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Alex Cox
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Attended Brown University
Lives in Chicago, IL
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The delight of Will Self's "Umbrella"

Will Self; what a name, I thought, almost like will I be myself. I went into the bookshop – and the only book left on the back shelf was his Umbrella. The shopkeeper sitting there, sipping a latte, I’ma ask ya to put ya da bag down, the words were louder…
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The end of Android

For me, at least. When I started this blog almost two years ago, Android was one of its main topics. I wanted to write about Android in an intelligent, high-brow way, to make an Android blog that could go toe-to-toe with all the top-tier Apple-focused…
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RSS isn’t dead. The demise of Google Reader last year inspired pearl-clutching about the demise of the standards-based Web and the rise of Google+ and other proprietary content filters. But here we are in late 2014 and podcasts (audio RSS) are thriving…
RSS isn't dead. The demise of Google Reader last year inspired pearl-clutching about the demise of the standards-based Web and the rise of Google+ and other proprietary content filters. But here we...
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Google’s Android apps are by and large top-notch. With so many apps only ported to Android as an afterthought (many, like Instagram, have ported over their bottom-icon heavy look), Google’s specialized design is refreshing. Chrome is no exception. While…
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In his seminal essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell talked about how the overuse of Latin words in English had become like “soft now” falling up on facts, “blurring the outline and covering all details.” The result of such snowiness…
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Entitling an article “The Internet’s Original Sin” is pretentious, but I’m guessing that it is an Atlantic editor’s attempt at sounding weighty while driving traffic on behalf of the publication’s ads. Irony of reading Ethan Zuckerman’s post about the…
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Ben Thompson’s Stratechery is one of the best technology blogs. I don’t subscribe to the Daily Update portion of it, but the main site entries are more than enough to keep my FeedWrangler inbox full of stuff to read. He’s remarkably good at forecasting…
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The end of Android?

On my Nexus 5, there are almost 30 system apps that list Google as the developer. These apps range from the often useful (Maps, Search, YouTube) to the sometimes useful (Google Play Books, Google+) to the never useful (Cloud Print, Email, Google Play…
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In my previous entry, I mentioned Link Bubble, a nifty Android app made by Chris Lacy, the creator of the Tweet Lanes Twitter/App.net client. Like DuckDuckGo (a merged search engine-browser-news aggregator), Link Bubble is on the bleeding-edge of mobile…
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10 best Above & Beyond singles #ABGT

Above & Beyond have made some good albums, but the album is not the ideal vessel for their strengths. In his roundup of 1990s albums 15 years ago, music critic Ned Raggett noted that the album could eventually be dislodged as the dominant unit of musical…
Above & Beyond have made some good albums, but the album is not the ideal vessel for their strengths. In his roundup of 1990s albums 15 years ago, music critic Ned Raggett noted that the album ...
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Have you ever gone to gmail.com…on your iPhone? Ever felt the urge to load the Instagram website from your Nexus 5? Web protocols – hello, HTTP – may be central to how we experience mobile software, but mobile browsers have lost the race to hybrid and…
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Writer
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Writing, technical writing, Web design, support, coding, social media
Employment
  • Brafton
    Writer, 2013 - present
    Content writing (blog, white paper, etc.)
  • Branchfire
    Support, 2011 - 2013
    User support, social media management, technical writing.
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Chicago, IL
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Providence, RI - Lebanon, KY
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Android blogger and occasionally a creative writer.
Education
  • Brown University
    Classics, 2004 - 2008
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