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As X Spirals, the Fediverse Awaits

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 08, 2024 at 2:15 AM

If you’ve read my columns over the last few years, you know I’ve been far less pessimistic about Elon Musk’s Twitter (err, “X”) than many, even when he’s made inexplicable decisions. Officially supporting pornographic publishing on X, though, is a line crossed and a good time to consider the best alternative.

Epomaker FirstBlood B67 Keyboard

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 24, 2024 at 10:12 PM

A couple of years ago, I reviewed the uniquely styled, crowdfunded Epomaker B21, one of my favorite keyboards despite and, to an extent, because of its quirks. They followed it up with the B67, another keyboard that marches to its own drummer to delightful effect, quirks and all.

Hamstringing Security in Pursuit of Blue Bubbles

By Timothy R. Butler | Apr 10, 2024 at 10:38 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the wrongheadedness of the Department of Justice’s antitrust witch hunt against Apple. One reason amongst the many deserves its own consideration.

The Tyranny of a Thousand Zooms

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 27, 2024 at 10:52 PM

The Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Apple is one of the worst calamities to hit computer privacy in recent memory. If we want to understand where this could very well take us, we don’t need a hypothetical future horrible privacy mess, we need only look at Zoom video conferencing software.

Deals This Weekend on a Thunderbolt Dock and HomePod mini

By Timothy R. Butler | Mar 09, 2024 at 9:34 AM

This weekend is packed with several uncommon and good tech deals, particularly for Apple users. If you’re in the market for a smart speaker or Thunderbolt dock, you will want to check these out.

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