From the Help Desk: Rescuing a Laptop from BitLocker and Lenovo’s SecureBoot

From the Help Desk: Rescuing a Laptop from BitLocker and Lenovo’s SecureBoot

I’m putting this here to help anyone who ends up in the same place I was last night at a bit after midnight. I know you’re out there… I’ve seen your panic-stricken posts to the Lenovo forums (fora?). The Problem: Lenovo-crippled firmware As the de facto “IT person” for the greater portion of my and …

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The Dangers of Domestication

The Dangers of Domestication

Part 1: From Hated to Hallowed Last month, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my daughter was given a worksheet at school. It looked a lot like this one to the right, but with different content. The actual content of the worksheet was “Ways I can make the world a better place, just …

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The Best Stories on TV

The Best Stories on TV

This is not going to be the blog post that wins me a Pulitzer (has that happened, I wonder? Ah, yes, sort of), but I keep having this thought, and I feel like it deserves to be “out there.” Two of my favorite television shows of recent times have been Orange Is The New Black …

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Craft Punk

Craft Punk

A few years ago I started a new family tradition of making homemade Halloween costumes with my son, Liam. No, not like Okay, I’ll skip to the finished products from the first couple years. Year one, a Creeper, from Minecraft: I don’t even remember what started this tradition. I don’t remember whose idea it was, …

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“Notoriously hard to follow”

“Notoriously hard to follow”

Yes, I’ve come out of hiding, but don’t get too excited until this happens a few times in the same month. I’ve been sitting on this post for a week or so. Every time I remember reading “Putting The Talmud Online” (via kottke.org), I chuckle. A Washington Post article is linked, describing the lengths to …

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Getting your $%*# Ring Doorbell hard-wired

Getting your $%*# Ring Doorbell hard-wired

I got a Ring Doorbell as a gift recently (thanks, Mom!), and, after about 4 weeks I’m finally satisfied with its installation! It’s not hard to find people complaining on the internet that their Ring Doorbell installation isn’t working. The design is… not great. There are spring pins on the back of the device that …

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Jesus didn’t run this year

Jesus didn’t run this year

So, as I sit here, it is November 14th, 2016. A portion of the United States, my homeland of all 38 years of my life, is beside themselves because of the decision our electoral college made just less than a week ago to elect Donald Trump president. I won’t go into my personal feelings in …

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: a review

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: a review

UPDATE: Gruber chimes in In an interview about his recent biography Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson had this to say about the writing experience, [Steve Jobs] gave me an enormous amount of material, and the book kind of just wrote itself. Yes, it appears to have. It’s all too easy to tell that this book …

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