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Adam Engst
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Check out my TidBITS article about Optimized Storage in Sierra! It's seriously funky.
Many of the new Optimized Storage features in macOS Sierra will be appreciated by those whose drives are nearly full, but a few of the options have potentially worrying repercussions so we recommend reading this article and making sure you understand what can happen with your data before you turn on all the options. Adam Engst takes a deep dive into Optimized Storage to explain both the features and the concerns.
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For a new way to enjoy sweet corn, try Mexican Street Corn Salad.
This recipe appears in: How To Make Esquites (Warm Mexican Street Corn Salad) [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Smoky, sweet, spicy, and tangy, esquites are the off-the-cob version of elotes—grilled Mexican street corn slathered with creamy, cheesy, lime-scented, chili-flecked sauce. In this version, we char the corn on the stovetop, though a trip to the grill wouldn't hurt.
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I had no idea that tracing a gun used in a crime was so... paper-based. I wonder if FOIA requests could liberate all that paper for OCRing.
It happens here, in a massive West Virginia building, in the most absurd way possible.
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Gotta change the paranoid mindset of the people who want to keep ownership information from being collated. Then you can have sanity returned.

Where I live we have a gun registry. It just makes sense. I hear Australia returned from the edge of sanity some years back as well.
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Nice to see statistics about and discussion of the real (and declining) rate of violence in the world.
A look at the data suggests this is nowhere near the worst year in history.
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Best explanation of Hillary Clinton I've seen yet.
Why we keep missing Hillary Clinton’s greatest strength.
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+1 to Quartz for the term “post-factual democracy” that perfectly captures the insanity of the political landscape.
Brexit and Trump show that a powerful story can spread regardless of facts, and the social validation of a given narrative can be turned into votes.
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Turns out Big Sugar is just down the road from Big Tobacco.
Newly discovered documents show that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to shape the debate around heart disease, sugar and fat.
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Mmmm, donuts!
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Win an ElliptiGO like mine! Enter by Monday, 9/5 at 11:59pm PT.
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A cognitive scientist's explanation of Trump—long, but an insightful read.
There is a lot being written spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read my books, and Google Scholar reports that scholars writing in scholarly journals have cited my works ...
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If you think you might need to depend on Find My Mac, read on to learn how to prevent it from being disabled.
It turns out that Find My Mac can easily be disabled by resetting NVRAM, which could be bad news, if your Mac has been stolen, or good news, if you’re dealing with an old Mac that wasn’t reset before being sold or turned in.
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10,000 solar-powered miles on our all-electric Nissan Leaf! And it's the most fun car we've ever owned.
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10,000, dang, that's impressive. 
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We need your help! Could you please upvote our "Take Control of Slack Basics" and "Take Control of Slack Admin" books on ProductHunt? We desperately need to get them in front of more people using Slack. ProductHunt has a huge collection of Slack-related resources, so we’re hoping that more exposure there will help. (If you haven’t used ProductHunt before, it’s a quick OAuth sign-in via Twitter or Facebook that isn’t used for anything beyond sign-in.) Thanks! http://tid.bl.it/1Y9FkE7 http://tid.bl.it/1Y9EUh8
Take Control of Slack Admin - Learn how to make your Slack team sing! (Not literally.). (Mac and Messaging)
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Good to know. We’re trying to find places that might be interested in site licenses of the Slack Basics book to train users...
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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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