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Way back at the beginning of the pandemic, perhaps in very late February or early March, a coworker pinged me to ask whether I was starting up another “Living with” series anytime soon. Yes, I told them. I was going to try switching from the Xbox One to the PC for my daily gaming needs. That seemed like a rich area for exploration, given the number of available services and Microsoft’s renewed interest in this market.

But as the reality of the pandemic hit home---oh, this is going to impact us, too, and not just for two weeks---we entered a period of great uncertainty and of dulling day-to-day sameness. And while most were reeling from suddenly having to work from home, I had been doing that for 25 years. What changed for me was a bit different, not so much the workday but everything around it. No going out. No traveling of any kind. No … future, really.

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