Housekeeping: Tech Q and A Will Return Next Week

Our tech Q and A columnist is dealing with a family emergency, so the column will return next week.

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Housekeeping: Happy Labo(u)r Day 2022


It's Labor Day in the U.S. on Monday, and also Labour Day in Canada on Monday, so in advance of the three-day weekend we're gonna shut 'er down a bit early.

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Housekeeping: TTAC Gets Game-Changing Design Language

When you log in to this grand old site next week, it will look different. For the first time in … well, a long time.

I know, you’ve heard talk of a redesign before. I’ve even seen mockups! But for a variety of reasons, things never moved past the planning stage.

Now, however, our corporate parents are leveraging a partnership and TTAC will be getting fresh new duds.

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Housekeeping: Happy Fourth of July

Once again, it’s time to, and I quote The Simpsons: “Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it.”

So that means we’re off on the Fourth of July.

But wait, there’s more!

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Housekeeping: We're Off Monday to Honor Juneteenth

Our corporate overlords have declared Juneteenth a holiday, and so it be declared that we, too, will be taking the day off.

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Housekeeping: Happy Memorial Day

As per usual when a holiday approaches, TTAC will be taking some time off.

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Housekeeping: We Have a Podcast Now

One of my hopes as editor of this august site has been to get a podcast off the ground. It was a back-burner idea for years, then Matt and Steph and I recorded a trial run in 2020.

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Housekeeping: Announcing the Winner of the Lithium Auto Care Contest

We ran a giveaway of Lithium Auto Care products recently and now, we have a winner.

And the winner is…

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Housekeeping: Happy President's and Family Day

Today is President’s Day in America and Family Day in Canada, and so we, and our corporate masters, are taking the day off.

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Housekeeping: Happy MLK Day

It’s Martin Luther King Day, and it’s a holiday for American employees working for our corporate overlords, so we’re going to take the day and take a nice little break.

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Housekeeping: We Have a Winner!

We’re pleased to announce the winner of our Bridgestone Winter Tire Giveaway.

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Housekeeping: Check Your Spam Folder

You guys remember that winter-tire giveaway we ran last month? Yeah? Well, one of you won — and have not replied to several emails informing you that’s the case.

I suspect the email went to spam.

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Housekeeping: Merry New Year

2021 is finally ending. We lurch into 2022 still dealing with a global pandemic, and supply-chain shortages, and climate change, and everything else, but we can at least take three days to pause, watch a ton of college and NFL football (Go Irish, Bear Down), drink cheap champagne, and hope that 2022 is better — and brings about the end of the pandemic phase of COVID.

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Housekeeping: TTAC Takes A Christmas Break

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, so it’s gonna be a long, relaxing weekend for those of us in the blog mines.

This means we will be knocking off early today.

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Housekeeping: It's Turkey Time

Hey all,

As per usual, we’re going mostly silent for the next few days so that we can stuff our faces with turkey and watch a lot of (bad) football.

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  • Tagbert When you publish series like this, could you include links to the previous articles in the series so that we can follow through? Thank you. Edit: now I see a link embedded in the first paragraph that goes to the previous story. It wasn’t clear at first where that link went but now I understand.