Moving Towards a Unified Port Future

In late 2016, Apple released an update to its popular MacBook Pro. Two key features were the replacement of the functions keys by the Touch Bar, and the simplification of the available ports. Gone are MagSafe, SD card readers, USB Type A, and HDMI. In their place you’ll find four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one audio port. There were both proponents and detractors for both of these changes, and often much angrier than I think they should be.

Tech Adoption

This month on #startYourShift, we’re talking about Tech Adoption. I find this topic fascinating personally, since during my career I’ve been accused of both adopting technology too quickly, and of being a wet blanket by blocking the implementation of the new and shiny. Let’s take a look back at some of them, as well as my personal viewpoint on tech adoption.

The Power of the Web

Our industry has been embroiled in a battle of ideals. On one side you have the native app advocates, and on the other, those pushing the web forward as an alternative (or supplement) to native apps. I don’t know if the folks that run #startYourShift had this debate in mind when they selected this months topic, but it’s the lens I’m going to use. This months topic: “What do you think is the most powerful characteristic of the web?”.