Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The joy of

Long-time developer Manton Reece created last year, a network of independent microblogs based on the foundations of the open Internet. I’ll let the front page of the site explain itself:

Today’s social networks are broken. Ads are everywhere. Hate and harassment are too common. Fake news spreads unchecked.

There’s a better way: a network of independent microblogs. Short posts like tweets but on your own web site that you control. is a safe community for microblogs. A timeline to follow friends and discover new posts. Hosting built on open standards.

I joined a few weeks back and am really attracted to the simplicity of it. There are no frivolous practices, unnecessary gimmicks, or anything like that. The content is yours and yours alone. What you see is what you get. It reminds me of the earlier days of the Internet, where everything was more whimsical and less threatening than the current status quo. When it comes to free services, we have sadly come to expect a gimmick, trade-off, or worse in exchange for our data.’s opposition to this idea simply makes it a joy to use.

Upon signing up, you can either have them host a blog for you for only $5 a month or you can publish to your own site, while content is mirrored to your profile via RSS. Taking it one step further, can also cross-post individual RSS feeds to Twitter and Facebook, eliminating the need for third-party services to do so. 1

Since I already have my own blog, I opted to publish everything solely here. It took quite a bit of adjustments with WordPress, but I have my posts displayed here on the site exactly how I want them. You’ll always find my latest status posted in the sidebar, right under the One-Tech Mind logo. Go ahead and click on the ‘Microblog’ header for my full stream of status updates. I am @Starman on, so you can follow me there, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed of my status updates directly. These status updates are not present on the main site feeds, since I know not everyone will want to see these in their RSS reader.

Manton’s team hasn’t stopped there, either. They recently introduced microcast support, a straightforward and open way to create and publish a bite-sized podcast.

There are also quite a few apps in which to use with. The main ones are for posts, Wavelength for microcasts, and Sunlit for photos. There are even quite a few third-party apps that work with In fact, a new one came out today called Icro, and it shows a ton of promise.

While Twitter threatens to remove critical features third-party developers have used to build their apps,’s attitude on the matter is the complete opposite. Because of this and the reasons I mentioned above, I am really looking forward to what and the community creates moving forward.

More info on

  1. This is free with a $5 hosted micro blog. Otherwise, it’s a $2 per month add-on. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fatherboard Episode 008: The Next Oil Industry


Dad and I talk Apple Pay Cash, iMac Pro, Lance’s new MacBook Pro keyboard, Net Neutrality, and a special giveaway!


  • Intro: Brian Setzer’s Christmas Show
  • Apple Pay Cash and Competitors
  • iMac Pro Recap
  • Apple Acquires Shazam
  • Lance’s MacBook Pro gets new keys
  • More thoughts on HomePod
  • FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules
  • Mozilla’s misguided ‘Mr. Robot’ plugin
  • Giveaway: Anker PowerCore 13000


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Giveaway: Anker PowerCore 1300

If you’re just joining us, I started an Apple-centric personal tech blog earlier this year called Gaddgict. I have since changed the site’s name to One-Tech Mind, which I feel better exemplifies myself and my aspirations. I also started [Fatherboard](, the official podcast for One-Tech Mind with my Dad (also technically-minded). We actually have a new episode coming out today, so it’s a perfect time to subscribe.

Approaching the end of the year, I wanted to share with you a few of my top posts, along with a little giveaway to celebrate.

Top Posts


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Now for the good part! I’m giving away a really fantastic way to keep your iPhone (and other devices) charged on the go: (1) Anker Powercore 13000. Make sure you enter for a chance to win.


  • Winner: Randomly selected after Giveaway has ended, up to 1 winner.

  • Requirements for participation:

    • Resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
    • Follow @OneTechMind on twitter. And hey, if you don’t like my stuff, no hard feelings if you unfollow me later!
    • 18+ years of age (or legal age)

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fatherboard Episode 007: Oh No, It’s A Mac


Dad and I discuss Apple’s multiple software bugs this past week, iOS 11.2 and Apple Pay Cash, HomePod delay, how Gaddgict became One-Tech Mind, and more! This episode (and all going forward) includes MP3 chapters thanks to Marco Arment’s Forecast tool. Thanks, Marco! To see them, listen to Fatherboard in Overcast.


  • Intro: House of Blues
  • Apple software bugs or “Bug Week”
    • I Am Root vulnerability
    • I Am Root patch caused another bug for some
    • December 2 notification bug
  • iOS 11.2 and Apple Pay Cash
  • E-Mail is a Necessary Evil
  • Mom’s MacBook Pro Update
  • HomePod delay & Future Siri
  • Trouble Paying iPhone Screen Replacement Fee
  • Gaddgict becomes One-Tech Mind
  • USC wins PAC-12 Championship (may include minor Stanford bashing).


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Welcome to One-Tech Mind

Finding My Way

I’ve always wanted to do something creative with my technical knowledge, but I never came up with a compelling enough idea to put myself to task. I always thought that if I could just think of the perfect name for whatever my thing was going to be, that it would just hit me. That’s exactly what happened with Gaddgict.

