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How to See the World for Free

By Dennis E. Powell | May 22, 2024 at 9:46 PM

Then on Saturday I accidentally heard about and was drawn to something by the (kind of poor, I think) name of IPTVnator. It was available in a form called an appimage that would let me try it out and if I didn’t like it I could delete it without its having left debris in my exciting new television(s; there are two of them now, about which more someday).

Warned to Death

By Timothy R. Butler | May 22, 2024 at 3:38 PM

I can barely hear right now. The cicadas’ songs are in full swing. One cicada isn’t that loud and many are still a wonder of the world, but what of the less pleasant cacophony of man-made noise we call “warnings” and “alerts”?

Politics or Economics?

By Dennis E. Powell | May 15, 2024 at 11:35 PM

In 1974 my friend and mentor Sylvia Porter, the financial columnist, was summoned to Washington by the president, Gerald Ford. She had been asked to head a government effort to reduce inflation, which as a result of the 1973 Arab oil crisis had risen to 12.3 percent. When she got there, she was dismayed. The program consisted of red campaign buttons bearing the message “WIN.” Ford said the letters stood for “Whip Inflation Now.”

We Can't Stand Discussion

By Timothy R. Butler | May 15, 2024 at 12:31 PM

Who would have thought a National Review alum who has been a long-time Evangelical voice on politics, known for arguing for civility, would be a controversial choice to appear on a panel about politics in a conservative, Evangelical denomination? A few years ago, that’d have seemed absurd. Oh, for a few years ago.

All Gone

By Dennis E. Powell | May 08, 2024 at 10:11 PM

It startles me to realize that I’ve lived in this little house longer than I’ve lived anyplace else. I moved around quite a bit in New York and Connecticut, yet my few years’ tenancy in each of several places there is longer in my memory than my 20 years next spring spent here.

iPad: Forged from the Humane or Destroyer Of It?

By Timothy R. Butler | May 08, 2024 at 9:26 PM

Apple created a lot of stir with the advertisement for its new generation iPad Pro. The shocking video shows a huge variety of things we love, including musical instruments and artistic tools, being crushed by a cold, dark metal press. Is Apple admitting its apocalyptic agenda?

It's Alive!

By Dennis E. Powell | May 01, 2024 at 11:06 PM

The idea of trying to build a privacy-respecting television box took root when I heard of something called Plasma Bigscreen. “Plasma Bigscreen is an open-source user interface for TV's [sic]. Running on top of a Linux distribution, Plasma Bigscreen turns your TV or setup-box into a fully hackable device,” says its website, linked above. “A big launcher giving you easy access to any installed apps and skills. Controllable via voice or TV remote.”

Episode 40: Umming Our Way Into Year Three

By Zippy the Wonder Snail | May 01, 2024 at 10:19 PM

The Zippy Boys return to celebrate the third anniversary of our podcast! Join Tim and Jason as we touch on the massive foreign aid bill recently passed by Congress, the accompanying TikTok ban, the 2024 St. Louis Cardinals and the hope of Jesus’s resurrection as we mourn the death of loved ones.

Building a Better Television

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 24, 2024 at 11:11 PM

Your television is spying on you, as mine is spying on me. This is true unless you are watching only programs via broadcast signal and receive them through an antenna — and maybe you’re having your information collected even then.

Epomaker FirstBlood B67 Keyboard

Is This a Clearly Better 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.

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