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I’m sure everyone remembers their first job, and their first boss.

Mine was at Blockbuster. From a very young age, I had fallen in love with movies, and when it came time to getting a paycheck, I knew I either wanted to work at the movie theater or the movie store. The former didn’t hire me when I interviewed, but when I came into the Blockbuster store near my childhood home, Julie did.

I can’t tell you how much I loved that store, and that job. Despite only getting paid minimum wage- at the time, something around $5- it was…

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If you’re a long-time reader of my tech stories here on Medium, you’ll notice a common theme: I go back and forth a lot. A lot. One minute, I’m looking at iPads or MacBooks, the next it’s Surfaces and Chromebooks.

This isn’t a new thing for me; for most of my technological life, I’ve flip-flopped between devices and operating systems in an effort to find the perfect computer. I went for Chromebooks because they were cheap, and I went for Windows laptops because they could run more programs.

It wasn’t until last year that I finally decided to give the…

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It feels like it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen a proper Marvel movie in theaters.

It hasn’t, really; in fact, the last few months have been quite rich in MCU properties. There have been a plethora of Disney+ shows (each of which I’ve loved), and I just saw Black Widow in theaters a couple of months ago (which I loved as well).

Despite all of that, it still feels like it’s been a long, long time since Far From Home. Maybe that’s because all of the Disney+ shows while taking bold steps to progress the post-Endgame MCU…

Has HP made a Surface Chromebook?

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I’ve had a bit of a turbulent time with Chrome OS in the last month; first, I wrote about giving it up, and then just weeks later, I wrote about giving it another chance. My, how the turns have tabled. Or something.

The fact is, despite my taking back Chrome OS, my opinion of the operating system largely hasn’t changed; compared to Windows 10 (soon to be 11) or macOS or even iPadOS, Chrome OS can sometimes feel very limiting. It can’t support the most basic apps like Microsoft Word or Photoshop, and even though it has full Android app…

I say goodbye and I say hello.

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A month ago, I wrote about my decision to say goodbye to Chrome OS.

It has been an operating system that I’ve used for years now, but as my computing needs became more robust, I found myself requiring the power and program support of Windows or macOS instead, and my Chromebook found itself teetering on the edge of obsoletion.

Largely, my opinion on Chrome OS hasn’t changed since I wrote that story; I find it limiting at times, I can’t do everything I need to with it, and it forces me to use Google’s services, which I’m not overly thrilled…

A true story.

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You know what I love more than typing on a good keyboard? Typing on a magic one. After all, what can be better than magic?

That was true of the Magic Keyboard that Apple adorned the MacBooks with, and that is equally true about the one that they created for the iPad Pro and iPad Air. Every time my fingers touch the keys, I’m in typing heaven.

(but I freaking hate the material that the keyboard is made out of)

I love how the keyboard literally makes the iPad float in mid air… like magic. …

I can’t say that it’s worth $1,400… but is it worth $400?

Surface Duo’s duo screens, artistically shot. Image by Author.

Reader, something remarkable has happened: the Surface Duo has dramatically dropped in price.

Ok… let me backtrack a bit.

When Microsoft first announced the Surface Duo and Surface Neo, I knew one thing: I wanted them both. Despite my preference for Apple devices- or at least my preference to use Google’s own hardware whenever I ventured into Android territory- I wanted them. I thought the Neo would replace my iPad. And the Duo… well, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted it to do.

And while my dreams of owning the Surface Neo are still just that since it was…

DC proves their real strength is with R-Rated comic book flicks.

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SPOILERS ahead. Fair warning.

When the pandemic started, the second to last movie I saw in theaters was Birds of Prey: (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). So it seems only fitting that as the movie theaters are beginning to air all the big summer blockbusters that we’ve been missing, the second movie I’ve gone to theaters to see also stars Margo Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

The Suicide Squad, frankly, has a lot of baggage to deal with behind the scenes. It’s a sequel to what is arguably the DCEU’s worst movie- a movie that was royally screwed by…

Choosing between the iPad mini and iPad Pro.

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Reader, I find myself in a rather perplexing problem. I’ve got two iPads in front of me and I really don’t know which one I want to keep.

On the face of it, you might not think there is a problem at all. One of the iPads is the brand new M1 iPad Pro. The other is the aged iPad mini. Clearly, the iPad Pro is the superior iPad in every way- in every way- and yet I am sitting here at a complete and utter loss for which one I need in my daily life.

Let me explain.


It’s the end of an era.

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I’ve been using Chrome OS for a long, long time. I started with a cheap Samsung Chromebook (their original one), and I loved it so much that I even traded my trusty iPad for that computer.

That was back when there were no Android apps, no Linux support, and barely any offline features other than Google Docs. But that was fine for me, despite having much more limited access to the internet at that time, as writing in Google Docs was all I really wanted it for.

But times have changed… and so have I.

I never intended to give…

Joshua Beck

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