The Let's-Not-Install Edition Monday, March 7, 2022

My Lizard Brain Is No Match For Infinite Scroll, by Alex Ellis

That’s where admitting defeat helps; I know how my brain works, and I can work with it. Let’s not install that app with the infinite scroll, since we can probably get by with just the mobile web version. Let’s not log in, unless there’s a reason you need to, since they’re after you with recommendations for your account. Let’s try to be conscious of how much time you end up spending on certain sites.


Apple Reveals A Very Special Time To Walk Guest Ahead Of Tomorrow's Big Event, by Cat Ellis, TechRadar

Apple is celebrating International Women's Day with a month of Time to Walk episodes presented by inspiring women – and it's kicking things off with a special episode presented by Malala Yousafzai.

ChronoSync 10.0 And ChronoAgent 2.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

ChronoSync 10 brings support for creating bootable backups for Big Sur and Monterey, using the Apple Software Restore (ASR) tool to create a cloned image on the destination volume.

Female Self-Care Apps To Try With Your Apple Devices This International Women's Day, by Jasmine Ong, Nylon

With International Women’s Day coming up on 8 March, it’s time for us ladies to get in on some great self-care tips that can help us navigate the stress that come with our daily schedules. The best part about it is that the tips come in the form of useful apps that can be easily accessed through the digital devices that we use daily, such as the Apple iPhone or the Apple Watch.


The Big A? The Fruit Company? Why The Maker Of iPhones Must Not Be Named., by Yang Jie, Wall Street Journal

In contrast to Lord Voldemort of the Harry Potter series, the Client Who Must Not Be Named doesn’t cast deadly spells or converse with serpents. Its powers, nonetheless, are fearsome. It can award—or take away—contracts for electronic parts and services worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

That is why suppliers’ public presentations and even private conversations hardly ever include the name of the company they’re discussing, for fear of offending someone or accidentally revealing competitive information.

Why The Census Invented Nine Fake People In One House, by Timothy B. Lee, Slate

According to census data, this block—and hence this house—had 14 residents in 2020: one Hispanic person, seven white people, three biracial people (white and black), two multi-racial people (white, black, and American Indian), and one person of “some other race.” There were supposedly eight adults and six children living in the house.

I wanted to find out if these figures were accurate, but a sign on the gate said “no soliciting.” So I left a note asking the homeowner to call me. A few hours later, she did. She told me that her household currently has five people—and didn’t have more than that in 2020.

“We’re all just white people,” she added with a chuckle.

She Was The Top Typing Teacher In The US. The Twist? She Wasn’t Real, by Clémence Michallon, Independent

A generation of adults learned how to type thanks to Mavis Beacon. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, an educational software program, launched in 1987 and quickly became a bestseller. To this day, adults who came of age in the Eighties and Nineties remember Mavis’s tutelage. Mavis comes up in fond remembrances on social media; she is frequently referenced when the subject of typing is broached. And, often, people are shocked to learn that the woman who taught them that skill – a figure they remember from their childhood, someone they, in some cases, came to admire – never existed.

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The consensus from all the pundits and opinionators and rumormongers is simple, it seems: don't buy a computer -- no matter if you are buying a desktop Mac, a Mac laptop, or an iPad (what's a computer). Wait and see what Apple has to launch tomorrow.


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