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My first foray into password management
— 11:28 PM on May 4, 2014

For Internet users, the week of April 6 was undoubtedly one of the most annoying and harrowing in recent history. OpenSSL's Heartbleed bug was simultaneously...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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For Valve, is the Steam controller both a blessing and a curse?
— 10:06 PM on April 10, 2014

As excited as we may be about Steam machines democratizing PC gaming in the living room, there's no question Valve's new platform will encounter some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices Game consoles

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Papa's got a brand-new, undead-proof European carryall
— 11:02 AM on October 16, 2013

So iPhone 5S and 5C mania has died down (although someone needs to tell the entrepreneurs on eBay), OS X Mavericks has yet to go...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

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A couple of months with Corsair's Vengeance M60 mouse
— 11:09 PM on July 19, 2012

It all started with a failing microswitch. It was the spring of 2011, and I was a perfectly contented MX1100 user. Logitech's latest high-end mouse had...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices

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Have Internet, will travel
— 12:00 AM on May 25, 2012

To borrow the first line from The Streets' magnificent A Grand Don't Come for Free, it was supposed to be so easy. After a brutally...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Personal tech

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I bought a Kindle Touch, and it's pretty great
— 10:30 AM on March 16, 2012

Almost a year ago today, I waved goodbye to the world of print books and got myself an Amazon Kindle 3. You might recall I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

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Six screens, one desk
— 6:32 PM on March 8, 2012

When I sit down at my desk in the Benchmarking Sweatshop, it feels like maybe I could tap into the Matrix. I've slowly added...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Displays

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Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks
— 10:23 AM on September 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer Preview available publicly without demanding so much as a Windows Live login name and password in return....

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Rediscovering reading with the Kindle
— 11:37 AM on March 18, 2011

Today, I finished my first book in a long, long time... probably years: On Writing by Stephen King. While King was one of my favorite...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

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Snooping Timbuk2's camera messenger bag
— 11:36 PM on March 10, 2011

For more than a decade, I lugged my notebook in a simple shoulder bag. I suppose you'd call it a messenger-style bag today, but...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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Gloss begone
— 7:57 PM on February 10, 2011

There are few things that I despise more than the predominance of polished plastics in today's notebooks. Glossy finishes are the single worst...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

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My iPhone 4 is awesome
— 7:58 PM on August 12, 2010

Well, I finally did it. After misguidedly buying what turned out to be a sub-par iPhone clone in 2008, then waiting almost five months...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech

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Wading into the smartphone world with a Palm Pre
— 11:37 PM on July 29, 2010

I severed my last land line about a decade ago, so I probably count as a reasonably early cell-phone adopter. Was I driven by a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Personal tech

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On the potential of HTML5
— 5:01 PM on February 5, 2010

By now, many of you must have looked at, or at least heard of, the experimental, HTML5 version of YouTube. And if you read...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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A few weeks with LaCie's iamaKey thumb drive
— 11:10 AM on July 7, 2009

USB thumb drives are everywhere. Heck, they've been everywhere for years. Never before have I see a new class of product become...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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Trying out Windows 7's XP Mode
— 3:04 PM on May 11, 2009

Late last month, Microsoft revealed plans to offer a free Windows XP virtualization solution to users of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. In a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Clip surgery!
— 4:28 PM on May 4, 2009

No, I'm not talking about getting your dog or cat fixed. I'm talking about the Sansa Clip MP3 player, and my recent foray into...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Personal tech

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Portable audio—then and now
— 3:58 PM on April 15, 2009

I recently acquired a Sansa Clip 4GB MP3 player (which, I might add, I'm quite happy with). After using it for a few weeks, I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Personal tech

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