Forbes.com reviews the Kobo H2O

Jordan Shapiro writes 3 Reasons Why Kobo’s Aura H20 is the Perfect Luxury E-Reader:  Kobo is the quiet Kindle competitor–the underdog in the eReader market. They released their most recent premium eReader at the beginning of October. I’ve been reading on the Aura H2O ever since. I sometimes use my Kindle Paperwhite when I have to read an eBook I bought from Amazon, but I prefer the Aura H20. I Read More...

Feature Pruning: When and how to kill a product or feature?

Kobo hosted the November 5th, ProductTO MeetUp.  I facilitated a session on “When and how to kill a product / feature?” The sessions went well.  It was nice to participate in the larger community for once–it’s something that Kobo has never been good at, but I’m going to make a priority for 2014 to host these type of events in the future or at least participate at a personal level. I Read More...

Setup pfSense as an OpenVPN client for specific devices

One of the most powerful features of pfSense is it's ability to direct your data requests through different end-points using NAT rules. In my case, I like to be able to access the content in Netflix US. In comparison, Netflix Canada's content is somewhat anemic, although we do get such gems as Community and the Good Wife here. There are many ways to access Netflix US content (and BBC iPlayer content) outside of the geo-fence territories. I prefer to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). pfSense is amazing as an OpenVPN client because I can selectively route any device on my network through the VPN service (i.e., my tablets and TV go through US servers, while my smartphone, VoIP, computers go my local ISP).

Apple Pay: Addressing a customer problem

A lot of people think that Apple is about selling more hardware, creating lust for their products, but deep down, I feel that they are trying to address real problems and pain points for their customers. It’s remarkably simple, but often times, the tension between business needs and customer needs leads to a blurred product vision.  I’ve seen multiple instances where innovation often lead to more internal friction and customer confusion than addressing Read More...

HP T610 thin client: low-powered, low-cost XBMC box

While the media player still plays all my content, the usability is absolutely atrocious.  It also doesn’t stream Netflix.  Options included getting a Mac Mini for Plex or take a look at XBMC also has the advantage of being a live TV front-end for my HDhomerun and OTA system. I’ve fooled around with XBMC for a bit and I still find the usability not to my liking, but it is Read More...

Engineering is not rated by success alone; it is, in fact, scored most viciously by failure.

Happy Anniversary

Jen and I celebrated our 8-year anniversary this past Tuesday at a wonderful dinner at L’Avenue, a neighborhood restaurant. My wife wrote a very heart felt post about the love that we share between each other and the relative value of that love to our two kids.  Given that I was involved in the conversation, I feel pretty much the same way: While my heart is also filled with my Read More...

Oculus Connect 2014 Keynote: Frank comments from John Carmack

This is a great keynote from John Carmack. It was like he said, I don’t have any slides, so fuck it, let’s have a good chat. He goes through some of the issues and proposed solutions for the keynote. Road to VR has a great write up on the salient points, but I encourage those interested in VR, image processing to watch the full 1 and 1/2 hour discussion.