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This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

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 Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today. If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store right now as these units won’t be available on Best Buy’s website. Nintendo… Read More




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The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode #253 - Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2017

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Pre-game. Image via @klandwehr.

Pre-game. Image via @klandwehr.

Wow that was fun! This event is the highlight of my year, and I’m glad we could share it with everyone. Thank you for an amazing weekend!

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This episode of The Pen Addict is sponsored by:

Retro 51: Life’s too short to carry an ugly pen.

Mack Weldon: Smart underwear for smart guys. Get 20% off with the code PENADDICT.

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Hand-Painted Planetary Push Pins

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Tokyo-based industrial designer Duncan Shotton (previously) is known for his unique approach to houseware and stationery design, where he takes common objects from pencils to bookmarks and conceives of a novel twist. His latest creation is a series of push pins designed to look like the solar system called Planet Pins. The set includes the 8 planets (sorry Pluto fans) and an optional moon pin cast in concrete. Planet Pins just launched on Kickstarter and 100 sets are available as a signed limited edition.

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Ooooh.
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Ecobee4 HomeKit thermostat teased ahead of May 3 unveiling

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Ecobee appears to be planning to show off its new Ecobee4 smart thermostat next week. The company teased out the date today on a new sign-up page that says ‘something big is in the works’ under what is likely a preview of the new smart thermostat hardware.

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But I just bought Ecobee3s ... three of which are still in the wrappers! Grrrr.
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Workflow ubiquity: why vendors are so bad at enabling automation – J-Net Community

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The struggle with automation is workflow.

The post Workflow ubiquity: why vendors are so bad at enabling automation – J-Net Community appeared first on EtherealMind.

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Yeap.

"No, instead it breaks intermittently. And in fantastically obtuse and difficult to predict ways. The things that vendors think are corner cases have a wonderful way of becoming reality in production environments. But it isn’t that it is breaking for everyone. No, it’s breaking for just the one unlucky operator who is dealing with the issue that day."

And the further up-the-chain you go, the more "this sounds like BS, you guys just don't know what you're doing" it feels like. But you remember back to the day before you worked your way up... remember what your day-to-day was like... it still is the amazing confluence of events causing unexpected issues like you could never predict.
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Figure Out What the Customer Really Needs

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One of the toughest challenges you can face as a networking engineer is trying to understand what the customer really needs (as opposed to what they think they’re telling you they want).

For example, the server team comes to you saying “we need 5 VLANs between these 3 data centers”. What do you do?

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I don't even have to click through to agree.
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