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  • Since I plan to live to 100 I want to make sure I make good use of my time. I already have a motivational hashtag: TheNext40, … [Read more…]

    How many days are left?
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    A slight brush with the law
  • I struck a big problem yesterday while trying to ready my iPad mini for sale: it wanted my Restrictions PIN. What? I didn't … [Read more…]

    Set and forget: the iPad Restrictions PIN
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    TheNext40 — a great motivator
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    A cheap bookcase refreshed
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    Wellington in the red
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    No novels round here, but a daily blog
  • I've been reading a bit lately — still mystery novels mainly. They are also mainly by UK or US authors — see … [Read more…]

    A Melbourne mystery
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    The yellow fuzz
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    A glitch in time is mine

Real Life

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How many days are left?

I wanted to keep track of how many days there are left until a date I chose. Here’s how I used Keyboard Maestro to do it.

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Reviews

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Recharging your iPhone is simple with Magicstick

The Magicstick iPhone and Kindle charger by Powerocks is an extremely handy gadget to keep in your bag. It weighs only a few grams, is reasonable inexpensive and can recharge your iPhone twice before it has to be recharged itself.

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Science and Tech

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A better Barbie book

A book published in 2013 reveals terrible attitudes about women in computing. Luckily, the Internet put it right.

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No novels round here, but a daily blog

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My experiment in writing every day for a month has been a success. Whew, I can still write after all.

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A Melbourne mystery

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It’s a bit of a relief to read an Australian mystery book for a change. The book is also enjoyable and well-written.

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The yellow fuzz

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Lupins: lovely but fiercely scented and allergy producing.

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A glitch in time is mine

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Timezone metadata can be a headache.

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Saved by the felt

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The photo coasters I ordered were good, but their hardboard backing made them seem cheap. Then I found myself doing handcraft with green felt!

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The singing of the frogs

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Lakes and frogs and birds and cows: it’s a rich landscape by the beach.

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