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Personal Computers as a Niche

Posted in Computing, Hardware

I’m typing this post from a new MacBook Pro 13”, recently upgraded from my aging behemoth of a laptop, a discontinued 17” MacBook Pro that has eschewed retina screens and portable form factors for half …

Automatable Management

Posted in Computing, Management

If there’s any truth left to the cliche that middle management adds little more than bureaucracy and communication overhead to an organization, then Slack’s manager bot product should fix that market inefficiency pretty quickly. Status …

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Building a PC in 2016

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So I finally got all my parts to construct my PC after receiving the monitor a couple of weeks back. I’ve built PCs for upwards of 15 years now, and every time it’s been a …

Geolocated Breadcrumbs

Posted in Computing, Services

There’s an under-appreciated feature in iOS9 that reports on the amount of battery used by app over the last week or so. Casually browsing the list one evening, I noticed that the Moves app – …

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How Long Will we Keep Typing?

Posted in Computing, Technology

I’ve been playing through an old PC game – The Typing of the Dead: Overkill. It takes one of the campiest light-gun shooters (featuring zombies), and replaces shooting with the Wii-mote with typing out phrases …

Retina is Driving PC Hardware

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Nope, couldn’t do it. I took the new Macbook “upgrade” that I bought a few weeks ago back to the Apple store and told them that I’d stick with my 4-year-old battleship for now. Quick …

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Unlearning Keyboard Shortcuts

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Muscle memory is a powerful tool. I’m currently typing on a Kinesis Advantage keyboard. It’s yet another ergonomic keyboard, one those major difference – which contributes to its steeper learning curve – is in its …

4 Years Later, a Slower MacBook Upgrade

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I went out and got the new MacBook to try for a week or two. It is quite a wonder of hardware and industrial design: thin and light, cools completely passively (so no noisy fans), …