My morning beverage is always coffee. It used to be tea before I moved away for college. Today it feels like it should be hot chocolate but coffee it is.

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Wireless CarPlay Adapter impressions

Thinking about our inevitable port-less iPhone future and with my frustrations at lightning cables seemingly not lasting in my car very long, causing carplay connection frustration, I asked for, and received a Carlinkit 2.0 Wireless CarPlay Adapter for Christmas.

Truth be told, I was slightly skeptical that this would work. Especially as the various Amazon listings mention specific cars and none of them were mine (2020 Subaru), but given how easy Amazon returns are, I had little to lose.

First impressions… very easy to setup. Plug it in to my car, turn on car, and follow instructions on screen. Besides one hiccup - it told me to connect to the wrong bluetooth name, but that was easy to address.

Longer term use. WOW! I love carplay, and always use it when available, but this makes carplay magical. It can be a little slower to connect than wired, but it always connects unlike my experience with wired carplay.

The only downside is the lack of charging. I do have an older Qi charging vent mount, but I might move that to my wife’s car and get a magsafe charging mount “soon”. Maybe for my birthday?

Who among us hasn’t been tempted to build their own fiber ISP?

Finished Happy Isles from the Magic Puzzle Company. Everything it promised to be. The Mystic Maze is next when we switch with my in-laws :)

Starting Happy Isles after dinner. I kickstarted all 3 and spread the other 2 to family members for Christmas.

Did any other dads start losing their t-shirts to their daughters at 11yo or am I just lucky?

At home test #3 of… 6 I think? Easy nasal swab and blood spot card. Results in a day or two.

Today Melissa made Baklava. Best I’ve ever had!

I dread to imagine what my year in beer would be like if I actually checked in every time :)

The amazing conversion statistics to potential season ticket holders for the Free Jacks makes me think that Rugby might have some staying power in the US after all. Can’t wait to get to union point in 2021!

I’m not sure if I’m feeling more excitement or hopefulness… but I have purchased my “Founding member” season ticket for the Free Jacks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Abby is selling Girl Scout Cookies

So many things wrong here. An “emergency communications channel” protected by a widely shared username and password? Unauthorized use perhaps, but not hacking. And if you do have shared credentials, not rotating them after a high profile firing is insane. #zerotrust #authenticateallthethings

The downside of replacing all CO/Smoke detectors with nest protect 7 years ago… the sticker shock of replacing them all at once when they expire. Fortunately Nest/Google replaced 4 under warranty, so it’s only the big hit for 6 which had a sale on this past week.

Not quite consolidation but closer to what I need

Well, it is possible to move email addresses between AppleIDs. I had 2 AppleIDs, 1 for purchases/messages/facetime and one for everyth’ng else (iCloud). I didn’t want to delete either account (losing purchases or iCloud data) but I wanted the email address that was the purchasing appleid as a “also reachable” email address on my “primary” iCloud account so that I could use things like messages in the cloud and apple pay via messages. After pulling my hair out at several points, this is how I accomplished it.

  1. log in to appleid.apple.com with the purchasing apple id.
  2. use the “rename appleid” option to pick another valid email address. Having a vanity domain makes this simple :). Verify it.
  3. ON ALL DEVICES log out of the old purchasing/messaging apple id. This is where I stumbled as I have more devices signed in than I realized and thought I’d caught all of them.
  4. log in to appleid.apple.com with the primary icloud account
  5. add an “reachable at” email address with the old email address and verify it.
  6. log into app store on all the devices with the renamed purchasing appleid.
  7. log into messages and FaceTime on all the devices with the primary iCloud account.
  8. Turn on messages in the cloud on all the devices.
  9. Blog it.

I’ve never been much for stickers on laptops or iPads until recently. I’ve been collecting stickers for my next iPad but then M1 macs happened…

Hey, @vincent - any chance of releasing the iOS version of Gluon for Apple Silicon macs? :) Pretty Please?

I’ve given up on Apple ever allowing you to consolidate Apple IDs, but apparently you can’t even move an “additional” email address between AppleIDs?

I spy a #wickedawesomescout in that group. Pack 27 representing!

Congrats Alex! A crazy year, but a good school one so far! #GoodNewsCallOfTheDay

The LA Times agrees with me that early Christmas decorations are 💯👌this year.

I know her! #proudparent

I know it’s only November, but holiday decorations bring me joy and if it lifts the dreary cloud for one other person it’s worth it :)

Alex is selling popcorn for his cub scout pack. Yummy stuff with free delivery for online orders cough cough