Even in a handful of days, I’ve found that my iPhone has joined the MacBook as the “computer in the other room”, almost as if the hierarchy of devices has shifted up a level.

One week with the Apple Watch

Since getting the watch last Friday, some people have asked for my opinion about it. A few have even questioned how it could possibly be useful for anything. As a consolidated response, I present…

Things I did on my watch this week:

  1. told the time
  2. texted my wife
  3. sent sketches back and forth with my daughters
  4. remote-controlled the camera on my phone to take pictures while working on a project with the kids
  5. created a reminder for myself
  6. scanned headlines of The New York Times and saved a few articles to read later (NYTimes)
  7. sent emoji to my wife
  8. tracked calories burned while exercising
  9. listened to music while running without my phone
  10. paid for allergy medicine at Walgreens
  11. called my wife from my wrist
  12. paid for beer at the local gas station
  13. caught up on my twitter stream (Twitter)
  14. sent text messages to friends and family
  15. set a timer while cooking
  16. added items to my grocery list
  17. found my misplaced phone
  18. checked my email
  19. played an interactive fiction game (LifeLine…)
  20. woke up to the alarm in the morning
  21. checked the weather (Weather Nerd)
  22. controlled the podcasts i was listening to while in the shower (Overcast)
  23. checked my calendar
  24. set a timer to help motivate my daughter as she got ready for school
  25. listened to the audio edition of The Economist while I walked to work (The Economist)
  26. checked my heart rate
  27. unlocked the screen of my computer (Knock)
  28. checked in with a coworker (Slack)
  29. used as second factor for authentication when logging in to administer my servers (1Password)
  30. spent a lot more time on my feet (in response to prodding from the watch)
  31. looked up the lyrics to a song i was listening to (Shazam)
  32. showed my kids photos from our recent vacation
  33. searched the web for pictures of the hippocampus
  34. adjusted the volume while watching a TV show
  35. made an entry in my journal (Day One)
  36. muted every notification my phone would normally make (they all silently tap my wrist instead)
  37. took my phone out of my pocket a lot less often

Things I’ll be doing in the coming weeks:

  • display my boarding pass when getting on a flight (American Airlines)
  • get directions from the airport to my hotel
  • unlock the door to my hotel room (SPG)
  • buy coffee (Starbucks)
  • remote control a presentation (PowerPoint)

It’s probably worth mentioning that I also tried out a lot of other watch apps that’s weren’t useful, so I left them out of the above list. But I’m sure there are people for whom those other apps would be useful. My point being the Apple Watch really does a lot.

We should stop pretending that this capability is exclusive to law enforcement, and recognize that we’re all at risk because of it. If we continue to allow our cellular networks to be vulnerable to IMSI-catchers, then we are all vulnerable to any foreign government, criminal, hacker, or hobbyist that builds one.

Thanks to the FBI pretending they’re the only ones who can intercept cellular network transmissions (rather than encouraging network providers to secure their systems), the current cost to eavesdrop on local cellular calls and data is now under $300.

Why do programmers start counting at zero?

Now: stop right there. If you’re gearing up to tell me about efficient pointer arithmetic or binary addition or something, you’re wrong. You don’t think you’re wrong and that’s part of a much larger problem, but you’re still wrong.

We have done this process over 400 times and the same patterns emerge every single time.

This is Cisco’s league table of the top 20 tasks…

What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks

Not only do I love the fact that this sort of transparency is becoming more commonplace in our industry (which used to jealously guard every metric, no matter how trivial), but it also makes me feel even better about my decision this week to purchase a Cisco ASA over their competition (despite the terrible reseller experience they still make customers suffer through).

Multiple security issues were discovered in MySQL and this update includes a new upstream MySQL version to fix these issues.

In addition to security fixes, the updated packages contain bug fixes, new features, and possibly incompatible changes.

Um, excuse me? This is an LTS release of Ubuntu, yet in order to apply a security patch we need to deal with incompatible changes? [USN-2575-1] MySQL vulnerabilities

Maybe it’s time to switch back to RHEL, warts and all.