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I Really Really Really Hate Buying Tech

$400?! For A Smartwatch?!

Would you rather own two mediocre “smartwatches” at $199 or one really good one that you’ll actually use at $399? The answer should be obvious.

My head spins like a drunken top every time I begin to investigate what I should buy for a smartphone or tablet.

I’m not sure it’d be much different if I had all the money in the world: Because then I’d flay myself over whether I should spend the money on two things instead of just one. I really don’t want to wind up with more than I’d actually use.

Previously here:

Buying Advice!

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Hoisting The Flag

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My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Four

September 15, 2013:
LG G Pad 8.3
“Ice Green” Chuwi V88
ICOO Fatty 2
Ramos K1
Tomato T2

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When Will This Winter Die?

A ‘Nor’Easter Bomb’ Might Be Heading To The East Coast

While the National Weather Service is understandably skittish about making snowfall predictions when the storm is still five days away, thanks to the wonders of technology, we can get a sneak peak of what the totals might be.

Another model, the GGEM (created by the Canadian Meteorological Centre), has a snow forecast that would rank as one of the biggest the New York City area has ever seen—more than two feet by Wednesday.

Now, the GGEM is more than likely wrong—the New York City office of the National Weather service conservatively noted the double-barreled center the GGEM is currently showing is probably unrealistic—but barring big changes in the forecast, there’s an increasingly strong line of evidence that someone’s going to get walloped on that order somewhere along the East Coast.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

We don’t need this. I’m still not used to the sidewalks and streets being finally clear of all the snow we’ve already had.

If we get a massive snowfall along the lines of that prediction, it will be a disaster.

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Ah, Diogenes!

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Enough, Winter!

Forecast

This has been a spiteful, unrelenting Winter that just will not end.

And here it is, so far, in one picture …

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On “Caring”

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hollywood’s drug addiction: Why did nobody care about the actor’s problem until it killed him?

Headlines are often written by an editor, so I will cut the writer of that column some slack.

But the sentiment behind that headline — Why did nobody care about the actor’s problem until it killed him? — really gets up my nose today.

For some people — perhaps most people — “caring” is a waste of energy, thought, and emotion.

Three episodes where I “cared” in the past two months reinforced this point to me.

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My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Three

This is an update to: My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment and My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Two.

The new leading contender is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

SGTP84MW01

Highest-resolution screen at that size, octa-core CPU (for the WiFi-only version) and 3GBs of RAM. It’s not 4:3 but I see nothing other than that as an objection. Plus, it will have MultiView.

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The Weather Is On Bath Salts

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January 7, 2014 · 7:08 am

The Big “WRONG! You Moron!”

One year ago on this date, I was poo-pooing what turned into Superstorm Sandy: The Future Is Filled With Bullshit Panic Based On Software.

In my weak defense, we went through this before with Hurricane Irene and nothing happened (here; but other states got devastation): Hurricane Irene Hysteria In New York City.

To rub salt in the wound of my wrongness, the two small businesses in that Irene post were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy (one has since re-opened after months of cleanup and renovation).

To see my collection of post-Sandy photos of destruction: Index Of Superstorm Sandy Photo Posts

I don’t want to go through another thing like Superstorm Sandy for the rest of my life.

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