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I was born on a Thursday, and it’s the defining fact of my life. (Actually, I had to look it up just now.) https://www.fastcompany.com/90305588/how-to-manage-people-born-on-tuesday
Here’s my review of the new iPad Mini. https://www.fastcompany.com/90322706/new-apple-ipad-mini-review-renovated-not-reimagined
RT @vcfederation: @harrymccracken @benjedwards won't you please tell your followers about our Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest c…
BYTE poses an urgent question to every computing enthusiast.
 
Do you have all the issues?
 
I’m going through some stuff of my father’s, and this, and one of the first PC Worlds I wrote for, are the only computer magazines I’ve found. Both from 1994. (I do have a giant collection of BYTEs—on my iPad, thanks to the Internet Archive.)
More highlights from a different 1994 computer catalog my father forgot to throw out. It was a different, lesser time.
RT @harrymccracken: It’s tough to build iOS security apps that add actual value to the platform, but here’s @GlennF on an intriguing one. h…
My colleague @michaelgrothaus on Brave, a browser that looks and works like Chrome but puts privacy first. https://www.fastcompany.com/90321235/i-protected-my-privacy-by-ditching-chrome-for-brave-and-so-should-you
Adventure International had one of the all-time great tech company logos. https://twitter.com/harrymccracken/status/1108354979159568388
RT @OneJaredNewman: My thoughts on Stadia. Microsoft and Google seem to be on diverging paths in cloud gaming: https://www.fastcompany.com/90322432/google-stadia-could-conquer-gaming-by-having-nothing-to-lose http…
Just found this tucked inside one of the books in my late father's collection.
 
Wow did not know they were right where I grew up.
 
That may be the most information-packed physical media labeling I’ve ever seen.
It’s tough to build iOS security apps that add actual value to the platform, but here’s @GlennF on an intriguing one. https://www.fastcompany.com/90275292/this-ingenious-new-iphone-app-is-a-powerful-way-to-foil-data-snoops
It’s just plain baffling. https://twitter.com/MittRomney/status/1108138409682444294
(Note: All my tweets will begin "Another great thing about Radio Shack..." henceforth.) https://twitter.com/harrymccracken/status/1108126847869562881
Another great thing about Radio Shack is that they made the single greatest remote control of all time. (This was my father's, but I had one too.)
Just found a computer catalog my father forgot to throw out in 1994.
My colleague @thesullivan talked to a ton of folks from companies big and small for this look at AR’s next chapter. https://www.fastcompany.com/90315733/an-oral-history-of-the-future-of-mixed-reality
I once reviewed a $17,000 PC. But that was in 1991 and it was an IBM with a plasma screen. https://twitter.com/shortformernie/status/1108019980552097792
I’m going to sue MySpace, but demand damages payable in Flooz. https://twitter.com/gizmodo/status/1107733960052875264
In the course of a single press release, he’s demoted from “Kevin” to “Mr. Tsujihara” to “Tsujihara who?”
Here’s a guest piece I wrote for @The74 on Google’s free digital skills curriculum, which aims to make sure students actually get something out of the hardware schools invest in. https://www.the74million.org/article/meet-the-woman-bringing-googles-applied-digital-skills-to-50k-teachers-and-360k-stu dents/
I'm confused (and why is my iPhone ensuring me that I'll still be able to use my Pencil?).
RT @harrymccracken: Here's @GlennF on a browser feature that, in an alternate world, wasn't murdered before it had a chance to work. https:…
RT @harrymccracken: Here's @GlennF on a browser feature that, in an alternate world, wasn't murdered before it had a chance to work. https:…
Here's @GlennF on a browser feature that, in an alternate world, wasn't murdered before it had a chance to work. https://www.fastcompany.com/90308068/how-the-tragic-death-of-do-not-track-ruined-the-web-for-everyone
RT @harrymccracken: Adobe also has a room themed in honor of 1990, when Photoshop launched--complete with a 1990 Mac running Photoshop 1.07…
Fox News launched in 1996. What did the president do with his time before that?
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I finally made my car's CD player useful again by buying a smartphone mount that sticks into it.
RT @harrymccracken: Here’s @contentnow’s interview with @Kasparov63 about AI, the ethical responsibilities of the tech giants, and more. ht…
Here’s @contentnow’s interview with @Kasparov63 about AI, the ethical responsibilities of the tech giants, and more. https://www.fastcompany.com/90319933/chess-legend-garry-kasparov-humans-still-have-the-monopoly-on-evil
Also, Fry's confusingly roped off its entire video section.
Fry's now has a large toy section, including an entire Barbie aisle.
Took me a moment to realize that this Windows XP PC at Fry's was not for sale.
More Adobe: They have an upside-down room.
Adobe also has a room themed in honor of 1990, when Photoshop launched--complete with a 1990 Mac running Photoshop 1.07.
 
