An Apple Pencil, a Kobo Libra 2, and some creamed corn.

This time of year leads to a few inevitable kinds of stories. Giving thanks, and… deals? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and Black Friday one of my least favorite “holidays”, and yet they’re placed back to back on the (U.S.) calendar.

I’ve written the occasional tech-I’m-thankful-for column over the years, and even drafted Thanksgiving dinner one year. And while I’ve witnessed many of my friends in the tech press being forced to spend their holiday week digging up Black Friday Deals, I’ve generally been able to stay out of it.

But in the spirit of the season, I thought I’d spread several familiar dishes across the table this week.

Tech-themed giving of thanks

On this week’s episode of Upgrade, a listener wrote in to ask about the second-generation Apple Pencil. I have to admit, I haven’t written much about the Apple Pencil since writing a love song to it back in 2018, though I did make a video that showed it off as part of my podcast-editing workflow.

So let me give thanks to one of the most remarkable pieces of technology I’ve ever used. Unlike most appealing tech products, the second-generation Apple Pencil does not offer shiny buttons and blinking lights and the promise of more power.…

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