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Mac Girl

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I’m a Mac girl. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m one of those people who loved Macs even in that dark period prior to the half-dome iMac and first iPod. I’ve used Macs for as long as I can remember. And as my beloved 12″ PowerBook G4 nears the end of its lifespan, I […]

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Nighttime Aircraft Noise

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A study has shown a correlation between the sound of aircraft noise at night — not loud enough to wake you, but loud enough for a physical response — and a rise in blood pressure. I’m not surprised. I grew up near an airport and the quality of my sleep was definitely dependent on the […]

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Six-Word Memoirs

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The legend says that Hemingway was given the “impossible” task of writing a life story in only six words. His answer: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” That’s the basis for the Six-Word Memoirs on Smith.com. Some are funny, others sad, and some just make you wish you knew more about the writer’s backstory. I’ve […]

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Going Live!

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I’ve finally redesigned my website using Joomla, an open-source content management tool. I have to admit that there were more than a few things that were counterintuitive in the system, but now that I have the site set up, maintaining the content should be simple. Notice that I say “should be” because after all, it […]

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Electoral Compass

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Did you ever wonder how closely your beliefs align with the various candidates? Try the Electoral Compass. It’s a quick way to see where you fall on the political spectrum.

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Websites

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Just as the proverbial cobbler’s son has no shoes, it’s extraordinarily difficult to keep my own website current. I initially set up my website a decade ago, using some hardcore HTML and frames that were common at the time. It was large, unwieldy, and no matter what I did to update the design, still managed […]

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Cool New Tool

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I’ve discovered the coolest new tool for managing projects and generally organizing the stuff that I need to do my work. It’s called Scrivener, and this thing rocks. A client sends me a project. As my resource material, I have five websites, three PDFs, a slide deck and four Word docs. Normally, I would have […]

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Vaccines

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“Vaccines don’t cause autism, do they?” asked my sister-in-law, as she was strapping her 4-month-old son into his car seat for a doctor’s visit. “No,” I replied. “Promise?” she asked. What could I say to that? No, I can’t promise. No, I have no idea if he’ll end up with autism, or what the cause […]

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Lost and Found

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This is a great story about the quest to reunite a digital camera with its unknown owner. This sort of thing can only happen with digital technology. Several years ago, while sneaking in a few extra days off at the tail end of a business trip, I bought a disposable Kodak camera. Taking a break […]

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In the Air

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I’m working on a solution brief about voice-over-wireless-LAN in medical centers for a company that provides wireless network security. Before your eyes cross and you tune me out entirely, I can assure you that there is something interesting here. Imagine your wireless network at home, or at the office. There are dead spots, places where […]

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