September 20, 2017
by Frank McPherson Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bend The Knee

I continue to read of people being outraged by athletes who are kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Last year some NFL players started kneeling as protest and this year there are some college, high school, and younger players doing the same.

We can debate whether or not it is right for someone to exercise the rights the United States flag represents. However, it struck me that if we really wanted to get back at those taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem a way to do it is for all of us to kneel. 

After all, we stand all the time, it's not really doing anything special to stand during the national anthem. (I was taught to put my hand over my heart and yet that is rarely done and I don't hear people complaining!) Kneeling is not something we do all the time, and it would be special if we did all kneel. It's time to bend the knee!

Apple Updates

Looks like the Apple Watch Series 3 needs a tad bit of work. By the way, I think Joanna Stern does some of the best tech reviews. 

My iPad Pro and iPad Mini are now both running iOS 11. I've been running the beta on the Pro ever since it has been available and it has been working well for me. I had to nudge the upgrade to install on the iPad Mini by restarting the device after removing the iOS 10 beta profile. 

My Next Smartphone

I am keeping an eye on Nokia because I believe they may be selling reasonably priced phones with a clean version of Android. Yesterday we learned more about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and I am again disappointed by the pricing of $649 and higher. I wish Google would continue selling the original Pixels at a reduced price. I wonder how I would adjust to a smaller screen from the Nexus 6P?

I am also interested in the OnePlus 5, but I am less enamored by OxygenOS as it is not "pure" Android. Frankly, I've been spoiled by the quick updates made available to my Nexus 6P. 

In the mean time, I am considering wiping and re-building my Nexus 6P because it continues to get sluggish over periods of time after reboots. It is particularly frustrating when using the camera.