly two weeks. Not every day and not perfectly, but 90%. The results:

  1. I eat too many carbs, usually 150-200 grams per day.
    2. No weight loss although I am confident my intake is cleaner when I record things.

Those carbs are sneaky little buggers. I like tomatoes a lot, carbs. Coconut water is a good drink for Crossfit; 15 grams. I don’t intend to give up health things like tomatoes or coconut. But that does mean I need to dial down the carbs elsewhere (hello beer, I’m talking to you).

The weight loss piece… well, I need to get leaner this month for a competition in October. So my goal: keep using LoseIt but also do weekly body measurements to see where the belly is trending.