Why Bernie Sanders needs to talk about race

The Supreme Court didn’t decide the election in 2000. Neither did Ralph Nader steal votes from the Democrats. Al Gore lost because he benched the best campaigner, Bill Clinton. Gore was embarrassed by Clinton’s sexual misadventures and so didn’t have him campaign in traditional Democratic strongholds. The voter turnout was low enough in key states, […]

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I was the egg man

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For most of my early working life, I was a short-order cook. The biggest technical advancement in my era was the addition of a microwave oven, ¬†one of those big units with a label warning people with pacemakers to keep their distance. If you haven’t already discovered it, eggs will explode inside a microwave. There […]

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Amazon: where children never grow old

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We’ve been buying books on Amazon for a long time. Some of our earliest purchases were the Spot series of kids’ books. We bought these books when our grandkids were young. The youngest is now 10 and getting older by doubles every day. Nevertheless, Amazon believes that children never get older and we will always […]

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I found my own workarounds

With its Inbox app, Google is making a big push to help/make us rethink how we handle our email. For me, anyway, it’s not working. Having used GMail for more than 10 years and with more than 100K messages in my archive, I’ve developed a set of filters and habits that work well (enough) and […]

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Creating memorable passwords

Just about every website requires a username and password if you want to do anything useful. Shopping online, using a web-based email service, participating in social networking: all require a username, such as your email address, and password. There are too many to remember without writing them down, so we use the same password on […]

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When help isn’t

A couple of products promise help and deliver but little. AARP has touted its new RealPad, a low-cost Android tablet that promises 24/7 Real Help. They have phone service, videos, and an email support line. Sounds good. A lot of people ask my opinion about various gadgets, so I thought I’d buy one to test […]

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Apple TV 404

Somewhere in a box of stuff in our storage room lies a sleek Apple TV remote control. Nice. simple, and hard to find. Apple provides an app that lets you control your Apple TV from your iOS device. It works reasonably well, except after a software upgrade. When the device restarts, it wants to confirm […]

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Staples. It’s (not) easy.

Staples has an app. All God’s children have an app.The Staples app purports to let us do things, except the things that seem obvious.Each time I buy something at Staples, I can’t find my card, the loyalty card that enables coupons and discounts. .I provide them with my phone number. They look up the card and […]

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