Tag Archive for ‘Dave Caolo’

What’s in Your Pocket? ➝

Dave Caolo shares what he has carried in his pockets throughout the years. He’s been able to pare it down as time goes on, but I’ve long been a proponent of carrying as little as possible. As far back as I can remember, I’ve carried the following with me, everyday:

  • Smartphone in front left pocket — currently an iPhone 6s.
  • Wallet in back right pocket — currently The Mojave Picker’s Wallet by Whipping Post.
  • My car and house keys in front right pocket.
  • A pen in my front right pocket — currently a Zebra F-301 with blue ink.

Aside from the specific brand or model of the items I carry, I don’t expect much of this to change any time soon.

Home Work Episode 169: Focusing with Shawn Blanc ➝

A great episode from Dave Caolo and Aaron Mahnke with Shawn Blanc as special guest. They discuss The Focus Course, working from home, and answer listener questions (including one from yours truly).

Apple World Today ➝

Forgive me for neglecting to link to the spiritual successor of TUAW, Apple World Today. The new site, written and produced by Steve Sande, Dave Caolo, and Kelly Hodgkins, launched earlier this month and is being partial supported by readers on Patreon.

I subscribed to the RSS feed as soon as the site launched and encourage you to do so as well.

In Honor of Old Friends ➝

Soon-to-be former managing editor of TUAW, Dave Caolo, on the recent decision to close the site:

After a decade with TUAW, the fun has come to an end. Our parent company is shuttering the site as part of an internal reorganization. I’ll miss lots of things about my job — like it being a job that provides a paycheck — including the people. […]

This is the second time in six years that I’ve lost a job due to the decision of a parent company. That’s like winning the lottery in hell. The FREAKING OUT will continue, mostly because my bank refuses to accept tears and/or groveling as payment on my mortgage. But I’ll figure it out.

Oh, and I’ll be writing here again. Only now I drink the cheap-ass tea.

I’m excited for Dave Caolo to be writing on 52 Tiger again and can’t wait to see what the future brings for him. I’ve been listening to his podcasts Home Work and Board Games Weekly for several months and would highly recommend them.

And, I hope he’ll be able to return to his expensive green tea with the Japanese characters on the package soon.

On My Use of Siri ➝

Dave Caolo on his use of Siri:

Siri is handy in the kitchen. I often use it to set timers. I also have Siri turn my alarms on and off before bed. In those instances, a verbal request is faster than swiping and tapping. Unfortunately, I don’t use it for anything else. Many people say it’s a great way to read and respond to text messages. In my experience, Siri reads incoming texts well but often fails when transcribing my words.

I too haven’t found myself using Siri as often as I thought I would. But, I do still use it often enough to find it incredibly useful. I also use Siri to set timers and actually didn’t know that it was capable of turning on alarms. But, the real use case for me is in sending text messages while I’m driving.

While I don’t drive very often, usually just to and from work, I like to let my girlfriend know when I’m heading home. She likes to have dinner ready for me when I get there (her choice, not mine) and appreciates the heads up so that she can have it on the table when I walk in the door. This way we’re not eating right before we go to bed. Siri is perfect for this. I jump in the car hold the home button and use Siri to text message my girlfriend.

I haven’t found the transcription of my words to be much of a problem. Siri always seems to have an easy time figuring out what I’m saying, at least compared to my girlfriends experience with Siri. She’ll often use it to try to look something up while we’re at the dinner table and it just fails at understanding what she’s saying. I then try it on my phone and Siri almost always recognizes what I’m saying right away.

Transcription is a tricky technology and works well for some while others are left correcting it by hand. I’ve had a lot of luck with Siri’s ability to understand what I’m saying and that’s likely why I use it more often then others.

‘I can’t blog from the iPad’ ➝

Dave Caolo, explaining better than anyone, exactly why he can’t write for his weblog on the iPad:

When I’m writing an article, I like to refer to research material, like a source, supporting articles, etc. Typically that means hopping between browser tabs or text documents. Neither is really feasible with the iPad.

One year and five months after the iPad’s initial release and it’s still too difficult to write on the iPad with this workflow.

Dave seems to place more blame on Mobile Safari and iOS than I think he should. The truth is that no one has built a decent weblogging application for the iPad. And, that’s a serious disappointment. Developers have had plenty of time to build a decent application for weblogging on this thing, but instead we get more text editors, “writing environments,” and bird-based video games. Not that I dislike any of those, but where’s the iPad’s MarsEdit?