You’ve Changed, Apple!

June 9th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism - (0 Comments)

 
 

Back in the we-build-our-own-processor days, Apple was for nerds. Oh, there was definitely a fanboy crowd, but much different than the one you see today. Before the adoption of Intel, most of Apple’s base had been there from the inception. It use to be about being the best.

Now, here’s the problem with the smart crowd. They’re small in number. Remember when SciFi had actually science fiction shows and A&E had American Castles- basically back when I watched. I still refuse to call them SYFY. Now, look at the format. Reality tv and wrestling. Wider net. Even Doctor Who had changed so much during the Matt Smith years that they had to give us a Capaldi, Coleman pairing to keep the original nerd fan base happy. To insure it’s survival, they had to put a cute, funny, One Direction Doctor. Matt Smith was somewhat of an insult.

Same thing happened with Apple. Geeks are hard to please. We want the best, we don’t want to overpay. The slightest thing wrong, we tweet meet up dates for the riot. Intel Macs were predecessors to the mobile operating. Dumb it down and overcharge.

Apple is at 18.3% market share. Right behind Samsung. They just recently just gave the S6 a redesign while taking away the SD card. My theory was their numbers would suffer. Guess who’s beating Apple at their own game. Build for the masses and pass the collection plate because everything else is niche.

 

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LiveBlog: Apple WWDC 2015

June 8th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism - (0 Comments)

15.32

No, The Weekend does not quality as one last thing. Same as someone from Disney XD coming on.

The dev side ended the minute they said, Apple Music.

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15.24

One more thing: The Weekend is performing.
No clue.

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15.21

Alternative is now running a full operating system.

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15.21

Apple Music even on Android, first 3 months free after that 9.99 individual plan. 14.99 for family of 6.

This might get people to change over.

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15.18

Tony Soprano running the Music keynote.

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15.16

@ Connect is Ping! You are Ping 2. This music add on is worse than Ping 1.

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15.11

Gimmicks means they dont have content deals lol.

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15.09

DRAKE IS HERE.

Started from the bottom now at Apple.

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15.09

They want to take on Pandora and Spotify with @ Connect to artists. Gimmicky. But it comes preinstalled. But if you’re already paying for Pandora and others do you leave. It really depends on the music deals.

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15.05

“Apple is gonna crush Tidal.”

Tidal was never a threat. lol

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15.03

One more thing Apple Music.

Apple music is basically beats integration.

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15.02

Dev beta for watch happens today.

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15.00

Vine App on iWatch.

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14.58

Time Travel (not in a blue box with a mad man) lets you scroll backwards and forward to watch appointment are coming up future and past.
Reminds of google search by week, day feature.

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14.48

Devs now have access to iWatch crown. Will make it more relevant.

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14.46

“Native apps on the watch will change people’s lives,” Tim Cook.

Hahhahahha. No.

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14.44

100 Billion Apps downloaded. Now I want the Android numbers. And Windows.

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14.44

Uh-oh here it comes… Swift!

Swift 2 Open Source by the end of the year from Apple. The ghost of Steve Jobs is about to come back. Open Source. Two words you never expect to hear from Apple. That’s big. They want to push the language more. They want everyone writing in Swifty 2.

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14.40

I still want a full operating system! Enjoy your gimmicks.

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14.39

The algorithm probable to selected the news you see and bumping up higher paying content? Not impossible. Paid priority. Net neutrality issue.

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14.38

With Apple News, fruit is selecting your news by cutting content deals.

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14.37

Andy Inaktho, “We in Gen X complain how lame tv and Facebook are.”

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14.35

Apple trying to lock you into os even farther.

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14.35

Apple replacing popular Apple by building them in. Devs be scared.

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14.30

“Who are the female presenters at Apple?”
“Why don’t they have Wikipedia pages?”

[New promotions to quell the talk of no women in tech]

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14.28

Apple News takes on Google News and Facebook.

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14.26

Transit is Google Maps.

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14.15

Photos for Notepad.

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14.15

Apple “steals” wallet after Android dumps it for Google Pay.

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14.14

Use Apple Pay on the Canadian buses. Transit in US will have this soon.

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14.13

“Bible Pins?”

Oh Buyable Pins!!! From Pintrest.

