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How to set up a new PC in 12 Steps, or How I spent my evening renewing my disgust with Windows

Step 1: Spend 30 minutes unpacking boxes, peeling plastic, and connecting cables. Step 2: In breathless anticipation, press the power button. Step 3: Spend another 30 minutes hunting for the Windows Product Key so you can access the computer you just bought. Find it, finally, on an indelible sticker on the far side of the…

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Natural Laws

I figure any phrase that people deem to be a “law” and find important enough to attribute to a specific person (even if incorrectly) probably contains some real wisdom. Here’s a collection of Eponymous Laws from Wikipedia, all of which I have found to be true in my own experience. Amara’s Law: We tend to overestimate…

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Occam’s Moving Parts

As an architect of complex applications, I spend my day aggressively applying Occam’s Razor, attempting to simplify large systems by removing as much as possible. But the nature of the work is such that the system can never be truly simple. No matter how much I try to simplify, I am left with that feeling…

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How Newspapers Lost the Classifieds Business (and how to get it back)

Time was, newspapers owned the local classified ads business, and it was their cash cow. Many people bought the paper just for the classifieds, and it was by far the most valuable real estate of the paper. In recent years, free Internet- based alternatives like Craig’s List decimated their business and contributed greatly to the…

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