How LibreOffice freed my inner rebel from the shackles of Microsoft Office

As moral beings, humans try to align their behavior with their values. I don’t use Microsoft Word to write. I’ve successfully resisted putting Office on my laptop. I refuse to have anything to do with Office, if I can help it. I admit it’s a quirk, but it’s how I live my values. Why would … More How LibreOffice freed my inner rebel from the shackles of Microsoft Office

Is Microsoft co-opting sci-fi’s techno-optimism vs skepticism debate?

Many high-profile science fiction writers are bemoaning the tone and content of 21st century sci-fi and fantasy. It’s too dark, too depressing, too filled with rampaging robots, malevolent AIs, and oppressive governments. The trend is hurting humanity by discouraging the kind of can-do-ism that got America to the moon and beyond. We need to revive … More Is Microsoft co-opting sci-fi’s techno-optimism vs skepticism debate?

Why I Would Fail As An Amazonian, And Other Predictable Misfortunes

I recently tolerated, er, celebrated my 56th birthday. Going by the usual retirement schedule, I have about ten years left in the workforce, give or take a year. I feel ready to take one last shot at a career change, or at least modification. Here in Seattle, it’s inevitable to think of Microsoft, Starbucks, or … More Why I Would Fail As An Amazonian, And Other Predictable Misfortunes