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I’ve been a big fan of the journey (you never quite get there) towards the paperless office for years, since I first bought a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner. It’s a terrific device; you drop one or more sheets into its hopper, press the button on the front, and it scans both sides of each piece of […]

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Our Macworld Expo Schedule

We’re making the trek to San Francisco this week for Macworld Expo; it’ll be my 26th SF Expo (yep, I’ve been to them all). We’ll be at the show from Wednesday through Friday. Specific events: On Thursday, I’ll be leading a BOF (Birds Of a Feather) discussion: Building Your Home Media Center January 27, 2011, […]

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We’re in the new digs

We’ve moved Backup Brain from Pair to Dreamhost, to take advantage of some of the latter’s extra features, and because we got hosting there for a ridiculously low price. We’re also taking the opportunity to migrate the blog from Movable Type to WordPress. We’ll be fiddling with making the old permalinks work, messing with the […]

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Over at TechCrunch, Michael Arrington wrote Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men, in which he said: [Women] are literally hounded to speak at every single tech event in the world because they are all trying so hard to find qualified women to speak at their conference. Here’s a relevant datapoint—all the conferences […]

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Vote for us to talk at SxSW

We know, you’re saying to yourself all the time: why haven’t Tom and Dori blogged more? Or posted on Facebook more? Or even tweeted more? (And you are all saying that, right? Right?) So here’s the deal: if you want to hear more from us, say so by voting for our sessions in the SxSW […]

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Can you get real writing work done on an iPad?

My report: yes, you can. On a recent trip, I left the MacBook at home and brought my iPad. This also allowed me to leave the big Timbuk2 Classic Laptop Messenger Bag behind; I carried the iPad onboard in an old Eddie Bauer field bag. The iPad, in a cheap $5 neoprene sleeve we got […]

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Apple Needs a Web Evangelist

This week is WWDC, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Apple’s announcements. Last night I drove into SF, and spent several hours talking to attendees to hear their thoughts. My takeaway: Apple, more than ever, needs a Web evangelist. They don’t talk to Web dev/designers, and they don’t listen to Web dev/designers. […]

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Earlier today, I was using Pages ’09, and I attempted to open a document that I’d opened many times before, though perhaps not since upgrading to either iWork ’09 or Snow Leopard. Boom. Pages crashed (that’s what happens when programs “unexpectedly quit”) and the error message said ìPages quit unexpectedly while using the SFWordProcessing plug-in.î […]

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