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I'm Roger Stringer, a DevOps engineer, full-stack developer, author, foodie, speaker, dad. Founder of Flybase.

Apple Park's Open Work Spaces


Jason Snell:

There’s a long piece by Christina Passariello about Jonathan Ive and the new Apple Park Campus over at _The Wall Street Journal_. It’s not quite an Ive profile and not quite an Apple Park piece, but something in between.

This bit leaped out at me:

The thousands of employees at Apple Park will need to bend slightly to Ive’s vision of the workplace. Many will be seated in open space, not the small offices they’re used to. Coders and programmers are concerned that their work surroundings will be too noisy and distracting. Whiteboards—synonymous with Silicon Valley brainstorming—are built into floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in the central area of each pod, but “some of the engineers are freaking out” that it isn’t enough, says Whisenhunt.

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy. Some of the initial resistance will be the natural human response to any change, of course. But beyond that, there will almost certainly be real issues with moving productive Apple employees out of their offices and into big white open-plan workspaces. It’s going to be a period of adaptation for everyone who works at Apple.

We moved to an aggressively open plan, with almost no offices, when I was at IDG. I think it worked for some people, but it definitely didn’t work for others. Sometimes I think people who work in fields where an open collaborative environment don’t understand that people in other fields (writers, editors, programmers) might not share the same priorities when it comes to workspaces.

Pressure Cooker Balsamic Chicken Breasts


I love my pressure cooker, and this is a dish that's one of my favorites.

What You Need

  • 1 package of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

How to Make it

  1. Mix the basil, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion, and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Add chicken to the mixture, be sure to cover the chicken in this sauce and set aside.
  3. Set your pressure cooker to Sauté, add the avocado oil and sauté the garlic, stirring frequently.
  4. Set your pressure cooker to the Poultry setting, add the chicken and sauce from bag to the existing avocado oil and garlic that is already in there.
  5. Close the lid, and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. When serving, sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top for a tasty treat.
  7. Serve with some rice and your favorite vegetable.

Rogers Smart Drive

Rogers Smart Drive

Rogers has just released their Smart Drive unit for tracking your driving and car status.

In a press release, Leroy Williams, Vice-President of Rogers Communications had this to say:

Consumers are looking for more ways to stay connected wherever they are. Of the 24 million cars on Canada's roads today, over three-quarters don't have Wi-Fi or any connectivity features.

We're excited to be the first carrier to introduce this kind of device to Canadians. Now, families can have peace of mind about their car maintenance and safety and can connect to the things and people they love worry-free.

I've spent the past week testing it out and other than one or two small annoyances, it's worked pretty well.

Setting it up is easy, you simply plug it into your car's ODB II (on-board diagnostics) port and let it connect to your cell provider via its onboard SIM card, then it starts tracking driving habits and how your car is doing.

With the Smart Drive installed, you can:

  • Track your car's location and set alerts to monitor vehicle speed
  • Turn your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices to a time (just remember, this uses your data)
  • Diagnose car trouble
  • Get maintenance reminders
  • Be alerted of disturbances, like being hit while parked
The mobile app contains quite of bit of info from each trip you do, making it handy.

The biggest annoyance is if you accidentally knock the unit lose when you get in or out of the car. This happened three times, once I was able to merge the new car into my existing car, but the other two times I had to completely start over with a new car and lose all previous history.

I can get past this though as it was my fault, I was the one who knocked the unit lose because I wasn't entirely paying attention as I got in or out of the car.

Actually, that's really the only annoyance so far. It's worked well for tracking my driving, or telling me how my car is doing.