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I always thought I’m pretty good at learning languages. After all I lived in 4 countries and at some point in my life spoke fluent russian, two versions of romanian, and english. But I’ve been trying to learn french for over a decade with no success. I used to think the reason is no immersion …

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For quite a few years I resisted the temptation of setting up a wireless network at home. Story after story suggested that WiFi is a crappy, unstable, and awfully insecure set of technologies. Finally though things seemed to have settled down, and with WPA2 the wardriving stories ended. So a couple of years ago I …

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I was planning to go on a long trip on my bike, and I needed to bring luggage. The trip was long enough and I needed enough stuff that putting it all in a backpack wasn’t doable. I shopped around for such a rack but didn’t find anything at a price I was willing to …

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As part of an exercise in a course I was taking I was required (or at least strongly encouraged) to create a Twitter account and learn to use it. I figured why not, might as well see what it’s about, maybe there’s something I’m missing. After a few days I decided I wasn’t missing anything …

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A set of circumstances have left me with a lot of time on my hands. I’ve spent some of several days reading back posts on Garth Turner’s blog. He got kicked out of the conservative party so probably isn’t a total asshole. I started reading it because of my interest in real estate, and the …

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I have to do research for school. I’ve been told many a time don’t use Google. Now Google is giving me a reason to be pissed off. When the search results come back with PDF files – I don’t get to see the link to the PDF where it actually sits, the link I get …

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