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Apple assesment over the past decade

Walt Mossberg, the renowned and highly respected technology columnist for the Wall St. Journal and The Verge, briefly came out of retirement to write an insightful analysis of the past decade of Apple with Tim Cook at the helm. It was a fascinating take – well balanced, knowledgeable, and perceptive, especially considering how supportive his […]

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Beware of the Allianz add-on to your airline ticket

Beware of those insurance policies promoted when you buy an airline ticket. That’s advice I’ve always given others, but I fell for it and learned a lesson. I booked a business trip on Alaska Airlines, my new favorite airline, and as I checked out, Alaska promoted a number of add-ons, including a $22 trip cancellation […]

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The law of unintended consequences

Boeing’s announcement this week that they’re suspending production of their 737 MAX Jetliner is to a large degree the unintended consequence of the company’s successful efforts to shortcut the approval process for new aircraft. That new process masked some of the questionable design decisions before the plane was approved, leading to two fatal crashes. It’s […]

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Away has become the Uber of luggage

Away Luggage has been a phenomenon that’s hard to explain. The company, with huge VC financing valuing it more than Tumi, took a simple commodity product, a hard sided wheeled carry-on luggage, added a battery pack, a few clever features, and marketed the hell out of it as a life-style brand. ¬†They found a good […]

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The notebook dilema for the road warrior

The recent excitement that Apple finally fixed their keyboards in a newly released MacBook 16-inch model offered new hope that I could replace my two old MacBooks, a 2013 MacBook Pro and a 2015 MacBook 12 inch. I had been holding off all this time because of the problems I experienced with my “newest” MacBook, […]

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Staying Organized while Traveling

As a frequent traveler and technology writer I’m always looking for ways to keep organized on the road. Here are a number of things I’ve been used over the past year that have helped. Things is a spectacularly well-designed software product for Apple users that keeps track of all ToDos, notes, reminders and other bits […]