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A Deadly Decision – Government Alerts

Storm Settings IconA pretty bad storm hit New York City yesterday. It messed with my evening commute. With the wind kicking up and the dark clouds rolling in, I drove my car with heightened purpose. My goal was to stay ahead of the severe weather. I readied my iPhone SE. With the navigation (Maps) app on and my music playing, I was totally focused on driving. A bolt of lighting, ripping vertically through the sky, highlighted the seriousness of the matter. Any delay could result in a tough commute becoming a terrible commute.

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Did Apple Just Solve Tesla’s Model 3 Problem? 🤔

Apple Maps (emoji) - Road to CupertinoI’m one of the hundreds-of-thousands of people waiting for the Model 3. In fact, I put down a $1000 reservation exactly one year ago today. But 365 days later, I’m starting to wonder if the Model 3 is right for me. At first, I thought the smug looking nose of the car would be the showstopper. Surprisingly, I’ve actually gotten used to the look of the Model 3. It reminds me of a Porsche. The Model 3 is a sexy car. It’s sleek and sporty, with great driving specs. What I’m not sure about is the spartan interior. Specifically, I’ve been pondering the practicality of the barren dashboard.

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DiskWarrior – The Battle of Data Recovery

DiskWarrior App IconI’ve been encountering a strange number of disk problems lately. It’s almost suspicious. Yet, I suppose that is to be expected with older computers. Over the years, damage can sneak in. Neglect can make matters worse. Macs “just work”, so it can be unsettling when they stop working. Perhaps I’ve been overestimating the durability of Mac hardware and software. With three dead drives this year, I decided to call in a clincher – DiskWarrior.

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Kites vs Drones

Parrot KiteThe northern hemisphere is entering Spring. That means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. As a technologist, it’s important to make an effort to go outside. Otherwise, I could spend the entire season at my desk. That’s not very healthy and it also leads to burnout. So, while wandering the aisles of Costco, I spotted something entertaining. There were boxes filled with colorful kites. A total impulse buy lead to two wonderful weekends. Instead of slaving away at the keyboard, I was at the beach. A refreshing breeze lifted my kite and my spirit.

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Damage Report: Mac Mini Crash

Damage Report - Time MachineApple has been stingy with new Mac hardware – especially with desktop computers. It’s been years since the Mac Pro or Mac Mini have been updated. That’s why I’ve been pushing my Mac Mini (Early 2009) to the limit. I bought that computer almost eight years ago. I’ve been holding out for a worthy replacement, but using a single computer for so long comes with risk. A crash could lead to significant data loss. Well, on Ground Hog’s Day 2017, my Mac Mini crashed… and it crashed hard!

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