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The free software movement tries to hack the law

And open source what happens when advocates try to make free software business-friendly. Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast: Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman tells us about her book Coding Freedom and the time she spent among the Hackers, “Chris” makes his … Continue reading

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Getting out of the office

Monitoring software lets employers keep an eye on their remote workers, with keyloggers to see what’s on their screens and cameras to watch them in their home offices. That’s both wrong and bad for business, says David Heinemeier Hansson, a … Continue reading

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AT&T: What Is ‘open source,’ anyway? →

Me, Light Reading: Companies evaluating open source technology need to be careful that they get all the open source benefits. That’s sometimes tricky, which is why AT&T has defined “three key characteristics of open source software that we consider paramount,” … Continue reading

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The Singularity is a white person’s problem

Rich white folks worry about the Singularity, but AI is already making problems for the rest of us. Kate Crawford, The New York Times: According to some prominent voices in the tech world, artificial intelligence presents a looming existential threat … Continue reading

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This crazy doodle is the shortest possible path through every zip code in the U.S.

Robert Kosara, a research scientist at data visualization software company Tableau, has been solving puzzles using the US’s nearly 4,2000 ZIP codes for years, writes Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post. Kosara had a question: What would it look like if you … Continue reading

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Science fiction writer Jerry Pournelle is possibly the first author to write a novel on a word processor

Word processing has transformed the way writers work, a transition from typewriters to electronic writing that happened in a  few short years, starting in the mid-70s and ending by 1984 and 1985. The transition has been largely overlooked by literary … Continue reading

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Latest Mac OS X El Capitan update (but one) leads to freezups

I thought it was just me. I’ve been experiencing occasional freeze-ups for a while now. Everything locks up. The clock stops, and the mouse cursor won’t move. I need to do a cold restart.

This is the first mention I’ve seen that other people have had a problem. I’ve suspected a hardware glitch – which is annoying, because my MacBook Air is about a year old. I’ve been putting off calling AppleCare.

I hadn’t seen freeze-ups on days I reboot, so I rebooted daily.

As I write this, I’ve just updated to 10.11.5. The release notes https://is.gd/Pjzv3o don’t give any clear indication of fixing the problem I’m having, but you never know.
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A simple guide to help application developers decide whether to make their release note chatty and funny

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Daliesque melty landscape photos created by Google Earth glitches 

Postcards From Google Earth

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Microsoft says “coordinated attack” responsible for turning Tay bot into a hate-speech-spewing Nazi

“Coordinated attack” makes this sound like a vast, terrorist plot. How about calling it a “prank?” [Learning from Tay’s introduction / Peter Lee, corporate vice president, Microsoft Research / The Official Microsoft Blog]

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Stay on top of Apple Mail using Mail Perspectives

I was pleased to once again have a two-minute audio tip featured on Mac Power Users. In it, I describe Mail Perspectives, software that lets me stay on top of email by displaying a mini-window showing key information about recently … Continue reading

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An archivist argues for archiving software, with a shout-out to George R.R. Martin

Researchers in April recovered Earthrise images from a 1966 Lunar Orbiter, after nearly 50 years in dormant tape storage. Two days later, Carnegie Mellon researchers identified and retrieved graphics created by Andy Warhol on an Amiga 1000 PC in 1985. … Continue reading

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On fussing with software and kidding yourself it’s making you more productive

“My world is laden with bad tools, because my culture is simultaneously obsessed with productivity and novelty.” Frank Chimero – No New Tools.

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I’m fooling around with the Notebooks app.

It’s a writing app for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac. It has a Windows version too. I think it might be the ideal app for me for nearly all my writing. That includes my professional journalism, personal blogging, creative writing, … Continue reading

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My 16 favorite iPhone apps of 2011

These are the apps I find most useful. I compiled the list just by reading the app icons off the first and second screen of my iPhone. The only apps on this list are ones that I’ve been using more … Continue reading

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For OmniFocus nerds only: A big feature request

OmniFocus is the control panel of my life. I write down everything I need or want to do in OmniFocus, and then when the time comes, I do it. This post is for my fellow OmniFocus nerds only; it won’t … Continue reading

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