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Roasting Toaster Fridges

hardware By February 8, 2016 Tags: , , 16 Comments

A longish exploration of two hybrid devices, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s iPad Pro.

The short version: The Microsoft product is a decent laptop but it’s better as a tablet. The iPad Pro is also not a laptop replacement, but it’s a substantial enhancement of the tablet genre, thanks to a better/bigger screen, a very good stylus, and plenty of processing power. This leads to a brief speculation on the future of OS X and iOS.


“Open That Set-Top Box“

hardware By January 31, 2016 Tags: , , 13 Comments


Later this month, the FCC will hear a proposal that would put an end to your cable carrier’s costly and regressive monopoly on the set-top boxes that you’re allowed to use. Following their well-known modus operandi, Comcast and other carriers contend that granting this freedom to their customers would stifle innovation. They continue to think we’re idiots, that they can raid our wallets with impunity.