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  • Tue, 12:02: Now that's nice: the fingerprint reader on my Windows 7 beta review Thinkpad works with Windows 10's new Hello feature.
  • Tue, 13:25: Building the 21st century Potemkin Village: http://t.co/kcD7ZwD4LJ
  • Tue, 13:27: (Last link is a fascinating look at how pro-Putin oligarchs are constructing online narratives via sock puppet armies)
  • Tue, 14:05: Today is a very Muse sort of day.
  • Tue, 14:23: (First flight on a 787-9 booked)
  • Tue, 14:47: United now back to breaking guitars the usual way... https://t.co/ATdzyDq4kG
  • Tue, 15:18: RT @MykeCole: From my father, I learned honor. From my mother, I learned to cram every bathroom drawer with 15 yr old travel-sized toothpas…
  • Tue, 15:35: I keep typoing memchache as "memecache". I guess that's where we store the cat GIFs.
  • Tue, 17:11: On the @msonenote blog, discussing Wunderlist: "we will share additional integration updates in the coming months". Hmmm.
  • Tue, 19:29: Recent Reads: Kris Longknife Deserter. Mike Shepherd's heroine overstays leave while saving a friend, foments revolutions, and saves days.
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  • Mon, 14:11: In the coffee shop for column writing day. It might have been better if I had got to sleep before 6am and woken before noon...
  • Mon, 14:28: Leap second on June 30th. Interesting note from Google that it could affect your cloud instances. Not seeing anything from AWS or Azure.
  • Mon, 14:29: Google App Engine note on leap second clock smearing: http://t.co/yT7aJrDDQu
  • Mon, 14:49: Azure and the Leap Second. It's in the KB : https://t.co/KUojaouCin
  • Mon, 14:58: So who's going through every piece of US legislation from the last decade to find the rider that lets the NSA continue to collect data?
  • Mon, 15:00: @TamMacNeil I'm guessing they know already :-)
  • Mon, 15:03: CA's new CTO Otto Berkes is an interesting choice: he's the man who brought us Origami.
  • Mon, 15:15: There Were Giants In Those Days #flickr https://t.co/L5MWWX58dc
  • Mon, 15:35: Oooh. Missed that there's a book of Emberverse short fiction (including many of my favourite writers) due soon: http://t.co/O5wgkpYzME
  • Mon, 15:42: Is it time for Elizabeth Bear to write an H P Lovecraft/James Joyce story? "Shoggoths on Bloomsday"
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As a left-of-centre voting European I'm pretty much the Sad/Rabid Puppy definition of a SJW, a definition that owes more to the US Culture Wars than anything else. And yet, looking at the pile of books I brought back from a recent trip to the US, it's clear that my mix of Nutty Nuggets and other cereals (for a balanced diet) make my reading habits a lot closer to the Puppy ideal than they think...

The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that the Puppy position is pushing people away from their view of the Hugos. Most of us readers read widely, and read for different reasons. I read some books to be challenged, some to be entertained, some because friends recommend them, some because I liked a review. My recent reads are easy enough to find, and they cover a wide selection of the genre, from milSF to fantasy to humour to crime to, well, the uncategorisable.

You can see a selection of my recent purchases below. There's a lot that there that I'll enjoy, and a lot that I wouldn't consider to be awards quality. Some will be books for the bath, some will be my Hugo voting reading, some will be because it's the latest instalment in a saga I enjoy, and some because, well, just because. And yes, some because the cover caught my attention as I walked through a bookstore



Because I don't read because some shadowy cabal makes me read. I read because I love reading. And dear Puppies, you're not making reading much fun at the moment.

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  • Sat, 19:36: RT @cwilso: The Web is not Poor Man’s Native http://t.co/FhKv8TUo0J
  • Sun, 02:25: "So let's drop this nuclear bomb out a tourist chopper off the coast of Oahu and then go to a wedding." Ah, why we love Hawaii 5-0.
  • Sun, 02:28: Hmm. Still stuck with a Surface Pro 2 that won't update and worse, won't elevate privileges. So I can't even blow it away.

