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David Blue looks beyond tech media and industry personalities to find the individuals and organizations who continue to prioritize progress. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/davidblue/support

    Digtal Academia Whacked

    Digtal Academia Whacked

    I have returned to school! ...and commented on The Social Dilemma, bought a desktop, broke Windows, installed WordPress, used a Kindle (ew,) started a Digital Magazine Collection, browsed the web using Microsoft products, and read a wonderful book about the history of word processing.


    That sound you're hearing at the beginning is one I made exclusively using sounds from Windows 98.

    End User has made a total of $1.58 to date! Incredible.

    Reporting From the Digital Classrom of 2020

    You've Just Watched 'The Social Dilemma'...

    Indulging Once More in Digital Excess and Revelations of Network Withdrawals (which is exactly two years old, today.)

    What The F**k  (Yes, I've been tinkering with yet another WordPress installation. Sorry.)

    Digital Gardens

    Creative Wellness

    💔Finally Broke Windows

    Varmilo VA108M

    Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing

    Microsoft Browsing Review


    If you have any comments/suggestions/feedback/petty insults, please do contact me via Email, Twitter, Mastodon, or Discord. (And hey! Here's my full social directory.)


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    • 44 min
    Dirty Dave's Poweruser Tips

    Dirty Dave's Poweruser Tips

    Dirty Dave's Poweruser Tips and an interesting new medium for interviews

    This episode, I discuss Dirty Dave's Poweruser Tips - some of the software and lesser-known methodologies I've discovered over the years of Just F*****g Around.


    Interview with write.as Community Manager CJ Eller about Markdown, my tips post, Extratone, and all the stuff I've been doing on the web.

    Write.As

    Enpass

    CopyQ CopyQ Demo

    Windows 10 Basic Shortcuts

    "Microsoft’s new Spotlight-like launcher for Windows 10 will arrive in May" | The Verge

    Markdown

    Bear "Why I finally replaced Evernote with Bear" | The Verge

    Typora

    OBS

    Compact OS


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    • 34 min
    Microsoft Designed Its New Surface Laptop 2 Specifically for Me

    Microsoft Designed Its New Surface Laptop 2 Specifically for Me

    After living and working with Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 since its release, I've realized (intellectually) that it's more suited to my personal use than any other machine I've ever used, but my emotional brain has remained just far enough behind to stay out of the way of saying something useful. 

    Spare yourself and just read my full written review instead.

     Resources/Further Reading


    The Vergecast on the release of the original Surface Laptop, last year. "There's not a whole huge gap between an iPad Pro and the new Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S." (Windows 10 S is an entirely different issue that we can thankfully leave in the past.)
    "The best computer is one you hate a little" - The Outline (I must find Windows 10's ignorance almost as charming as I found Windows XP's thoughtfulness.)
    "Microsoft offers up Windows 10 1809 to nervy seekers" - ComputerWorld 
    "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: If it ain't broke" - by Dan Seifert for The Verge +Their review of the first model.
    "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is the best laptop of 2018" - Mashable +Microsoft's website page for the Surface Laptop 2 includes a quote from this review front and center.
    "Spec-Down: Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2" - PCMag
    "The 2018 MacBook Air is good, but not great" - Mashable 
    "Microsoft Surface Review" - by Joshua Topolsky for The Verge back in October 2012.
    "Microsoft's Surface Laptop feels beautiful" - The Verge
    "The popularity of Microsoft’s Surface is the least realistic thing on TV" - The Outline
    "With the Surface, Microsoft just started writing its next chapter" - by Joshua Topolsky for The Verge 
    "What OEMs desperately need to learn from Microsoft's Surface" - ZDNet
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    • 38 min
    Mastodon's Big Moment, 20 Months Later

    Mastodon's Big Moment, 20 Months Later

    Amid some life changes, I took the opportunity to revisit Mastodon as I've recently realized how much more it has to offer than Twitter does, these days. A previously-unpublished interview from April 2017 with the federated social network's creator, Gargron and a replay of Futureland's subsequent Mastodon episode. 

    Read the full essay and written interview.

    World Wide Web | Twitter | Federated | Telegram | Discord 


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    Siri Shortcuts Are iOS 12's Most Profound Addition

    Siri Shortcuts Are iOS 12's Most Profound Addition

    Though iOS 12 has technically been in consumers’ hands for half a year, its greatest implications seem to have gone relatively unnoticed.


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    • 57 min
    Revelations of Network Withdrawals

    Revelations of Network Withdrawals

    A month without reliable home internet was less sabbaticle, more mild psychological self-torture, but at least I can vouch for Opera Turbo, Telegram X, and mobile.twitter.com.

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    • 26 min

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