Amazon’s robust ecosystem outweighs any concerns of having them in my home.

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Every time I thought about buying a house, I always envisioned transforming it into a smart-gadget filled home. Now that it is 2021, many smart devices are now available and much cheaper than they were even 5–10 years ago.

While existing in Apple’s ecosystem quite comfortably with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and AirPods, it would make sense to assume that I would have Homekit compatible devices throughout my house, but this is not the case.

There are many Homekit compatible devices to choose from, and more are coming out each day, yet I decided to go with Amazon…


Closing all rings are preferred but challenging to maintain.

Apple Watch Series 5 on wrist showing the Activty Ring watch face, all rings are not complete.
Apple Watch Series 5 on wrist showing the Activty Ring watch face, all rings are not complete.
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This year I have decided will be the “Year of Health.” This was the yearly theme I decided on and described in more detail in this post. So far, it has been a rough but good couple of months. Have I made a ton of progress in weight loss, exercise, better meal options, etc.? Yes and no.

However, what has been working is my constant reminder of being better about my health, which helps me stay on track in choosing better options for food or using some free time for a long walk or run. …


After two months of using one of the new Apple Silicon equipped Macs.

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I have continued to praise the MacBook Air with the M1 processor in multiple posts since I got it in November last year. Initially concerned that not having Intel would create some issue with using it for my day job, it has actually become a perfect machine to use for work primarily because of the workaround I found in using Microsoft Remote Desktop instead of running Windows.

Before I explain why I find this MacBook so appealing, I want to touch on using macOS full time again after using iPadOS exclusively for many months. It is funny that when I…


The Podcast App that just makes sense.

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Every year when I get an email from Apple that a subscription for one of my apps is coming up for renewal, I like to rethink and reevaluate if the app is worth me continuing my subscription. Some of them are a no brainer to renew, like Ulysses and 1Password, but some have me struggling to stick with, like my favorite Podcast app.


For someone who hates cases, Apple’s MagSafe Cases are a good compromise.

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To say that I have an opinion when it comes to cases on phones would be an understatement. I have written many posts about using my iPhone the way it came straight out of the box and how my frustrations with cases only add to my prevention of ever wanting to use them.

If you are unaware of my unlike of an iPhone case, you can catch up by reading these past posts of mine:

This most significant reason is that it takes away from the device I paid a premium to own. Wrapping a beautiful stainless-steel or aluminum gadget…


My fear of ruining Harry Potter with e-ink technology.

Harry Potter Hardcover versus Kindle Paperwhite
Harry Potter Hardcover versus Kindle Paperwhite
Harry Potter Hardcover versus Kindle Paperwhite

I remember when I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was on break from school, and my Grandma, who attempted to read it herself, asked if I wanted to give it a read. She felt the number of characters was a bit too much, and trying to keep up with them all was frustrating.

At this time, I started to appreciate books and reading. The first book in the Harry Potter series was released in 1998 in the US, so I was around ten years old. …


After the iPhone 12, I couldn’t stop.

All my new blue things: blue backpack, headphones, iPhone 12, and Apple watch with blue band.
All my new blue things: blue backpack, headphones, iPhone 12, and Apple watch with blue band.
All my new blue things.

After getting the iPhone 12 and being happy with the Blue color option, I noticed that I was also choosing blue over other colors for other devices and accessories. I have always been a fan of the color blue but have stuck with more neutral colors when buying previous iPhones.

Space Gray and White have always been my color choice for iPhones. Not only because they are safer colors than gold or rose gold but also because the fun colors always came in a less feature-filled phone. …


New Home, New Office, New Setup.

Top view of my desk with a monitor, laptop, notebook, mouse, qi charger, and headphone hanging on a hook.
Top view of my desk with a monitor, laptop, notebook, mouse, qi charger, and headphone hanging on a hook.
My Working From Home Setup.

This will be my third Working From Home setup posts, which you can catch up on by reading the first two here:

Since WFH Setup 2.0, my wife and I moved out of our last rental and purchased our first home. With it came a lot of stress and money, but in the end set us up with a new house to call our home. Which includes a space for a nursery for our, soon to come, baby boy and, more importantly¹, a new shared office space.

I will admit that the office size is not as large as I…


It hurts literally and figuratively to move on.

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Since purchasing the AirPods Pro back in July of last year, they have been my almost exclusive pair of headphones. The sound quality and features, like Transparency Mode and Noise Cancellation, are a joy. But my poor ears can no longer take the pain they cause.

I have tried swapping out all three sized tips that the AirPods Pro provide, but after a few days of heavy use, the inside of my ears literally become sore. …


The M1 MacBook Air has helped but strive for more.

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Technology is incredible not only in what it offers but how it continues to get better. A MacBook Air released back in 2011, 9 years later, is the best laptop I have ever owned. Due to the increased performance over time and the entire package; Retina, Force-Touch Trackpad, M1, Magic Keyboard, USB-C, etc.

Even when you owned something a couple of years ago, the advancements, even if some are minor, are so tempting to want to upgrade too. Part of this is a consumerism issue. It is also the fact that it always feels like your device is obsolete. …

Paul Alvarez

Full-time IT Project Analyst, all the time husband, and cat Dad. I also write.

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