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14.12

Apple wants to pull you off of Android and take you away from the apps you love the most on Google.

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14.09

El Capitain opens today to devs. July to rest.

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14.07

Leo LaPorte of TWIT, “I don’t mind Apple copying.”
Fanboy ALERT.

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14.06

Apple is trying to be Windows 8, Chrome browser, and Android. Copying from all.

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13.57

-So far Apple has added browser audio which Chrome has had for about over 2 years.

-Tabs which are bookmarks

-Natural language search.

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Apple Commercial

June 17th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah in Humor | PureNerdism - (0 Comments)

This guy posted this comment online describing Macintosh computers. I’ve always said, leave the overpriced nonsense to the hipsters. Go forth, my smart ones, and build thy own pc with Linux. Amen.

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And you thought Friday mornings couldn’t get any better!

 

Shopper Receipts Join Paperless Age. From my shopping experience, Apple was the first store to hand out (pun intended) an email receipt.

★ If you’re going to issue a downgrade, S&P, at least get the math right!

★ Barnes and Nobles will stock Amazon titles, but here’s the catch: they want both ebooks and physical books.

U.K. Government Considers Blocking Twitter, BlackBerry in Wake of Riots. Shutting down the internet isn’t the answer, Mr. Prime Minister.

Sony, Samsung Team For Universal 3D Glasses. They can set standards all they want, but no one is buying 3D televisions until they’re glasses free.

Facebook and Google Plus evoke a game war!

An end to copy protection? Don’t hold your breath.

★ Space never ceases to be interesting! A Volcano on the Moon — Where None Should Be.

NYC tenure drops from 100% to 58%. Tenure should be a privilege, not a right.

★ 25 Years of Mac

 

Nintendo’s Evolutionary Ladder

 

★ Adults vs Computers

★ Fuzzball’s love affair with the PC

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★ Microsoft Windows History

 

★ The Apple Museum – 30 years in 2 minutes

 

★ History of Computers and Consoles

 

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★ Casio Exilim EXFH-20 ★ iPod Classic 2nd gen video player ★ Photo editing ★ Sunday morning view ★ Rain storm ★ Clearing rain and rainbow ★ Midday movie escape ★ Promenade shopping

 

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★ 6 core AMD custom built pc with 6GB DDR3 RAM with dual monitors, ★ BTC Wireless Keyboard, ★ Casio Exilim Ex-FH20, ★ iPod Touch, ★ Cresent Moon, ★ Duffy Dean napping, ★ Yardley Oatmeal and Almond Body Soap, ★ Milian Glitter Collection nail polish

 

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Macbook Air vs Asus Eee Pc- Expensive isn’t better
 
The whole world is in love with the Macbook Air. From the man I admire, David Pogue, of the New York Times, to every website with the Air’s heading. But from this nerd’s point of view, I don’t get it. The specs don’t dazzle me and the battery life would leave me high and dry if I was stuck in an airport. Then there’s the price-ouch!

I wondered how it would stack up to my Asus Eee PC 1001P netbook…
 
Specs

For $999 the 11″ Macbook Air gives you 64GB Solid State drive, a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo Processor, and 2GB RAM. After you’ve stopped laughing, you realize you’re paying a premium price for an old processor. I understand the price of the Air increasing because of the SSD drive but I’d opt for hard drive space over SSD capability. They are just too expensive at this point. Unless you’re a toddler or running around a war zone, you don’t need a solid state drive.

For $299 Asus gives you 1.66 GHz Single Core Atom 450 processor with 1GB Ram and 250 HD. While I could have waited a few months and spend an extra $200 for the dual core, I don’t need it, nor did I want to want to wait or spend the cash. I did spend $40 to upgrade the ram from 1GB to 2GB. Makes a big difference when I’m streaming video and running two or three applications at a time.

The Air is a bit faster with the core 2 Duo processor, but it still doesn’t justify the $650 price difference. On both machines you’re not going to be editing video. You can do some Photoshop picture editing, but that’s the heaviest lifting.
 
Ports

We’re in sad times when mac fans are rejoicing over having two USB ports. Two. For a $1,000 dollars, I want three, and I don’t think I’m being greedy. You’ll thank me once you plug in your mouse and USB memory stick and realize the celebrating two USB was just premature. The Air also includes a display port but adapters are sold separately (welcome to the cult of mac), and a headphone jack.

