Security on the internet is...complicated. Even for experts. You probably know people who've had their computer infected, passwords stolen, junk email sent from their account, or other awful things that are inconvenient (like locked accounts) or even life-changing (like stolen identities). People often ask me for help securing their computers. Actually, that’s not true; people … Continue reading Simple Security: First in a Series
You might have heard there's a U.S. election tomorrow. No? There's an election tomorrow. With all the local candidates and initiatives and statewide candidates and initiatives (California has 17 initiatives!) on top of the national candidates, figuring out how to cast your vote is tough. Fortunately, if you're in California, Illinois, or New York, there's help! … Continue reading Voting: A How-To Guide
It’s challenging to find credible reviews for gadgets like TVs, laptops, printers, headsets, office chairs, etc. It’s hard to know what a site’s agenda is, or exactly how they’ve tested and compared. Are they paid by manufacturers to promote their gadgets? Do the reviewers have the expertise to compare the products thoughtfully? Consumer Reports Online reviews … Continue reading Thorough Reviews: The Wirecutter and The Sweethome
We enjoy Elon Musk because he leads teams who attack difficult, interesting, important problems. Plus he's the real-life Tony Stark from Ironman. Between SpaceX and Tesla Motors, you'd think he had plenty to keep his mind occupied, but there's a lot more going on up there. At The Explainist we love a good explanation, and Musk gives us several … Continue reading Elon Musk Explains
You like music and live honestly, so you pay for your tunes. You could subscribe to a streaming service like Pandora, you could buy digital music files (from Amazon or iTunes, for example), or if you're "old school," you can buy real, actual CDs. If you buy CDs from Amazon, here's a tip: Many CDs come … Continue reading Buying Music? Get Free Stuff.
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