So when folks say
they have writers block, they arent kidding that it is frustrating as hell when
you love writing, yet cant find anything truely meaningful to write about that
isnt complete garbage. But I got reading a
few blogs and YouTube videos of how people’s 2018 have been, what tech they
have purchases and all those top X countdown videos that spurred me an idea.2018 has been an interesting an fully
Beginning learning PHP Development, starting my job at Flywheel, learning at the ins and outs of my job, selling my broken car and picking up cycling, trips to
So I figured as my last post for 2018 I would
In no particular order, here are my best tech investments of 2018!
1) Nintendo Switch
I am consistently surprised as to how the switch performs with ported games, even with things made for PC first and then brought to the platform (like Dead Cells, Warframe, Stardew Valley and Into The Breach), they handle exceptionally well on the console and allow hours and hours of enjoyment. This has been slowly
Dead Cells is mostly my main
One of the best things I have done with the console was on a recent trip to Melbourne, playing Mario Kart in a big TV with my mates (who all had switches) and playing with the Joy Cons and a controller. This was bloody fun and one of the main selling points of the switch to consumers, a large opportunity for interplay with other consoles, both the Switch itself and PCs and Xbox Ones, depending on what game you are playing. Overall, a handy piece of kit that goes well in my travel bag!
2) Swapping to iOS from Android
This one is a bit controversial and I did write a whole piece around it, but my reasoning behind this is fairly straightforward. I change phones every year apart of my leasing contract with my phone company. Apart
I had a lot of the
apps I use either paid for or ready to go from my old phone (with a few
exceptions to things like Apple Wallet, Authy and and Timeshiftr which I had to
setup manually), or I had used on the iPad and just needed to be redownloaded.
Also anyone who uses Android phones should know that all your contacts are stored in Google, so the first account I log into is my Personal Gmail account, and everything just carries over. Modern Technology does kind of spoil us now in the simplicity of how easy it is to go and get started with what we need.
Since I have a work MacBook Pro I can make use of iMessage on the desktop, the accuracy of Apples Health Kit on the phone and watch, use detailed and powerful apps on the Apple Watch Series 3 and make use of a really really (but second to the Pixel) good Camera when I travel. The downsides so far have been a need now to carry extra cables instead of my all USB-C bag before (except watch charger), but all in all I am really enjoying the iOS life. (plus using an Apple Watch as a cycling computer really helps with accountability).
3) Using Local by Flywheel for learning PHP Development
(disclaimer here I do work for Flywheel)
So one of the things I have been undertaking since working with Flywheel, is continuing my web development learning experience through PHP/WordPress Development since starting with Flywheel.
One of the
This has been a
recent addition as a christmas gift from my partner this christmas. But in the
few days I have used them after Christmas, my God, I didnt understand the
benefits of having really decent Bluetooth earbuds before, but this is a must
of iOS users. I came from a pair of Blueant Air wireless buds, but over time
one of the ears lost audio and their volume dropped expenentially so thats not
really what I want in a pair of buds (they were also really hard to pair to
other devices and consistently lost charge after a quoted 4-5 hour battery life
and rarely lasted longer than 3 to 4).
So far, I have used them in the car as to replace the lack of a decent sound system, at the gym, cycling and while at work. There are a few concerns to them fitting my ears properly, but I must be in the percentile of folks that they fit well in comfort wise, as they havent fallen out just yet!
I made a proactive effort the last couple months to start learning a language and I have chosen German for that. Duolingo has been incredible as a platform to learn how to speak the language and makes it fun and a bit competitive with myself trying to beat scores and keep streaks (I’m really bad at that…. Fyi).
The app works well and saves progress well, however one thing I stumbled on is a superb web app as well. Being able to learn on now every device has definitely been a good way to help me keep myself accountable for learning the language and being consistent.
Well that is all of
the decent things I can think of this year that are definately changing the way
I work and have been decent investments this year! Thank you for reading to the
blog, coming to the site and sticking with my short podcast this year.
2019 will be a productive and learning year for me, so Im excited of whats to come! Happy New Year everyone!