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April 23, 2014

Exploring Android Storage with ASTRO

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Unlike a computer, your Android device is app-oriented. The notion of a file manager app is really an example of forcing computer-think onto a mobile device. File management is possible, but it’s rather clunky.
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April 22, 2014

Netflix Price Hike Looms

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:36 am

I’m a fan of Netflix, preferring their $8 monthly fee over my cable company’s $120 monthly fee in terms of content and quality. But just like that cable company, Netflix is considering raising its monthly subscription price.

While no one likes a price increase, I am in favor of such a hike if Netflix is willing to provide more content. That’s my chief complaint about Netflix: I wish they had more offerings, including more classics. I’d be willing to pay more for that. Would you?

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April 21, 2014

The Myth of the Progress Bar

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I remember my first progress bar. “That’s pretty neat,” I said, looking at the screen. As a file loaded, a little thermometer filled up. I watched in awe as time passed, the animation entertained me, and the process eventually finished. I was impressed.

Of course, the progress bar was a joke.
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April 18, 2014

Robot Revolution Update

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:18 am

I find it gratifying that I’m not the only nut claiming how robots will one day destroy us. The movie Transcendence is more about Artificial Intelligence than robots — but who cares! It’s the same deal: mechanical life eventually destroying the world as we know it.

Good thing? Bad thing? Avoidable?

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The SSD Transition

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

The main storage device in your next computer will not be a hard drive. Oh, yeah: You’ll call it a “hard drive,” but in fact it will be a digital hard drive. The proper term is SSD.
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April 17, 2014

You Can’t both ‘Like’ and Sue

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:14 pm

Here’s an interesting legal pickle: If you “Like” a company on Facebook, would that action preclude you from suing the company in court?

A case isn’t heading for the docket soon, but such questions have been asked regarding a recent switch in policy made by General Mills.

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April 16, 2014

Fixing Online Comments

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Except for this blog, online comments generally suck.
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April 14, 2014

Online Ads that Tick Me Off

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I try to limit my blog posts to 500 or fewer words, but web page advertising is a topic that could inspire me to write several thousand words. I’ll try to contain myself.
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April 12, 2014

The Windows XP Wallpaper is a Real Place

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:06 pm

Now that Windows XP is officially dead, the world’s most iconic desktop wallpaper has proven to be a real image. Here’s the story.

April 11, 2014

The Story of Thumbs.db

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Perhaps you’ve seen it, perhaps not. I saw it a lot recently, working on a book project that involved using a network location to save my files. It’s Thumbs.db.
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