The Asus 1001 has three USBs. It’s the minimum I require. It follows up with a VGA, Ethernet, headphone and mic jack.
 
Battery

Jobs and Company are predicting 5 hours of battery life with wifi. So in real world terms let’s say 3.5 hours with wifi on. This is totally unacceptable! The Air is lightweight so of course I would want to take it anywhere if I’m traveling. Even if it gets 5 hours, which I doubt, that number still isn’t high.

The Asus wins again with 9 hours with wifi on, 11 hours with wifi off. Now that’s more realistic I’m stranded in JFK time.

Apple is touting instant on like it’s some type of new technology the invented. Uh-no. The Asus 1001 will open with instant on with the touch of a button. The Air will just open to instant on. Both are wins. Just know that it’s not something new.

 

Design

Asus’ 1001 netbook line comes colors ranging from piano black, navy blue, white, pink, and red. I opted for pink because I remember the days when if you wanted your tech colored, you had to send it off to a company for a couple hundred dollars to be painted. If I was going to have my netbook painted, I’d want pink! While it’s note as paper fine as the Air, there is a compactness that makes it competitive to Apple and HP’s more polished designs.

The Macbook Air looks as sleek the spaceship in 1989′s Flight of the Navigator, and it was sleek! Not even I can deny that it is a beautiful piece of work. There was no need to change the perfect aluminum design that the pc makers have yet to capture in it’s all out coolness. I still don’t understand why they killed the back-lit keyboard, if only to make you pay for the more expensive Macbook Pros. It’s the only winning feature lacking from it’s original design. The only con to the construction is the flimsy feel. When opening it, it’s reminiscent of a wishbone about to snap. Even minus this, the Air takes the win.

Both are so light, you might forget that their in your carry case. If I’m not going far, I throw mine into an oversized hobo bag and still don’t notice the weight. Asus at 2.8 pounds, Air at 2.3 pounds; neither one loses here.
 
Winner

It really does come down to preference, and not capabilities, since both can do the same amount of work. By definition, the Asus is a netbook and the Air is ultra-portable since netbooks are deemed inexpensive. But if we rewrite the definition of netbook (which should be done by now) to mean light laptops with no optical drive, then that’s what these two are.

For me, at $350 with the ram upgrade, the rose pink Asus Ee Pc 1001 is the winner. I can’t justify a $1,000 dollar netbook, because it’s a netbook! Not a desktop or a flat screen tv. Especially, when both provide the same performance.

 

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2011 Tech Predictions

December 29th, 2010 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism - (4 Comments)

 

 

My favorite nerd moment of the year! I get to play Nostradamus and call out tech predictions next year.

 

-Apple Makes a TV: Or more specifically, Apple buy cheap Chinese hardware and puts Itunes and Apps on it. Basically in line with their other products.

-Iphone Goes to Verizon: Because VZ has the money to pay for Apple’s licensing deal.

-No 4D Tvs…Yet: The technology is on the way. Think 2012-2013 to be glasses free!

-HD Wii: Better graphics, faster processors something for Ninetendo to boost sales.

-Someone Buys Twitter: I’m thinking a media company: AOL, CNN, TimeWarner.

-iPad Gets Competition: Real competition. Think Google Andriod software paired with a strong hardware companies, Asus or Samsung, and HTC.

-Andriod Cellphones Surpass Apple: Apple holds the #2 position in 2011, but in 2012 Windows make major gains. Blackberry either revamps with OS or partners with Windows or Google by 2012.

-Nokia Joins Team Andriod: Kills Symbian.

-Playstation Phone:
Flops. High powered graphic intense games needs stronger harder than is mainstream for mobile phones as of 2011.

-Skype Adds Ads: Because Google taught us, the money is in advertising!

Groupon Regrets Staying Single: Nothing proprietary there. Ego or sheer nativity will be the downfall of this company. Most businesses are learning that these coupon sites aren’t generating loyal customers, either.

 

 

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You Know You’re a Nerd When…

October 10th, 2010 | Posted by Sarah in Humor | PureNerdism - (4 Comments)

 

Happy 10.10.10, otherwise known as, Nerd Day!