I remember waking up one day this past April with the name in my head. It sounded perfect, or so I thought. Inspired by the mainstays of tech blogging and/or podcasting (e.g. John Gruber, Jason Snell, Marco Arment, Walt Mossberg, Jim Dalrymple, Dave Mark, and others), I decided to start a tech blog — in 2017 — employing an ‘if you build it, they will come’ sort of approach.

Harnessing the ‘move fast and break things’ adage, I jumped right into it. I had considered a few other names before making sure Gaddgict was the best choice. 1 Before I knew it, I bought the domain, spun up a server, and designed the logo in the car during a road trip to the Bay Area.

I have learned a ton in the past seven months since Gaddgict launched, but something kept nagging me about the name. Now, I love a good portmanteau, 2 but Gaddgict didn’t seem to fit with what I’m trying to accomplish with my writing. It also didn’t sound as credible to me as I am striving to be. Plus, there were other … marketing problems: the portmanteau gets lost when verbalized, I’d have to spell it out letter by letter, it’s hard to remember, need I say more. Suffice it to say, I decided ’Gaddgict’ as a brand wasn’t a good fit.

Perhaps one day Gaddgict will find its true purpose.

Why One-Tech Mind?

For three summer breaks during my High School years, I interned at the technical trade school my Dad worked for. He wore a few hats there, but lastly served as the IT Manager. During my first summer there, while learning DOS commands and installing Windows 98, I was obsessed with building my first [gaming] computer from scratch. I scoured the Fry’s ad on Friday and checked Newegg constantly, desperately trying to piece together the perfect budget-friendly rig.

I wouldn’t stop once we left work, because for me, this subject matter wasn’t work. On our drives home, I continued to be a broken record full of “what ifs” and “what do you thinks”, most likely driving my Dad crazy. Suffice it to say, my Dad has always said I have a one-track mind. It’s true — I am incredibly obsessive by nature. Once I get locked on a subject, good luck pulling me away from it. That has always been the case with technology.

No name could ever reflect who I am better than One-Tech Mind. I grew up on computing towards the end of the DOS days and look incredibly forward to each new step we take towards the future of computing — in whichever shape it takes form.

Thanks for joining me for the ride. There’s plenty more to come.

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  1. Narrator: It wasn’t. 
  2. Hopefully you got it (gadget + addict). 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fatherboard Episode 006: UPS Guy Hunting


After brief woes on the Dodgers, we dig into our amazing experiences using iPhone X over the past week ahead of Lance’s forthcoming review.

Note: In this episode, we may have accidentally said the phone has been out for two weeks, when it really has been one.


  • iPhone X
    • Pick Up/Delivery Experiences
    • Design
    • Screen
    • Gestures
    • Face ID
    • Other
  • Other
    • A [?] bug
    • Apple’s AirPower mat may cost $199.
    • A $12,000 Beatles Jukebox


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fatherboard Episode 005: Since You Exited The Womb


My Dad and I talk iPhone X launch expectations, our final color choices, MacBook keyboard problems, the direction of the MacBook, and more.


  • Quick early detour:
    • My favorite ‘newer’ band: The Dear Hunter
    • Our Dodgers are in the World Series! (condolences to John Gruber and the Yankees)
  • iPhone X
    • Launch expectations
    • Apple iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approval process
    • Our final color choices
    • “What if the iPhone 8 Plus is better than the iPhone X?”
  • Mac
    • My Mom is getting her first Mac (she doesn’t know it yet)
    • What is Apple doing with the MacBook line?
      • Touchbar hasn’t found its calling
      • Growing butterfly key mechanism issues
  • Google Pixel 2XL Screen Issues
  • Essential Phone now priced at $499


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fatherboard Episode 004: Appearing Out Of Thin Air


Join us for discussion of iPhone 8 reviews and thoughts, more on iPhone X, and a recap of Lance’s Watch Series 3 review (spoiler alert: it’s the best Watch yet).


  • iPhone X Follow-Up
  • iPhone 8 review coverage
    • More on the A11 Bionic chip
    • Lack of lines at Apple Stores
    • Glass-back design
  • iPhone X
    • Launch production quantity reportedly hovering around 12M units.
    • Space Gray vs. White/Silver
  • Digressions about music.
  • Lance’s Apple Watch Series 3 Review
  • Waiting on more HomePod and iMac Pro info

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fatherboard Episode 003: It’s The Ferrari Of The iPhone


We’re back with an in-depth discussion about everything Apple announced at their September 2017 keynote. Oh yeah, and we now have an intro theme!


  • Apple Park and Steve Jobs Theater
  • Angela Ahrendts’s keynote debut and Apple Stores as Town Squares.
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple TV 4K HDR
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X
  • New accessories.
  • Surprises and offline discoveries.

For a more detailed expansion on these show notes, refer to Lance’s Key Notes for the event.

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