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Withings: Activite

I’ve been using activity trackers for a number of years. These have included Fitbit devices and lately devices made by iHealth. Generally a defining characteristic of these trackers is they are inexpensive and geeky. They look like technological toys rather than utilitarian tools. The Activite by Withings is different. Firstly – Its expensive. $450 US dollars expensive. Secondly its primarily meant to be thought of as a watch. An analogue watch that also monitors your daily activity. In this it seems to succeed. The Verge review refers to the activite as being so understated that it often went unremarked when…

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Building a Gaming Hackintosh

I set myself a goal: To build a gaming machine with a dedicated video card, capable of running OS X, for around the price of a Mac mini.Killian Bell The post title links to Part One of a Two Part article by Killian Bell, outlining his own experience of building a Hackintosh computer. I’ve owned…

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The History of OSX

I’m a relatively recent convert to the Mac. I’ve been using a Mac as my primary computer since early 2009. Before then I was a stalwart but unhappy user of Windows. However, I had grown weary of Microsoft’s operating system blunders – Vista was simply awful, and XP was functional but getting long in the tooth. By 2009…

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On the Craft of Writing

I knew better, of course, as teenagers do. I expect you did too. All this technique the pages were supposedly dripping with was mostly the English teacher’s wishful thinking. Blink. Twenty years just disappeared, and here we are. You’re there, and I’m here. I know a little more now, including the universal truth that was…

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Studying Corpses on a Body Farm

It wasn’t just a smell; it was a force. With the first whiff, I thought, Camembert. But as the golf cart got closer, the smell became sweeter—noxiously sweet. You could call it the smell of death, but really it was the smell of what comes after: an obscene eruption of microbial life. Roc Morin The…