Link Mash (September 18, 2014),

The weekly Link Mash is a curated selection of tools, stories, and other links that I found during my travels on the web. All of my links can be found on my Pinboard; you can also find the Link Mash archives here.


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In the Bag

It’s 2:04am MST and I just bought my wife the iPhone 6.

She is contentedly sleeping away, of course; I told her earlier this evening that I wasn’t sure I could do it, but that I would give it a shot. That was a semi-fib; I was fairly confident all along that I could do it.1

I’m really excited for her. She has been so patient with her old2 iPhone 4S and, although excited about a future upgrade, wasn’t setting her mind on it.

iPhone 6 Purchase Success
What she’ll wake up to…

I don’t tell you all this to boast, dear reader. Rather, I am reminded of several colleagues of mine who wouldn’t dare let “the wife” get a new phone before they did; at best, they would give their wives their old phones and they would get the upgrade.

I don’t dig that perspective. My wife works so hard to help me in every possible way; the very least I could do is help her get something that she’ll enjoy – it doesn’t really matter to me that I no longer have the latest iPhone in the house. I love her and want this small gesture to show how much I appreciate her and all she does.

Now off to bed.


  1. The secret? Avoid apple.com like the plague and go straight for your carrier’s website. Since I was nice and tidy about it, Verizon let me right in. 
  2.  Complete first world problem, I know. I don’t mean to be disingenuous or disrespectful to people around the world who have real issues; rather, from our world view, I merely have the opportunity to reflect on my wife’s simple and content perspective. 

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Link Mash (September 11, 2014)

The weekly Link Mash is a curated selection of tools, stories, and other links that I found during my travels on the web. All of my links can be found on my Pinboard; you can also find the Link Mash archives here.


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→ Amazon Fire Phone Flickers Out, Now Sells For 99 Cents

Adrianna Lee with Readwrite:

A month and a half after it released, the company has discounted the price of the handset to 99 cents on contract. That’s a big discount—99.5%, to be exact—from the $199 price tag when Amazon announced the phone in June, just three months ago.

I love my iPhone. Before it, I loved my two Android devices. But to be completely honest, I was hoping that Apple and Google would receive some serious competition from Amazon. So much for that.

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