Archive: September 2014 - Spinland Studios, LLC

“Bendgate” Redux

  • September 27, 2014

Heh. Just like conspiracy nutters (you know the ones: 9/11, UFOs, the grassy knoll, chemtrails...) when you definitively refute their current talking point the "bendgate" screamers just move the goalposts. Now that Consumer Reports shows the iPhone 6 Plus is actually LESS bendy than some others, (like the HTC One M8, for example), and is sturdier than many, they're all: "No! You have to bend it RIGHT HERE! *pointing dramatically to the Fabled Weak Spot of Antioch* Um...have you looked at the test gear used? The force is applied centrally, and braced at the ends, and then spreads across the WHOLE...

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So Much for “Bendgate”

  • September 27, 2014

Sometimes I feel the need to reiterate some simple truths. Anecdotes are not evidence. Hearsay is not evidence, even if put into writing. Empirical data, that can be verified and reproduced by others...that is evidence. It matters not how many billions of people have been fooled into believing your claim: if you cannot provide ample evidence to back it, it has no merit. Believe it or not (see what I did there?), this morning I'm not even talking about religious claims; rather, the recent "bendgate" bandwagon by the bleating flock of Apple haters quick to rush to judgement based on a pitiful few photographs...

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Spinny’s Networking Tips: The Morning After

  • September 5, 2014

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about working a room. So, a new day has dawned, and you've survived Yet Another Networking Experience. Your head might be spinning from all the new faces and names you encountered last night and, hopefully, you have a nice pile of business cards to fill the gap left by all the ones you handed out. So, now what? This, my friends, is where you practice the fine art of following up. As soon as your daily schedule permits, you need to sit down with that pile of new cards and go through them carefully. Refresh your memory of each and every person in the pile...

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Does Networking Make You Feel Sleazy?

  • September 5, 2014

I know that many people have hang-ups related to networking, including fear and self-consciousness. I'm not a huge fan of putting myself out there, either, given my normally-introverted state of mind. It's taken me years to get to the point where I feel (mostly) comfortable walking up to total strangers, sticking out my hand, and striking up a conversation that's supposed eventually to lead to what we both do for a living. It wasn't until I read an article in Inc. Magazine today that I realized some people's unease might go even deeper. Here's the link: It's Official: Networking Makes People...

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More “Smart Watch” Blather

  • September 5, 2014

More smart watch musings because that topic is everywhere today and I'm interested in them: the deal clincher is going to be the stuff it does besides tell the time and date, obviously. I wear a $35 Timex that I've had so long it's on its third band; Anne got it for me ages ago. Regular watch stuff I already got. I'm not terribly hung up on looks, though I expect Apple's designers agonized over their offering. Given the limited screen real estate I'm thinking Moto's round face approach was a mistake: those corners are useful. I'm also not a big fan of the chain mail band look. Give me fabric or leather. I...

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Spinny’s Thoughts on “Smart Watches”

  • September 5, 2014

Why does a "smart watch" even make sense? I'm not 100% sure myself, but I have some ideas. For an analogy: I have a "smart key" for my car. I never have to take it out of my pocket and yet I can lock/unlock the doors of my car as well as start the engine when it's "on" me. The car even knows when I approach and turns on the interior lights to greet me. I would look for a wearable gadget to do the same for my phone: reduce the times I need to take it out of my pocket by a large degree. Emails, text messages, calendar (and location-based) notifications...things like that. I might even like to see some...

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