Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online at Library of Congress

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Letter from Alexander Hamilton, age 12

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Alexander Hamilton is household name these days for many reasons, perhaps even moreso in my house, but likely yours just the same. The Library of Congress has now published digital versions of over 12,000 letters, legal papers, speech drafts, and more, many of which are in Hamilton’s own writing. The example shown here is a letter Hamilton wrote on November 11, 1769 when he was 12-years-old in St. Croix, telling his friend that he would “willing risk my life tho’ not my character to exalt my station.” There are some fascinating treasures within.

NSA's Bitcoin Founder Search Shows Writing is as Good as Fingerprints for Identification

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Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto took great lengths remain anonymous, yet the NSA figured out who this person is using stylometry—comparing written works to identify someone. The NSA used the data is collected from mass surveillance projects like PRISM to compare known writing from Satoshi and was ultimately able to pin him (or her or them) down, although it isn’t sharing its findings. Turns out our writing is at least as unique as our fingerprints.

macOS: Inserting Line Breaks in Messages

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This Quick Tip is all about a keyboard shortcut you can use in Messages on the Mac to insert a line break. So if you keep pressing Return hoping it works the same way as it does on iOS (and sending messages too early!), we’ve got the solution for you.