The Fits-and-Starts Edition Monday, September 6, 2021

Why You Might Not Be Returning To The Office Until Next Year, by Coral Murphy Marcos, New York Times

Executives say their rationale for the long delay is twofold: In addition to wanting to keep employees out of harm’s way, they are seeking an end to the roller coaster of anticipated return dates and further delays. The fits and starts make it difficult for employees to plan, and the hope is that a far-off return date will not need to be adjusted yet again.


“Within a company, a C.E.O. can say: ‘Our company, our culture, our business. We need to be together, we need to be in the office, this is the date,’” said Mary Kay O’Neill, a senior health consultant at Mercer Consulting Group. “And then our friends in H.R. are like, ‘How are we going to do that?’”

Wallets Are Over. Your Phone Is Your Everything Now., by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

But the real story is in the progress of the holdouts: the driver’s licenses, work IDs and other keys that have struggled to make the leap to the screen. Those cards, the remaining ones in the small stick-on wallet on the back of my phone, are getting ready for their digital debut, too.

But do we want so much of our lives—and our personal information—tied to one battery-dependent device? Let’s ID the issues.

Apple's Strategy To Fight Off Antitrust Regulators: Fix The App Store One Rule At A Time, by Kif Leswing, CNBC

But looking at App Store history, it's likely that Apple will continue to push in private negotiations and public lobbying for smaller, non-structural changes to the App Store that address some complaints but does not change its control over iPhone software.


After A Year, How Well Is Your Apple Watch Solo Loop Holding Up?, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

In the Apple Watch community, a user asked about the elasticity/shape after some time of wearing a Solo Loop band. At first, I thought I was going to read something like “mine is a bit loose,” or “mine looks perfect since day one” but as a matter of fact, I saw many reports of Apple Watch Solo Loop bands with micro-tears or tearing apart.

Satechi Aluminum Stand & Hub Review: Transform iPad Pro Into A Mini Workstation, by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider

The Satechi Aluminum Stand & Hub combines a compact stand with a handful of ports to achieve a minimalist iPad Pro desk setup.

How I Saved Money On HomeKit Smartbulbs With Philips Wiz And A Raspberry Pi, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The Wiz-plus-Homebridge approach isn't going to be for everyone—whether you buy the HomeKit-compatible meross bulbs you decided to skip or just use Google or Alexa rather than HomeKit to tie all of your accessories together, there are certainly simpler and more user-friendly options out there. But this was a quick, easy, and fun DIY project that helped me integrate my cheap new bulbs with my expensive old ones and made an old Raspberry Pi useful again. Homebridge proved to be a functional little piece of smart-home software that's a good fit for lots of different kinds of projects.

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Speaking of fits-and-starts, the Singapore government today did a small u-turn on the opening up -- no 'social interactions' allowed at work -- and suggested more u-turns may be coming.

And I am now tired about being tired.


Thanks for reading.