Loving the renewed interest in Flickr. Hope it lasts! If you are back on Flickr, send me your username and I'll give you a follow. I'm here: https://www.flickr.com/people/jdettbarn/
Cal Newport sums up the key takeaway from his digital declutter experiment:
Focusing on the most beneficial activities to the exclusion of less beneficial alternatives can leave you better off than trying to clutter your life with everything that might offer some value.
Sounds like great advice.
Such awesome news. I just connected my blog to Flickr so photo blog posts get auto-posted to Flickr. I am really looking forward to seeing where SmugMug takes Flickr -- it's been neglected for way too long.
I need to do more of Cal's 'slow social media' approach, especially in conjunction with Firefox's Facebook container plugin.
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Joe Cieplinski hits the nail on the head with his look at the smart speaker battle in Good vs. Better at Bad. Specifically with smart assistant technology:
But it’s not good. Not for most people. It’s barely past the point of being a parlor trick, if we’re being honest. Answering trivia questions? Turning on the lights? There’s a reason even early adopters generally resort to using these devices for a small set of simple tasks. That’s about all they can do reliably.
That's what I was alluding to in my quick HomePod reaction last weekend:
I do have an Echo Dot and while the breadth of the skill library is impressive, a vast majority of the skills have very limited use cases. It is like shopping on Amazon, you know you can get almost anything there, but you keep buying the same small number of things you actually need.
HomePod reviews read as if the smart assistant race is over or at the very least, Apple is miles behind. The reality, as Joe points out, is we're early stages -- we haven't even gotten to "good" yet. I'm not saying Apple/Siri will win, by any stretch. I'm not even concerned with Siri winning or being best, just good enough for my needs.
For many people, Siri handles enough to make the "smart" part of HomePod acceptable. Especially when the speaker part is well past the "good" cutoff. I write this as I listen to the Black Panther soundtrack through HomePod. Every listening experience reinforces this fact.
4 of 5 sick family members (and both parents) means Instacart grocery shopping. So convenient and useful for times like these!
The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.