Fri 4/18/14 Nike Fires FuelBand Team

As reported by Nick Statt at CNET, Nike is getting out of the wearable technology business.

There’s increasing competition in the market for wrist-worn fitness trackers, and Nike’s digital app ecosystem, Nike+, has grown less reliant on wearables as smartphone sensors have improved. In other words, it makes less and less sense for Nike to stay in the hardware race when its physical wearables are not bottom-line needle movers, especially as companies like Apple and Google prepare to join the fray.

I am still not convinced Nike’s departure from wearable technology, means Apple is introducing a wristband in the near future. If anything Nike’s exit from wearable technology means they are receiving too much competition from the smartphones of today.

The writing was on the wall last year when Apple introduced the M7 motion co-processor for tracking movement data on the iPhone 5s. As I remember Nike was part of the announcement then, and they are still part of pitch now.

With a smartphone in everybody’s pocket, it is only a matter of time before the competitors play catchup with Apple and make fitness a priority. Nike would be wise to stick with making sneakers, and the software to track your run. No one needs another wristband to charge, when their cell phone can do fitness for them.

Thu 4/17/14 Stop Syncing a Folder in Your Dropbox

My first post on Egg Freckles covered how to sync almost any folder on your computer using Dropbox and symbolic links. I couldn’t imagine a reason why someone would want to put a folder in their Dropbox and not sync it, until Stephen Hackett asked the question.

Is there anyway for a folder to be in a Dropbox sync’d directory, but not synced itself, and reside only on the local disk?

The answer wasn’t available in 2010 but it is now, Selective Sync.

  1. Create a new folder inside your Dropbox folder in the same location of the folder you don’t want to sync.
  2. Rename the folder you just created to the name of the folder you don’t want to sync.
  3. Use Dropbox’s Selective Sync preference to disable syncing for the folder you just created.
  4. Watch the empty folder you just created disappear from your Dropbox.
  5. Now move the folder you don’t want to sync to the same location inside your Dropbox as the folder that just disappeared.

Dropbox will continue to ignore this folder until you either rename it, delete its ghost copy from the Dropbox website, or disable Selective Sync.

It turns out Stephen Hackett came up with the same solution for his iPod Photo Cache folder.

Wed 4/16/14 Verify Your Domain WHOIS Data

Earlier today on EggFreckles.net.

On Jan 1, 2014, ICANN imposed stricter rules on the verification of domain WHOIS data. The registrant contact details should be verified via a link sent to the registrant email address. This policy affects newly registered domains and changes in the registrant contacts of existing domains.

It seems that the current registrant WHOIS details of the eggfreckles.net and eggfreckles.com domains were not verified. Please follow the instructions in order to have the verification emails sent again. Thus, you will be able to verify the registrant WHOIS details of the domains.

Verify your domain WHOIS details when requested, or your web site will become unavailable. That does not mean just eyeballing it like I did. Even if your information is correct, and has always been correct, you have to hit a button. I expect to see many websites drop off the Internet this year due to registrant negligence.

Newton