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December 19, 2014

The Instagram Rapture

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:29 pm

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In a deft move that had delightfully unintended consequences, Instagram decided to purge all the spam, all the fake accounts, all the bots, and all the nonsense from its site. The result is that some so-called “celebrities” have ended up not being as celebrated as they originally thought. Take Justin Bieber — please!
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It’s All About That Box

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Sure, you can go to a real life, brick-and-mortar store and find a box of software. The odds are better, however, that the software you obtain for your computer came over the Internet. Even if you get a “box” of software, it’s tiny and probably contains only a download link and code. Times have changed.
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December 17, 2014

Adventures in Self-Publishing

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

Recently, I published two new Kindle books: Dan Gookin’s Nexus 9 Tablet A to Z and Dan Gookin’s Nexus 7 Tablet A to Z. I used Word to create the documents, but more than just writing, crafting an eBook or anything self-published takes special care. Here’s my advice:
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December 15, 2014

Apple I Sells for $360,000

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:36 pm

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It’s not the last working Apple 1 computer, but it’s one of the last working models.
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Ruminations on Being a Wizpert

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A few months back, a guy named Mark asked if I’d like to be a Wizpert. My immediate thought was, “That’s an incredibly silly name for something!”
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December 12, 2014

Newsgroups

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Before the web, before Gopher, WAIS, Archie, and the lot, people went on the Internet to review, contribute, and rant about newsgroups.
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December 10, 2014

Verizon Suffers

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:46 am

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It’s difficult for me to feel sorry for Big Red, but like the dark side of the force, I let the hatred flow through me. I know that I overpay for my Verizon account. A lot! It’s ridiculous. So much so, and so financially painful for many others, that lots of subscribers have made “the switch” to another carrier. That exodus is now affecting the company’s bottom line.
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Picture Layout Options in Word

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

Unless you tell it otherwise, Microsoft Word believes any picture in your document to be one, large, single character. It jiggles and jostles around the text as you edit and add. That may be exactly what you want, or it may drive you nuts. Not to worry: You can fix the picture by changing its layout.
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December 9, 2014

Terrible Phone Names

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:14 pm

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My favorites: Panasonic Eluga, LG Optimus Vu, and the Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE. Sheesh.
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December 8, 2014

There’s a Picture in the Document!

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

Despite my lengthy protestations, Microsoft has fully integrated pictures with words in their Word word processor. In fact, dealing with pictures in a document is pretty easy — providing that you know a few tricks.
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