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Adam Engst
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Attended Cornell University
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Apple hasn't rejected TidBITS from News yet… We'll see what requirements pop up in the future. ;-)
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My in-depth look at exercising with the Apple Watch is complete. Part 1 examined hardware; part 2, software.
Adam Engst continues his deep dive into what the Apple Watch brings to the fitness world, looking this time at Apple’s apps.
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Beware that turning on iCloud Photo Library can whomp your iPhone's data cap as it downloads even small previews of all your photos.
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It's so much fun helping Tristan edit his articles for the high school newspaper. Totally in my wheelhouse. :-)
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Best middle name ever.
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Guess I've moved up to One Degree of Separation. ;-)
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Looks like I'm going to spending days pausing and resuming Photos uploading to iCloud Photo Library. It utterly destroys my Internet connection (30 Mbps down/5 Mbps up) while it's running. For more, see @joekissell's article at http://tidbits.com/article/15584.
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Our hotel has only 2 of 4 elevators working and needs a zip line to breakfast, as you can see:
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Any idea why my FireWire 800 OWC drive sometimes disconnects and reconnects? Happens only at night.
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No issues last night with "Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off" and "Put hard disks to sleep when possible" and "Enable Power Nap" all disabled. I'll keep watching.
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Neat idea (and great design) for a flag for the Planet Earth - coverage by Khoi Vinh.
Swedish designer Oskar Pernefeldt’s graduation project for the Beckmans College of Design is an impressively professional proposal for a single flag to represent the entirety of the world we live o...
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Join us for a celebration of Joe Kissell’s 50th Take Control title! You’ll have to supply your own food and drinks, but we’ll provide what you might call “party favors” for all attendees. Joe will tell stories, show you some interesting artifacts, and answer questions about anything (Mac stuff, writing, food, his time in France, whatever). There will also be guest appearances from other TidBITS and Take Control personalities. If you’ve ever wanted to hang out and chat with a very slightly famous author, this is your golden opportunity.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Adam Engst. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Sat, May 23, 1:45 PM
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I'm pretty sure I had my Newton out while watching the show but don't have any notes or other proof. Next time...
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My son Tristan has been devoting several days a week after school to the Technology Student Association (TSA, I know, but not that TSA!) team at Ithaca High, with the goal of competing at the TSA national conference in Dallas, TX in late June after school gets out. It's a big deal to him and the rest of the kids, since they get to fly to Dallas and stay in a hotel for five days while participating in a wide variety of competitions with 5,000 other students from around the world. 

This year, Tristan will be competing in Web design, video game design, a technology trivia contest, parliamentary procedure (Robert's Rules of Order at 20 paces!), and if he can get in, a competition in which he has to write an essay on a particular technology on the spot. Several of these are group projects he has been working on with his friends all winter and spring. He's done pretty well in a few of these events in previous years, and Ithaca has a history of bringing home some awards every year, but it's the overall experience that matters.

If you could donate just a little - even $10 or $20 would be great - to help the Ithaca TSA teams attend, it would mean a lot to me and Tristan. It's really a team thing, since all money raised goes toward defraying the costs for all students equally, since the goal is for everyone on the team to be able to compete, regardless of their financial situation.

The fundraising site, complete with a great video, is at http://bit.ly/1HYE0Md

Thanks so much for the help!
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It's been fascinating to watch how Tristan and his friends get better at the Web design stuff every year - this will be their fourth time. And thankfully, we've been able to move from nudging on schedule and them actually learning HTML and CSS in the early years to just providing design comments. 
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Publisher, Writer, Editor, Raconteur
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  • TidBITS Publishing Inc.
    Publisher and CEO, 1990 - present
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Ithaca, NY
Previously
Richford, NY - Redmond, WA - Renton, WA - Issaquah, WA
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Publisher of TidBITS and the Take Control series of ebooks
Introduction
Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, distributed weekly to tens of thousands of readers. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles - thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993 (with Northwest Nexus for Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh), and the highly successful Take Control electronic book series. In addition, he has collaborated on several Internet educational videos and has appeared on a variety of internationally broadcast television and radio programs. His indefatigable support of the Macintosh community and commitment to helping individuals has resulted in numerous awards and recognition at the highest levels. In the annual MDJ Power 25 survey of industry insiders, he ranked as the second (2000), third (2001, 2002), fourth (2003), fifth (2004), and third (2005/2006) most influential person in the Macintosh industry. He has also been included on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community for both 2006 and 2007, and he was named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And how many industry figures can boast of being turned into an action figure?
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4:47 mile, 10:20 2 mile, 16:36 5K, 35:43 10K, 1:19:45 half marathon, 2:48:00 marathon
Education
  • Cornell University
    Hypertextual Fiction and Classics, 1985 - 1989
  • Newark Valley High School
    1981 - 1985
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