Books, Covers, and Judging Them.


So – somewhere or other, again, I heard the expression “don’t judge a book by its cover!” Unbidden, the thought popped into my head. “Why not?” Much like Mike Rowe likes to go off on “work smarter not harder” as not only trite, but actively harmful, I realized that while there was a kernel of […]

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The Upcoming Fight Over Phone Payments


There’s an interesting battle developing related to the new “Apple Pay” feature introduced with the iPhone 6 series of phones. The Background Apple Pay uses a hardware feature called NFC, or near field communication. It’s a combination of antenna, radio, and identification chips that can only broadcast for extremely short ranges, and thus is incredibly […]

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Learning


Recently, an article was published on the effectiveness of taking notes by hand on paper vs. via typing/computer. I found it interesting in part because it reflects something that has been part of my learning and creative habits, that I always assumed were formed mostly by the unavailability of cheap portable computers, and the ready […]

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Exercise and Life


(Before starting, I’ll note that I had my friend, and fitness trainer Mike Bronco of Bronco’s Gym and the book Man School go over this to make sure I didn’t advise something utterly wrong. Any mistakes made here are utterly mine.) This post is a change of pace. Usually I talk tech, the computers and […]

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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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