I want to bring you up to date and provide new information on some of my past reviews and stories. Too often you’ll read early impressions and rarely hear anything further. Impressions change, new experiences occur, and new information comes to light with the passage of time.
Moving from Cable to Streaming
Living with streaming and giving up cable TV continues to be a positive experience with no regrets, and I’d recommend it most everyone. All three TVs in our home now have the same and same look and functionality using a Roku streaming adapter. We mostly watch YouTube TV for network and local programs and Netflix and Apple TV for streaming movies and serials. YouTube’s unlimited cloud-based DVR is far better than TiVo and allows us to skip through commercials. Whatever favorites are recorded on one set are available on the others. While Apple TV has a very limited selection, it did have our top two favorite series ever: The Morning Show and Ted Lasso. We were sad when each was finished, but both have new episodes in production.
After four months of use I cancelled my subscription. While it did an admirable job in allowing me to prioritize and respond to my important emails, and empty my inbox everyday, I encountered too many limitations in composing new emails with limited its formatting options, dependency on keystrokes instead of my trackpad, and a few annoying bugs. I’m back to using Gmail directly and Apple Mail that’s recently been upgraded. Superhuman, based on Gmail, did teach me a few tricks that I now use with Gmail, such as having an email returned to me at a specific time.
The reviews are in and generally very positive, It’s the best iPhone series yet, although a small improvement over last year’s models. But many reviews have confirmed that 5G reception varies from non-existent to poor to an occasional good if you find a specific small area where it works and don’t move. All say it’s not a reason to upgrade. Reviewers rave about the camera on the Pro series, but find the battery life to be no better and perhaps a little worse than last year’s models. Probably the most talked about feature is the addition of imbedded magnets on the back of the phone. They allow a charging adapter to “snap” in place, much like the old MagSafe feature on MacBooks. A number of friends I know have chosen to upgrade, not to the 12, but to the 11 series which I saves a couple of hundred dollars.
Everyone seems to be making masks these days. One of the best designs I’ve come across is from Amy Kuschel, a clothing designer and clothing store owner in San Francisco. The cloth masks are made from high quality fabrics in a variety of tasteful designs. They’re available for men, women and children in assorted sizes and patterns. They utilize a single strap that allows you to adjust it on your ears as well as hang it around your neck when not using it. I’ve also been using a disposable mask from Nanoair that claims to be nearly as effective as M95 masks. It’s very comfortable because of it’s unique design that provides an air gap, and was recommended to me by a scientist friend.
If price is no object you can get a custom designed and fitted mask from Glaser Designs. The cost also includes a Zoom conference. Everything they build is done with an attention to design and craftsmanship that’s very rare.