Surprisingly good tech: The weBoost Drive Reach cell signal booster

A couple years ago, I started seeing ads for “cell phone booster” antennas for cars and trucks around the off-roading/4×4 world as a way to stay connected while out in the middle of nowhere, but I was deeply skeptical. How much better could your phone signal be after paying a few hundred bucks for a …

How to be a writer on a marketing team without sounding like a jerk

I spent close to seven years in a marketing department on a content team as I wrote blog posts, ebooks, tweets, podcast episodes, magazine pieces, and slide decks among other things. Based on all that experience, I wanted to share some lessons I learned from my time there, and this is the first: Try not …

Every Mastodon iOS app scratches an itch: a brief tour of various clients

Last week, I wrote a gentle intro to Mastodon for the Zapier* blog. I aimed it at regular people that hadn’t yet delved into everything it takes to leave Twitter for the federated network, offering tips on how it works and how to get started using it. After writing the piece, I realized it could …

The best stocking stuffer is these little wire ties

I am pretty sure I first found out about these little reusable wire tie things from an interview at Cool Tools where someone mentioned how much they loved them. I bought a set solely based on the strength of recommendations made on that site. Once I got them, I started using them. And using them. …

AppleTV upgrade adventures

Since my house is all-in on Apple’s HomeKit for controlling lights and cameras and devices, I got the latest and greatest new AppleTV so I could add support for Thread, a new home automation communication protocol. Upgrading to a newer AppleTVs is getting easier, but still has major hiccups. Like Jason Snell found at Six …

Playing downloaded music on the go

Doppler is a good piece of software for a specific use case I encountered where nothing else worked. I was on a long road trip recently, and I’d already gone through hours and hours of old podcast episodes when I figured I’d head over to the Internet Archive and grab some bootleg concerts from bands …