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06.10.2015 02:00

I have long wanted to take a private/personal retreat of some kind. Last Christmas, my best friend Dawn gave me the gift of one — telling me to simply choose what I wanted and she would take care of any needed details. I searched for through the many option in the area, but kept coming back to a Franciscan based hermitage retreat called Pacem in Terris (Latin for “Peace on Earth”). My Birthday fell at the end of last week and I felt it would be perfect timing to spend it there in solitude and reflection.

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AWT

05.10.2015 02:00

If you’ve ever wanted to use your Mac’s keyboard with your iPhone or iPad, Eltima Software’s Typeeto can make it happen.

Interesting concept.

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The Brooks Review

05.10.2015 02:00

One new feature in El Capitan is the ability to auto-hide the menubar. Like with the Dock auto-hiding, the menubar only appears when you move your mouse to where the menubar should be. When I found the option during the beta period, I immediately turned it on and have not looked back. It’s one of the best new features of OS X.

I agree, this is one of the best new things in El Cap. I have a lot of things going on in the Menu bar, and that is great when you need it, but I also find everything that isn’t related to what I’m doing a distraction, and the only way you could hide the menu bar in previous versions of OS X was to go into Full Screen mode. I think Full screen mode is great, but it isn’t always the right choice.

It is great to finally be able to auto hide it.

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The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites – The New York Times

05.10.2015 02:00

Ad blockers, which Apple first allowed on the iPhone in September, promise to conserve data and make websites load faster. But how much of your mobile data comes from advertising? We measured the mix of advertising and editorial on the mobile home pages of the top 50 news websites – including ours – and found that more than half of all data came from ads and other content filtered by ad blockers. Not all of the news websites were equal

It is ridiculous, and out of control, boston.com had 15.4 megs of ad-content and 4 megs of real content on their front page. There is a reason I use ad and content blockers, and it isn’t because I hate ads, it is because of the trackers and the instane amount of data they use.

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The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment – The Washington Post

05.10.2015 02:00

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”

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Apple

03.10.2015 02:00

OS X El Capitan refines the elegant experience introduced in OS X Yosemite.

There are an impressive amount of changes in El cap.

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Macsparky

03.10.2015 02:00

Macsparky:

Best of all though is that the app has a sense of humor. It’s kind of malicious but since that matches my own attitudes toward weather, it’s perfect. When you open it up, it’s voice will say something snarky about the current weather.

I love Carrot Weather, it is a solid, good looking weather app, combined with a ot of attitude; I just love using it.

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Tweetbot 4 Review

03.10.2015 02:00

A fantastic review of the new Tweetbot 4 for iOS by Macstories. Finally a good twitter client for iPad.

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4 Tips to Make The Most of Clipboard History – Alfred Blog

01.10.2015 02:00

A great starting point for anyone that want to get started using Alfred’s Clipboard manager.

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A useless analysis of OS X release dates | The Robservatory

01.10.2015 02:00

This is very nerdy, and very cool; it is especially interesting to see how stable the number of releases per year is.

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