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Just last week, I mentioned sci-fi author Jerry Pournelle in an article about writing I posted. Today, I'm sad to report that Pournelle has passed away at the age of 84 after a short illness. As well as writing great science fiction, he wrote a monthly column for Byte magazine that was the main reason I spent my $6 each month on that publication (sometimes more to get a rushed copy from the US). He's also one of the people who inspired my love of tech and writing about it.

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The most common "how to" search term on Google is "how to tie a tie." And the most common "how to fix" search is "how to fix a door," according to Google's new visual breakdown of the most popular "how to" searches worldwide from 2004 to 2017.

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My background music of choice for any board game session is Lin-Manuel Miranda's How Far I'll Go, but I know not everyone's a fan. Heck, it's probably the last thing you want blasting during a tense session of Seasons or, er, Munchkin (great for SeaFall though). That's when Melodice comes to the rescue, a neat little site that will generate — and play — a selection of game-appropriate tunes.

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Australia’s national game, Australian Rules Football, features 22 men on two opposing teams trying to kick an oval ball through the middle of some large, vertical sticks. Over the past 23 weeks, the 18 teams of the Australian Football League (AFL) have tackled, kicked and jumper-punched each other to oblivion, leaving only eight teams to compete for the Premiership Cup.

Tonight, the Finals begin. And even if you hate football, you can’t avoid the conversations.

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These are troubled times for SoundCloud, with staff lay offs, changing CEOs, and talk of emergency investment securing its future for the time being. As with any service that's looking shaky, users will be (and should be) worried about getting their stuff out — you may have years of playlists, uploads, and podcasts collected on the service. Here's how to get all that audio and data into safer locales.

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My four-year-old daughter enjoys watching some great kids' shows including Noddy Toyland Detective, Ruby's Studio, Julie's Greenroom and so much Daniel Tiger, but once in a while, she'll ask to watch YouTube on the iPad or phone, and when I oblige, she smiles and gets this sneaky-looking glimmer in her eye. Uh oh, I'll think. Where is this going today?

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It's that time again. The new TV season is upon us, and as usual there are a bevy of returning shows and premieres to fill our evenings. With a list that daunting, we've taken it upon ourselves to gather together all the information you will need to make smart decisions about all the time you're about to spend watching TV.

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When I envisioned having children, my happy fantasies included curling up and reading my childhood favourites to my kids. I pictured evenings of Little House on the Prairie, Pippi Longstocking and Little Women. When my two boys came along, I worried that their affection for board books about farm equipment meant that they wouldn't even consider reading, say, Anne of Green Gables, because that was a "girl's book" and they might be interested only in boys' stories.

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Comic books can seem intimidating. If you go into a comic book store, you’re confronted with walls and walls of paper and no road map that tells you where to start. If you’ve never read a comic before and want to dip your toe in the ink-filled waters, here’s a few recommendations that blend excellent storytelling and incredible illustration.