My final hub configuration for home video conferencing

The previous posts in this series: How I chose a hub for better home video conferencingHub addendumA great USB-C hub rant I've finished reconfiguring my home office! I changed some of the connections as things came together. A first sketch of the hub I wanted Based on how I wanted to upgrade my home office, I … Continue reading My final hub configuration for home video conferencing

Adhesive hook-and-loop tape is killer

My home office reorganizing includes moving things around. So I need to attach things (power bricks, cable tie-downs, hubs) to other things (laptop stand legs, desk legs) in new ways. I've fallen in love with adhesive hook-and-loop tape. Like this product from Black Box. You can attach anything to anything with this stuff. You need … Continue reading Adhesive hook-and-loop tape is killer

A great USB-C hub rant

Seen on HN, a really good rant about USB-C hubs from last year. The HN comments are good too. Notable positive experiences with CalDigit.

Hub addendum

CalDigit got back to me about the iPhone power supply issue with my Element Hub. The hub supplies up to 7.5W per USB-A port and 15W per USB-C port. My phone draws too much power for the USB-A port to which it's attached. They were kind enough to offer a driver download that provides more … Continue reading Hub addendum

How I chose a hub for better home video conferencing

Many home workers are fine with plugging cables into their laptops but are intimidated by buying a hub. The hub marketplace can be very confusing because of the semantics of USB and related standards. This is the story of my search for a hub: Why I needed one, how I spec’d it, and how I … Continue reading How I chose a hub for better home video conferencing

Drop CTRL mechanical keyboard review

This is a review of the Drop CTRL mechanical keyboard with CHERRY MX Brown switches. My keyboard for the past eight years I’m a software developer. I've been working mostly from home since 2014. And since 2014 my external keyboard has been a Das Keyboard Professional S for Mac. I wrote about it after buying … Continue reading Drop CTRL mechanical keyboard review

A good microphone and headphones for Zooming

I’ve always used wireless headphones for my Zoom conferencing. I’ve been fortunate to always be able to afford top of the line (at the time) Bose noise canceling headphones. My voice sounded OK to others. But just OK. My new job starts one week from tomorrow and I’ve decided to use my new employer’s home-office … Continue reading A good microphone and headphones for Zooming

Chevy Bolt EV

Up until one month ago, if you told me I would buy my next car from a domestic car company, I would have laughed at you. If you told me that my next car would be a Chevy, I would have ROFLMAO. We are now the proud owners of a Chevy Bolt EV. We decided … Continue reading Chevy Bolt EV

I’ll be phone-less for two weeks

My iPhone 6s' battery has been losing efficacy over time, and its processor has been performance-throttled for the past two months. So, I'm sending it to Apple for a battery replacement. I opted for the mail-in procedure because I'm lazy. I'll be without my phone for "five to nine business days," which sounds like two weeks … Continue reading I’ll be phone-less for two weeks

Great moments in web site rendering

And "x to y days" is a pet peeve. Why not say, "Please allow up to three business days?" Or better, "Please allow three business days?"