Raspberry Pi 3 over VNC

Geeky fun…today I setup my Raspberry Pi 3 so I could control it through my Mac.

I previously installed Raspbian on the Pi 3 and also had the WiFi setup so it would connect to my home network.

Today I plugged the Pi 3 in to the wall (powering it up) and then, SSH’d to the Pi 3 using Terminal on my Mac. I used SSH to install a VNC client on the Pi 3 and get that configured. Once that was done I installed the VNC Viewer app on my Mac and I can now play with the Pi 3 without needing another keyboard, mouse or monitor.

Overall pretty simple, but still geeky fun.

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Project Fi hooked me with the data-only SIM

When I switched to Project Fi it was mainly a matter of curiosity, and also some filling in the gaps of coverage. I wanted to see how the WiFi, T-Mobile and Sprint network switching would work. More to the point, I was hoping the WiFi and Sprint coverage would fill in some of the T-Mobile gaps. I’ve now been with Project Fi since the beginning of July 2015 and at this point it seems I am in for a much longer ride. Project Fi has been working really good for me.

The coverage has been great, and while I am paying a few dollars more per month, about $5, I now have insurance coverage on my phone. And for those curious, I switched from the $30 per month T-Mobile prepaid plan that offers 100 minutes, unlimited messages and 5GB of LTE data.

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Some thoughts about running 100 miles…

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When I talk about running 100 miles people often tell me how they don’t even want to drive that far. And the funny thing is — neither do I. In fact, I’d much rather attempt to run 100 miles than drive 100 miles. Driving is easy, driving is boring. I would prefer to never drive.

But more than that, people often want to know why I run 100 miles. And the truth is that I don’t really know. The best I can answer is that I like the challenge. Someday I hope to run a distance greater than 100 miles.

The other thing people seem to wonder about is training. You obviously need to be in shape to run 100 miles. Strength and endurance play a key role, as well as nutrition and hydration. But I’d argue that running 100 miles is harder on the mind than on the body.

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Running in 2015

I’ve continued my daily running streak and I am now over 600 days. I am also happy that I crossed the 2,000 mile mark for the 2015 calendar year. In fact, I hit 2,004.9 for the year.

I am not sure what 2016 will bring in terms of training and racing, but given how much I’ve enjoyed my daily runs those will certainly continue.

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I don’t think Project Fi is about being cheap (the lowest priced)

I’ll preface this by saying that I am a happy Project Fi customer. I signed up back at the beginning of July, and have been happy with the quality of service and with the price. So, having said that, I’d like to address a common complaint.

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I see lots of people criticizing Project Fi with arguments of price. And it is true, the monthly price can really add up if you are a heavy data user. But I think Project Fi is more about the network. Don’t get me wrong, I like the lower price (as I am a low data user), but feel the real feature here is the network.

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NFC Chip Implant: One Year Later

Even with a close look at my left hand you would most likely miss what sits just below the skin. You see, just under the surface, sitting between my thumb and pointer finger, is an NFC chip. Today, September 16, 2015, marks the one year anniversary of the implant and I wanted to write a little follow up of sorts.

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I wrote about my initial experience a little more than a month after getting the implant. The reason for the initial 30 day wait was simple — I wanted to make sure there wasn’t going to be any issues. And well, I figured if things looked good at 30 days, it was likely they would stay good.

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Project Fi: After A Month

I’ve been using Google’s new Project Fi service for just over a month now. You pay in advance for Fi service, so that means I just received my second monthly bill. And in a bit of good news for those who tend to fear their wireless bills — mine came with a credit. You see, one of the perks of Project Fi is that you only pay for the data you actually use. I signed up for 1.0GB of data and used a little over 0.6GB, which meant I went into month two with a small credit for the unused portion. But I am getting ahead of myself here.

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For those unfamiliar with Project Fi — this is a pre-paid phone service from Google. Project Fi is sort of limited at the moment. Right now you’ll need an invitation to get started, and the service only works with the Nexus 6. But outside of those limitations, which will likely change in time, there are a few solid perks.

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The Google Glass experience story you may not have heard

Google Glass has already lived and died in the tech press. And to some extent, as Google has closed the Explorer program, Glass is dead at the moment. It also feels like the once vocal group of users has gotten a bit quieter. That isn’t to say Glass users have all gone away, and in fact, I’m still actively wearing mine.

On one side we have what feels like a shrinking user community. And on the other side we have begun hearing rumors and reports about an enterprise version of Glass. So far there hasn’t been anything official from Google in the way of an announcement. But as these rumors and reports have been popping up, the tech press has again been discussing Glass.

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And to that point, we are once again hearing about how the public perceived Glass as this privacy invading gadget, and about how everyone (aside from those actively wearing it), hated and feared Glass. Google Glass wasn’t a perfect product, but I also feel there was more to the story that was being told.

You have to remember that only the sensational headlines get the clicks. Anyone who follows along with the tech scene likely remembers the time when someone had Glass ripped from their head, or the time when someone got kicked out of a bar for wearing them, or the time when someone got a ticket for wearing them while driving.

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