Speak to Me…


One of the new features in the upcoming iPhone 4s is the Siri “assistant.” I don’t know if this will be the world-changing feature that Apple touts – Android has already had much of this functionality. That said, reports such as those at Ars Technica indicate that it will be at least as well integrated, […]

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So Long…


Not much to say that Apple hasn’t already said. The man is arguably one of the most important and influential people in his chosen fields. Yes, plural. He ushered in not just one revolution in his industry, which few enough manage to achieve, but multiple revolutions, in several industries, and in the lives of people everywhere. […]

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Moderation in All Things…


… even moderation. One of the hardest lessons I ever had to learn in my life – one I still struggle with daily, is that of realizing that usually, “Good enough” is just that. Good Enough. The problem of course lies in part that – at least in simple programs and math problems – there […]

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Time Spent With Lion


Things I like Auto-popup of authentication sheets at public wifi hotspots like Starbucks works great. Love the new spelling correction hints that let you see what it wants to do before autocorrecting it – giving you a chance to say no. Love the fact that you can now hold down a key to get the […]

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TextWrangler Reminder


If you’re getting started in programming, or you just need a way to sanitize text you copied before pasting it into a web editor, you will want to look at TextWrangler from the guys at Bare Bones Software. While the interface is considered dated by some, it still has one of the best grep-based multi-file search […]

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When do You Have to Buy Office?


One tool that no computer should be without is the one we typically call an “Office suite” – a collection of programs to manipulate words, numbers, and data so that we can present that information to other people. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, and Outlook are the gold standard for this. For years, companies spent […]

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Ha Ha Only Serious…


There’s an expression in the geek community, “ha ha, only serious,” that tells the listener that the previous parody, joke, etc., may have been intended to be humorous, but also includes a large degree of truth.  This comes up because I was explaining to a friend a large part of why “Like a D6” (that […]

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