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The Ugly Operating System Theme

Operating systems have changed significantly over the last few decades. From capabilities to release cycles to dependence on internet connectivity, the operating systems we use today are a far cry from those we used in the early 2000’s. In most ways, they’ve become more useful. But there are a few regressions, in my opinion. Among…

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The Perils of Sandboxing

One of the common security mechanisms in modern operating systems is called sandboxing. This is where the operating system confines each app to its own “sandbox” so that it can’t affect the rest of the system. From a security standpoint, this is excellent. If an app is infected, it can only pee in its own…

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Trying out the iPad

My wife recently bought a new iPad Mini and gave me her old 6th generation iPad to play with. I was intrigued by the idea of a simple lightweight mobile device I could take on the go without the need for a laptop. So I reset the iPad, connected to my iCloud account and installed…

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Holiday Giveaway

It can be really difficult to find a good book. More specifically a book that suits your preferences as a reader. And it’s not because such books do not exist. They do. But we lack a method of categorizing books in a way that describes what people like about them. Sure, we have genres and…

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Slightly Less Vintage

Sometimes needs dictate choices. Like when your car becomes more expensive to maintain than a new car payment or when you switch careers and suddenly need a collection of suits. In my most recent case, it came down to Markdown editors and noise. I was (and still am) very fond of my Power Mac G4…

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How to Use a Laptop

I know it sounds funny. How do you use a laptop? Just open the lid and go for it, right? Sure, that’s one approach. But I think a lot of laptop owners have only considered one use case. In the early days of personal computing, we had desktops. That was it. You sat at a…

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