Sandy McMurray
reviews toys, games, gadgets, and media
for SEVEN magazine.

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About Sandy

Sandy has been writing about tech stuff in plain language since 1994.
He knows why your computer does that weird thing, and how to stop it.

Sandy is passionate about his faith, his family, strong coffee, apple pie, potatoes (all kinds), and that cool thing Apple announced recently.

Here’s a fun game. Mentally rewind 5 years and see how likely the following sentence would have been: Microsoft has decided to make Opera the default browser on its new, Linux-based Android handsets.

Story behind football's innovative yellow first down line | SI.com 

Steven Frank's arcade story 

One day I was sitting in our apartment reading a video game magazine (nerd!), and in the back was a little section of classified ads. My eye was caught immediately by the words “Beat Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair!” For a few bucks, you could send away for this random guy’s strategy guide, which listed all the moves and when to make them.

Arcade and console video games were a big part of my life in high school, too. Steven perfectly captures the frustration of playing Dragon’s Lair, and tells a great story. Read the whole thing here.

Ads everywhere

quote from Google SEC filing:

"Our expectation is that users will be using our services and viewing our ads on an increasingly wide diversity of devices in the future.”

quote from Futurama:

Leela: Didn’t you have ads in the 21st century?
Fry: Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio, and in magazines, and movies, and at ball games… and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts, and bananas and written on the sky. But not in dreams, no siree.

NASA had a huge staff of geniuses to understand and care for their software. Your phone has you. Plus a system of automatic updates you keep putting off because you’re in the middle of Candy Crush Saga every time it asks.
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