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New Year Resolution 2019: Be Better

It’s that time when we look back at what we’ve achieved this year, sigh deeply, feel sorry for ourselves, come up with another list of things to do in the next year and call that the new year’s resolution.

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I know I haven’t achieved what I had set out to do this time last year, and there’s a good chance that you didn’t either. So, instead of trying it again, why not change what the resolution is in the first place?

To get the point, let me first tell you where I got the idea first.

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3 Must-Have 2018 MacBook Pro Accessories

The initial ride of having only USB-C ports on MacBook Pros since 2016 is over. However, the dongle situation is not. In addition to dongles, you may want to pick up a handful of other accessories for your new (or existing) MacBook Pro to keep it safe and clean. Here are 3 must-have 2018 MacBook Pro accessories that I highly recommend.

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Let’s start with the protection of your new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air 2018. I personally do not like putting any hard case on my laptop. I had one on my MacBook Pro 2015 model, but I didn’t really like it. Here’s why:

First, it made the device significantly heavier. Since a hardcover shell is always on the MacBook Pro, there’s no way to not feel the excess weight when carrying it around. Second, although it gave good protection to the Mac, it was really hard to take the hardcover shell apart.

And finally, when I got rid of the case altogether, there were signs of wear thanks to the hardcover shell. I regretted putting that on my MacBook Pro a lot.

So, after I got the 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I opted for a sleeve.

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Reading on Apple Books

Years ago, I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite from Best Buy during one of my trips to the United States. I was hoping to get back into the habit of reading. It didn’t work. I was not carrying it with me everywhere and I found it cumbersome to buy books on Kindle (with a non-US credit card) or download and upload PDF copies of what I wanted to read. I eventually sold it.

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Years later, I’ve found the joy of reading again. Nothing trumps the proper feeling of opening a printed book and smelling it as you turn the pages. But let’s be realistic here: I’m not an avid book reader and in order to actually finish reading a book. I had to be practical.

I had to use something to read the book that I’d carry with me all the time. I had to have access to the book when I was unexpectedly stuck in traffic, waiting at the doctor’s office, or simply bored. The one thing that I knew I’d always have with me, the one thing that I’d remember first to bring with me no matter where I went, was the iPhone.

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More book than Facebook

Over the weekend, I planned to finish reading a book.

It was a fiction book. “The Ruins” by Scott B. Smith. What made me want to read the book was that it involved killer plants. That was the plot of a story I’d read many, many years ago as a child. I wanted to see if that story was inspired by this book.

I’m not an avid book reader. In fact, these days, all of my reading comes from the web. I can’t remember the last time I finished reading a book. Seeing that I was immediately hooked to “The Ruins” as I started reading it, I decided to push through and actually manage to finish it this time.

I’d given myself two days. I finished it in one. Read more

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