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Put down your phone

This video will make you rethink and realize afresh how much that little screen in your hand is obstructing your vision of your world and the people in it. Have you given yourself guard rails to ensure that your device… Continue Reading →

Hello.. can you hear me now? (back to the iPhone)

A little over two months. About 1/6 of the year. That was the length of my DLAE (digital life adjustment experiment). You can read about it in the entries above. Synopsis: I boxed my iPhone 5 for two months and… Continue Reading →

Advantages to a dumb phone and thoughts on going back to an iPhone

On May 29, 2013, I boxed up my iPhone 5 and put it in a drawer. It’s been almost two months since then. You can review some of the reasons why and my reflections on being a dumb-phone user in… Continue Reading →

Going iPhone-less: more thoughts

It’s been more than three weeks since I put my iPhone 5 in its box in a drawer in our living room. Since that time, I’ve upgraded from my original dumb phone. I was using a Sony Ericcson w810i that… Continue Reading →

Why I am not responding to your texts

I’ve been a Mac guy since 1988. My mom and dad graciously bought me the first iPhone the day of its release. Carolyn and Sam waited in a small line at the AT&T store in Monticello, Arkansas for mine. Since… Continue Reading →

Why I’m moving from a smart phone to a dumb phone

Call it a digital life adjustment experiment (DLAE for short). I’ve been mulling over the implications of being constantly accessible, online, responsive and honestly, much of the time, digitally consumed. It’s been weeks of mulling. Today, I pulled the trigger…. Continue Reading →

iNeed iNsight about iPhone vs iPad

We’re almost ready to pull the trigger on an iPad at our house. Carolyn and I are going to “share” one as our 18th anniversary present. But we’re selling stuff first. Here’s where we need help… With the new data… Continue Reading →

Google Sync for Mac may trump MobileMe

Ever since Mobile Me’s inception, there have been significant burps and hiccups of Apple’s revolutionary syncing service. When it works, it’s beautiful. When it doesn’t, it’s a bear. My experience over the past year has included more bear than beauty…. Continue Reading →

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