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The Dragonbone Chair re-read – Part Three – Simon Snowlock

This is the last part of The Dragonbone Chair re-read. I may have gotten a bit over-zealous with maps and charts this time….but Tad made this section longer than the previous two so it required more notes… The introductory post is here, if you are interested. The re-read post for part I, Simon Mooncalf is […]

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Cloud Storage Options (with pricing table)

There are several options for cloud storage with different pricing options and some slight difference in features. Pricing is changing quite a bit. The table below tries to show for a given amount of storage which option is the cheapest amongst the major players. Note that I ignored the variety of promotions; for example, I […]

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The Dragonbone Chair re-read – Part Two – Simon Pilgrim

The introductory post is here, if you are interested. The re-read post for part I, Simon Mooncalf is here. Word of warning: This re-read post is LONG (about 5,000 words) as was the first one. This implies that each of these re-read posts are going to take a bit. I haven’t studied a fiction book […]

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The Dragonbone Chair re-read – Part One – Simon Mooncalf

The introductory post is here, if you are interested. It has been a long time since I re-read a book, and I do not remember since college re-reading one in this fashion, where I actually am going back over chapters to find details after I’ve re-read them. Will it help me to remember the points […]

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REVIEW: Simple Qigong for Health: Enhanced Edition with video

As a developer of enhanced eBooks, I notice it is easy to use too much media (an overabundance of non-germane videos, audio or pictures), or to not put it in the right places. The enhanced eBook medium should live up to its name: enhance the book and the reading/learning experience, not take it over. The […]

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Tad Williams is Ruining my Calm

Life is too short for re-reads. Do the math. If your good reading-and-comprehension (yes, some of you hear Cheech and Chong’s voices in your heads) years range from age 10 to 80, and you read 50 books a year, you get 3,500 books to read in your lifetime. If you are more prolific, like my […]

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What time does an Apple provisioning profile expire?

For those of you that do not get the challenges of living in the Apple Developer world, a bit of background: To deploy an iOS app outside of the Apple App Store, either as a “beta” with an Ad-Hoc Distribution profile, or as an Enterprise with an Apple Enterprise Developer account, a Provisioning Profile is […]

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We Survived the Fort Collins Bicycle Breweries Tour

A tour of Fort Collins many breweries (13 as of this writing)? On bicycles you say? It wasn’t a bike like the one in the photo (that is for next time), but this is a great trip for anyone interested in a leisurely bike ride on some excellent trails. And beer. Lots of beer. Thanks […]

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Springsteen but no Lillyhammer

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The Woodlands, Texas, May 6, 2014 On a recent trip to see good friends in Hawaii (yes, this story does start on a beautiful island), after trying to kill my friend Bob with a hike, we were too tired to do anything but eat, drink wine and […]

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Can Houston Rockets Choke City 2 turn into Clutch City 2?

Disclaimer right up front: I am biased. I had Rockets season tickets for the great Hakeem Olajuwon’s entire career, and saw every game of the two championship playoff runs. And I agree the old adage “you can’t go back.” Whether one is discussing being a participant (be it fan or player) of a great team’s […]

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  • Tesla Motors open sources all of their patents. A great headline, and an interesting idea. Open source the patents. Tesla is ahead of the electric car competition, behind the big car companies in sales, so why not? Wonder what it just did to their valuation; probably not much, with a market cap of $25B. But probably saved them a lot in legal fees! #
  • Apple and Beats Three thoughts on the Beats acquisition (or alleged, or rumored, or soon to be). One, this article on Apple wanting to be perceived as a fashion company (and, from Tim Cook's perspective, have the multiples that go along with that vs. the existing painfully low tech multiples). Two, since the Apple stores sell Beats, Apple should have good sell through numbers and a good understanding of not only Beats sell through Apple stores but relative sell through big box stores like Best Buy and Target (which you mentioned in the last episode). Three, Beats acquisition of the Mog streaming service should mix well with the somewhat weak iTunes Radio. And it is only 2% of Apple's cash...so well worth in IMHO. #
  • While investigating the feasibility of a Kindle Fire version of my Grand Canyon app (which is available in the Apple App Store and about to have an update), found this excellent series of articles on developing for the Kindle Fire.     #

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