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Sunday link collection

justice-league-ottoman-empireI’m changing “Republican party” to Mordor. Replace Hated Words and Acronyms in Chrome with In My Words / Lifehacker.

More about Violentacrez/Reddit/Gawker / GeekFeminism.

Some more / The Verge.

I got this email. I will buy more books. E-book refunds for Kindle owners  / The Verge.

I don’t know, you might want to. People do. Widgets are awesome. Google Now is pretty cool. How to Make the Switch from iOS to Android / Gizmodo.

The Justice League - Ottoman Empire Style / The Mary Sue.

Traditional sarcastic dance!

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Because — and here comes the psychological reason — they were not good at the work that their female employees had been doing. And that made them feel bad.

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Apple puts money where its mouth is, pays for Swiss railway clock design
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica

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Silver surfing

As a daughter of a certain age, I have parents of an even certainer age. And I’m their technical support.

About a year ago, I got my mother online, and in the process discovered a few genuinely helpful products specifically for seniors. My goal was to find things that are thoughtfully designed, inviting, but that still look like something a sophisticated adult would use. I also wanted do this for as little money as possible, and to be web-based so any hardware changes could be handled seamlessly and so I could troubleshoot quickly. I kind of hate the idea that older people need a special, expensive, dedicated machine to do things that could be accomplished on a standard machine with a little DIY know-how.

A year later, my mother is online almost every day, sending and receiving emails, engaging and connecting in a way that feels comfortable and fun.

Here’s what made the cut:

Continue reading…

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Cafecine via Found in Mom’s Basement

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suggestion-box
When I’m browsing for books on my Kindle and don’t have a direct rec from people with incredible taste in reading, I usually download a sample. Smart marketing which often works, so as a feature I give it a gold star. But when I get to the end and hit the “Buy this book from the Kindle Store” link, I get a duplicate cover in my Kindle library and the text is not synced to where I was reading in the sample.

I want a more seamless experience! Jeff Bezos, you promised! Kindles are magic!

This is what I want: Download the sample, buy the book, have it open to directly where I left off, and have the sample file overwritten. I’m always wary of “if they can do x, why can’t they do y” kinds of suggestions, because often x and y are very different sorts of things but for real, if I can have my book synced across four different devices, then it’s hard to imagine this is very hard.

Or maybe I’m just the first person in the world to complain about this problem! A quick search of the Kindle forums at Amazon proves this is not so, but I thought I’d post it here and maybe start a groundswell or occupy movement or something.

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Let me get this straight. You’ve got servers in your head office which are connected to every computer in the country, and any time somebody has a piece of malware, you get a little flashing light.
“Can you fix my Windows 95 computer?”: How to troll a tech support scammer / Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica

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April is the cruelest app

Lisa Peet, at Like Fire reviews The Wasteland app for the iPad.

In order to begin to understand T.S. Eliot’s epic modernist poem The Waste Land, Jeanette Winterson says, “First of all… you read it out loud—then you’ll start to hear it—and second, you read it at least six times, because that’s what it needs. I can’t offer you any short cuts.” And while that instruction may sound daunting on the surface, the fact that it’s part of the commentary on Apple’s The Waste Land app means that kind of immersion is within reach of anyone with an iPad and $14…

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An iPad for your purse and other news

I think that title might need a #sorryfeminists!

iPad Mini?

iPad Mini Rumors Roundup(The Verge)

The Tech Industry Is One of Subtle Sexism. The comments. (HuffPo/Women in Tech)

I don’t know. It just seems like a lot to deal with. Lenovo’s backflipping 13” IdeaPad Yoga. (The Verge)

How to turn your phone into a mind-reading personal assistant. (Lifehacker)

Yes for me, no for you. Cellphones in flight. (Ars Technica)

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Welcome to Robot Housewife.
I am entranced with new technology, and I’ve come to realize that as a woman of a certain age, there just aren’t a whole lot of people like me. But maybe there are! Please let me know!
This is what I look like just before I open the box, or click “install.” So happy, so optimistic, so convinced I’ve moved myself ahead…just a little. I may feel differently an hour later, or a week later, but I have only to stretch my hand to grasp it all again.
I’m always looking for the transformative and the new, though sometimes it’s maybe a little chilly and unblinking and remote and I wonder where I’ll end up.

Welcome to Robot Housewife.

I am entranced with new technology, and I’ve come to realize that as a woman of a certain age, there just aren’t a whole lot of people like me. But maybe there are! Please let me know!

This is what I look like just before I open the box, or click “install.” So happy, so optimistic, so convinced I’ve moved myself ahead…just a little. I may feel differently an hour later, or a week later, but I have only to stretch my hand to grasp it all again.

I’m always looking for the transformative and the new, though sometimes it’s maybe a little chilly and unblinking and remote and I wonder where I’ll end up.