Screen time for kids during a pandemic

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Back when we were in a “normal” routine, our kids’ screen time was pretty limited during the week. We only permitted them to use their phones and computers for school-related tasks during the week. On weekends, they could play (there’s a limit on the Nintendo Switch, mostly as an experiment) for as long as their…… Continue reading Screen time for kids during a pandemic

When your iPad is your computer

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The recent iPad updates are pretty interesting. I wouldn’t consider using an iPad as my primary computer for various reasons. At the same time, I can see the latest iPad, along with the keyboard and mouse (?) support as a primary computer for people with pretty straightforward or general requirements. iPads are like netbooks In…… Continue reading When your iPad is your computer

A few more thoughts about my Garmin Vivoactive 4

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I’ve had my Garmin Vivoactive 4 for just over two months now, and I thought I’d share a couple more thoughts about this device. To begin with, I still really enjoy using this watch. I’m very glad that I bought it, and I find it enormously helpful, day to day. I’ve been running pretty regularly,…… Continue reading A few more thoughts about my Garmin Vivoactive 4

Switching from a Fitbit Charge to a Garmin Vivoactive 4

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Change happens As you may remember, I bought a Fitbit Charge 3 in October 2018. I hadn’t worn a watch, let alone a fitness tracker like this, before that. I soon came to enjoy having it, and the data it gave me. Unfortunately, the screen stopped working soon after the warranty expired on the device,…… Continue reading Switching from a Fitbit Charge to a Garmin Vivoactive 4

A quantum computer did something a classical computer just can’t do

Photograph of a chip constructed by D-Wave Systems Inc. Mounted and wire-bonded in a sample holder. The D-Wave processor is designed to use 128 superconducting logic elements that exhibit controllable and tunable coupling to perform operations. Licensed CC BY 3.0 DWave

Quantum computing still seems to be at a pretty early stage. At the same time, it looks like it has the potential to do truly remarkable things. In at least one case, it did something a classical computer just can’t feasibly do: But that seriously understates what’s going on here. Every calculation that’s done on…… Continue reading A quantum computer did something a classical computer just can’t do

Multilingual keyboards can be tricky

Here in Israel we have people who speak Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, and English (just to name more common languages). Keyboards sold here tend to have at least English and Hebrew layouts to cater for what are probably more typical requirements. When I bought a new keyboard and mouse for our daughter (I went with a…… Continue reading Multilingual keyboards can be tricky

Giving a 2011 MacBook Air new life with Linux

Unleash Your Potential Robot by Kate Hazen

I bought my wife a 11″ MacBook Air in 2011. It’s a Intel® Core™ i7-2677M CPU @ 1.80GHz (four core) laptop with 4GB of RAM. Over time the battery became less effective, and started to swell. We eventually removed it early last year, before it burst. That left my wife with her MacBook Air that…… Continue reading Giving a 2011 MacBook Air new life with Linux

Folding smartphones remind me of the old Nokia Communicator devices

Samsung Galaxy Fold

These new range of folding smart phones are really interesting (I really like the idea of a device that opens up to reveal a larger, tablet-size screen). At the same time, I can’t help but think of the Nokia Communicator series devices from over a decade ago. Take the Nokia E90 Communicator, as an example:…… Continue reading Folding smartphones remind me of the old Nokia Communicator devices