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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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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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Technology way out in the wild
— 5:18 PM on August 3, 2011

Warning: the following is not, under any circumstances, to be considered an in-depth review or technical article. I've got a rather major one of...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing

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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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A few months with Acer's Aspire 1810TZ budget ultraportable notebook
— 4:38 PM on March 18, 2010

About a year and a half ago, I bought an Eee PC 1000HA as an experiment of sorts. Both batteries for my aging 14"...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing

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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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The pool wants you!
— 9:52 AM on November 25, 2009

As Chicago said back in 1970, does anybody really know what time it is?...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Linux-Unix Networking

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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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HP's LP2475w monitor: IPS at a bargain price
— 11:08 AM on December 4, 2008

Those who follow my blog may have some idea of the trouble I've encountered trying to replace my aging (and dimming) 20.1" Viewsonic VX2025wm with...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays

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Microsoft's free photo stitching tool is very slick indeed
— 2:15 PM on September 24, 2008

A few weeks ago on a backpacking trip, I took a stack of pictures to stich together for a dramatic panoramic shot. Or rather,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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IE8 and why the IE team still can't code its way out of a wet paper bag
— 9:41 AM on March 6, 2008

Look, I'm sorry. I'm sure Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is full of smart, passionate, and talented people. But their latest effort, the Internet Explorer 8...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

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