Sometimes, it’s not the technology I covet. This sweet little Desk Tidy from Urban Outfitters would solve a few problems in my physical work world. As much as having an organized virtual desktop is, finding a good and frankly, pretty way, to corral all my writing and filing accoutrements would sure be nice.
Low Tech Office April 5, 2009
What’s the Fuss? March 31, 2009
Can someone please explain the enthusiasm over this product, the Schlage LiNK System?
It’s a remote access door lock that runs on a wireless frequency. For all those times you want to open the door for someone when you’re not home or use a cell phone instead of a key. But how often is that really? And why oh why, would anyone make the act of unlocking the door MORE complicated?
Because at the demo I was given at CEDIA last year, the thing failed to work via Blackberry notification every time. And there were a lot of times. If simplicity and ease of use drive technology adoption, and they do, then why would a system so complicated be so celebrated? It’s been gushed about on the blogs and given awards. But why would you make getting into your home contingent on a wireless signal or worse yet, a cable provider?
Sure, there are potentially cool features. Temporary codes for household workers and visitors, remote access via any computer or web enabled device to let in deliveries or guests, and the ability to link to security cameras to monitor these visitors. It’s kind of nice to assign different codes to different family members, but borderline creepy to use a computer program to track the comings and goings of each one.
Maybe it’s like Apple’s Newton, a device released before its time and quickly retreating into obscurity before Palm came along and applied the right technology. But this lock is a puzzle without a key.
Netbook Lust March 19, 2009
I’m generally opposed to writing about concepts. Why let something that doesn’t exist take up valuable time and space? But last night I had a dream about this concept: The Lenovo Pocket Yoga.
Maybe it’s because it looks like a handbag, and I regularly dream about purses (and shoes) I can’t afford to buy. But this is one concept that has infiltrated my subconscious. It’s a two-year old concept that Lenovo claims it has no intention of actually making, and for very good reason.
Netbooks are popping up all over. They’re great “wow” products. Dell and Sony have gotten loads of press on their little wonders. Doesn’t mean they will ever move beyond an early adopter crowd. First, they’re pricey and second, they are caught squarely in between two very useful products — notebook computers and smart phones.
But hey, it’s pretty nice to have something to dream about that’s not bankruptcy and breadlines.
Weekend Bacon March 13, 2009
In the interest of being completely irreverent, here’s a little pork on a Friday during lent.
Speakal is adding another color to its iPig line of iPod docks. Originally available in pink, white and yellow, you can now own your very own iPig in a more somber black suitable to the times. It’s exclusive to Amazon. Vegans can opt for the iBoo.
Kindle = Book Death March 12, 2009
Ah the irony, with distressed bibliophiles already eulogizing the bound book, to see a post on Apartment Therapy about this gorgeous book about, you guessed it, books. Specifically, it’s a collection of evocative images by photographer Candida Höfer of the world’s most beautiful libraries and reading rooms.
It’s not a new release but the mention is certainly timely now that the Kindle 2 is all but killing off books as we know then two weeks after its release. If you like the Höfer’s book (with an eloquent introduction written by Umberto Eco), check out “Decorating With Books” from House Beautiful.
If that weren’t enough, AT followed it up with a glimpse of Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé’s book filled Parisian abode. I wonder how resilient the Kindle is. Can it withstand crumbs, coffee and finger smudges?
There are more images here, including some of Chef Selby’s macaroons, so pretty I’d like to decorate my apartment with them. And please note, should you choose any of these books on Amazon, there’s a nice notice just below the cover image inviting you to request the book be made available on Kindle. Do you think they recognize the irony?
Mid-Week Treat: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp March 11, 2009
The Demise of Books Exaggerated March 9, 2009
Will the Kindle kill books? I think not. But then I again, I’m often wrong. It’s merely interesting to me that people think the advent of another option for reading is a bad thing.
There is one consistent truth about media: each new method of easier distribution actually widens the market. VHS did not kill the movies and neither did DVD. Rather, the larger audience inspired more films to be made, not less. Hard drive recorders and digital downloads have hit the networks hard in terms of the number of viewers actually watching commercials, but thanks to high speed, more shows are being viewed in total just by different means.
The trouble lies in figuring out how to monetize those changes. The producers of VHS tape are gone, replaced by discs. Same with audio cassettes, supplanted by CDs and now hard drives. Will the printed page be replaced by E Ink? Perhaps. But if it puts reading material in the hands of more people are we bemoaning the decline of reading or the loss of craft? And isn’t there room for both?