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My Mac Attack

My day job is working on a Helpdesk. In our company, we have a few users who apparently insist on using Apple Mac computers in a overwhelmingly Windows environment. Being a diligent employee and all-around good guy, I decided to see if I could find a way to get some "hands on" with a Mac, to help with those occasions where I have to assist one of our Mac users.
To be completely honest, I should admit that our Mac users know much more about their systems than the vast majority of our Windows users . . . 
Anyway, a local computer chain was selling some old Mac laptops at a bargain price, so I bit the bullet and purchased one. It's one of the old white, shiny plastic Intel MacBooks and is running OS X 10.6.8 [Snow Leopard]. Apple users will now be chuckling, no doubt, as what I have purchased is a 10-year-old laptop essentially running the Apple equivalent of Windows XP.
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The Porgs Have Me Worried

A new selection of Star Wars - The Last Jedi photos are out in Entertainment Weekly, and the new "Porg" characters have me a bit worried. From what I gather, the little creatures will be mostly practical effects (a general "yay" for that), but are so stupid cute they make Ewoks look like mangy junk yard dogs.
I know I am going to be sick of seeing shelves of Porgs this Christmas in the stores. I get it; you make a lot of money off toy tie-ins, and cute stuff is a magnet for the young 'uns, but it seems awfully heavy handed - even if the Porgs in the movie turn out to be mean little buggers in action.
I mean, just look at it . . . 

3 Reasons Why Alfred Is Talking To Superman, Not A Green Lantern

I don't often comment on stuff like this, but it seems painfully obvious to me that Alfred Pennyworth is startled by Superman at the end of the latestJustice League Comic Con trailer. A lot of folks are straining to make it seem that it is one of the Green Lanterns that show up, but I feel that is an attempt to get clicks more that anything else - there is very little "proof" of that from what I have seen.
Batman's butler and aide-de-camp, Alfred, is surprised by a visitor that we never see in the short scene. In the second part of the scene, we appear to be viewing Alfred from over the shoulder of the mysterious guest.
My thinking is as follows:
1 - We already know that the apparently dead Kal El (Superman) will come back in this story, in some capacity, and we briefly see Bruce Wayne/Batman looking at a holographic image with blue leggings and a red cape.
2 - Alfred, although startled, appears to recognize the intruder/visitor and pointedly uses the word "hop…

Google Glass Enterprise May Do The Trick

Google Glass (the augmented reality eyeware from a couple of years ago) arrived with a splash, but then sort of just faded away - apparently becoming another "beta" product from Google that did not quite make the cut.
However, we now have Google Glass Enterprise; a sort of Glass 2.0 that is more specifically targeted at manufacturing/production environments. This time, Google may actually have something - something more than a parade of yuppie "Glassholes" smirkingly showing of their fashionable "know-it-all" eyewear. It turns out that with Glass, Google originally developed something with promising technology—and in its first effort at presenting it, failed to understand who could use it best and what it should be doing. Now the company has found a focus. Factories and warehouses will be Glass’s path to redemption. Wired

Dark Future For Batfleck?

We may know a bit more after this weekend's Comic-Con panel, but according to The Hollywood Reporter it looks like Ben Affleck may no longer be involved in the proposed future Batman solo movie (or trilogy).
Justice League may be the last time we will get to see this particular iteration of the famous "Dark Knight" character, although until fairly recently Affleck had not only written a script for the new movie, but was supposedly going to also direct it.
More recently though, Affleck stepped away from directing the movie and now we find that his script has been set aside too. The whole thing is a bit murky as to who is leaving whom. 
One might imagine Affleck is miffed that his script was thrown out; on the other hand, the THR article hints that some may consider Affleck to be too old for a proposed trilogy (although he is only in his mid-forties now).
I think it's unfortunate, as I enjoyed his beefy, brawling Batman in Batman v Superman, and expect to enjoy him in …

The Incredibles 2 Just Keeps Going

Pixars' 2004 animated superhero movie The Incredibles often shows up near the top of many lists of favorite movies in that genre. Apart from being a fun experience, it had an affecting story dealing with formerly lauded superheros trying to "hide in plain sight" among civilians and just raise their families.
Many (including myself) have been waiting to see if a sequel is forthcoming, and we now know that we not only have a sequel coming in 2018, but that it also picks right up after the first movie finished - with The Underminer menacing the city.  Speaking with IGN, Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter confirmed that The Incredibles 2 begins immediately after the events of the first Incredibles. "It starts right as the first one finishes, so it just carries on," Lasseter said during an interview at D23 Expo, quipping that only "a minute" will have passed. Shut up and take my money . . .

Stop Into 7-Eleven For A Soylent Shake

For those of you who are familiar with the 1973 Sci-Fi movie Soylent Green, the snide remarks sort of write themselves - so I won't bother - but the Soylent company has started selling it's ready-to drink meal replacement product at a handful of 7-Eleven stores in California.

Previously only available to order online, and pulled from the market for a while following some reported illnesses, Soylent seems to be reaching out to a wider audience. While I am probably not the target audience, I might try one of it was right there next to the slushy machine. “We are thrilled to be working alongside the talented 7-Eleven team and look forward to building our retail presence nationwide,” Rob Rhinehart, Soylent Founder and CEO, said in a statement. Consumerist