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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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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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I Wrote A Hundred Thousand Words In 2016

Well, let me rephrase that. I wrote1, edited2, revised2, outlined1, translated3, reviewed4, critiqued4, and miscellaneous-othered5 100010 words. I set my goal for 100,000 words way back in January, performed some long division, and set up a Beeminder Goal for 274 words a day. Halfway through the year, with Summer approaching, I felt all stressed out […]

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Google Support Dance: Quick, Quic, Slow

Google has a well-developed sense of irony. Yesterday evening, performance of Google’s own websites (Gmail, Calendar, Google itself) deteriorated so badly so quickly that they became unusable in Chrome. Everything was fine on other sites and in other browsers, so I contacted Google support about the problem. Support was extremely quick to respond and very […]

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The 100K Year – February

Still going strong. The second month of my 100K year (the year in which I enlist the help of Beeminder to write at least a hundred thousand words) has yielded: a pro sale of one of my January stories; 8680 words of newly drafted, edited or revised short fiction; 1170 words of edited or outlined novel; two brand new […]

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The 100K Year – January

So far, so excellent. The first month of my 100K year (the year in which I enlist the help of Beeminder to write at least a hundred thousand words) has yielded: 13580 words of newly drafted fiction, edited or revised fiction, and critiques of other writers’ fiction (taking into account how I tally my productivity, […]

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Wrestling With Trend Micro’s Artificial Stupidity Systems

I suppose it was inevitable. With the increasingly rapid developments in the area of Artificial Intelligence, and the particular service-level needs of IT helpdesk systems, it was only a matter of time before someone, somewhere, developed a reliable Artificial Stupidity system. And it appears that Trend Micro is the forerunner in this deplorable new technological field. […]

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IZA, VGZ en de Kunst van het Communiceren

UPDATE: Op 29 december liet VGZ mij in een e-mailreactie op mijn klacht weten dat ze naar hun eigen smaak inmiddels wel genoeg antwoorden hadden gegeven op mijn kritische vragen. (Tussen de regels door wist hun reactie haarfijn over te brengen dat ze onder geen voorwaarde bereid waren mijn gelijk te erkennen, laat staan om excuses […]

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Energie: Stap Over Of Gooi Geld Weg

Niet elke Nederlander neemt de moeite om jaarlijks een nieuwe energie-aanbieder uit te kiezen. Als er iets is wat mij de indruk geeft dat het goed gaat met de economie, is het dat wel. Hoe erg kan het gesteld zijn met de financiën van de gemiddelde Nederlander, als men massaal jaarlijks honderden euro’s besparing laat […]

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