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Would UBI Kill Low Paying Jobs?

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  I don’t think UBI would hurt unskilled employment and might even help. Anthony Lawrence (Pcunix) Photo by   Erik Mclean   on   Unsplash One of the many claims against Universal Basic Income is that businesses wouldn’t be able to find people willing to work for low wages. I’m not sure that’s true. If you have enough UBI to be secure, a job is extra money, money you don’t need. Maybe you have impediments that eliminate higher-paying jobs, maybe you don’t want to travel far, maybe you actually enjoy customer service. Maybe you are just bored. People work really crappy volunteer jobs right now, so money isn’t always the motivation. If you can get extra money for something that you enjoy, but can afford to quit the minute you don’t enjoy it, your attitude and your employer’s attitude change. I think it would be true that low pay workers under UBI would expect more respect, would not put up with being treated as throwaway tools, but the plus side for the employer is that they’d get more co

I Still Say No to a Podcast - Even I don’t fully understand why

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  Anthony Lawrence (Pcunix) PodcastMedia Photo by  Matt Botsford  on  Unsplash Podcasting has become quite hot during this pandemic, but it was heating up before all this.  Looking at it logically, people who produce content should consider adding a podcast to their output. I will not argue against that. I’ve been a consumer of podcasts for years. I listened in my car as soon as that became technologically easy, and now that I drive less, I listen while I walk for exercise. It may be hard to become popular, but when is that not the case? I’ve thought about podcasting for a long time, longer than the word itself even existed. I even recorded a few (very few) of my early tech articles and hosted them on my own site as that was the only option back then. But I didn’t like doing it. It’s not that I don’t like talking; quite the opposite. I’ll blabber on for hours. I’ve given extemporaneous lectures; off the cuff doesn’t bother me at all. Nor does the thought of large audiences or negative

Everything I’ve Added or Changed on my M1 MacBook Air So Far, Hardware and Software

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  Everything I’ve Added or Changed on my M1 MacBook Air So Far, Hardware and Software Pimping out my ride Anthony Lawrence Photo by author — Mac accessories Yes, I know that my desk is a mess. I have excuses and have detailed those in another story you’d easily be able to find if you must know why I have offended social norms by keeping my workspace in such disarray. Hardware Some of the things you see on my desk were inherited from my Intel Mac Mini. The USB-C to USB-A hub from Amazon came from there along with the three external drives. The OWC dock is new and I did talk about that at the same time I explained my messy desk. Two of the drives are for local Time Machine backups. Time Machine automatically switches between them; if your system is set to backup every hour, it will use a different drive every hour. These drives are plugged into two of the USB-C ports on the OWC dock. I plug that dock in every morning and leave it long enough for both drives to complete their backups. I t

Don’t Lose Your Precious and Irreplaceable Dingbat Bolts Like I did

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  Don’t Lose Your Precious and Irreplaceable Dingbat Bolts Like I did I thought they were safe, but they were not! Anthony Lawrence WRITING Image by author These are my ding-bat bolts, or at least one style. These bolts were slightly curved and deliberately made to cross-thread instantly. I offered them for sale in a story I wrote many years ago. As you might expect, sales were dismal, but as most readers assumed that my fledgling internet business was a humor piece, I did make some money from the effort. The story and all of its images but one are lost. Vanished, seemingly without a trace. None of it is in my backups, none of it is in the Internet Archives, I have no hard copies, no PDFs, nada. Deep Backup This is deeply frustrating because I do make and keep deep backups. Deep, deep, and deeper! I have access to Internet stories I wrote as early as 1994. Many are from writing sites long since defunct, but I have my stories! I have them, dammit! But I do not have my Dingbat Bolts or i

Apple’s New Business Essentials Program Is More than You May Think

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  Apple’s New Business Essentials Program Is More than You May Think And Apple has been preparing this for a long time Apple recently announced a new “Business Essentials” product for small businesses. It’s available for free as a beta right now, but final pricing will be from $2.99 to $12.99 monthly per user. That pricing doesn’t include AppleCare support, which they say will be available later. So what is it? Basically, it’s an MDM (Mobile Device Management). Apple bought Fleetsmith, an MDM company, in 2020 and it seems that Fleetsmith software is the base of this offering. What’s an MDM? If you have used Screentime for yourself or a child, that is a limited form of MDM. Screentime inherited some of its features from the Parental Controls feature that Apple introduced in 2009, so Apple is no stranger to this technology. Both allow control of a device, limiting the software used, settings changes, and little more. A full MDM extends those features and provides central management. Appl

Apple Sent Out an Ad for Apps That Some People Can’t Run

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  Apple Sent Out an Ad for Apps That Some People Can’t Run And that really upset someone in my family Anthony Lawrence Screenshot of a “Requires M1 chip” app If you’ve allowed Apple to send you email about new products and services, you may have seen a recent email with the subject “Apps to improve your day”. The email listed several apps and invited you to check them out in the App Store. Screenshot by author Someone in my family was attracted by the “Impulse” app and decided to download it. Unfortunately, he cannot, as his Mac is a 2020 iMac — an Intel Mac — and the Impulse app needs an M1 architecture. He felt that Apple was baiting him to upgrade. I suppose that’s somewhat true. Apple would always like you to upgrade, but in this case, I think the ad was doing what it appeared to be doing: telling you about some IOS and Mac apps you might be interested in. Unfortunately, some of those apps cannot run on Intel. My initial reaction was that there cannot be many apps that require M1.

Let’s Take All the Geek Talk out of Setting up an iCloud+ Email Domain

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  Let’s Take All the Geek Talk out of Setting up an iCloud+ Email Domain This is not as confusing as it looks and I’m here to help! Anthony Lawrence EMAIL Screenshot by author Apple is now offering simple and just about free (see below) email forwarding from up to five email domains. Unfortunately, Apple and all of the usual tech ‘splainers I looked at have done a poor job of helping the uninitiated in setting this up. I think I know why. In the olden days, when the web was new, even just getting a domain of your own could be a somewhat daunting process and setting up DNS records for that was much worse. Since then, the process has become as close to blind clicking as it can be, but new things like “spf” and “dkim” have arrived to glower threateningly at those who want to set up email on their new domains. I suspect that many of the tech folk who might write about this only remember how confusing this all used to be and do not realize there are plenty of left over hurdles for the non-t