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Adam Engst
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Lots of snow at Bear Swamp, but too icy for good skiing, so we just went for a 4 mile hike, where we found a tiny cemetery. 
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Look at all that snow. I just read that hype waterfalls in Yosemite will stop in June because of the drought. Usually they don't stop till august. Too much, too little, it's always something.
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Anyone else seeing Open instead of Update for updates in the App Store app in iOS 8.2? When I switch away from the App Store app and back, the buttons all flash to Update momentarily and then back to Open. (And tapping Open really does open the app.) Update All also flashes to blue, and then back to being greyed out. This is happening on both my iPhone 6 and iPad 3. Signing out of the App Store and back in makes no difference, nor does force quitting the App Store app or restarting the device.
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Had exactly the same last night on iOS 8.2: just the briefest flash of the 'Update' buttons before they all changed to 'Open'. Worked okay after a reboot. Plus: updating to Instapaper 8.2 was very drawn-out (kept stalling at what appeared to be the last stage) but finally completed. However, have previously updated apps on iOS 8.2 without issue.
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Getting into college is so much easier than it used to be. How many of these could you answer?
Cornell Alumni Magazine. Owned an operated by the Cornell Alumni Association. Editorially independent of Cornell University.
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And both my grandparents on my father's side. Yeah, it's not really intentional, but between me and Tonya, we have something like 10+ relatives who've gone to Cornell across four generations. 
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Tablet use increases mechanical demand on neck muscles by 3–5 times. As in the associated ad. http://tid.bl.it/1Ei0B3C
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Yeah, it's interesting that they didn't comment on that at all. Smartphone usage seems also to be correlated with neck pain.
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I think I last saw Crystal Quest on an SE/30 - would be a hoot to play it on a Retina iMac.
Crystal Quest is a fast moving, adrenaline-boiling video arcade game that won many awards. We are bringing it to the latest hardware.
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The last of four face cords of wood. Good thing we mainly heat with geothermal. Winter just isn't giving up this year.
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The new math according to iTunes.
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+Matt Neuburg  Ever See A Samsung Phone ???? Advertised As 16GB, But Only 5GB Can Be Accessed By The User !!!! Now, That's What I Call False Advertising !!!!!!
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"Still, running a marathon on Mars feels pretty cool."
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Mars marathon Tuesday -- 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) - with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.
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I dub it, Mars-athon.
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Almost forgot—it being Friday the 13th, it's once again International Verify Your Backups Day!
What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?
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My take @TidBITS on the Apple Watch is that you see what you want to see.
Will the Apple Watch be the next must-have technology gadget or a complete flop? Is it reasonably priced or expensive beyond any rational calculation? Will it be the sort of device that can be upgraded over time or will it join your old iPod in a drawer in a few years? No one knows the answers to these questions, but Adam Engst suggests that how you answer them says more about you than the Apple Watch itself.
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We still do name our cars. :-)
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Great to see App Camp for Girls now in Vancouver, BC and New Jersey along with Seattle and Portland. Apply by March 17th!
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My Mac has lost its voice and can't find it anywhere. :-(
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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
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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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