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Sponsor: Bushel Device Management Made Simple for Anyone

2:07 PM, May. 8th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

I'm thrilled to have Bushel on board as our sponsor here this week at TMO. Bushel is, quite simply, device management for non-IT people. Certainly IT people will see value, too, but the folks at JAMF designed Bushel so you don't have to be in IT to enjoy using this. In their words, Bushel was created for those for whom IT is a task and not a career. And JAMF's history at creating some of the very best managment suites shows that they're quite capable of doing the heavy-lifting so you don't have to worry about it.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

8:46 AM, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

Apple Watch Orders Charged Wednesday Still on Track for 4/24 Delivery

11:16 AM, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.

Apple Stores Will Schedule Walk-In Appointments for Apple Watch

2:25 PM, Apr. 1st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Scoop

Apple Store staff are training to ensure customers have a full jewelry counter-style experience when trying and buying the Apple Watch. Contrary to recent reports, our sources tell us the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.

Apple Watch Edition Gets Reference in Phish “Magnaball” Festival’s Humorous FAQ

10:34 AM, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry: 

CAN I BRING MY $20,000 iWATCH?

I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.

Even if you're not a Phish fan their FAQs are always a fun read. Tickets for Magnaball go on sale Friday at 12pm EDT (or is that EST? We've asked for clarification on the time zone status).

Jony Ive Has “High Regard” For Existing Watches

11:47 AM, Mar. 7th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Jony Ive, interviewed by Nick Foulkes at the Financial Times:

All of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.

I bet his high regard stops much shorter if you change the subject to smart watches.

Still, an interesting thought, and one that resonates with me as a watch guy. I'm cautiously optimistic here. Or at least eager to find out all of what Apple has put together.

Sponsor: Lucidchart, Visio for Mac

10:46 AM, Feb. 11th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

It's my pleasure to thank Lucidchart for sponsoring TMO this week. Lucidchart is, in short, Visio for Mac users. In your browser. No separate app to download, but it sure does feel like a Mac app. Digging deeper, Lucidchart features a robust shape library with many templates including flowcharts, floor plans, business analysis, network infrastructure, and more. Additionally, Lucidchart can import and export Visio files, allowing Mac users to easily work on files with Visio for Windows users. Read more for how to get started for free.