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David Murphy
thedavidmurphy
David Murphy is Lifehacker's Senior Technology Editor. He has geeked out writing for The New York Times, Wirecutter, PC Magazine, Reviewed, Computer Shopper, and PCWorld. www.thedavidmurphy.com
Sep 17
6

down to just plain “unhealthy” today, feels like a victory

Sep 11
12

Something on Amazon I’ve noticed is that it is all/mostly these sorts of items you get gouged on too. If it’s something you can randomly pick up in a grocery store, it’s usually 2-10x as much, but if you want a USB cooling fan, fountain pen ink, a banjo stand, and a spaghetti attachment for an apple peeler you are Read more

Sep 11
2

“Jerk” was my Dad’s favorite word and I always liked the way he said it.

Sep 10
14

i’ll try not to, but i had to use my astronomy app to tell where the sun even was yesterday, so 🤷‍♂️

Sep 10
12

Someone start the timer on the Trump GIF. 

Sep 3
1

I would say nah. Separate and connect to the 5, and only connect to the 2.4 if your device cannot see the 5, or if it uses very little bandwidth. Bandwidth steering routers can’t tell the difference between a roomba and a ps4 pro, which obviously you would want to connect the ps4 pro to the 5 if wired wasn't an Read more

Sep 2
8

I worked for Comcast and have been an engineer for a long time. The biggest issue specifically with the Comcast gateways (especially Technicolor ones but all all of them do this but gets worse still if you’re using an Apple device on Wi-Fi) , is that the encryption for the Wi-Fi is mixed encryption. Usually it’s set Read more

Sep 2
2

Right now the claims are 2x the performance of the 20xx series for much lower prices. upgrades to GDDR6X and large amounts of it, and an absurd number of cores. 

Sep 2
3

Lately I was having Comcast dropout issues. Being someone who does know router speak, I did the usual troubleshooting. I could find no problems with MY modem or wireless router. After a while I thought about the cable from the wall to the modem. It gets twisted and bent behind my desk. It was a cheapie RG-6 cable from Read more

Sep 2
11

I went with my own modem and router and i’ve never looked back. I know some ISPs don’t allow use of your own modem and router but if they do I would highly recommend it. Read more

Sep 2
6

As my department struggles to keep up with supporting 25,000 students and faculty now teaching completely online, I’m wondering how many teachers and students who are trying to navigate Zoom and their school’s learning management system are even aware of any of this. Read more

Aug 26
1

Was gonna say, he seriously undersold the kamikaze-like runners.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *EXPLODES*

Aug 25
2

Here’s hoping you don’t get a tiny little cactus in the mail as an “exclusive Dino Swords prize.”

Aug 24
1

Ugh. The fact that they still offer the 64GB version is such a dumb ploy to me. At this point, 128 should be the base model.

Aug 24
1

Unexpectedly relevant to me as just this weekend I received an email from Apple that my iPhone has been completely paid off (I guess 24 months). What I didn’t consider is that, now that it’s paid for, I’m pretty sure I no longer have AppleCare, so if something untoward happens to the phone then I’m probably SOL. Read more

Aug 21
3

So what about just sticking an external drive into the USB port on your router? Read more

Aug 20
19

I traded my Fortnite phone for someone who had a flappybird phone. Sucker born every minute. Read more