 

No, sorry wannabees, owning an iphone does not make you a nerd. Watching tech podcasts- nope. Playing with the Commodore 64, built your first media pc in the early nineties- well now you’re talking!

 

★ You spend your weekend writing code.

★ Paper is your enemy. You prefer the PC-version of Post-It notes.

★ You played with DOS as a child.

★ You’ve met ninety percent of your friends from World of WarCraft.

★ You’ve never bought a pc, you buy parts and build them yourself.

★ You have heated arguments over the better OS.

★ You have at least 3 pc: a desktop, a laptop, a netbook.

★ You know non-nerds buy Apple computers, real nerds run a Hackintosh.

★ You rarely see sunlight, but LCD light is mother’s milk.

★ Cooking means microwaving so that you can run back to you PC.

★ You wish all commerce was done through Cybercash (we’re not just talking paypal).

★ You run Linux.

★ You tell your doctor you have an lcd addiction. The only time you don’t look at one is when you’re asleep.

★ You knew the Syfy channel when it was spelled correctly as the Sci-fi channel.

★ You’re shocked when people pay monthly for tivo and cable dvrs. Don’t they know you can build a media center pc for cheaper!

★ You believe Shareware and bloatware is the devil.

★ Last movie you saw and was in avi or quicktime.

★ You run a dual boot pc with multiple OS.

★ The first thing you turn on in the morning is your pc.

★ Your pc is your phone, your tv, and your best friend that has a name. (Love you, Hal!)

★ You delete cookies, you don’t eat them.

★ You run a server in your home.

★ You can carry on conversations in C++

★ Your hobbies are: convert English into binary, hexadecimal, and octal and ASCII

★ You worked for Microsoft, IBM, Google, Apple, Cisco as a developer at one point or another.

★ You know non-nerds buy Apple computers, real nerds run a Hackintosh.

 

 

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Best Tech 2007 Edition

May 10th, 2007 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism - (5 Comments)

 

FLOPS

4. Amazon Kindle. I love books. I love ebooks. I hate the Amazon Kindle. Why? Because for $400 I can buy a whole lot of books. In good conscience I can’t recommend an e-reader for that high a price. Palm OS e-readers are around $100 (it lacks e-ink). Sony’s e-reader which also has e-ink (a display which makes the screen look like newspaper or textbook print with no backlight) is around $299. Given that the Kindle comes with free wireless called Whispernet that they build from Sprint’s EVDO broadband line, they are looking to recoup their hefty investment by their pricing. It’s a neat little gadget, especially it you’re a Mac user like me, since Sony’s Reader isn’t compatible with Mac OS. Amazon would be better off dropping the price, by at least $50. Or, Sony (are you listening), needs to make the e-reader compatible on Mac OS and create a wireless network for it to run on . Head to head. I like Sony’s design on the a similar wireless network. The Kindle is chunky and the buttons are not placed for easy reading. For example, when reading, it’s easy to accidently touch the scroll button and end up on the wrong page. Oddly, enough, the Kindle really is just a piece of wood.

3. Xbox 360 and PS3 (before the price drop). Die hard gamers have professed around the world that their main reasons for loving the Xbox was to play Halo. While PS3 players love the fact that their old games from PS1 and PS2 can play on the system, the price tag is higher than the Wii and Xbox. At $600 (mainly because of the blu-ray player), Sony committed suicide. They tried to win the HD vs Blu Ray war by integrating it into their consoles, but all they did was send gamers to XBox or Wii. But in overall sales who won? (See the tops list.)

2. iPhone. The hype that surrounded it, you can attribute it to the success of Apple’s iPod. While the iPhone is pretty much everything you need in a phone, portable browser, and mp3; that doesn’t leave Steve Jobs’ new golden child without flaws. Apple failed to offer more than one network to use the phone on, alienating most buyers from switching to At&t. Plus with the welded battery, you must ship your iPhone back to Apple to have it replaced. Also, Jobs and Co. wants to restrict what you can do once you buy the iPhone, which means, no cash payments, credit cards or checks only. Sounds like you’re renting the iPhone after paying around $599 for it. Are you kidding me?

