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It's the mastering, stupid! (How record companies are ruining music.)

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Poke around the Internet a bit and you'll find no shortage of opinion on music sources: CD vs digital downloads vs vinyl, etc. Which is best? The answer is: source doesn't matter, it's the mastering that makes the difference. Unfortunately, the vast majority o…

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politics

This is an analogy...

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I know this will confuse some people, but so be it. What follows is an analogy of a growing amount of outrage. I've had the analogue of this argument several times recently. The Setup The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rates movies. They assign a…

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consumerism, web development

How not to redesign an app: Starbucks version

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On March 26, 2014, Starbucks replaced their well-received mobile app with an entirely new version. They promised easier navigation and a slew of new features, like the ability to leave a tip for your barista. The problem is, their mobile developers have no id…

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pop culture

Jimmy Fallon - Carson's true successor

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I grew up watching Carson, from an early age sneaking to the edge of the living room, way past my bedtime, to watch the monologue, to staying up for the whole show from high school through his retirement in 1992. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was app…

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consumerism

How Macys.com lost a customer

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On November 29, 2013 (Black Friday), I placed an order for a Dyson vacuum from macys.com. What follows is an account of how they botched the order and multiple instances of poor customer service. This is how they lost me as a customer. Timeline November 29, 9:…

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technology

Google Cloud Print not ready for prime time

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Google Cloud Print is a technology from Google that connects your printers to the web. Sort of. It's also the only way to print from a Chromebook, as you can't install printers natively on Chrome OS. We have several tutoring centers with shiny new Chromebooks,…

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food

superfoods in motion

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superfoods in motion is a new(ish) meal delivery service in the greater Sacramento area. The food is a bit pricy for everyday use, but just right for an emergency meal here and there, and it sure beats fast food or crappy frozen meals from the supermarket. He…