Tincup Voice
First Principles
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
my 'simple vs complex' post touched some nerves. it shld have. if you’re starting w/ assumption ‘we need containers’, everything looks like an orch issue. why do you need containers? first principles, folks - me a short while ago on the twitr machine Why Do You Need Containers? Let’s cut right to the point: if you can’t clearly answer that question in one or two sentences, you don’t need containers.

Writing Break & Storyboard
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
Before I begin, I’m gonna say that break really isn’t the right word here. I’m not sure whether interruption is any better, but… I haven’t written here for nearly two weeks. My early summer committment to write daily has been ignored and I want to explore why that happened. It snowed and became bitterly cold for part of this period. I’ve grown to really dislike the cold - and snow in particular - as it impacts my mood & motivation level.

Voice and Platforms
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
Is voice a platform, vertical or simply an enabler for whatever is being provided or produced? Yes. It’s all of these. When I began work on Tincup Voice, I had no illusions about creating a general purpose voice-enabled platform like Siri or Alexa. It wasn’t intended as an input or interface for an on-demand task or query system. Not only was I specifically not interested in solving that problem - I was instead narrowly focused on creating an easy to use mobile transcription that generated editable posts - I knew that I’d need a huge amount of capital to realistically compete with existing voice platforms operated by two of the largest (read: deep-pocketed) companies on the planet.

How This Works
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
recorded on the iPhone using Tincup Voice in the safari browser Tincup Voice is pretty easy to use. You go to the web form on your iphone using safari, supply a post title, your user name and your email address and click the record button and begin speaking. Once you’re done speaking, you click the stop record button and the recording that you’ve just made is sent to S3 and from there is sent into the transcription service.

The Beach
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
Recorded on iPhone Using default Safari browser This transcription has been recorded literally on the beach. I am less than one hundred feet from the water, probably seventy feet from the water. I’m in a lounge chair at the resort in Playa Del Carmen and having a cerveza.  Life is good. - jbminn

Privacy and Trust
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ John Minnihan
Recorded on iPhone using the default safari browser. -- All right, here we go. This is a post about privacy and trust in the tech news. Actually, in the news news over the past twenty four hours have been two stories - three stories really, that I have got my attention. First is Facebook’s nefarious trickery in conning what sounds like minors into giving control of their phones to Facebook in exchange for twenty dollars a month.