The world Famous Martini logo and colors are back in racing.
Apple announced the launch of CarPlay today. My initial reaction is UGH! NO! and my bias is based with my experience with BMW and Apple. Current BMWs integrate with Apple and only Apple. I dont like this. I am not an Apple guy and if i was I don’t like my $40,000 + car being locked down to one eco system. My cars I keep for a long time like 10 years or so, but my phone i change every year currently.
As a business move I think Apple is a genius. they are going out and making it very hard for users to choose another Ecosystem.
Automakers are not the sharpest tools in the shed when it comes to consumer high tech so I am very worried about their implementation. IF they take the BMW approach, Your choice is Apple or nothing then I think this a very bad move. If they give us options it would be great, but that means other players need to step up and offer options. There is already Microsoft Sync, and now Apple CarPlay. Samsung and/or Google need to step up ASAP! (or any other serious android player).
I think competition in this space could be amazing boost for the Consumer. I can see a smart Samsung/Goolge actually subsiding its option to try and gain market share. $1,500 -$2,500 for built in navigation in cars is ridiculous specially when I have a better piece of tech in my pocket.
I travel a lot and I am going to spend some time on my my blog talking about that what I use on my travels.
So welcome to the Road Warrior section of the blog. Enjoy.
So as some of you may know I have recently bought another house and moved in to that house. This issues I have been faced with is that I now need to have live TV available on both TVs(and for fun in my office).
I have a cheap discard PC from an office that I have been using for over a year as my main HTPC. I don’t remember the specs, but they are poor. It really just gets the job done. I have been looking to build a new system for the living room.
My requirements are small.
- Run Windows Media center
- Be able to record at least 30 hours of HD
- Run Netflix
- Run XBMC
- Run Plex
All the barebones light weight systems were either too weak Atom systems or expensive Sandy bridge system.
Well this week Intel launched a new BayTrail/Celeron based NUC. Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit -Celeron DN2820FYKH0 and it was cheap too at just $139.
I also picked up a 4gb SODIMM Kingston Value RAM 4GB (KVR13S9S8) and I am gonna use a leftover 500gb 2.5 inch drive. So my total cost is about $180. If you need to buy a hard drive this is what I have. 500GB WD Blue WD5000LPVX
Everything should be here by Thursday and I will document the build.
I did something stupid this week. I took down my own site. I was using the config file from this site as example for my new site and My new site went up fast and easy. At the same time I didn’t realize I had copied the new file in to the wrong directory. Ouch! my site was down. even worse it wasn’t really down just blank content so my monitoring service didn’t pick it up.
This may have just saved my life.
It is early 2014 and we are getting an artic blast here in good ole USA. -10 F and blizzard conditions.I had to drive 270 miles through a mostly rural state.
My rental car has a USB port for charging my phone which is also my GPS. I am set and ready for the journey.
shortly in to my trip the weather and the roads turn nasty and my 4 hour drive is now a perilous journey. Did I mention I am doing this between 11pm and 5 am? ohh yeah I am.
Average speed is now reduced to about 45 or 50 MPH. My once 4 hour trip is gonna be a lot longer. I hunker down and get on with it. On my phone I am playing an audiobook while the GPS guides me to my destination.
I am still 2 hours away when my phone pops up that it’s battery is almost DEAD. Whaaaattt! I can see that it is charging, how is it dead? Well the anemic amperage out of the USB port in the rental car wasn’t enough to cove the power usage or the phone. I quickly shut screen off to hopefully save precious seconds of battery life. I dont have a car chager with me, I am not sure how I am going to make it with out the GPS and now at 3ish am on a country road in the snow no one is going to find my frozen dead body till spring, when it hits me. I have my Gorilla battery pack that I use on long flights to power my tablet and phone.
I wip out the Gorilla pack, plug in my phone to the 2 amp usb port and pray this will get me to my hotel. My battery symbol is still red and my Gorilla pack is only half way charged…. I am not sure this is going to work.
I cautiously navigate the road ahead and try to memorize the next few turns from the GPS.
Then I notice my phone battery is not in the red anymore, in fact my phone is charging and providing GPS and not loosing charge. in fact it is gaining charge. Wooo Hooo I am going to make it.
Pros:Works, hold a charge forever, has 2 Amp USB port, can be charged via mini USB.
Cons: Takes forever to recharge this pack (like over 8 hours), is a bit heavy, it is not clear when it is outputting voltage or not you have to rely on the gadget your charging to tell you.
I like hobbies, I like everything really. I dream that I could hook up to the Matrix and download whatever I needed straight to my brain. I may have a little Attention Deficiency. I have TONS of ideas that I want to try. I have no time or extra money to do them.
In my younger days I tried to do all the hobbies that interested me, I got nothing done and I had a ton of unfinished projects (I did became a pretty good skier). About 6 or 7 years ago my “willing to try new things” got me bit by the Auto Racing bug. All I knew was that I wanted to go auto racing, but it is expensive and all consuming hobby and I took a really long look at my priorities. I decided that all my other hobbies had to go if I wanted to go racing. Within just a short while (minus a job/finical bump) I had built a race car and got my license. BAM! Racecar driver. (Note I have taken the last year off from racing to buy a 2nd house, but 2014 I am going back to racing)
My business ideas and hunger is much the same as my hobbies. I have decided that the only way I am going to make alot of progress on the business is to cut it to the core and focus. In 2014 I am putting my effort into ShorePerformance.com and CallCenterScene.com. I am going to be making a time and finical investments in these sites to make them successful.
I normally don’t concern myself over the site traffic for this blog. mainly because this is just a random mess of my thoughts and what gets real traffic is not really related to my over theme of the site. But just a quick overview of my traffic shows that I have lost about 35% of my traffic in the last 3 months.
Lack of updates
There is no one to blame but myself. I have just not dedicated the time and priority to doing the updates. I am dedicating myself in 2014 to update my sites and add to new content regularly. I am going to have to sacrifice time elsewhere. I now have 2 hours on a train almost everyday that I am not traveling. I will have to use this time to be more productive.
Random and off topic
Well this site will always be my outlet for whatever I want, I do have a feeling it will soon fall into more of a business and entrepreneurship track. My other sites I am working on a better plan for. (Related Post: Getting More Done by doing less)
I am hopefully past the downtime problems I have had in the past. I am up and running on my new host and besides a slight configuration error, things are working swimmingly. I also plan to move some of my more crucial sites to their own droplets so one site’s traffic (or bug) doesnt take them all down.
I have set some resolutions for 2014 to move my personal brand and businesses to the next level.
Right now these are the “Outlines” that I am still putting some hard number goals around. I will also be doing expanded blog posts on most of these topics.
- Write a blog post for each site every month.
- Do a video post every month.
- Invest serious money into my business.
- Invest in my personal development.
- Forget the formality and just do it.
- Get to back to my goal weight and stay there.
- Become a thought leader in the call center space.