Tips for using Dragon for Mac

I'm a huge fan of voice dictation. I first fell in love with Nuance NaturallySpeaking on the Windows platform. After I switched over to the Mac and purchased Dragon for Mac 4, I was sorely disappointed. The dictation quality was not near as good nor was the cursor handling. I quickly backpedaled trying to get... Continue Reading →

An evening in Vikingsholm

In the summer, this place is packed. The Vikingsholm parking lot is overloaded with cars on top of the $10 usage fee that goes to the state parks. What about in the fall, on a Tuesday, at 5 PM? The parking lot is empty. I don't mind the $10. It's actually complementary with the California... Continue Reading →

The 5 o’clock ride

Yes, it is true that it is always 5 o'clock somewhere. At this moment, it's 5 o'clock in Lake Tahoe, California. And yes, it's time to go out on the motorcycle. One of the key things I look for in a location is the 5 o'clock ride. What is the 5 o'clock ride? The 5... Continue Reading →

The Climb to Eagle Lake

Getting to Tahoe has been a journey. At first, I thought I wanted to live alone and rent an Airbnb. However, I'm so glad I rented a room from friends I know up here. I didn't know if I was going to have much time both during the day and collectively throughout my entire stay... Continue Reading →

Finding a new I-580

  I'm settling into week three (and I know I'm behind on two blogs) but I wanted to quickly capture the essence of my evening. It's different living in a small town. I've never spent a considerable amount of time in a place with less than 4 million people. Reno is the big city in... Continue Reading →

Farm Road 109

This is my first motorcycle ride back from the Sierras since moving to the East Bay and it was decidedly different in good and unexpected ways.  I did my first long ride in almost 3 years. That in and of itself is awesome. When riding I'm often a stickler for mileage as it helps place me... Continue Reading →

Mountains of gold – Highway 88

Autumn is in full swing! While there is not one chorus of yellow, orange, and red singing in unison across the mountainside like other years, all of nature is now is in the chorus. I've been tracking this Aspen tree sitting in the front yard since I got here. Each day its voice would be... Continue Reading →

Highway 89 – Crossing Monitor Pass

Ask any experienced photographer "what is the best camera?" and they will almost always tell you "the one you have with you." Having had a few solid point and shoots, a big SLR with interchangeable lenses, and a few iPhones I can now clearly see the wisdom in that statement. With the advent of Lightroom... Continue Reading →

The Squirrley Rear Sprocket

That rattle in the sprocket was really starting to worry me. Whenever I'd touch it before it always seemed solid. I called Santa Clara Cycle who recently (< 350 miles ago) put a new tire on it and they offered to look at it. I was 200 miles away and not really interested in trailering... Continue Reading →

Kingsbury Grade Run

Now with the motorcycle safely in the garage and most of my gear up here (minus my heated vest), it's time to go riding. I know at home I tend to like to have my heated vest once the temperature drops below 60°. Given that the air is considerably drier up here I'm thinking I'll... Continue Reading →

Retrieving the bike

So it's day two in Lake Tahoe. To say it was cold was an understatement. The morning started off in the low 20s. A friend of mine was traveling from South San Jose up to Lake Tahoe with a motorcycle trailer the day before I left. The good news is I didn't have to trailer... Continue Reading →

Finding Next

Ever have those callbacks to odd cult films in your childhood? Mr. Destiny is that movie for me. Every so often I come back to the scene where Michael Caine and James Belushi discuss how decisions and outcome affect the future trajectory of life. I always find it interesting how actions and reactions pave the... Continue Reading →

QuietCool Whole House Fan

I remember growing up in the South always having a whole house fan. It occupied a 2' x 2' hole in the ceiling usually upstairs. We almost never ran it in as a kid I remember thinking, "why do we have this contraption that we never use?" The switch to turn it on was high... Continue Reading →

The agile customer

As many of you know, I'm a big fan of agile methodology.  I've written much about agile software development at work.  A recent air travel  experience reminded me that agile isn't just about software.  People and experiences can be agile too.  In particular, savvy product owners know that customers can be agile too.  Allow me... Continue Reading →

It came upon the midnight clear

I remember that warm, summer night lying in my bed at camp just before midnight looking out at the thousands, no hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of stars just beyond the trees. All of camp was quiet. Not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse! The Sierras are a place I hold close... Continue Reading →

A second splash of fall color

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog. Working on the house took longer than expected. Writing blogs got hard with Dragon for Mac. I upgraded to Dragon Dictate for Mac version 6 hoping it would fix issues and I felt like it was a significant regression from version 5. Having the Mac... Continue Reading →

Ride on Nick…

We meet all sorts of people throughout our lives. Some people touch us for just a moment. Some people walk with us throughout a season. And a select few remain with us throughout our lifetime. Each person we meet broadens us as humans and deepens our connection with humanity. I met Nick online four years... Continue Reading →

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