TKC 439 Darlene’s 2016 Technology Review

My Wife Darlene 

Interview ‪starts at 12:28 and ends at 44:58

“What’s great about Audible is you still get to hear a story. You’re not reading it, but you’re still getting a story. And for me sometimes when I get stuck on stuff in my studio, it’s just keeping me in the room long enough to get past it. And Audible does that.”


“Alexa Devices Top Amazon Best-Seller List This Holiday – Millions of Alexa Devices Sold Worldwide” – press release December 27, 2016

“Amazon Has ‘Best Ever’ Holiday” at Forbes – December 27, 2016

“Not Everyone Shops on Amazon. Who Knew?” at WSJ What’s News podcast – December 30, 2016

“Amazon workers sleep in tents near firm’s Scottish depot to avoid travel costs” by Tom Mendelsohn at Ars Technica – December 12, 2016

“Here’s How Amazon is Flexing Its Muscle in Air Cargo” by Reuters at Fortune – December 23, 2016

“Amazon looks to the sky to store products” by Reuters at Yahoo Finance – December 29, 2016

“As We Leave More Digital Tracks, Amazon Echo Factors in Murder Investigation” at NPR – December 28, 2016

“Can Alexa help solve a murder? Police think so—but Amazon won’t give up her data.” by Amy B. Wang at The Washington Post – December 28, 2016


Interview with My Wife Darlene

Note: I took the photo of Darlene and Claire today in front of a quilt she is working on. It’s based on a photo of me and a sea lion taken during our trip to the Galapagos Islands last year.

“Is the Kindle Oasis Really Worth It?” – My YouTube review of the Oasis featuring “The Wife Test,” Darlene’s first impressions – April 27, 2016


Web page of Darlene’s quilting teacher, Susan Carlson

Amazon Echo and Dot


“These Ford Cars Will Soon Be Able to Talk to Amazon’s Alexa” by Reuters at – October 3, 2016

Spire breath tracker

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Comments 1

  1. Mary wrote:

    Your interviews with Darlene are always among my favorites. I agree with her that the covers for the Oasis are too dark. I have merlot and it just fades into anything dark making it hard to see. So when I got a new Apple product, it occurred to me that here was a use for one of the Apple decals you always get. I put it on the Oasis cover and always make sure to lay it down with that side up. I have not lost it since.

    Posted 01 Jan 2017 at 8:26 pm