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July 31, 2015

My Windows 10 Upgrade Ordeal

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One of the nifty things about the modern computing age is that you don’t have to wait months to read about an operating system upgrade. For example, when DOS 5 came out, the magazines and other material on DOS 5 didn’t hit the shelves for weeks — and most of the early stuff was based on the beta, so it was wrong.

July 29, 2015

It’s Windows 10 Day

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Here it is! Supposedly, sometime today, all those computers that are scheduled to get the free Windows 10 update will enjoy the potential of the update. I can’t wait!

Well, yeah, I can wait. In fact, I will be waiting most of the day.

July 27, 2015

The Phoney Phone Virus

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It freaked me out. I checked my phone, viewing the same web page I just looked at moments before. What I saw on the screen wasn’t what I expected.

July 24, 2015

Why Photo Managers Suck

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Digital photography is here to stay and along with it, all the digital photos you snap by using your phone or tablet are accumulating faster than George Eastman’s wildest fantasies. The photos just keep piling up and, well, that’s about all anyone does with them.

July 22, 2015

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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It was once a struggle for me to get the high tech equipment I needed to write a book. Today, it’s no longer a struggle. In fact, the only struggle I have is what to do with all this high tech stuff once I’m done writing the book?

July 20, 2015

A SIMless Future

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A majority of phones and tablets that access the Internet use a Subscriber Identity Module or SIM card. Its purpose is to provide an ID for your mobile device, one that’s used by a cellular provider to give the device service, a signal, and basically sort your phone or tablet out from the zillions of other phones or tablets.

Oh, and it’s used to help with billing. So there’s that.

My question is this: Does the mobile device really need a SIM card?

July 17, 2015

Another Windows 10 Update

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The deeper I get into Windows 10 the more it does some things that irk me. One of them is how you add new users to the PC.

July 15, 2015

Ode to the Gamepad

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My son wanted to use the Xbox 360 controller on his PC. That makes sense. In fact, quite a few popular games offer that type of device input over using the traditional keyboard and mouse.

You can’t plug an Xbox controller into a PC. It doesn’t work. But Xbox-style controllers are available. They come with a USB connector. Plug it in and go, right? Not so fast.

July 13, 2015

Paid by the Line

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What’s it like to be paid, not by the word, but by the line? I found out the other day. A reader asked how Word could be configured so that it counted all the lines of text in a document because that’s how she gets paid.

July 10, 2015

The Cat Ate My Hard Drive

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Would it be possible for a cat to march across your desk, lie on the keyboard, and somehow manage to completely erase everything on your computer? Let me mull the possibilities.

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