I’ve heard quite a bit from you in response to Sunday’s column on the consumer behavior known as “reverse showrooming,” and what my conversion at one store from a showroomer to a reverse showroomer might signal for the larger showdown between physical and online retail. It made the quotation of the day over at…More
I lost myself in people’s minds this summer and wound up changing mine. Back in June, I announced my summer tech-book binge. With the help of local techies, authors, librarians and you, I picked 11 books to read at the pace of one a week through the end of August (confession! I haven’t…More
Paul Gambill’s favorite thing to do when he’s high is to listen to the Seattle Symphony. “There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra play a rich, Romantic-era piece,” the 26-year-old mobile-apps project manager tells me. We were sitting at Ballard Coffee Works, where a drink made from beans enjoys a sophistication Gambill craves for the…More
Well that’s about as geeky as history gets. This weekend I finished “Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution,” Steven Levy’s philosophical chronicle of the origins of computing culture. It traces the evolution of computing values from the brilliant young tinkerers at MIT in the 1950s and ’60s to the tight-knit computer builders of Silicon…More
“I call it my Stegosaurus,” John Medina says of his iPhone, holding up the device before he puts it back in his jacket pocket. Scientists used to think that dinosaur had two brains, the UW developmental molecular biologist explains. “One in its skull, and one in its hip.” I laughed. How perfect. Our smartphones play convincing second…More
I read a lot of emails, tweets and articles about technology. You know what I hardly read at all? Books. You’ve told me about some great ones over the past two years, but those emails, tweets and articles have a way of hogging my attention. No more. Below are 11 technology books I will read at the no-joke pace…More
How do we tell other people what we’re good at?
It’s an important question. Not just when it’s time to look for work, but when we’re signing up for activities, applying to colleges, or just trying to pass second grade.
The systems we use to convey that information have been around a long time.
What if they got way better?
An eclectic network of technologists, educators, businesses and nonprofits is quietly working to revolutionize credentials with a set of ideas that has an unassuming name:
For years, passengers traveling through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport complained the most about Wi-Fi. Now, we’re demanding power.
I shared how our local airport plans to feed these and other tech cravings in my Sunday column. But there was more to pass on about Wi-Fi and power than I could fit. Here, then, is a better breakdown.
Soon after Sea-Tac’s free Wi-Fi became available, complaints about it dropped as gripes about power outlets rose. Airport officials shared the following chart to illustrate. The blue line tracks complaints about Wi-Fi while the green line tracks compliments about Wi-Fi. The dotted red line tallies complaints about power outlets:
Google founder Sergey Brin made a confusing claim about Google Glass — the device that works like a smartphone but fits like a pair of glasses — at the TED conference this week. Google Glass is a wearable device you talk to to get it to work. And yet Brin said it will free you from…More
Now that tablets are on the media menu, parents have new decisions to make. How much “tablet time” is OK for kids? At what age? And what kind — the “shows” that just stare at them or the puzzles, games and books that keep them engaged?
In Sunday’s column I explored some of the current thinking about screens and kids — particularly toddlers. Pediatricians recommend no screen time for kids under the age of 2. But when screens are so tactile and interactive, does that still mean the same thing?
Reader Heath Hunnicutt emailed me his experience with his 21-month-old daughter, who began showing an interest in the family’s iPad at 9 months. It’s a fascinating account he was generous enough to let me share with you.
Here it is, in his own words:
My wife and I have a 21-month-old girl. We also have an Android tablet and an iPad.