January 22, 2019

Dual SIM iPhone Support

Ok, so with the addition of dual sim support in iOS 12.1.2 I went and got an iPhone XS Max so I could consolidate my iPhone X (personal) and iPhone 8 (work) into a single phone.

My Cellular Accounts
Personal: T-Mobile
Work: AT&T

When I initially called T-Mobile to setup my primary number as the eSIM, I was told it is not possible to do with post paid accounts at this time”. Fast forward, that was bullshit and it’s totally possible. Once I got that going, I then popped in my work AT&T physical SIM card as the secondary line. This was now working, but there was one major caveat. Only one line on a phone can be associated with iMessage and FaceTime. This was unfortunately a deal breaker since I needed iMessage for both of my numbers.

Other Stuff
It was definitely weird to see two sets of signal bars in the iOS status bar! It was also interesting to see how the system handled the distinction of your primary and secondary number when it came to calls, messages, etc. The system added a distinct P” or S” logo prepended to entries to identify which line they belonged to. This also carried over to my Apple Watch.

Unfortunately because of the inability to use iMessage with both numbers, I had to go back to two separate phones. For now..

I am going to revisit this in September with the next batch of iPhones and iOS 13.

iPhone SIM T-Mobile AT&T
January 17, 2019

Ranking Connector Types

🚨Tech Controversy Corner🚨

This is a weird one that almost no one cares about, but it’s been on my mind lately for some reason. 🤷‍♂️

Ranking Cable Connectors! Strictly on the physical connector itself, not its speed or capabilities.

Disclaimer: 100% opinion and nowhere near a complete list

Data Connectors (speed not a factor)

  1. Lightning
  2. USB-C
  3. USB Type A / USB 3.0 Type A
  4. Firewire 400
  5. USB Mini A
  6. Serial
  7. Parallel
  8. USB 3.0 Type B
  9. USB Micro A
  10. USB Type B
  11. eSata
  12. Firewire 800
  13. Thunderbolt
  14. USB 3.0 Micro B

Video Connector (video quality not a factor)

  1. USB-C
  2. HDMI
  3. DisplayPort
  4. DVI
  5. BNC
  6. VGA
  7. Apple Display Connector
  8. Component
  9. Composite
  10. Mini DisplayPort
  11. Mini VGA
  12. Micro DVI
  13. Mini DVI
  14. S-Video

The interesting thing is that we are finally at a place in time where a single cable can do everything! USB-C is great and I am trying like hell to get everything I own converted over to this connector.

Connectors Computers Video Cables
January 15, 2019

Keytron K1 Mechanical Keyboard - Mac

I ordered a Keytron K1 87 Mac Mechanical Keyboard from a Kickstarter and it just showed up this past week!
*They changed their name to Keychron at some point.

Features ✔️
Tactile feel
Wireless or wired
Mac and Windows layouts available
19 RGB led effects
87 and 104 Key versions available
One key activate Siri
Can be connected to 3 devices with ability to switch between them with keyboard shortcut

Tactile Feel 🖐
The mechanical keys feel nice. They are a good level of clickyness”. It is taking me a little bit to get used to them as I have been using the iPad Pro Smart Folio case mostly lately.

Build Quality 🔨
The visual and physical quality is very good on this keyboard. I would have expected this to cost a lot more than it did.

RGB Lighting 💡
Some people like lights, some don’t. I had the option to get no lights, only white lights, or RGB lights (at different price points). I went full RGB because I am in the camp that likes lights! The lighting effects are really cool. Each key seems to have an LED under it, rather than zones, which is great. The only time this isn’t good is when a key has two rows of text on it (example: Page Down). In these cases, only the top row is fully illuminated.

Media Keys ⌨️
The top row is dedicated to F keys and Media keys. It also has a dedicated key for: Screenshots, Dictation, and Siri.

I am sure I will have more to say about this thing as the weeks go on, but it’s looking good so far. Also, it works well with both my MacBook Pro as well as my iPad Pro. 👍

Order One For Yourself

The Lighting Effects

Additional Photos

Mac Keyboard Keytron
December 27, 2018

2018 Hardware

Some of my favorite hardware in 2018

HomeKit Diffuser
iPad Pro 12.9 - 2018
Apple Pencil 2
iPad Pro Smart Keyboard
Juice Up 04 Pen
Pilot Varsity Pen
GoRuck GR1 Backpack
Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks
SanDisk USB Drive
Logitech MX Ergo Mouse
Hydro Flask
iPhone X
iPhone 8
MacBook Pro - 2018
Apple Watch Series 4
Nintendo Switch
Purple Seat Cushion
Braun Series 9 Shaver
Parker Ingenuity 5th Technology Pen
eero Pro Wifi System
Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Vacuum
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle
Apple HomePod
Saberlight Extended Arc Lighter
Instant Pot Ultra 6-Quart

