By: ajbarse | October 16, 2017

Topic - PSAs, not PDAs.

Tech - Five rules for dealing with computer techs (https://medium.com/@mnmltek/five-rules-for-dealing-with-computer-techs-4d8af81a1d78):

* If a computer tech is working on your equipment for free, food and drink is a mandatory payment.
* Just because you see your tech around town doesn’t mean you can automatically ask them a question about your computer problems.
* Don’t expect your old equipment to be able to run the latest and greatest software.
* When a computer tech tells you a potential solution to your computer problem, do not say, “No I don’t think that’s it.”
* Do not antagonize, tease, or talk down to a computer tech.


Shopping - Avoid the late-November rush


Tech Addiction:


It is interesting to see a subset of people, mostly close to tech, gravitating towards the days of the iPhone 1. The days before apps. 


* Black Mirror actress Rashida Jones: “Nosedive” episode released back in fall 2016
    * More from the front lines of addiction...that is is the digital age: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/rashida-jones-on-smartphone-life-i-cant-anymore-1f3b6ad96331 




Alternative connectivity:


* Lightphone: https://www.thelightphone.com/ 
* Runcible: http://mono.hm/ 
* Punkt: https://www.punkt.ch/en/products/mp01-mobile-phone/ 
* Apple Watch Series 3
--Kevin Rose: https://www.kevinrose.com/ 




AJ's view: really likes the principle behind Monohm- would like to see tech change towards a more natural (look and manufacturing materials) and ability to repair or upgrade by modules (see PhoneBlocks (https://phonebloks.com/) and ARA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Ara) project reference) or the Fairphone (https://shop.fairphone.com/en/)


* PhoneBlocks blog keeps good tabs on activity in the Movment: http://blog.phonebloks.com/ 
* All devices from smartwatch to phones. 
* RePhone Kit (about $60 usd kickstarter)- what if our phones were opensoruce and modular...http://blog.phonebloks.com/post/130486707708/rephone-kit-an-open-source-modular-phone-by 




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Tech That Caught our eye


AJ:


    * ReMarkable eInk tablet. https://remarkable.com/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook%2Binstagram&utm_campaign=Prospecting+-+AL+-+Smartly&utm_content=Prospecting+-+AL+-+Smartly+-+US+and+CA+-+Video+Post+-+Video+-+Screen+-+20+sec+-+Film+5+-+Hard+selling+-+1%3A1&utm_id=59d7b49ab5fbbc5b9205869a


(Watch spotting: SKX) lol
One ding against it- NO Browser- touting a distraction free experience. 
35k sold 
Shipping November- $599
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