Endless tinkering

I’m too busy messing around with my $30 mini computer to actually enjoy it

It started with an old-school arcade game about some military dudes battling Nazis, called Metal Slug. I was running it on a tiny computer called a Raspberry Pi, through some software called RetroPie, which emulates (or mimics) video game hardware. Essentially, you can play Nintendo games without having a Nintendo, Genesis games without owning a Sega Genesis, and, most relevant to this story, coin-operated arcade games without having giant wooden game cabinets taking up space in your garage. Continue reading

Apple Pay

Click. Consume. Repeat.

Although hanging onto my iPhone 5 for an unreasonably long amount of time saved me a lot of money, I did miss out on some of the more advanced smartphone features, like Apple Pay. Today, I finally got onboard.

Man, this is totally going to revolutionize the way lazy people like me pay for goods and services. No more fumbling around for my debit card – just double-tap the Home button, put my phone against the little reader and, bam, money flies out of my account.

Ignoring for a second that many countries have had this technology for years, this sure is a revolutionary and life-changing feature. It’s too bad the majority of retailers aren’t down with it. I now long for the day when not being able to use Apple Pay at a retail store is a rarity and annoyance.

All hail our (sort of) new iPhone overlords

A few hours with the iPhone SE

As much as I like to think I’m a minimalist – the kind of person who lives with only the most bare essential possessions – I’m really not. I mean, I own no less than three Raspberry Pi microcomputers, a Chromecast I haven’t used in almost a year (because it’s pretty useless) an Apple TV and an iPad Pro.

Frankly, I just have a lot of stuff. But one thing I have been good about is only replacing those objects when they break. Case in point: the iPhone 5 I’ve owned, in one form or another, for over four years. When the first one kicked the bucket a little over a year ago because of a swollen battery and failing home button, the Apple Store tech offered me an out-of-warranty replacement for $60. And I’ve been using that one until today. Continue reading