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Apple Announces Keyboard Service

I've been using a Macbook Pro 15" from 2016 for about two years now. I am pretty sure that all my keys work. I've certainly read about a lot of people who have had problems with the keyboard on these models, and today Apple announced a service program Here's the thing about this keyboard. Even with one that I'm pretty sure works correctly, the key feel and typing isn't what people are used to. I won't say it's bad, but it is different. Personally there are some elements I like about it but keyboards for people who type for

  • Mark Thomas
    Mark Thomas
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Senate Review for Net Neutrality

The US Senate today approved the nullification of the FCC net neutrality rollback. This is a positive step, but to actually matter the house would need to vote the same way. It's nice however to see Democrats and a few Republicans continuing to make an issue of this. It's a very good example of a complex technical topic getting various interpretations based on politics. There are a ton of different constituencies in the commercial space including tech companies, telcos, and media companies. The venn diagram of conflicting interests is surprisingly complex, and that's before you get the money and politics

  • Mark Thomas
    Mark Thomas
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Is Google Duplex Inhumane?

Google announced and demoed Duplex this week, and it's really quite something. This is the stuff of science fiction in many ways. The recognition capabilities and dealing with some of the conversational branches is really quite impressive. People seem to be thinking a lot about the fact that the synthesized voice includes fillers like "umm", which is a part of making the voice sound more natural and human. After listening to all the demo calls published on the Duplex site, I pretty quickly identified a couple of repeated tells that felt awkward. The "em hmm" that

  • Mark Thomas
    Mark Thomas
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Tech Inventory at Coffee Shop

I often use "in the wild" observations to build up informal impressions of what people are doing. Brooklyn is maybe not representative, but without further ado: A Near Complete Tech Inventory of a Group Table at a Brooklyn Coffee Shop All records between 8:45am - 11am on Monday May 7th 2018. Visible technology only. Initial Seating of Seven People: Phones: 4x iPhone X 1x iphone (6/6s) Laptops: 1x 2016/17 MacBook Pro 13" (non-touchbar) 1x 2016/17 MacBook Pro 15" (touchbar) 1x 12" ipad Pro (with keyboard) 1x Older Macbook 13" (CD-ROM)

  • Mark Thomas
    Mark Thomas
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