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Lightailing Review (**): Disappointing, With Deceitful Rating

Suppliers should never lie. Ever. And fake or suppressed reviews? Those are lies. I’m basically a kid with extra decades on the clock. For instance, Lego exercizes an irresistable pull on me. My collection of Lego model cars and modular buildings keeps growing, and I’m the proud owner of the 75192 Millennium Falcon, the largest Lego […]

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The Rise of Skywalker, The Fall of Abrams

Meh. (Minor spoilerettes ahead.) Much like The Force Awakens, as a movie, and even as a Star Wars movie, it’s hard to find fault with how Skywalker rises. Granted, J.J. Abrams seems terrified of showing any emotion, judging by the way he cuts off any meaningful exchange before it finds too much depth. And–again like […]

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How Shazam Worked Before Shazam

Last week, while waiting for my train, I heard a song that I just had to identify. I held up my phone, tapped Shazam, and in seconds, I knew it was Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills. In an seemingly unrelated thread of my life, I decided that I wanted to learn to play the little […]

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The Excel Features We’ve Waited 25 Years For

Two new Microsoft Excel features have a good chance of becoming the most celebrated innovations in Excel history. No, not the 3D models that Office now includes. Nor any new calculation functions, charting features, or modelling extravaganzas.As a matter of fact, nothing at all about the content of Excel workbooks. I’m merely talking GUI and usability. […]

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Reset Buttons Are Evil

Dear web designers, Can you please STOP ADDING RESET BUTTONS to your forms? There hasn’t been a single user in the entire history of the interwebs who filled out a web form, and then went, “O wait, all of that isn’t right, I’ve entered the wrong information! What to do, what to do, but pull […]

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Dropbox And Boxifier: What A Team!

Full disclosure: I’m off Dropbox, and as a sad result, also off Boxifier. They still make a great tag team; that part of the below blog post stands. But recently, Dropbox announced that they would increase my annual fee by 20% for doubling my storage to 2TB (while I used only about 10% of the […]

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Hoe Los Je De Kubus Op?

Oude tijden herleven: mijn zoon van bijna acht wilde plotseling een Rubiks Kubus. Een paar klasgenootjes hadden er een en hij was gefascineerd geraakt door de kleurrijke driedimensionale puzzel. In het verleden bezat ik er een heel stel; bovendien had ik een volledige oplosmethode uit het hoofd geleerd vanuit een handig klein boekje. Helaas hebben […]

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Een wachtwoord voor mijn wachtwoord

Onderbroeken? Check! Tandenborstel? Check! Lekkere kazen en biertjes? Check! Microsoft Surface voor het broodnodige schrijf- en redigeerwerk? Check! Vanmorgen om negen uur had ik mijn checklist al volledig afgewerkt voor de jubileumeditie van de Villa Diodati Expat Writers Workshop, die met editie 18 dit weekeinde haar tienjarig bestaan viert. Mijn koffertje stond klaar; mijn jas […]

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Fixing WiFi Internet Speed Issues

This is far from comprehensive, but probably useful for others than myself. This post details the troubleshooting steps I went through after my internet speed dropped dramatically at home, from a normal 50-100 Mbps or more to 3 or (much) less, with intermittent dropouts, much fluctuation, and the accompanying slow or absent loading of web […]

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EverNote Rules

I tried. I really did. When Evernote decided last year to limit their free accounts to what amounts to trial use only, I abandoned the best note-taking tool on the planet, and out of sheer spite moved to Microsoft OneNote. I even ranted about Evernote’s evil corporate greed on Facebook. Evernote, I apologize from the […]

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