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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

P. D. James, Novelist Known as ‘Queen of Crime,’ Dies at 94

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When she began writing, Ms. James chose the detective-story form because she enjoyed reading such novels and because she thought she would have a better chance of getting published if she wrote in a popular genre. She told The Paris Review in 1995 that she “thought writing a detective story would be a wonderful apprenticeship for a ‘serious’ novelist because a detective story is very easy to write badly but difficult to write well.”

I still think her novel, The Children of Men, and its resulting movie, is one of the best ever.

NY Times obit, here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 27th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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A New Microsoft Office for iOS

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This morning Microsoft announced the release of a new version of Office for iOS and Android devices that now offers access to editing and content creation tools without requiring an Office 365 subscription. My review of Word will be up at Macworld sometime next week, but in my brief time with the apps, it looks like Microsoft has hit a pretty sweet spot.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 6th, 2014 at 11:48 am

Radiotopia

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You should be backing this, if only for a buck. Seriously… Please. Do. This. Now.

Radiotopia Kickstarter

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am

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Wunderlist 3 Review

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Great app for managing to-do lists, whether they be personal or for large workgroups. While I found the the Mac app a little frustrating to work with, overall Wunderlist is one of the best list management tools I’ve ever used.

My review here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 11th, 2014 at 10:38 am

Number 2

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I started following the Yankees because of this guy. Going to be very hard to follow them after he’s gone.

Derek Jeter’s Final at bat at Yankee Stadium.

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September 25th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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