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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Apple temporarily cuts prices on all USB-C cables and accessories

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The USB-C to USB adapter goes from $19 to $9; the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter drops from $49 to $29; the USB-C to Lightning cable goes from $25 to $19 for one-meter cables and from $35 to $29 for two-meter cables; both the HDMI and VGA versions of Apple’s multi-port dongles drop from $69 to $49; and SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SD card reader drops from $49 to $29.

Source: Apple temporarily cuts prices on all USB-C cables and accessories | Ars Technica

These adapters are still pretty expensive when you consider the base price of the laptop went up by $400 and you might need maybe $100 worth of dongles to match needed functionality on the previous generation of the MacBook Pro.  (The lack of HDMI is especially off-putting.)  USB-C is here to stay — no question about it — but this situation is making a lot of people reconsider upgrading.  Personally, I would have preferred a thicker laptop that happened to add USB-C ports in this generation.

Thinking back, I don’t think I’ve ever had an Apple computer without at least one adapter involved, but this is getting to be a bit extreme.  “There’s a dongle for that.”

USB 3.1 and Type-C look awesome

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USB 3.1 and Type-C: The only stuff at CES that everyone is going to use | Ars Technica.

I’ve seen the future, and it’s full of USB.

Seriously, 100W of power, 10Gbps of data, and a reversible connection? So great.

I’m looking forward to a USB powered laptop that plugs into a monitor over the same kind of cable.

CODE Mechanical Keyboard

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CODE Mechanical Keyboard via Coding Horror.

Looks pretty awesome, but I’d have a really hard time justifying spending $150 on a keyboard to myself. Highlights: backlit, good media keys, detachable micro USB cord (might work well with an Android tablet with USB OTG), and no Windows logo. :-)