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Farewell Google Inbox

Google announced today that they are sunsetting Inbox in favor of regular Gmail: As Gmail continues to improve, we’re bringing the best features from Inbox. In the new Gmail, you’ll find workflows that are similar to your favorite ones in Inbox. Support for Inbox will conclude in 2019. On their support page …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Thursday September 13, 2018


First thoughts on the Mastodon Social Network

I keep hearing about this new social network called Mastodon. It’s like Twitter but not exactly. You have toots instead of tweets (huge eye roll) but the biggest difference is instead of one main service it’s comprised of thousands of independent communities. The benefit is that it’s not owned by some huge corp and …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday September 7, 2018


The 2018 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

Looking to head to the mountains this autumn and see the leaves? The Smokey Mountains website has a prediction map so you can plan your trip to see them at their peak: The 2018 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday August 28, 2018


Senator McCain’s Farewell Statement

Below is the text from Senator John McCain’s farewell statement after his passing at age 81:  My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans, Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Monday August 27, 2018


Twitter Sends A Eulogy to 3rd Party Apps

I’ve always heard, “never build your business on something you don’t control” and those words have never been more accurate for 3rd party Twitter apps. Of course, this is nothing new as Twitter has crapped on developers a few times in the past and now they are continuing that trend by removing API that my Twitter …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday August 17, 2018


Embracing Remote by Working Outside

Even though I’ve worked remote for years I’ve always been a work from a desk kind of person. I liked having everything in a certain spot, a certain daily routine, and the comfort of the mundane. This year I’ve been thinking about ways of changing this. I debated getting an office in town away from home or possibly …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Saturday July 21, 2018


Photo Gallery: Walking around USNWC

Every Thursday night the White Water Center in Charlotte NC has what they call River Jam. A different live band each week and lots of people just enjoying being outside and having fun. Last night I went and snapped a few pictures I wanted to share. Kayakers about to slide into the water. People dancing to the …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Friday June 8, 2018


Mojave Desktop Backgrounds

Yesterday, Apple announced the new MacOS Mojave and it comes with an awesome day and night picture of the desert. If you’d like to use these now, a user on Reddit shared the source files . Of course, this is just static images and Mojave will be able to automatically adjust the image based on the time of day. A …

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Written by Eric L. Barnes - - Aggregated on Tuesday June 5, 2018


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