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Former software engineer at Microsoft for 18 years, now sharing my passions, answering questions & helping folks with technology. (since 2003)

Wired, wireless, and dealing with growth.


Networking sucks.

There, I’ve said it.

But setting up a home network to share your internet connection need not be horrendous.

A home network allows you to share a single internet connection, as well as data and devices, between multiple devices. …

Joy. Desire. Hatred. The flu. Gerrymandering. Endemic. Transplant refusal. Complaint culture.


1. “Incandescent Moments”

Not Enough Incandescent Moments? How to Boost Life’s Joy Quotient — Julia E Hubbel — (Medium)

This was timely, simply because I’m struggling with a bout of depression myself. (Ironically, while it’s been going on for a while, I’m writing this on World Mental Health Day.) …

NFTs. Concepts. More concepts. Still more concepts. Getting older. What you consume. Facebook. Friends.


1. “You own the JPEG!”

NFT Projects are just MLMs for Tech Elites — Evan Armstrong — Napkin Math

The only word I object to in the title is “just”. NFTs could be very much more.

NFTs fascinate me, but probably not in the way most people think. Not surprisingly, I suppose, I find the…

Doubt. Wisdom. Book summaries. Digital music. Medical care. Entitled babies. Amazon & Apple.

1. “‘doubt’ is your friend”

iPhones in old paintings — Is this evidence of Time Travellers? — David Gamble — (Medium)

On one hand this is kinda fun. The images are interesting, and I can certainly see the less discerning among us jumping to the wrong conclusions. …

1. “trying to be rational in an irrational situation”

The Profile: The founder who wants to build a utopia & the startup bringing back the woolly mammoth — Polina Pompliano — (The Profile newsletter)

This. So much this:

“Your mistake is that you’re trying to be rational in an irrational situation.”

This is something I’ve witnessed often, and —…


I might just have something

I realized the other day, based on the occasional feedback I get and the number of subscribers to 7Takeaways, that there might be more to this little side project of mine than just an exercise for myself. Others seem to find value, which is pretty cool. …

In short: Bladder management.

The author’s hand squeezing a rubber ball as an apherisis machine “borrows” his blood. (Image by the author.)

Several weeks ago I received a call from my local blood center asking if I could donate platelets in the next few days. This was unusual, but I was a match to a specific patient in need.

Platelets in your bloodstream help your blood clot. …

She’s who I want to be when I grow up.


Feeling like you’re “too old”? I’d like to introduce you to someone who inspires me.

One of the common refrains I hear, sometimes explicitly but more often inferred from the way people ask me questions, is being “too old”.

It’s not my favorite thing to hear, as I’ve written before.

If people can’t put you in the right bucket, you must belong in the wrong one.


Being able to see both sides of an argument is a curse.

People want black and white. If you’re cursed with an ability to articulate shades of grey, it’ll be taken as blanket disagreement no matter what your actual opinion.

Anything seen as less than 100% agreement is disagreement.


Democrats, you’re under the microscope

Photo credit: State Library of New South Wales via Flickr Commons

In a recent political discussion, I discovered something shocking: the person I was talking with attributed the same horrible fears to my side as I did to theirs.

The bullet lists were nearly identical.


I don’t believe there’s a short term fix. “How do we change their minds?” …

Leo Notenboom

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