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Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    In the end, we’re all just waiting for Google Glass to pan out, aren’t we?

    Google Glass has seemed to switch their focus to enterprise applications. I casually try to keep up with it. They are doing some really cool pilot programs with GE and a few other companies. I would love to see it in the logistics business. It would dramatically improve our Quality and Safety.Report

  2. Avatar Damon
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    Frankly, I only upgrade my desktop when I realize I can’t play certain video games I want to play. That aside, I wouldn’t need a new desktop for at least a decade.

    I purposely chose not to get a laptop because I didn’t want to pay a premium for the smaller size–the size didn’t matter since I don’t take my computer anywhere.Report

  3. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    I’m eligible to upgrade my work laptop to a newer Mac. There’s no need to in terms of power or functionality. I don’t want to, because the new ones have thinner cases that make the keyboard feel strange. But I might, because when I travel for work, it’s getting harder to find non-USB-C chargers and external monitors.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Mike Schilling
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      I shy away from laptops — I do have a near-antique for times when I really have to take a computer on the road with me — because I’m hard on keyboards. IIRC, the one I currently have attached to my Mac Mini (it’s actually a multi-device Bluetooth keyboard that will automatically pair with the Mini, my phone, or the Raspberry Pi I’m currently developing on at the twist of a knob) is the third I’ve used with the Mini. I will eventually pound it to the point where some key stops working. Oddly enough, it’s usually the “L” key.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Michael Cain
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        I broke the left shift key on this one (it split in two), and I had to take it to the Apple store for a replacement.Report

        • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Mike Schilling
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          One of the things I say about retirement is that (a) I get to work on research questions and software projects that interest me, but (b) funding is more difficult. I started assembling software to draw cartograms because a license for ArcGIS was more than the household research budget would tolerate at the time. Paying Apple to disassemble a MacBook, or someone else to disassemble a different brand to replace the keyboard falls into the same category, at least IMO.

          Speaking of mappish things, why are the only shapefiles for the new Congressional districts in Pennsylvania provided by the PA Dept of Transportation?Report

      • Avatar gabriel conroy in reply to Michael Cain
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        I avoid laptops like the plague (and I avoid the plague whenever I can). I just don’t like them. For me, it’s hard to type on their keyboard and I’ll take a good old fashioned mouse any day.Report

  4. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    I use a laptop at home but PCs at work. I honestly like PCs at work more because they set me up with two screens and that is good for writing legal documents. I can have Lexis on one screen and the document on another. Or I have evidence on one screen and the document on another. When I do this on my laptop, it involve a lot of time minimalizing and maximizing various tabs.Report

  5. Avatar gabriel conroy
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    I haven’t joined the smart phone revolution yet, but I guess it’s only a matter of time. I know I’ve said this before, but I strongly dislike the idea of owning something so valuable, the loss of which would be such a great pain, and that’s so small it can easily be misplaced or stolen. Also, something something George Orwell’s 1984 something.Report

  6. Avatar Aaron David
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    I think the next innovation with phones (the battery issue is going to end soon, at least in my opinion) will be a, for lack of a better term, hand placement issue. In that no matter how you pick it up, it will always be the right side. That there will be no external buttons, as that would determine its side/direction. It will already be programmed to you, to know your body to turn on and off. Ect.Report

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