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Samsung's flagship London store is a goner

Just like that, Samsung has decided to close its flagship 'Experience Store' in London. Only ten of these glossy retail outlets exist across the UK, and the one in Westfield Stratford shopping center was Samsung's crown jewel...

I dont expect to see Apple's Covent Garden store following suit any time soon.


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Pinboard is changing its pricing model

I use Pinboard a lot, and signed up a while ago. Then, and until January 1st, the price of a standard account was and is about $10, with the price increasing for new members by ridiculously small amount with each new signup. It wasn't rocket science.

Or at least I didn't think it was.

Starting next month, all new users of Pinboard will pay a yearly sub which works out more expensive than just buying it outright like you can now. Turns out that's actually how people thought it worked already!

My main reason for making the change is so that I don't have to keep explaining how pricing works. An astonishing number of people already believe that they're paying annually for Pinboard. Others accuse me of baiting and switching them when they upgrade to archiving and get a renewal notice. Note how much easier it is to describe the new policy than the old one.

People really do worry me. They're allowed to reproduce, for starters.

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On the subject of account security

While we're on the subject of account security, it's scary how one compromised Amazon account could lead to someone's Mac being wiped remotely.

Hopefully this can't happen these days.

By wiping my MacBook and deleting my Google account, they now not only had the ability to control my account, but were able to prevent me from regaining access. And crazily, in ways that I don’t and never will understand, those deletions were just collateral damage. My MacBook data — including those irreplaceable pictures of my family, of my child’s first year and relatives who have now passed from this life — weren’t the target. Nor were the eight years of messages in my Gmail account. The target was always Twitter. My MacBook data was torched simply to prevent me from getting back in.

Backups, backups, backups.


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The perils of two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is a great way of keeping your stuff safe. Except when it's too safe.

When I headed to the account recovery service, dubbed iForgot, I discovered that there was no way back in without my recovery key. That’s when it hit me; I had no idea where my recovery key was or if I’d ever even put the piece of paper in a safe place. I’ve moved since I set up two-factor on iCloud.

If ever there was an advert for keeping stuff like recovery keys in something like 1Password, this is it.

Do it. Do it now.


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A new use for an old PC

There was once a time that I'd use a spare machine as a web server. Maybe a roll-your-own cloud storage ala OwnCloud. Not anymore. Ohhhh no.

Dan PC

These days they're toys for the kids.

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