1. Window’s Vista: Oh, Bill, what were you thinking? Window’s Vista’s release should have been rescheduled until the Window’s Team put ALOT more work into it. If this is what they spent an alleged five years working on, then I cringe. VIsta reminds me of a crappy book report: it’s Monday morning and you hand in a two pages of dribble instead of the five pages of masterpiece you knew you were capable of producing. Was the Microsoft Development Team on Spring Break? . (I honestly think they spend 6 months working on this version and 4 1/2 years playing Halo on their desktops.) For those XP users who simply wanted to upgrade, the nightmare did not end. From lacks in security patches to Internet Explorer which seems to be only good at crashing, to logging in as the Administrator to run Photoshop (it is a security risk when you do this, but this is the only way I’ve learned you can run Photoshop on Vista), Microsoft let the whole world down (it had to happen sometime, people). My guess, is Microsoft is working overtime on this one. The next version of this OS may not even be Vista to move away from the stigma (see 2008 Predictions). Bill Gates, does not like to be on the loosing end of the stick.

 

Tops

4. Wii and PS3 (after the price drop). No analyst could predict the Wii taking home gold. When Nintendo first reported they would be changing control pads to a single stick, I figured they were trying to re-invent the wheel, and not in a good way. But to my surprise, they made it a more interactive game. The control pad, of course, will not work with all game types, but for Nintendo’s line, it’s a winner.
The PS3, after the price drop made, me more of a believer. Plus a blu-ray player for around $400? If only I could find one to buy. Now, at least, you can compete with the Wii.

3. Ipod Touch: When the iPhone first came out, I was at the Apple store about a week later, just flirting with one. The main reasons I didn’t snatch one up? The $600 price tag and the fact that I was not transferring service to At&t (in Florida we have Metro PCS which gives you unlimited minutes for a flat fee of $50). I said to my friend Robert who was with me at the store, “I really just want the iPod features.” You can imagine my thrill when the Touch came out. The hard drive is small at 16KB a larger hard drive size and price decrease. Plus, you really never want anything generation one. As the iPod minis sell faster than the Grand Slam Special at Denny’s, I’ll wait for an iPod touch.

2. Elgato Eye Tv: When I pass on to the after life, there is one earthly possessions that I will definetly miss. Other from Duffy Dean (my baby persian kitty), my MacBook Pro will probably win this game. But paired with the Macbook Pro, an Eye Tv tuner makes me happier than certain men (to save myself from being sued for libel, I won’t name names). Recording tv on a laptop, not to mention watching tv as I type my many entertaining blog entries, makes me happier than a fat rat in a cheese factory. Set up itself was pretty seamless, I ran the install cd and slipped in the USB tuner, after connecting it to the cable jack.

The downside: These tuners are EXPENSIVE. They cost 10 times what a tuner for a PC would cost ( $20 for PC, $200 for Mac OS). They only reason I can see why the huge price difference is because Apple charges Eye Tv more for licenses for the tuner to run on Mac.

Drum roll please……….

1. Apple’s Macbook Pro. It’s like the Buggati of laptops (or think Fendi bags, girls). If you’re a writer, then this is no better application than Pages. Sorry, not even an open source format compares. With iLife, you can tweak blogs (or video blog!!!), create movies and photo project, record music from a keyboard, and edit videos. All of which can be done on a PC, but MAC OS does it better.

My only complaint to Steve Jobs and his androids over at Apple: you need to lower the price. Now, I’m not saying that the MBP will ever be an $500 Dell. Perish the thought! Or, if you wanna keep charging $2800, MBPs should be a gaming powerhouse! But at close to three grand, it is steep. But what can I say, I still love it. A Windows PC with comparable features will run you about $600-$1500 less depending on where you go. But remember, PCers you all have to deal with Vista and XP. Us Mac heads get Mac OS X and Leopard. At the end of the day with a Mac, you’re paying for the software. If the MBP is way out of your league, go for the 13 inch Macbooks which start around $1099. Plus, I can’t live without a back lit keyboard. I know, I’m such a girl.
Alternatives: If I had to go to the PC route, I’d get a Sony Vaio VGN-AR670 CTO or an HP Pavilion dv9700t. My PC OS of choice: Umbutu Linux or if that scares you, Windows XP with SP2 patch. Bill Gates has alot of work to finish on Vista.

 

 

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