Devin Reams wearing a teal shirt in front of a teal sign that says 'trouble'

Howdy! I’m Devin. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial. I’m a technologist living in Denver, Colorado.

Forbidden City Starbucks

The Starbucks in the Forbidden City (China) was closed. I think I’m going to make myself a t-shirt and try to sell it. “I went to the Forbidden City and all I got was this lousy latte.” But seriously, I went to that Starbucks and now nobody else will be able to. Crazy.

Community Next in California

I was up at 4:00am, on a plane by 6:00am and on CalTrain by 8:00am. Now I’m hanging with Noah in downtown Mountain View for Community Next tomorrow.

What are your strengths?

Ryan pointed to the very cool online quiz (slash hardcover book) called Strengths Finder 2.0. It’s a great tool (over 150 questions) that helps you determine what you should really focus on.

T-Mobile @ Home

Amongst all the noise surrounding the iPhone last week, did anyone notice slash care about the announcement of T-Mobile @ Home? Free calls when originated in a WiFi hotspot? Excellent.

Checking email at designated times

I’ve thought a lot (more) about how I operate since reading The 4-Hour Workweek. One big part of my life, and probably everyone’s reading this, is email. It was almost like a game refreshing Gmail, trying to spot the elusive ‘Inbox – (1)‘. I’ve stopped playing that game! I suggest you do, too.

Chasing Daylight

From the flap: “At 53, Eugene O’Kelly was in the full swing of life. Chairman and CEO of KPMG .. he enjoyed a successful career and drew happiness from his wife, children, family and close friends…Then in May 2005, Gene was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and given three to six months to live. Just like that.”

Are we far too male-centric?

Are we far too male centric? Recently I’ve noticed how much wives put up with. From Eugene O’Kelly to Evan Almighty. And that’s just yesterday. It may sound naive but why are we still so very male-centric? Discussion at 9rules.

Viddler + MeToday = iPhone

I didn’t wait in line for an iPhone today. Largely because I’m on a great MyFaves Family Plan at T-Mobile. Oh, and I love my Pearl. But, today I’ve started something I attempted to do back in January: a daily video blog. Why? a) I hate failing and b) my favorite guys at Viddler are having a drawing to win an iPhone. Go get the details here. Watch me every day right here.

I’m worried too…

Danah Boyd has written some awesome papers. Her latest on social class and online social networks came to a good (tangent) point: With the hegemonic teens, I’m very worried about the stress that they’re under, the lack of mobility and healthy opportunities for play and socialization, and the hyper-scheduling and surveillance. I’m worried about their unrealistic expectations for becoming rich and famous, their lack of work ethic after being pampered for so long, and the lack of opportunities that many of them have to even be economically stable let alone better off than their parents. I’m worried about how locking teens indoors coupled with a fast food/junk food advertising machine has resulted in a decrease in health levels across the board which will just get messy as they are increasingly unable to afford health insurance.

What’s in a name?

Andre wrote an interesting article on naming products yesterday. This is where I step in and argue the opposite: names don’t matter.