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By David Blue
David Blue looks beyond tech media and industry personalities to find the individuals and organizations who continue to prioritize progress.
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Microsoft Designed Its New Surface Laptop 2 Specifically for Me
After living and working with Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 since its release, I've realized (intellectually) that it's more suited to my personal use than any other machine I've ever used, but my emotional brain has remained just far enough behind to stay out of the way of saying something useful.  Spare yourself and just read my full written review instead.  Resources/Further Reading The Vergecast on the release of the original Surface Laptop, last year. "There's not a whole huge gap between an iPad Pro and the new Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S." (Windows 10 S is an entirely different issue that we can thankfully leave in the past.) "The best computer is one you hate a little" - The Outline (I must find Windows 10's ignorance almost as charming as I found Windows XP's thoughtfulness.) "Microsoft offers up Windows 10 1809 to nervy seekers" - ComputerWorld  "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: If it ain't broke" - by Dan Seifert for The Verge +Their review of the first model. "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is the best laptop of 2018" - Mashable +Microsoft's website page for the Surface Laptop 2 includes a quote from this review front and center. "Spec-Down: Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2" - PCMag "The 2018 MacBook Air is good, but not great" - Mashable  "Microsoft Surface Review" - by Joshua Topolsky for The Verge back in October 2012. "Microsoft's Surface Laptop feels beautiful" - The Verge "The popularity of Microsoft’s Surface is the least realistic thing on TV" - The Outline "With the Surface, Microsoft just started writing its next chapter" - by Joshua Topolsky for The Verge  "What OEMs desperately need to learn from Microsoft's Surface" - ZDNet
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January 2, 2019
Mastodon's Big Moment, 20 Months Later
Amid some life changes, I took the opportunity to revisit Mastodon as I've recently realized how much more it has to offer than Twitter does, these days. A previously-unpublished interview from April 2017 with the federated social network's creator, Gargron and a replay of Futureland's subsequent Mastodon episode.  Read the full essay and written interview. World Wide Web | Twitter | Federated | Telegram | Discord 
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November 19, 2018
Siri Shortcuts Are iOS 12's Most Profound Addition
Though iOS 12 has technically been in consumers’ hands for half a year, its greatest implications seem to have gone relatively unnoticed.
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November 4, 2018
Revelations of Network Withdrawals
A month without reliable home internet was less sabbaticle, more mild psychological self-torture, but at least I can vouch for Opera Turbo, Telegram X, and mobile.twitter.com.
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October 14, 2018
Recovering the Magic in Computers
What is "real" authority in technology? What happens when a hardcore Magic Realist spends every possible minute of his life browsing the Internet? How can our old terms possibly pertain to anything effectively in the now when most of them were formed pre-2011? These conversations were long overdue, and I'm delighted to bring them back. Thank you for accommodating me! I look forward to hearing from you.
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September 27, 2018
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