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  • Fri, 13:46: Trying to understand why Google has broken the ubicomp taxonomy we've had since the 90s: Brillo should be for Pads, not for Tabs. :-)
  • Fri, 15:56: Random thunderstorm day.
  • Fri, 16:00: Recent Reads: Full Fathom Five. Max Gladstone's offshore magic bankers discover revolution is close to home. Statues and statutes, oh my!
  • Fri, 16:17: The lastest Office 2016 Preview update is a bit flaky: removed all icons from the taskbar and failed to run on one of my two test machines.
  • Fri, 16:31: Tried a Dell-branded Synaptics pen with the HP Spectre X360. Works well enough - needs more pressure than N-trig on Surface Pro 3.
  • Fri, 18:10: RT @marypcbuk: The Hypocrisy of the Internet Journalist — yes, THIS. Understand tracking, people. Please https://t.co/UCSKHI2RQu
  • Fri, 19:56: Fun with a new generation of programmer's editors in my latest column over at @infoworld: http://t.co/9qfZBvCaYY
  • Fri, 20:08: OK, let's ISO this sucker...
  • Fri, 20:26: This 10074 install is fscked. Won't elevate privileges at all.
  • Fri, 20:36: PR calendars of our time: On June X.
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  • Thu, 21:52: Sad day today: at my sister-in-law's husband's funeral. Lawrence will be missed.

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  • Tue, 14:21: Damn. Tanith Lee is gone.
  • Tue, 19:16: When you get a press release from a company with almost the same name as one of Microsoft's fake companies. Hello Coho Winery. I mean Data.

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  • Mon, 13:07: That seemed awfully fast for a parade.
  • Mon, 13:25: Jetlagged and writing about programmers editors with a large latte by my side. So world, what's your favourite editor?
  • Mon, 13:30: Total number of maker boards brought back: 7 (1 Raspberry Pi 2 Cypress PSoc 1 RedBearLabs BLE 1 Particle Photon 2 LittleBits Arduino)
  • Mon, 13:50: @neilford Ah good ole Vi... (Atom and its derivatives are very interesting - tried Visual Studio code yet?)
  • Mon, 13:52: RT @aamcalar: Great move by Microsoft. "Why we made vorlon.js and how to use it to debug your JavaScript remotely" http://t.co/IiW8nihfAD
  • Mon, 14:47: Hmm. Replacment Band is not getting push notifications. Any one know of a fix?
  • Mon, 14:51: (57)
  • Mon, 15:10: Considers his normal footwear, his arm-waving whiteboard habit. Uh oh. http://t.co/qG42mTOzS4
  • Mon, 15:11: Want to grow your numbers? Stop spamming out those Twitter stats autotweets for a start.
  • Mon, 15:17: SFO Airtrain Hyperlapse 16x: http://t.co/nKFg1w7COE via @YouTube
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  • Sun, 16:45: Hello London.
  • Sun, 22:12: Surprised to find the bag full of maker boards wasn't inspected by the TSA. Then again, I was flying out of SFO...

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  • Thu, 21:28: Say "Hello World" to the maker boards. My latest @InfoWorld column after a weekend at #makerfaire: http://t.co/OGMNyZVzTh
  • Thu, 21:30: I suspect my luggage will confuse the TSA: currently packing 7 different single board maker devices and various kits of parts...
  • Fri, 06:11: Now this is what I call a sundae. And yes, that's a slice of cake on top. http://t.co/IIAWXDJ55T
  • Fri, 07:35: Heart rate monitor started separating from my Band strap. Swapped out by Microsoft Store in Valley Fair Mall quickly and efficiently.
  • Fri, 07:37: (resisted buying a Surface 3 for now)

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  • Mon, 17:44: I guess Farage refusing to accept his own resignation was the obvious result. After all, he's already proven to be a man without honour.
  • Mon, 18:38: Recent Reads: Dark Lightning. John Varly wraps up his Heinlein juvenile homages with a cosy generation ship story. No orphans here.
  • Mon, 18:39: Thoughts on Thunder and Lightning as a saga. Vol 1 was a Heinlein, Vol 2 was a Panshin, Vol 3 a Barnes, and Vol 4 Varley's own voice. (1/2)
  • Mon, 18:40: Varley wrote homages to Heinlein juvenile homages. An intriguing discourse on RAH's influences on SF and on YA specifically. (2/2)
  • Mon, 23:36: Pleased to see that Windows Server 2016's ISO install options are both Server Core variants.
  • Mon, 23:44: CES 2016 hotel bookings are open. I swear it gets earlier every year.
  • Tue, 07:35: I've decided that I like that the Windows Server shell is an optional post-install item in Windows Server 2016. It reduces risk.
  • Tue, 07:36: "Let servers be servers."

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