Apple recently released an upgrade of its high-end MacBook Pro, which I have been trying out, so it’s a good time for me to ask: Would I get a Macintosh laptop today? Should you? I wish I could provide a quick, definitive answer, but … it’s complicated. I say this as a decades-long Apple enthusiast who has been in the market for an Apple laptop since 2016. At that time, I gave the newly redesigned version of the MacBook Pro high marks. The laptop, with a strip-style mini-screen called the Touch Bar in place of physical function keys, impressed me. The new MacBook Pro seemed like a dandy addition to my Apple-centric home — alongside a MacBook Air notebook used (and loved) by my wife, and an earlier-model MacBook Pro used (and adored) by our college-age son. I waited on a purchase, though, as I always do when a revamp of a Mac or any other Apple product is released. I was cautious because I wanted to see if any issues with the radically revised MacBook Pro … [Read more...] about Should you get Apple’s high-end MacBook Pro? Answer: It’s complicated
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Over two years ago, I converted my old “dumb” home into a still-old “smart” home. I’ve been using a smart-home system for the last two years that lets me control my home’s climate, door locks, and security, and it’s proven to be indispensable. In fact, I would take my existing devices or buy smart-home devices if I were to move. It’s not so much the convenience of controlling these things from the couch or even abroad. It’s the peace of mind of knowing away from home that I locked the door, set the alarm, and reducing energy bills from better managing the heater or air conditioning. Plus, controlling things like the temperature with my voice on smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home devices – while not perfect – can add a futuristic touch. Oddly, my favourite connected device in the house is the smart doorbell. Apartment dwellers may scoff, but I doubt any homeowner would prefer not knowing … [Read more...] about I’ve been living in a smart home for two years — and I probably will for the rest of my life
Early voting starts Wednesday for Hamilton County primary elections and voters will see contests in three countywide races — for county mayor, a Circuit Court judgeship, and the register of deeds office — and four county commission races. COUNTY COMMISSION District 1 Incumbent Randy Fairbanks is seeking a second term, while challenger Steve Coker is hoping to upset him in the Republican primary. Fairbanks, 61, won the seat in 2014 after toppling longtime commissioner Fred Skillern in the primary and besting a write-in campaign by school board member and Skillern ally Rhonda Thurman. A certified public accountant who is now the commission chairman, Fairbanks said he has focused closely on district residents' concerns and spends a lot of time at events. Early voting locations Early voting is Wednesday through April 26 at:› Brainerd Rec Center, 1010 N. Moore Road› Collegedale City Hall, Fuller Community Room, 4910 Swinyar Drive› Election Commission, 700 … [Read more...] about Hamilton County early voting starts Wednesday: What you should know about the races
caption Fast-food restaurants in the US haven’t done much to appeal to people who eat gluten-free. source Business Insider/Mary Hanbury Starbucks cut its gluten-free breakfast sandwich this month, and angry customers are complaining about it on social media. This is partly because the gluten-free options for food that can be eaten on the go are extremely limited in the United States. An estimated2.7 million Americans follow a gluten-free diet in the US. But despite this, fast-food restaurants have done little to appeal to the growing population of people who avoid foods like bread and pasta made with wheat. In an effort to survey the gluten-free landscape, I set out on a mission to see if I could survive only on fast food for five days. When it comes to finding gluten-free, on-the-go food in the United States, it’s slim pickings. Therefore, it comes as no … [Read more...] about I’m gluten-free and survived on nothing but fast food for 5 days — here’s what happened
History doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it does run in cycles. One of the most robust theories of such cycles was articulated by economic historian Carlota Perez, in her influential book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Edward Elgar, 2002). It suggests that humanity can get through the current period of upheaval and economic malaise and enter a new “golden age” of broad economic growth, if the world’s key decision makers act in concert to help foster one. This may seem far-fetched, but it’s happened four times before. We are in the midst of the fifth great surge (as Perez calls them) of technological and economic change since the Industrial Revolution. The last one, the age of oil, automobiles, and mass production, lasted most of the 20th century and still shapes many people’s attitudes. Our current surge started around 1970 and has rolled out information and communications technology around … [Read more...] about Are We on the Verge of a New Golden Age?