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OctoMac

I like 3D printing. It’s an interesting, if fiddly, hobby. Quite fun as long as you don’t actually need to print anything, because things go wrong All. The. Time. The filament snaps and your printhead goes on, obliviously, for hours. Data communications break down. The hot end that melts the plastic clogs, and no more feed. There’s […]

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First World Problems Tech

It’s a watch.

Yes, I got an Apple Watch. Sorry, Watch. And people want to know. What is it? How is it? Is it any good? Is it worth the money? All reasonable questions. I’ll answer them as best I can. Once again, there’s already way-too-much written about the Watch all over the internet. I’m not going to rehash […]

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Commentary Tech

Lies, damn lies, and AT&T reps

This comment by a FB friend on my post about leaving AT&T made me think. That wasn’t the first time I heard lies from AT&T reps, especially retention reps. If I have to guess, the basic explanation of why this happens is pretty obvious. (Warning: complete speculation forthcoming). Retention reps are paid to retain customers. […]

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AT&T doesn’t get it

I’ve been a pretty happy AT&T customer for many years. They’ve never been the cheapest (some MVNO, as of this writing), they’ve never been famous for their network (Verizon, probably), but for me they worked reliably day after day after day. Billing was arcane, but reasonably predictable. As long as I didn’t have to meddle […]

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The iPhone Six Plus

If you want a formal, professional, detailed review of Apple’s new shiny just head to my favorite tech haunt, Ars Technica. This is a personal account. A long, long time ago my wife dragged me to the Apple Store to check out the new, just released iPhone. On the day it was released. It was […]

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Commentary Research

The OMICS group strikes again

The OMICS group is still trolling for scientists to join their high-quality events. The latest is an invitation to Cosmetology 2014, a “Dermatology” conference where all of the speakers are cosmetics and hair salon CEOs. I’m sure I could come speak to them. After all, they probably want to hear me talk about academic metrics, […]

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Commentary Research

New spammy tactic by predatory publishers

The predatory publishers on Beall’s List keep looking for scientists to spam. The newest tactic is a beauty – just connect to people on LinkedIn. I got the request this morning. I took a screenshot from my phone.   Yes, “OMICS Publishing Group” is featured on Beall’s List. They send me a lot of spam. As […]

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Tech Writing

The ZTE Open with Firefox OS

I bought a phone!   Granted, it’s not the latest and greatest. I even bought it used; it was less than $70 on a certain jungle-themed shopping website. I’ll be doing some international travel soon, and it’s useful to have an unlocked, multi-band GSM smartphone. This fits the bill, and it gives me an opportunity […]

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Commentary Research Writing

An invitation to become an editor, or perhaps a flower

I can honestly say that I’ve never thought of myself as a flower. Perhaps that’s why an invitation to join the editorial board of a journal in “the bouquet of STM JOURNALS” [sic] doesn’t really speak to me. Or perhaps it’s because STM is on Beall’s list, and their invitation doesn’t quite ring true. It […]

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Microsoft keeps trying to help me

This is the state of my Lync problem as of today. Yes, I changed the background. The rest looks the same. Bounce, bounce, login, crash. I never stopped to think about this before, but if you’re Microsoft, people obviously blame you for everything wrong with their computer. Dodgy hardware crashes Windows? Microsoft sucks! A pirated […]