Computers are not magical or mysterious. Their amazing abilities are built up from simple ideas. That’s what’s surprising. How did we arrive at today, with these devices in our pocket and a (nearly) global network connecting them, and with software running that allows it all to do so many useful and entertaining things?
Lady Ada, Countess of Lovelace wikipedia, was the first to get it. She understood, before any computers existed, that a machine with a few simple arithmetic abilities could do much more. (Notably, the men who were designing these calculating machines didn’t get it.) It would be about 100 years before the programmable computers she envisioned would be “invented”.
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Keeping your computer software up-to-date is important for security, and also gets you the latest great features. Computer hardware is better than ever, which also means that a computer stays useful longer than ever and is more reliable because of better chassis, connectors and electronics, and fewer moving parts.
Whether you are using macOS (previously Mac OS X), Windows, or Linux, keeping your computer up-to-date gives you the latest security updates and helps keep your computer reliable and fast. We can quibble over preferences and the track records of software vendors, but keeping your software updated is always the best choice.
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I’ve been using email for over 35 years (no typo) and I’m still surprised by the clever new ideas I see in the best email apps. Email apps can add an email to a reading list, or turn it into an item in your to-do list, or add an event to your calendar. Many have features for smart sorting of your email and to “snooze” an email for later. Many are beautiful and thoughtfully designed with gestures for touch-screen devices.
But what’s best for me is not necessarily what’s best for you. Below I run through some basics about email and make some recommendations for good apps to try.
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June 20th, 1986 I started a new adventure at a new job and in a place that would become home.
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I wrote a short thing about our long journey together creating and building Square Peg Foundation. It’s over on the Square Peg blog:
A Journey, Together
I’ve occasionally thought about grabbing this domain, dariusdunlap.com, for some time. As I was getting some new things setup on my various blogs, I realized that now was the time.
More will appear here over the coming days, including some of the archives from my old consulting business website and other stuff.
I’m working to articulate what this will be. I’m learning toward making my professional presence here, and so limiting it a bit. We’ll see.
For now, welcome!
The One You Feed is a show I often listen to on my hikes or while doing chores around the house. It starts with the parable of the two wolves. You know the one. They have great guests and it’s always an interesting conversation.
The guest this week is our friend Kristin Neff, who my wife and I met because of our work at Square Peg Foundation — especially with Autism.
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Let’s see if this mention goes back to my withkown site:
(Sorry about the misspelling.)
After the update to wordpress 4.4 beta, activating a certain plugin caused wordpress to fail, delivering empty pages. After fixing that, I’m going back through to test a few things to be sure stuff is back to ok.