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Dear Apple hardware engineers of old. Thank you for building a half decent headphone amp into the MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015). Insomniac Chris appriciates this decision.

Looking a MTurk and found someone trying to get workers to transcribe invoices with an effective hourly rate of $0.35 per hour. This is actually ridiculous.

The story ends with a fresh new installation of macOS, a Backblaze subscription, two user accounts ("no, look, I know you're married but you're not 'one person' - do you share an email address? phone number? passport? driving license?"), LastPass for both users with browser extension, and their master passwords written down somewhere safe.

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Turns out, before this happened, they were logging in using the Guest account to log in on a daily basis (for some reason). Which meant as soon as they logged off, macOS dutifully deleted all of their files from the Mac. Like their weekly take spreadsheet. Which weren't backed up anywhere.

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Parent: "Can you give me the details for the social media account you set up for my business?" "Sure, just log into facebook...", "I don't know my password", "OK... lets log you into Lastpass", "I forgot the password to it", "Right... lets do Screen Share", "I can't log into my computer", "...<silent facepalm>... OK lets reset your password with your iCloud account","I can't log into that either"

If you have an app with VIP flags on users, try not to creep on them and watch their usage, then email them about it later. Its a bit... unsetting :)

I'm at a fireworks / laser show. During the laser show, everyone is looking the wrong way at a bunch of dots on the trees instead of the tubes of light over their heads.

For the avoidance of doubt, Daylight Savings Time (or British Summertime, specifically) is a stupid idea in the 21st century. If your work requires daylight, wake up earlier, and stop making me build systems that need to handle 1AM happening twice in the same day once a year. I dread to think how much money is wasted every year on engineering systems that can handle a physical dimension changing representation for 6 months.

And one person would need to have two separate thirds from different nuggets. Who's got time for that ?!

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20 nuggets split across 3 boxes ? who the hell wants 6 and two thirds of a chicken nugget ???

Tell you what, playing "Guess Who" in 2019 is hard.

The Only Way is Ethics - my journey into learning how to not kill people or the planet by wearing clothes

Now that I've learnt about RecyclerViews in Android apps, I keep noticing apps where they have broken it. Foursquare tips view being one of them. I think they've set the total number of elements incorrectly so items are being recycled without getting reinitialised with new content (causing repeating items).

Minor UX problem on the underground: saw a European man who asked me "Does the number 3 go to Baker Street?" To which I said "all of them go to Baker Street". He had interpreted the numbers on the information screen to mean there were different tube lines (identified by numbers) running through the same platform, not just the order of the trains running and their destination. In the UK we don't give train routes numbers to identify them, but that is common practice around Europe.

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