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Ditch the iPhone for a cellular Apple Watch?

I’ve seen some companies are now offering “dumb phones” which are basically cell phones that do two things, phone calls and texts. The idea is to break the habit of being always connected to the internet, games, social media, and anything else that strives for your attention. The problem is, you still have to carry …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday May 23, 2018


1Password 7 for Mac

AgileBits just released 1Password 7 for the Mac  and it comes with a ton of new improvements. Some of the things I’m really looking forward to is the new design and the ability for better app integration: With our new app integration we’ll automatically suggest logins for the current app you’re using. Along with …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday May 22, 2018


Arby’s Sauce Font – Saucy_AF

Free Arby’s Sauce font : Arby’s sauce calligraphy is not an easy skill to learn. Luckily, like all skills, it can now be done by a computer and downloaded for free! Get the Arby’s Saucy_AF font and say it with sauce. Not a bad looking font, and a nice marketing play by Arby’s.

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday May 21, 2018


Take Notes On Paper

Walter Isaacson in the conclusion of the biography of  Leonardo Da Vinci : Five hundred years later, Leonardo’s notebooks are around to astonish and inspire us. Fifty years from now, our own notebooks, if we work up the initiative to start writing them, will be around to astonish and inspire out grandchildren, …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday May 21, 2018


Xbox Adaptive Controller

In my family, we are not big gamers. We have an old WII and then just iOS games. The main reason for this is because one of my family members has slight cerebral palsy that affects their entire left side. Going through life with this has its challenges and playing has always been pretty much out of the question. The …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday May 18, 2018


How much have I spent with Amazon?

A few years ago my family only used Amazon to purchase books and electronics, but over the past year and a half, the company has made its way into our daily lives and now we order everything we can through it. It’s so convenient and easy to just pull up what we need and click order, versus spending the time driving to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday May 16, 2018


Photos from DuPont State Forest

A couple of weeks ago I went mountain biking in DuPont  and had a blast. After coming home and telling my family about it we decided to rent a VRBO in the area and spend mother’s day weekend hiking and exploring the area. Below is a bunch of photos from the three waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday May 15, 2018


ZSH Stats

I was not aware ZSH had a stats option that will display your top commands until I saw this tweet by Roger Creasy: If you use zsh, view your most used commands with `zsh_stats` #techtip #geek #php #linux — Roger Creasy (@RogerCreasy) May 14, 2018 Not sure it has a lot of value, but I …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday May 14, 2018


Ulysses Plans to Improve The Code Blocks

From the Ulysses announcement : The next Ulysses version will ship with greatly improved code blocks. You’ll have to mark up the beginning of a code block only once to let it span as many paragraphs as needed. No more backtick fatigue! Also, we revamped the appearance of code blocks in the editor to make them …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday May 7, 2018


Sales are not made from screaming

I rarely watch regular TV but when I do it’s immediately noticeable how much louder the commercials are than the program you are watching. I’m sure the advertising industry has done extensive research on this and came to the conclusion that it grabs your attention but it never works in my house. Instead of getting …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Sunday May 6, 2018


New Camera – Olympus OM-D Mark II

I’ve been wanting to learn more about photography and up till now, I’ve been iPhone camera only. For most of my needs, the iPhone works good enough but I wanted to go a step further and invest some time learning the skills behind taking great photos. For my birthday I got a new mirrorless camera an Olympus OM-D …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday May 2, 2018


Thirty-Nine​

Today is my thirty-ninth birthday and what better way to celebrate than sharing thirty-nine things I’ve learned over the years: If it’s out of your control you shouldn’t worry about it. People can’t take emotion out of the law or contacts. Every night reflect on your day Pen and paper will outlast digital …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday April 30, 2018


Carolina Thread Trails: South Fork Trail

I love to do things outside and try to get the family out every weekend. Today was no different and we decided to hit a new trail that is nearby called the “ South Fork Trail ” which is located in McAdenville, NC and runs beside the South Fork River. It’s managed by the Carolina Thread Trails which is specific to …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday April 28, 2018


Operator Mono with Ligatures

Have you wished Operator Mono had ligatures similar to Fira Code? If so, here is a utility named Operator Mono Ligatures that will generate new OpenType fonts for Operator Mono that includes ligatures. Just be warned you do need the Operator Mono font first and it does cost around $200: NOTE: Because Operator …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday April 27, 2018


Closing those Apple Watch Rings

  With the Apple Watch, I was struggling to close my rings especially the standing. It seemed like nothing I did would cause it to close in those last 10 minutes after the warning came. So like all modern people, I went to Twitter to share my frustration. Ben Sampson replied with a few tips that have been …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday April 26, 2018


The Revenge of Analog

The Revenge of Analog by David Sax is a book I picked up for two reasons, I thought the cover was awesome, and I’ve been on an analog kick this year. I’ve switched to real books, using pen and paper, and even subscribing to magazines instead of reading online. So I thought this book would be right up my alley. The …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Wednesday April 25, 2018


The Amazon Three Stars Rule

The Washington Post has a story on how merchants are using Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews and this reminded me of the three-star review rule to save time and hassle. It works like this. Find a product you are interested in buying, scroll down to the customer reviews and select three stars to filter the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday April 24, 2018