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NY Times Media Columnist, David Carr, Dead At 58

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Crazy. Saw him with Beau Willimon talking about House of Cards last spring in DC.

NY Times Media Columnist, David Carr, Dead At 58

If you haven’t seen his recent column regarding Brian Williams, you should. Spot on.

UPDATE: This was Carr today talking with Edward Snowden: LAURA POITRAS AND GLENN GREENWALD IN PERSON WITH EDWARD SNOWDEN VIA LIVE VIDEO

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 12th, 2015 at 10:55 pm

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QuickBooks Self-Employed Review

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QuickBooks Self-Employed is a a new offering from Intuit designed with self-employed sole proprietors in mind, helping them parse business and personal expenses and make sure they pay the correct amount in quarterly taxes and pay them on time.

My Macworld review of QuickBooks Self-Employed here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 11th, 2015 at 11:03 am

Harper Lee To Publish New Novel

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I was heartbroken for a brief moment when I saw Harper Lee’s name in breaking news. Now… pretty happy.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel | via NY Times

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 3rd, 2015 at 11:21 am

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DocMoto Review

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Back in a long dark past I was hired at a NY law firm to find in imaging application that would make it possible to store and manage an inordinately large collection of case-related documents. I wish DocMoto had been around when I was looking.

Powerful, highly configurable, and very easy to use, DocMoto will handle all your document management needs with aplomb. Truly a great application.

My Macworld review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 13th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Anypass Review

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Have an older Mac or iOS device that doesn’t support iOS 8’s and Yosemite’s AirDrop features? Enter Anypass, a slick little app that opens the door to file sharing between your Mac OS and iOS devices.

My Macworld review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 13th, 2015 at 11:21 am

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Word for iOS Redux (Review)

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Microsoft’s recently released update to the iOS word processing offering is, in short, pretty great. Microsoft has removed the Office 365 subscription requirement for editing and updated the iPhone version of the app, making editing Word documents possible on your iPhone and iPod touch.

My Macworld review, here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 8th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

It’s Time, Again, To “Think Different”

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Hours after coming out of the police academy, I was told something as a new rookie officer: You’d rather be tried by 12 jurors than carried by six pallbearers. In my impressionable first days, I saw officers leave the precinct every day touching the lockers of their fallen brothers. They started their shift on the defensive, thinking about protecting themselves, as opposed to the communities they served, regardless of the complexion of those communities. —Eric L. Adams, We Must Stop Abuse of Black Men (emphasis mine)

Cops can get into a state of mind where they’re scared to death. When they’re in that really, really frightened place they panic and they act out on that panic. I have known cops who haven’t had a racist bone in their bodies and in fact had adopted black children, they went to black churches on the weekend; and these are white cops. They really weren’t overtly racist. They weren’t consciously racist. But you know what they had in their minds that made them act out and beat a black suspect unwarrantedly? They had fear.Constance Rice, Civil Rights Attorney On How She Built Trust With Police (emphasis mine)

Two Great pieces, one a NY Times Op-Ed by Eric L. Adams, current Brooklyn Borough president and a former NYC police officer, and the other by Constance Rice, a civil rights attorney.

Both of these pieces reflect on something I have thought for years, which is that police officers often start their days on the defensive, thinking they are an oppressed minority in a “dangerous job”. It is this way of thinking that leads to what we have seen so often over these last few months, but what must have been going on every day before the advent of cell phone video cameras.

There needs to be a change in the way that police think. A change in the “culture” of policing. Yes, it is a dangerous profession, but taking on a dangerous profession doesn’t give anyone the right to behave or act in a manner that, instead of focusing on protecting a community and the individuals in it, takes an active role in putting others at risk, in order to proactively protect oneself.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am