New cable modem

Maybe it was getting old, or maybe the much-increased traffic from pandemic WFH caused problems, but for whatever reason our Spectrum-provided cable modem has been a problem. I’ve had to power cycle it a few times to clear slowdowns. Symptoms – speed tests dropped down to under 10 megabits, and on reboot would rebound to […]

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1080p webcam for Zoom for $40

Fact 1:In the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re all on Zoom et al quite a lot. Fact 2: Apple webcams are 720p resolution and quite low quality. Fact 3: Nerds want to be helpful. Consequence one: Good webcams are sold out universally. Consequence two: The people behind the cheap and awesome WiFi webcam brand Wyze have written […]

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Damn it Apple

Apple Music on iOS has turned into a ad-infested shitshow of dodgy UX patterns that verge on deceptive; where the big obvious click signs you up to become a positive number on some Apple ARPU dashboard. This sucks. Quite a lot. You literally cannot be rid of this incessant upsell bullshit. Fucking Apple, I pay […]

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Lockdown Apps

Found via Hacker News – free and open source tracker and ad blocker, works on-device using VPN hooks. That means that it’ll block in apps as well as Safari. I’m trying it now.Note – they pay their bills with the subscription-billed VPN but you can decline that and just use the blocker. That’s what I’m […]

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Chloroquine, Past and Present | In the Pipeline

The antimalarials are much in the news due to Covid-19, so here’s an actual expert who knows them well and can explain. TL;DR – they’re unlikely to be much help as treatment. The author is Derek Lowe, long a favorite of mine for his “Things I won’t work with” series and I recommend him highly.

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California is Driving the EV Revolution — Beautiful News

Unseen trends, uplifting stats, creative solutions — a new chart every day. From Information is Beautiful. — Read on informationisbeautiful.net/beautifulnews/ Hell yeah! I’m grateful for many things about San Diego and Southern California, and this is one more for the list. I charge my Bolt at work, continue to covet an EV bike (someday, a […]

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How to stop Spectrum junk mail and spam calls – The Verge

If you’re tired of getting junk mail from Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), here’s how you can opt in to Do Not Call, Do Not Email, Do Not Mail, and Do Not Knock in a single online form. While you’re at it, enable the rest of Spectrum’s privacy settings, which control how the ISP […]

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