Oct 2020 Smartwatches

I’ve owned two smartwatches, across 3 OS’s. They’re all terrible. Here’s why.

Oct 2020 A phone a month for a year: September: Custom LineageOS 16.0/MicroG

Here’s another post about the open-source phone exploration I started in July. Last month, I ran an unofficial LineageOS/microG build (containing no Google apps) to pretty good results.

Oct 2020 (meta-)*tic-tac-toe

Tic-tac-toe in tic-tac-toe in tic-tac-toe…how deep can we go?

Sep 2020 A phone a month for a year: August: Several false starts

I’m continuing my open-source phone exploration I started last month. This month’s updates are both a bit late and a bit light, with quite a few false starts and dead ends.

Jul 2020 A phone a month for a year: Intro; Moto G7/Stock Android

Right off the bat, I’ll concede: I’m not buying 12 new pieces of phone hardware for this. However, “Trying a new phone or a new OS on a phone I already have every month for a year” seemed a bit wordy!

I <3 open source, so I enjoy trying new software that increases my freedom. I also have some philosophical issues with how Google treats its users, particularly in ways it seems to abuse its dominant market share to force its apps, ads, and limitations on users. This has led me to back away from Google’s vision of Android, and to try to find a compromise between privacy and utility that best meets my needs.

Jul 2020 Piano Heatmap Analysis (Part 2)

A long time ago, I hacked together a not-quite-working attempt at tracking played keys on a piano. Today, I took another shot at what that attempt might look like with a few more years’ experience in play.

Jul 2020 Impressions of AsteroidOS

A solid two days in, AsteroidOS on the KingWear KW88 is…absolutely awesome. The watch is plenty functional as a watch, hasn’t died in 48 hours (though currently the battery is undefined% so I’m not sure how long that’ll last!) and it scratches every bit of my tinkerer’s itch. It’s absolutely thrilling that I can ssh in and get a root shell, and that I can customize or rewrite anything I want to change!

Jul 2020 Installing AsteroidOS on the Kingwear KW88 Pro

I recently bought a Kingwear KW88 Pro, and I’m not much a fan of the OS that came with it. In the interest of doing something different, I decided to install AsteroidOS. While this is a reasonably straightforward process, there are a few issues that I ran into that stumped me for a while, that I thought were worth writing down.

Jul 2020 Listen to your music a new way...alphabetically!

I embarked on a journey to listen to my Spotify library sorted A-to-Z, and you should too!

Feb 2016 New Relic and AppFog v2

CenturyLink’s AppFog v2 is supposed to have great support for New Relic. However, their documentation leaves a bit to be desired. Don’t be dissuaded: the setup process is almost comically simple. Here are the steps to set up AppFog with New Relic: