Category Archives: personal

Report: Texans Suffering from Inequitable Broadband Access

Texas’ first-ever comprehensive, community-driven broadband internet analysis, which was released today, paints a dismal picture for those marginalized citizens who have to go without healthcare, economic opportunity, education and online communication due to broken infrastructure. Their testimony and stories are moving.

Hats off to my Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts colleagues for their work on this powerful report. I was excited to work on this, and being able to contribute was one of the most rewarding times of my career. Check it out, and press your lawmakers and communities to do more. 

The End of the iPod

After more than 20 years, one of the most iconic devices of all time is no more:

Over the years, Apple introduced multiple iterations of the iPod, including iPod mini, multiple versions of the iPod nano, the iPod shuffle, and the iPod touch ... Apple said that it is discontinuing the iPod because the iPod's capabilities have been built into the entire Apple product lineup, from the Mac to the iPhone to the Apple Watch.

My favorite iPod was the fourth generation model, released in 2004.

Apple’s Newsroom posts a farewell:

Music has always been part of our core at Apple, and bringing it to hundreds of millions of users in the way iPod did impacted more than just the music industry — it also redefined how music is discovered, listened to, and shared,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Today, the spirit of iPod lives on. We’ve integrated an incredible music experience across all of our products, from the iPhone to the Apple Watch to HomePod mini, and across Mac, iPad, and Apple TV. And Apple Music delivers industry-leading sound quality with support for spatial audio — there’s no better way to enjoy, discover, and experience music.

For those who missed it, it’s hard to describe how exciting this product line was for pre-iPhone era Apple fans. It truly changed the music buying and listening experience.

Sony World Photography Awards 2022 National & Regional Awards Winners

Sergio Carrasco

The National & Regional Awards supports photographers of all abilities worldwide and celebrates their achievements. Selected from entries to the Open competition, the National Award winners are given Sony digital imaging kit plus global and local exposure, the programme has rewarded more than 550 photographers and currently operates in 61 countries.