Monthly Archives: July 2017

Cold brew in the morning, needs no warming

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Apple’s hardware lasts a long time

Perhaps what I appreciate most about Apple's products is how long they last. My daily driver is a mid-2011 13-inch Macbook Air which I bought shortly after it was available and have used nearly every day since. It shipped with … Continue reading

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Why we need mobile ad blockers

This post about Richard Brandon's Blockchain Summit, as rendered on iOS in (from left to right) Chrome, the Google app, Safari (with two content blockers): Readable content area highlighted in green.

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It’s okay getting help

Nick Grossman of Union Square Ventures: There is a lot of stigma around getting help, in particular around getting psychological help.  Like, what’s wrong with me that I need this, or why can’t I just deal with this on my … Continue reading

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Next-generation Aadhaar – a detailed look

Premise Aadhaar is a once-in-national-history opportunity to make government – and private – services efficient and transparent. For the first time, the country is close to having a universal, digital, accessible system of authentication and authorization. It is a system … Continue reading

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HDD to SSD: new lease of life for 2012 Macbook Pro

A few weeks ago I swapped the hard disk drive in a 2012 Macbook Pro with an SSD. It’s worked really well; the laptop runs faster than I have ever seen it, and it’s easily added 3 or 5 more … Continue reading

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Rhine and Shine

France on the right. Germany on the left. Paradise all around.

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On Password Managers

Tim Bray on what a password manager should do, the risks of syncing your passwords via a centralised web-based store, and 1Password's move to this very (subscription-based) model for business reasons. Succinct, well-written and worth a read: we all use … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Aadhaar as proof of identity

This week, I collected my passport from the collection centre at BKC in Bombay using the credit-card-size version of my Aadhaar card as proof of ID. Just to see if it would work – no problems at all. This is … Continue reading

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Small Identity

The solution is to give your identity a very small footprint. The fewer things you define yourself by, the fewer constraints you have on further growth. – Tynan.

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