I'm washing my ute. Again. Some of my mates reckon I wash it more than I drive it, but that's not entirely accurate -- even if I have only racked up 1600 km since taking delivery of it on August 4. It's different this time though.
A friend and I have an old bad habit. We have several abandoned creative projects between us, and when we see a new TV show, movie or book that resembles one of those projects, we end up comparing the two. We point out all the flaws in the actual finished work to our unsullied ideas that were never executed.
I was about five years old when teachers started pointing out that I had a good memory. It led to always being cast as the lead in school plays, because I could reliably remember all my lines within a short period of time. I thought it was because I worked hard. Turns out it might just be because I have a photographic memory.
Rather than being something you just have - or don't - a photographic memory is actually something you can develop.
Microsoft has filed a bunch of patents for devices that tap into your brain functions to allow you to control your computer. Form moving objects on a screen, to modifying an applications state to changing the user interface, these patents, which were filed over the last year or so, have just been published and point to a future where manual control a device will seem completely foreign.
Hello friends, and welcome back to Will It Sous Vide?, the column where I make things with my immersion circulator. I'm dedicating this week to banana pudding.
It's perfectly natural to play it close to the vest at work, especially if you're the new guy in the office. But office camaraderie depends on more than showing up on time or coming through on a group project. It also involves participating in work-related social events, often including the occasional after-work drinks with your colleagues. If you're an introvert, FastCompany has a few guidelines on when you should (or shouldn't) attend your office's happy hour event.
Live performance for rock music, or pop music is well-established. Pop singers perform alongside a team of professional dancer. Rock bands play their instruments live, while the lead singer cavorts. Basic stuff.
But with Electronic Dance Music, the rules are still being written. What does live performance look like for dance music?
Among those pushing the boundaries: Australian DJ M4SONIC.
Until recently, the best way to cover your home or office with reliable WiFi was to invest in a decent wireless router. If the signal didn't cover the entire premises, you could add a powerline network adaptor or add a wireless access point to the network. But a new class of device that employs mesh networks is on the market. Over the next few days I'm going to look at three mesh network systems: Linksys Velop, Netgear Orbi and TP-link Deco.
I am bad and lazy at cooking, so I sometimes end up making a dinner of, like, avocado slices thrown on toast with some cheese on top. This makes me feel like a 20-year-old stoner. So I love simple recipes that still taste like grown-up food. Like this pasta sauce recipe by Marcella Hazan. You need three ingredients, and you're going to throw one out.
Have you ever had a moment of connection with a stranger? I'm not talking about a romantic or sexual connection (though those are nice too), but more of a quick smile as you pass on the street, or a one-off joke shared while waiting in the grocery-store line, or some other brief, shared experience that made you feel that stranger was actually special and could have, in other circumstances, been a friend? I love those moments, which are few and far between, because they make me feel like the universe of potential friends is bigger than I'd thought. I've always wondered why those moments happen - why they happen with one person and not another, or at one time and not another.
We hate to break it to you, but the traditional USB ports you've been using to connect your cameras, controllers and other gizmos for the past 20 years aren't long for this world. The whole squad's getting replaced by a few great alternatives, though they each come with their own pros and cons. If you're thinking of upgrading your devices this year, here are the ports you'll need to get familiar with to keep up with today's tech.
There are lots of great benefits to using a smartwatch or fitness band. They can encourage activity, deliver data to you in a convenient and unobtrusive way and they can let you take your music with you without carrying a phone.
But they can also be used to keep spy on people - and that's getting German authorities riled up. An entire class of smartwatches are designed specifically for parents to keep track of their kids. Germany's Federal Network Agency says devices with GPS tracking capability and integrated cellular comms constitute unauthorised transmission systems and have banned the devices.
Amazon's WorkDocs file sync and share service is available for Live Preview to users with an AWS account number. Although it's Windows-only at the moment, it's another option in the increasingly competitive file storage business that is a key battlefront in the growing collaboration market. WorkDocs, which was once known as Zocalo, integrates wth File Explorer, and offers some other interesting features.