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ernie

@ernie@writing.exchange

Editor of Tedium, an offbeat newsletter that’s been rocking since 2015. I complain on the internet a lot.

Interests: #writing #news #history #technology #retrotech #weird #geoworks #freelance

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The Google piece is within about 100 visits of being my biggest piece of the year thus far, which is nuts.

Meanwhile, I’m kind of slow-rolling the weekend piece knowing that that piece is still going nuts. It’s looking pretty good, though. I will share tomorrow morning.

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Official, just crossed over. (Glad to see a post do well without the help of Hacker News.)

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My recent piece on the moment of turnabout that led Intel to launch the PCI standard is up as a syndicated piece over at IEEE Spectrum: https://spectrum.ieee.org/intel-pci-history

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The “Intel Inside” marketing label was not limited to the processors, as it turned out.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/intel-pci-history

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I feel like people are so set against Google that they will not even agree that Google has good ideas sometimes.

Dealing with people frothing at the mouth because you dared defend something about AMP, for example, is tiring.

Just admit what it is: like every other big company, a mix of great and questionable.

Meanwhile I'm going to honor good ideas no matter the source.

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@jens I didn’t bring up AMP for Web, I brought up AMP for Email, which is one of the few attempts to modernize email that has had any traction whatsoever. It was in context of a thread on how to modernize email.

I even said: “I think AMP for Email has some great ideas but bad branding. It could be a useful starting point for this discussion.”

The reason I said this is because people absolutely lose their shit because they conflate AMP for Email with AMP for Web.

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Please take a moment to mourn my Hyperchiller, which was destroyed this morning in a freezer accident.

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I bought my first one from Massdrop for $20, got my second on Amazon for $35, and now I'm getting my third on Amazon, in a new color, for $10.

May someone make a graph of this price evolution for me.

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(By comparison, the price of the Aeropress, my other favorite coffee tool, keeps going up, which is an interesting dynamic.)

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@HoustonDog I like that they keep improving it, that said. I would not mind getting the larger version of it.

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@HoustonDog I like that they keep improving it, that said. I would not mind getting the larger version of it.

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Shout-out to that Facebook friend of yours who appears to have moved to Las Vegas just to watch shows at The Sphere.

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Morning Brew picked up my Google tip. Always fun when the biggest newsletter links yours

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Sort of humbling seeing this post go viral on Mastodon and Bluesky yesterday only for a single Morning Brew link to triple the traffic on the page in the span of three hours.

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@ajroach42 Yep, that’s exactly the feeling. I’ve had enough hits over the years that the feeling isn’t unheard of, but it really makes you your small scale when a big player comes out of the woodwork.

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This is my annual reminder that Tailor Brands is a bad company and if you’re starting an LLC, they are a bad choice. I canceled my services with them and went with a local company that specializes in LLCs to manage my registered agent, and I will end up saving $400 per year by doing so.

Don’t let the pretty website designs fool you—those are the ones that will charge you an arm and a leg. When signing up for an LLC, you want a website that looks ugly.

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Businesses are now required to submit beneficial ownership reports. The service I’m now working with offered it for free as part of my $49 signup fee.

Tailor Brands wanted $199 and repeatedly tried to upsell me on it through text messages.

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Working on a piece about the optical mouse, which will require me to face the unfortunately true fact that the guy who made the first mouse for the IBM PC is a prominent modern-day anti-vaxxer.

Gonna have fun threading that needle!

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Imagine you invented a device literally everyone uses, and this is how you spend your time.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/10/05/1036408/silicon-valley-millionaire-steve-kirsch-covid-vaccine-misinformation/

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@PadreWil FWIW it works for me without being logged in or signed in.

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Your “just use DuckDuckGo” thought is original and nothing I haven’t heard before, please share it

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I cannot with these purity tests. It's so boring and it doesn't actually solve any problems

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@scottmiller42 it just feels like an excuse for a purity test, DDG is fine, but it’s lacking a bunch of things I need as a professional researcher.

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@scottmiller42 Yep. This is exactly it. All it does is discourage people.

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