10 iPhone X Thoughts After 24 Hours

  1. ❤️❤️❤️ the size.
  2. Automatic setup was slick.
  3. Typing in my Apple ID password is still a terrible experience without access to 1Password.
  4. The screen is beautiful.
  5. Face ID just works. Don’t even notice it’s there. Better than v1 of Touch ID.
  6. The glass back and silver sides are slippery. The phone slides off my recliner arm rest. My new wallet case comes today and I may need to keep it on the phone at all times.
  7. Did I mention how much I ❤️ the new size? The iPhone Plus always felt awkward.
  8. The screen gap below the keyboard is weird. Hopefully this is some transition phase.
  9. Quality of the selfie cam is 💯.
  10. I’m already rarely reaching for the missing home button.
  11. Switching apps by swiping at the bottom of the screen is a nice UI improvement.
  12. Animojis are fun but there is usually some lag between the voice recording and animations.

10 Years of iPhone

Today is the iPhone’s 10th birthday!

I waited in line at the local AT&T store on launch day, but they only received 5 or 10 phones, so I had to place an order. I had been in the audience at MacWorld that January and got to witness Steve Jobs reveal the iPhone to the world.

I can still picture him repeating “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device” as if it were yesterday. The device and watching Jobs on stage were magical in many ways. I got chills from watching the video again.

Apple TV Remotes

When I bought a new Apple TV (quite awhile ago), I moved the 3rd Generation model to my office where I had a small TV not connected to anything. I’ve rarely used it since, but turned it on a couple of times in the last week to play something from YouTube. After using the new remote with the touchpad for so long, it’s quite a shock to pick up this ancient model. Having to navigate by clicking buttons seems so foreign. Don’t even try to fast forward or rewind to a specific point in a video.

Steve Jobs


I finished reading the biography by Walter Isaacson, which I started about a month ago during my trip to Bulgaria. I really enjoyed the book.

As shown throughout the pages, he wasn’t always easy to work for, live with, or be around, and you definitely didn’t want to piss him off. We’ll never understand what he was really like by reading stories in a book, but it does help to explain a side of Jobs we wouldn’t know existed since most of us only ever saw him during Apple events.

You can’t have a biography about Steve Jobs without a major focus being on Apple and the products he brought to market. It was neat to read how many of these devices got started, were developed, and eventually launched.

Steve Jobs was a genius and a visionary who changed our world. He is the definition of Think Different, which was later adapted in a tribute about him…

Entertainment While Traveling To/From Bulgaria

When you fly to Eastern Europe, it’s important to have entertainment to pass the time. I split time between a couple of books and a few movies.

The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware

the-hardware-hacker-book-coverEarly this year, I enjoyed watching Ask an Engineer with Andrew “bunnie” Huang. I’ve been meaning to read his book The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware. Especially with all of the hardware experimenting I’ve been doing. I haven’t been making time to read any books lately, but I figured this trip would be a great time to get back on the train. I bought the book and added it to my Kindle.

The title is misleading; The book’s main focus is on the manufacturing of hardware. Even though I’ll probably never manufacture a hardware product, I did learn a lot and enjoyed the read. Many of my favorites parts of the book centered around China. More to come in an upcoming blog post, once I do some research and learn more about a few topics.

I should check out bunnie’s other book, Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering.

Hidden Figures

I’ve been wanting to see this movies, so I jumped all over it when I saw it in the Delta options. Really enjoyed it. We take computers for granted so much and it’s pretty amazing to think that we made it into space with so much of the math being done by hand. The movie was a good reminder of how far we’ve come with gender and racial equality in the last 50 years. We still have so far to go.

Steve Jobs

Steve_Jobs_by_Walter_Isaacson Pretty sure I’ve had this on my Kindle for at least 5 years, maybe even since it was released in October of 2011. After reading the Hardware Hacker and learning so much about electronics lately I felt it was a good time to dive in.

Amazon says the book has 657 pages, so it’s no wonder I didn’t finish it. I think I’m just over 1/3 done.

I’m actually glad I waited so long to read the book; getting a better understanding of how electronics work and tinkering with them is allowing me to appreciate Jobs’ early years more than I would have before.

Collateral Beauty

An enjoyable feel-good story. Doesn’t hurt that Will Smith, Keira Knightley, and Edward Norton all starred in it; they are some of my favorites.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Does Tom Cruise ever age? I liked the first one better. Most of the fight scenes were pretty poor in this.

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