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Apple ID: Set up two-factor authentication

Two-factor verification is always a good idea, and anyone who is security- and privacy conscious should find it in their interest to set it up wherever possible. As a user of a number of Apple devices, I have had it set up on my Apple ID for some time. Before turning it on, you should ensure that two-step verification is turned off. Here’s how:

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Favorite discoveries in 2017

Like last year, I am writing a favorite discoveries post. 2017 has been an exciting and interesting year in terms of discoveries, and I have found a number of new toys and tools that help me in my pursuits. This year they fall neatly into two categories; those related to my video and photo pursuits, and those that help me in my day to day activities.

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2017 roundup

As has become my tradition, I am rounding out the year with a retrospective article. The idea stems from many places, but in particular from Steve Jackson, of Steve Jackson Games, and his annual Report to the Stakeholders.

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Platform agnosticism and my preferred platform

The debate over ones preferred platform has for a very long time felt more like a religous discussion more than anything else. Whether it’s PC vs. Mac, iOS vs. Android, or Windows vs. Linux, proponents of the various platforms tend towards an almost religious level of zeal for their preferred platform, and against the other platform.

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Biting the hand that feeds you

Patreon has since reversed the decision, as reflected in the update at the bottom of this post. Back in October, I wrote about Patreon, and how I enjoy being able to support a few creators of my choosing. That may be about to change, because Patreon are making some pretty obnoxious changes to how they collect pledges. The way it used to be, was that I, as a patron, would be charged the amount of my pledge. Patreon would subtract a portion of the pledge before passing on the rest to the creator(s).

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Windows: Quickly find system information

For a number of reasons, I often find myself needing to find information about a system that can be somewhat difficult to source, such as when it was last rebooted, or when the system was installed originally. Luckily, there’s a tool to help us out, called System Information. A command line utility, systeminfo.exe, offers a lot of information. This is both good and bad. It is good, because there are lots of things to be found. It is bad, because it can be hard to find the specific thing you are looking for. Enter the Pipe. By adding a vertical bar and a search query, we can find the exact information we are looking for without having to wade through irrelevant information.

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Facebook – unable to close comments

Back in September of 2015, I commented that Facebook missed a feature to close comments. Then, in April, of 2016, I posted an article jubilating the fact that such a feature had been added. And so it had. For Pages. Not, however, for posts made to one’s personal timeline. Below, you can see how the menu looks on Pages (left) and in ones timeline (right):

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Redundancy: a challenge and an opportunity

Years ago, I faced one of the employed worker’s biggest fears; redundancy. The company I worked for needed to let a number of people go. Immediately after being informed of the state of affairs, I was further informed that my position was one of those evaluated for cut, and in the end, I was let go. I faced a few of my heaviest, gloomiest days that I can recall in my career thus far. However, I came out of it alive, well and employed, and I learned a number of lessons from this.

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