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"You shouldn't need a case"

A few weeks ago this opinion wandered across my social media streams. At first, it seems level-headed and sensible. The more I think about it however, the more short-sighted it seems. If you've never needed a case, or never had problems holding your smartphone, it might be easy to think that your experience applies to everyone.

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LED Streetlights

As much as I want LED, solar powered street lights, I keep thinking about a problem many southern dwelling designers never considered. 


A few years ago -- far before LA's switch -- Wisconsin tried to switch to LED bulbs for power savings in their existing light fixtures. It was working great until a front of wet, sticky snow came through. Snow stuck to the fixtures, eventually covering the light and making it useless. 

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The Unconventional Mac

Wednesday morning I was expecting to get in my next paycheck as well as some extra from cashed company stocks. The company I work for, like so many in the tech field lately, went from public to private. This resulted in all my remaining shares being cashed out in two payments. I was expecting the last of those this morning. I already had a number in mind, and planned out my finances accordingly.

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The New Laptop Game -- Late 2013 Edition

Since my last post, I still have yet to buy a new laptop.  I'm still relying on the one provided to my through work. Since then, the Dell E6410 has developed a habit of overheating, and the battery that came with the unit had seriously degraded in running time. I've since bought a new battery, and replaced the thermal paste throughout the motherboard. The system is due to be replaced sometime in the first half of the year. When it is, I'm certain work will have locked it down in both OS and BIOS.

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