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Doug’s Personal Blog

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When I was a socially awkward teen, one of my main hobbies was playing around on computers. I didn't just want to run programs or play games, I wanted to understand everything about them - how they're built, what each part of the hardware does, how they communicate...

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The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

After a year of teasers and trailers that reveal little of the plot of the new Star Wars movie, we finally get a broader look at Episode VII, which comes out in theatres December 18. The new trailer also marks the opening of online ticket sales....

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Marco Arment to podcasting community: Big Money is coming

Marco Arment, writing on his site This time, I’m not too worried about Pocket Casts and Castro. Well, a little — that instinct never fully leaves a person. But even after Pocket Casts ships their silence skipper and volume booster shortly on iOS and Castro...

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It’s Kindergarten Eve. Here are my thoughts.

Tomorrow, my son Adam will take his first step into a larger world. Much to my chagrin, he's not becoming a Jedi (yet), but he is attending his first day of kindergarten. Adam, his mom and I met with his teacher a few days ago, forked over some cash for supplies and...

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Phil Schiller confirms USB-C was an Apple Invention

Back in March, John Gruber mentioned on his podcast The Talk Show that he heard the USB-C port Apple announced they were using for their new MacBooks was an invention of Apple that was given to the standard bodies for USB. Gruber also said that the politics were such...

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Rocket Podcast: And Now, For Something Completely Different

This is a review of Relay FM's new podcast, Rocket, hosted by Brianna Wu, Christina Warren and Simone de Rochefort. This is one of my new favourite shows, and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on why it's not only a fantastic, entertaining and enlightening show,...

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My Experience with Fear of Missing Out

Last time, I wrote about an episode where I dealt with a panic attack and how I got some good perspective on mental health as a result. But I've also been thinking a lot lately about how in the present, social media and other forms of communication have affected my...

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