Colin Devroe

Senior Vice President Condron Media

Reverse engineer. Blogger. Investor. Photographer Hiker. Kayaker.

Recent posts

Whiskey Bacon reviews Blue Apron

Team Whiskey Bacon tears into Blue Apron and lists 10 things they hate about it. I agree with many of their points, especially #2 and #6 on their list and that Blue Apron is not for those that know their way around the kitchen. We tried Blue Apron for a time. It was an interesting […]

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What I saw this week #33: February 17, 2017

Oristand – Want to try a standing desk? This is a pretty inexpensive and portable way to try it. Houdiniopoly – A local Houdini Museum is creating a boardgame and kickstarted the idea. They’ve already met their goal. Video: MSFT’s hardware testing center – Cool behind-the-scenes look at one of Microsoft’s facilities. Drones over Dubai […]

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Information water torture

Emily Lakdawalla, on taking a writing sabbatical: I feel less and less satisfied doing rushed news-update-style reporting, and am more interested in spending more time to explain science or engineering in depth, in articles that will be useful over time, not just this week. (I am really enjoying writing the book, when I can find […]

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The music for Stagehand

I linked to this post in #32 but, just in case you missed it, I’m linking to it properly because I believe it deserves it. Cabel Sasser, on creating the intro song for Stagehand: There was no way I was gonna be able to put a “live” version of the song together by myself. I’m basically musically […]

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Attending February’s NEPA.js meet up

NEPA.js is quickly becoming my favorite tech-related event to attend. On Monday night at the Scranton Enterprise Center a solid group of attendees listened and shared in Jason Washo’s presentation on whether or not to handwrite or generate JavaScript through transpiling. Jason is a big believer in transpiling JavaScript but he kept his presentation balanced […]

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Live streaming video, by the numbers

Dan Kimbrough: Facebook makes sense as the leader. More people use Facebook than YouTube. And by that, I mean we consume a lot on YouTube, most of its traffic is viewing videos, not creating. I think that most companies and influencers have a big enough audience that they can stream anywhere and their followers will…follow. […]

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David Mead: “Why is Feedly so hard to use?”

David Mead writes about Feedly: There seems no way to see all your feeds in one place, and mange them accordingly. Everything has to be a “collection”. Those only show a few on the screen at any one time. So you have to keep expanding and collapsing boxes to make simple changes. It got to […]

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What I saw this week #32: February 13, 2017

I missed publishing this on Friday so I’m publishing it today. Roper Game Prototype – Mary Rose Cook showing off again. Maja Kuczyńska wind freestyle – Humans shouldn’t be able to move like this. VSauce – I scour YouTube daily for new subscriptions. I’m always amazed that I can stumble across a previously unknown channel […]

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Post filtering fixes at Homebrew Website Club

Last night Tucker Hottes, Den Temple and I held the first Homebrew Website Club at The Keys in Scranton, PA. I really appreciate that HWC will force me to set aside some time to work on my personal site since it is often neglected for more pressing projects. During HWC I began trying to fix […]

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Josh Ginter on Instagram pressure

Josh Ginter re: my Instagram pressure post: I tried to fix this by unfollowing just about everyone I know personally and following as many talented photographers as I could find. The result of that decision: enormous inspiration to get out of the house and travel, but also to a confidence-shattering reflection on my own photos. […]

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What I saw this week #31: February 3, 2017

Short list this week. Video: Apple Campus flyover – Getting closer to being complete every month. Video: Matt D’Avella’s YouTube channel – Friend, former collaborator on many projects, and Director of Minimalists. ASCII weather – You can also pull this in via curl. Complete collection of Wii games – That’s a lot of Wii games. YouTube […]

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iPad sales

Marco Arment posits the idea that, maybe, the iPad isn’t the future of computing based on the fact that sales are down year-over-year again. He writes: What if, like so much in technology, it’s mostly just additive, rather than largely replacing PCs and Macs, and furthermore had a cooling-fad effect as initial enthusiasm wore off and […]

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Chris Aldrich on Instagram pressure

Chris Aldrich: While in some sense I do miss the beautiful Instagram feeds of yore when it was mostly professionals, it’s more interesting now with friends who use it to capture small snippets of their lives. It seems he has had the opposite experience to the one I mentioned in my previous post; that it […]

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Scranton’s first Homebrew Website Club

Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting the first Scranton-based Homebrew Website Club at Condron Media‘s headquarters on Penn Avenue. There are other locations HWC will be happening on that day too. If you have your own site and I you care to work on it in anyway at all please do stop by. Homebrew Website Club is not […]

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Instagram pressure

Kevin Weil, Instagram’s head of product, within a piece by Kurt Wagner for Recode regarding Instagram: “It became a place where people kept raising the bar on themselves in terms of the quality of what they had to achieve to post,” explained Kevin Weil, Instagram’s head of product, who has been working to fix this […]

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Observations about flying a DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Maria Langer, professional helicopter pilot, blogger and Twitter friend, got her DJI Mavic Pro on nearly the same day as I got my DJI Phantom 4 Pro. She’s taken the time to write down her thoughts on the experience and so I thought I’d quote her post since she and I agree on our first […]

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My drone pre-flight checklist

Since I shared my hiking checklist I thought I’d also share my always-a-work-in-progress drone pre-flight checklist. Not every question on this applies to every single situation and some of these rules you may be willing to bend or break depending on the circumstances. But, having a checklist may help to reduce the number of mistakes […]

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What I saw this week #30: January 27, 2016

Flexbugs – Described as “A community-curated list of flexbox issues and cross-browser workarounds for them.” Video: Hovering a helicopter is hard – I’ve been going back through Smarter Everyday’s archive. An inverted aquarium – Mindblown fish. Tips for new drone owners – I re-read my own piece since I just picked up a Phantom 4 Pro. […]

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Dreamhost supports Micro.blog

Jonathan LaCour, SVP, Product & Technology at Dreamhost: We’d like to make it as easy as possible to launch a WordPress-powered microblog on DreamHost that integrates well with Manton’s upcoming Micro.blog service. In order to support that mission, DreamHost is kicking in a $5,000 pledge to the Kickstarter. Nice move Dreamhost.

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How we got Linux on Windows

Brian Jepson writing about the Windows Subsystem for Linux: But there’s a lot more going on. First, WSL is really a new infrastructure for Windows that implements a Linux kernel-compatible ABI (Application Binary Interface). It allows Windows to run unmodified ELF-64 binaries, and is distribution-agnostic. When you configure it, WSL downloads and runs an (unmodified!) […]

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