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The judges have reached a unanimous verdict regarding the new Soylent flavours:
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This opinion piece is titled: This Is Not Pro

For a long time I've felt that Macbooks were the best computer money could buy. I'm not sure if that's still true.

It appears that a colleague's recent experience getting his <1yo macbook's battery replaced won't be an isolated experience for mac users of the future. The latest line of macbooks are incredibly hard to repair. So, expect significantly increased maintenance costs and prolonged periods of time without a computer while they're being worked on (ie: around a week. I can't remember the last time I was without my primary laptop at all, aside from vacation).

Per the article below, iFixit.com gave the new macbooks a 1 out of 10 in repairability due to the battery & display being glued into the chassis, and the cpu & ram & hdd (!!) all being soldered into the motherboard:

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/11/touch-bar-mbp-teardown-soldered-ssd-cosmetic-speaker-holes-and-more/

I just can't see myself buying one of these. That means my current macbook pro may be my last....

And then what?

Well, hopefully by that time, everything I do for work and personal will be in the browser. That then would mean my laptop's OS could be just a browser. It'd be nice to get back to a less-expensive piece of hardware with more consumer choice, but without having to give up the wonderful/powerful/reliable/intuitive user experience I've come to expect in a laptop (ie: not windows).

- Erik

P.S. Some zingers out of the comments section of that article I thought you may enjoy:
~~ So if I have any mainboard issue, all the data is trapped on the soldered SSD and doomed? That is hardly "pro".
~~ This is what courage looks like.
~~ It's not just about repairability, it is all about you not being able to upgrade one damn thing in your 3000$ device! Upgrade? Buy another one!

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Cana-wash-ore-fornia!!

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Ash & Erik at the EMA awards, an incredibly inspiring evening.
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Just a little reco for everyone - bloomnation.com.

I used it to send anniversary flowers - so impressed with the experience.

Their pitch is that they're a marketplace of local flower shops, where they provide a seamless search and fulfillment experience on top. They've got a Magento install with a single-page checkout flow that's one of the best I've seen.

The screenshot I'm showing is the last step of the process, and a nice touch. After the flowers were delivered, the deliverer took a picture, which got sent to me so I actually saw what was sent. Slick.

Anyways, enjoy!

- Erik

P.S. Random fact - I found them by googling "disrupting flower delivery". The tech industry is kinda predictable with its love of flashy buzzwords.
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Finally, a logical explanation for Google's communications app strategy: "Google's messaging strategy is actually designed by a poorly trained algorithm. It learned people like Facetime and Whatsapp, so, Google should make apps like those."

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From the article: "The original edition of Marihuana Reconsidered also included an essay by someone who referred to himself as "Mr. X," and he noted how being high in the shower helped him figure out how racism worked—a revelation that inspired him to write 11 essays in an hour. The claim sounded crazy, until it was revealed that Mr. X was Carl Motherfucking Sagan."

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Jim Jeffries on Trump - funny while fiercely insightful as always...

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Simple/Free notification service that tells you if your email appears in any of of the public dumps of account details from any known site hacks (so you know for sure to change your password). Also (yet another) subtle reminder to not re-use passwords.

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