Category - Soapbox

Of Cakes and Conscience

In 2013, Aaron and Melissa Klein of Melissa’s Sweet Cakes Bakery refused to provide a cake for the wedding of Rachel and Laura Bowman-Crower. The Kleins, whose “Signature Cake Menu” includes a mudslide cake soaked in vodka and Kahlua, believed...

Faster Internet shouldn’t mean Less Privacy

AT&T announced a limited launch of faster internet speeds in parts of Atlanta today, but that service comes at a high price: your privacy. Terms of service for AT&T’s GigaPower Internet service note that the company is allowed to...

Don’t Make It Hard for Me to Give You Money

I love Spotify, which puts pretty much every song ever published in the palm of my hand. Today, for my brother’s birthday, I decided to give him the gift of a six month subscription to the service. Thirty minutes later, I ended up giving him...

Good Reasons to Go Back to Taking Notes by Hand

I’ve got a reputation as a digital guy. My iPad is always close at hand. I manage projects with hideous efficiency using Asana.com. I leverage services like TripAdvisor.com to plan magical vacations, and then use Apple Maps and Google Maps to...

Of Ducks and Clucks

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the flap caused by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s comments about gay people and black people. In cases like this one, it’s important to have the facts, beginning...

Tech: Windows 8 Really Is As Bad as You’ve Heard

My father-in-law’s PC, at six years old, is getting a bit long in the tooth (especially for a machine expected to juggle his collection of 1100 digital photos). With performance slowing down and errors cropping up, we decided to get him a new...