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Containers on L.A. Trains Being Robbed

January 19, 2022

Is this nuts or what? No, I don’t mean Inside Edition doing some actual serious reporting, but rather that not much is being done by L.A. police to stop it. The laws that trivialize theft of this nature don’t factor in all of time, effort, energy and expense that a…

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How Much Memory Does My MacBook Pro 14″ Need?

November 8, 2021

Ten days ago I decided to replace my aging 27″ iMac Pro with the 14″ model of the new MacBook Pros for 2021. Knowing that my needs have changed, and my preference was to have a laptop that I could take anywhere with me as I traveled around, I opted…

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Signal and Cellebrite … the Controversy Continues

May 16, 2021

If you care about privacy and the security of your communications, Signal app is likely already on your phone, tablet or computer. If not, it should be and you should be using it. Some time ago I became troubled that Cellebrite, an Israeli “digital forensics” tool, was law enforcement and…

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How I See Today’s Facebook

March 17, 2021

Sad, but true.

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National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Final Report Has Been Published

March 2, 2021

It’s finally published. This report is a stunning body of work and emphasizes the overwhelming need the United States has to be a (the?) dominant player in artificial intelligence (AI). National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Final Report

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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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