Retrospective: 2016

As has become my custom, I take a look back at the previous year, the good and the bad, the surprising and the obvious, and reflect on the year as a whole. Many would agree with me that 2016 was not a great year. It saw turbulence across the globe, in all aspects of...
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What I Read in 2016: The Year In Review

For the Goodreads graphical version of this report, click here. Over the past few years, I’ve set myself fairly aggressive reading goals, and managed to hit those goals. 2016 is the first year that I can remember falling short of my goal, and not by a little bit—but a...
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I Want More From Artificial Intelligence

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Why I’m Excited About the iPhone 7

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, Apple announced the latest generation of iPhone, which they’re calling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Ironically, the rumors on the internet indicate that Apple will radically re-design the iPhone in 2017, for the tenth-anniversary...
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Retrospective: 2015

As 2015 ends, I take my yearly look back, at what has happened, not happened, and try to determine how happy I am with the previous year. 2015 has been quite a year, with mostly some very significant ups, and the downs being fortuitous in that they could have been far...
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24 Hours with a Windows Tablet

I'm kind of a gadget junkie, as most of those who know me are already aware. As such, I'm always on the lookout for the latest-and-greatest technology. Lately, my Nexus 7 (2012) Android tablet started acting up, and the battery life has grown inconsistent. It's also a...

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Why You Should Stop Storing Contacts On Your Cellphone

We've all been there. You lose your cellphone, or damage it beyond salvation, and there's no way to recover your contacts from it. You're then stuck trying to get everyone to send you their contact information again, ultimately losing a few phone numbers...

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Retrospective: 2013

With each new year comes the inevitable look back at the past one. Was it a good year? Did we get everything accomplished that we set out to do? Am I a better person than I was last January 1st? 2013 was an interesting year for Jenny and I--a big one, sure--and we...

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What I Read in 2013: The Year In Review

Each new year, I take a look back at what I've read during those previous twelve months. It never ceases to amaze me how many good books I've read--and how many books I was interested in that turned out to be less-than-stellar. 2013 was no exception, but also saw some...

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Book Review: The Circle

We live in an age of escalating surveillance--one in which personal privacy is increasingly rare, and more and more of our lives are shared publicly on the Internet. So perhaps it's no surprise that The Circle, by Dave Eggers, takes things a few steps further with his...

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Diving Into Programming

Recently, I found something that works really well in physical form, but could be so much better if 'there was an app for that'. I've been curious about mobile app programming for quite some time, but never really had a purpose for learning it. I've never been much of...

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The Private Space Race

Planetary Resources & Deep Space Industries For years, science fiction writers have portrayed the future of our solar system as one in which we've mined the asteroid belt, explored the moons of Jupiter, and traveled created cities on the other planets that make up...

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Review: Google Chromecast

Chromecast is Google's latest foray into the world of smart televisions. A $35 stick that plugs into any HDMI-equipped television, this piece of hardware is essentially Google's answer to Apple's AirPlay standard. With this tiny piece of hardware, owners of Windows-...

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2013 Mid-Year Book Review

2013 marks my first year using a completely different method and system for tracking my books and what I'm reading. I'm now fully half-way through the year, and so far have no reservations about continuing down this path. It's actually rather impressive the level of...

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Review: CloudBerry Backup

Everyone should have some kind of a backup solution for their computer. No excuses. I once was guilty of not having a regular backup plan, and ended up losing a considerable amount of data because of it. Don't let this happen to you--backup, and keep backing up. Until...

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I'm Back!

Brad World is back and better than ever! I was fortunately able to restore nearly everything, and get it all back up and running again. That said, I have a much better backup plan in place this time. Hopefully that never happens to me again. Since I had to rebuild the...

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Vacation 2015: A Tale of Three Cities

Note: This is necessarily a long post, since it will contain lots of detail about a lengthy and detailed trip. Preface If you’d like to see full highlights from our trip, I’ve put together a Google Photos album, which you can view here. This vacation story begins way...

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