You can tell Steve Jobs didn’t run Adobe.
 
They also have an even more ambitious area named in tribute to 1982, their founding year.
Just visited Adobe HQ, whose collection of vintage computer-magazine awards is a thing of beauty (at least if you, like me, ever gave out computer-magazine awards).
 
Harry, Adobe maintains a shit prize museum!?
 
Computer-magazine awards were the only good awards, and they don't exist anymore.
An old Newsweek story on the vast importance of birth order literally said that you’ll never find a librarian who’s a a later-born child. It’s first-born kids, you see, who love order. Guess what my younger sister was at the time? https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1106550714388619264
RT @daveweigel: Imagine a 2011 Obama interview in which he mused about the New Black Panthers supporting him in case things “got to a certa…
RT @brianstelter: Trump is "threatening violence against his political opponents" and yet "I bet we don't find it on the front page of any…
I'm at Twitter Pi Day and they're projecting tweets about pie, including one of mine. (I have no memory of baking two pumpkin pies in 2007.)
You aren’t really a digital influencer unless you got your start doing it at 300 bits per second. https://twitter.com/shortformernie/status/1106304372596793344
Apple is intensifying its use of privacy as a marketing mantra—but in an unexpected way. https://www.fastcompany.com/90320263/apples-first-privacy-themed-iphone-ad-is-fun-quirky-and-compelling
Whoa—Cox has been Zuckerberg’s Zuckerberg, and a real keeper of the Facebook culture. https://www.wired.com/story/chris-cox-leaving-facebook/
I was lucky: None of the phones I’ve owned made this list. (The Nokia 3650, a pseudo-smartphone with a round dial, came closest.) https://www.fastcompany.com/90315742/the-20-worst-phones-of-the-century-and-how-they-got-that-way
Only Lightning continues to stand in the way of true single-charger nirvana. https://twitter.com/mkbhd/status/1106044815257620486
Pssst: @OneJaredNewman and I rounded up a bunch of phones that deserve to be remembered, if not exactly celebrated. https://www.fastcompany.com/90315742/the-20-worst-phones-of-the-century-and-how-they-got-that-way
RT @MarkHarrisNYC: ADMISSION OF GUILT: THE LORI LOUGHLIN STORY, starring Felicity Huffman GUILT OF ADMISSION: THE FELICITY HUFFMAN STORY, s…
A little personal news: The ghost of Orville Redenbacher is haunting my local movie theater.
RT @benedictevans: When a market is being created, people compete at doing the same thing better. Windows versus Mac. Office v Lotus. MySpa…
I used to LIVE in CorelDraw but haven’t used it in recent years, since I do graphics stuff on either my iPad or a Mac, not Windows. But it’s back on MacOS after a very long absence. https://9to5mac.com/2019/03/12/coreldraw-graphics-suite-mac/
One of the things that concerns me about Warren’s breakup manifesto is the blanket nature of it. https://www.fastcompany.com/90319039/heres-why-elizabeth-warren-is-wrong-mostly-about-breaking-up-apple
 
 
 
 
 
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