2018 Hardware
December 22, 2018

2018 Software

Some of my favorite apps in 2018 💻 📱

Adobe Premiere Rush
Carbon Copy Cloner
Linea Sketch
NetNewsWire 5.0
TripIt Pro
Working Copy
World Clock Pro

2018 Software
December 16, 2018

2018 Games

Some of my favorite games in 2018 🎮

Hole Down
Donut County
Pokémon: Let’s Go
Golf Story
Octopath Traveler
Dungeons 2
Cat Quest

2018 Games macOS iOS Nintendo Switch
December 12, 2018

Using ALL The Note Apps

I have an odd situation concerning my notes. I have been using Apple Notes for all my notes, but I have to find something else for work notes because of some constraints.

Unfortunate Constraints

  1. Can’t use Mac App Store on all devices
  2. Can’t use iCloud Drive on all devices

Devices To Be Used

  1. MacBook Pro (No access to iCloud or Mac App Store)
  2. iPhone 8 (No access to iCloud)
  3. iPhone X (No restrictions)
  4. iPad Pro (No restrictions)

Things I Want To Capture

  • Text
  • Images
  • PDF Documents
  • Audio Notes (Rarely. This can be done in Voice Memos.)
  • Apple Pencil Sketches (This could be done elsewhere)

Note apps I have been trying to make work:

Apple Notes
This would be my first choice but uses iCloud on macOS to sync. ☹️

Uses iCloud to sync. ☹️

Standard Notes
Overall a pretty good app, but electron on the Mac is annoying ( and ugly). Overall it’s very fiddly with all the plugins you need to use.

Good app, but only supports plain text.

ZOHO Notebook
Great looking app. Very flexible in input types. This is currently in first place.

This is one of the worst apps I have ever used.

Outlook Notes (syncs to Apple Notes)
Formatting is terrible. Very limited.

Anything I am missing?? Thanks in advance!

Jan mentioned Evernote and it looks like they were absolutely correct! Given all the constraints, it’s the one that works the best!

Notes Apple Notes Bear Standard Notes Simplenote ZOHO Notebook OneNote Outlook
December 9, 2018

Noise Cancelling Headphones

I have been using the Bose QC35 (series 1) noise cancelling headphones for travel for the last couple years. Recently both Valerie and I were going to be traveling internationally at the same time and I wanted her to have the joy of noise cancelling while on her flight. Because I know the Bose are great, I gave her mine since she was going to be leaving on her trip before I did. I then set out to see what else was out there..

So what did I look at?

Bose QC35 (Series 1) Headphones 🎧
Purchased: July 2016

  • Great sound quality. 👍
  • Very comfortable for long listening sessions. 👍
  • Charges with micro USB. 👎
  • So-so battery life. 👎
  • Wired connection is a 2.5mm jack. 👎

Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones 🎧
Purchased: November 2018

  • Touch controls are annoying to activate consistently. 👎
  • Great battery life: 30 hours. 👍
  • Switching between devices sucks. I have had to remove and add the headphones to various devices a lot just to get them connected when I switch. 👎👎
  • Charges with USB-C. 👍
  • Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. 👍
  • Very comfortable. 👍

Microsoft Surface Headphones 🎧
Purchased: December 2018

  • The cups make my ears hot. 👎
  • Top band not comfortable. 👎
  • Squeezes my head to much. 👎
  • Charges with USB-C. 👍
  • Tells you the battery level (in hours) and what device it is connected to when you turn them on. 👍
  • Tap controls on both sides so it doesn’t matter which side you tap. 👍
  • Turning rings on each side. Volume on right, NC on left. 👍
  • You need to tap lightly or the noise is irritating in the ear cup. 👎
  • Long pressing the controls will activate voice assistant (Siri for me). 👍
  • Pretty good battery life: 15 hours. 👍
  • Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. 👍
  • Automatically pauses playback when you take off headphones. 👍

So what’s the verdict? Well, I ended up returning both the Sony and Microsoft headphones. Overall, after weighing the the pros and cons, neither were good enough for me to justify the $350 they each cost.

The Bose QC35 (series 1) aren’t perfect, but I will hold on to them a little bit longer until something else comes along that is worth the upgrade.

Headphones Travel Audio Bose Sony Microsoft
Jason Burk | 1999-2018

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