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Sniff…looks like my iMac is going to be “retired”

December 1, 2020

Today Apple added the first Retina 5k iMacs to its “vintage” product list. That means that parts availability will be OK until they run out, and then no longer supported for repair or Genius Bar support. See Apple Adds First iMac Models With Retina 5K Display to Vintage Products List…

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Voting in California

October 19, 2020

Wow…today is the day my wife and I decided to complete our vote and now we’ll drive it to the Orange County Registrar of Voters to deliver it personally (vs. using the on-purpose-slowed-down U.S. Postal service). We love our country and democracy and take our voting right as sacred, regardless…

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Web Stories: The Time Has Come

September 25, 2020

I’d be remiss if I did not bring to your attention to an accelerating trend sweeping over the web right now, and one I view as timely since our attention is being pulled in dozens of directions at once and there is simply too much content to consume! The trend…

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Should Free Speech Be For All Of Us, Or Only For Those Who Hold ‘Correct’ Opinions?

August 6, 2020

We are living in a time where the lines between free speech, and hate/fake news type speech, are blurring. Increasingly it seems that the arbiters of free speech are for-profit social media and search companies. As such, I now find myself deeply troubled by where we’re headed with what is,…

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It’s Hard to Believe I Once Used a Macintosh SE/30 for Page Layout and Other Critical Tasks

July 31, 2020

In January of 1989, Apple introduced the Macintosh SE/30, an upgrade to the SE model. This new one had a whopping 30 MBs (yes…that’s megabytes) as its hard disk drive. I bought one shortly after its introduction and thought I died and went to heaven to have that much storage…

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Um…seriously? You didn’t bother to back up?

June 14, 2020

It’s happened again: I’ve had yet another friend that lost everything on their phone when it was lost (or possibly stolen?). “Did you back it up,” I asked. He responded, “Don’t even go there…I hadn’t backed it up for almost a year.” He lost nearly ONE YEAR of photos, videos,…

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Helping Elderly Family & Friends with Online Communication

May 28, 2020

Over the last few years, I’ve written a few times about senior citizens and technology. There is no better time than right now to figure out how you can connect with those whom you love or care about (and not just seniors!) since there are a lot of lonely and…

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COVID-19 Shutdown – My Pros and Cons

April 30, 2020

You are probably like me right now: torn over the “should we or should we not?” question to open up our country during this pandemic. That question made me think deeply about my own views and what are my pros and cons: PRO SHUTDOWN On the one hand there were,…

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Virtual Backgrounds Online Can Be Cheesy, Professional & Fun

April 28, 2020

After I wrote the post Effective Green Screen Gear You Can Buy Inexpensively, many people asked me about where I get my virtual backgrounds for usage in Zoom so I’ve added links below. I thought I’d toss up a few screenshots of me using a few of the backgrounds I’ve downloaded.…

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It Sure is Great to Have ‘Hair on Fire’ Internet During a Pandemic

April 6, 2020

Check out the speed of our Cox Gigablast service in the image above. The speedtest on the left was a server on the Cox network close to my home, and the one on the right is a connection to a test server all the way across the country in New…

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COVID-19 and the ‘Wheat and Chess Board Problem’

March 20, 2020

I’m seeing so many people struggling with understanding why our nation (and other nations) are essentially in lockdown, especially when “more people die of flu” and “just a tiny few have been identified so far“. Do you understand how quickly the growth of a virus can move throughout humans? The…

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As Always, Be *Extremely* Cautious About Installing Browser Extensions

March 6, 2020

Browser extensions are fraught with danger — which is why I rarely use them — especially those extensions that request your permission to: Access your data for all websites Access browser tabs Access recently closed tabs Read and modify bookmarks Download files and read and modify the browser’s download history…

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