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The family that hacks together….

November 30, 2013

Saturday morning at our house: the kids are programming our new Lego Mindstorms robot. I’m installing Xcode on the Mac home media server…step one in the long road to controlling our Mini with our Kinect.

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Career

How to use your Facebook restricted list

November 7, 2013

Organizing your Facebook friends into lists is a great way to share different kinds of content with different kinds of people: for example, you might want to share certain updates with your colleagues, and other kinds of updates (like those adorable kid photos) with a small circle of friends.Facebook automatically creates a few of these [...]

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Family

Don’t be scared to Facebook your kids: A response to Amy Webb

September 5, 2013

Amy Webb has written an important but frustrating post on Facebook privacy and kids on the Slate website. Writing about a friend who extensively Facebooks photos and stories about her daughter “Kate”, Webb worries that Kate’s parents have compromised their child’s future autonomy, particularly in light of emergent facial recognition technology that can build profiles based on [...]

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Self

11 things I want to stop learning

July 23, 2013

There are some things I seem destined to learn over and over again, and gosh, I wish I could stop learning them already. For example: Unplug it before you open it. If you don’t want to do it tomorrow, you won’t want to do it in three months, either. Just because Apple makes it doesn’t mean [...]

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Career

Work Smarter with LinkedIn, published today

June 25, 2013

Work Smarter with LinkedIn takes you through exactly what we’d cover if we sat down together to get you powered up on LinkedIn. If we had an hour or two together, we’d talk about your near- and long-term professional goals, and then we’d focus on how LinkedIn could help you achieve them.

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Family

How BrainPop prepared my son for time travel

June 19, 2013

Last night’s bedtime story was “JCat and the Time Machine for Cats”. Like all JCat stories, this one featured JCat traveling to Cupertino with Tim Cook in order to invent something. Happily, I was ready for the request to have a story featuring a time machine, since an end-of-day conversation with colleagues had digressed into [...]

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Relationships

Win my love: The cheat sheet

June 18, 2013

I know that you are supposed to like or love people based on their character or their soul, but that shit takes a lot of time to figure out. It’s much more efficient to quickly categorize people as loveable, likeable or deeply suspicious based on their surface traits. Like many people, I have a few [...]

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Family

Stop sibling conflict with a tech-inspired solution

June 17, 2013

Are you tired of listening to your kids argue? Does it seem like a single ill-timed comment can ignite a cascade of escalating attacks and complaints? Are you sick of playing referee? This weekend we came up with an innovative strategy for stopping the sibling conflict cycle. To implement this plan, you need: 1. One [...]

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Family

Father’s Day reminds us what’s at stake in parenting

June 15, 2013

For most of my life, my father’s relationship with me was a great disappointment, which is why Father’s Day always catches me by surprise in a slightly painful way. But a late-in-life surprise changed how I saw my dad — and my own job as a parent.

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Toolbox

Hey NSA, even my kids know snooping is creepy

June 12, 2013

This morning’s breakfast conversation: ME: I’m feeling upset about how Barack Obama has been reading all the stuff we’ve been posting online — everywhere except Twitter, which refused to cooperate. SWEETIE: That’s creepy. ME: Good news, though — I blogged your list of feature ideas for Apple. PEANUT: Will Barack Obama read that, too? ME: [...]

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Family

8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

June 11, 2013

For the past couple of years, our kids’ favorite bedtime stories have featured a feline protagonist whose best friend is Apple CEO Tim Cook. In each story, Tim Cook teleports this cat to Cupertino (Apple HQ), where Tim and cat work on various cat-friendly inventions. Naturally, tonight’s story centred on an emergency visit from Tim [...]

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