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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?


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.

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.

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.

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.

April 10, 2014

The Heartbleed Hit List

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:52 am

As you may have heard by now, a vicious security hole has been found in one of the most common pieces of Internet software. There’s nothing you can do about this problem; it’s something web sites and hosting companies must fix. Until then, you need to be aware that information could (and that’s a could) be compromised, especially passwords and financial data.

No one is reporting any exploits of the problem yet, which has been dubbed Heartbleed. Eventually, you will most likely receive an email from an affected web site explaining that you really should change your account password. Until then, keep an eye on the situation. I’ll post any additional information here on the Wamblog.


April 9, 2014

The Joy of Zoom

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

Details, details! To see the details, or to get the Big Picture, you employ a program’s Zoom command. Most programs have such a command. Zooming is a basic feature of using a smartphone or tablet. It’s also something that causes undue woe.

April 8, 2014

Adios, Windows XP

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:48 am

Microsoft support for Windows XP officially ends today. It’s done. Finished. Adios.

The operating system still works; software never goes obsolete. Microsoft will not, however, offer updates, security patches, or provide “help” for Windows XP users effective today.

Yes, they really want you to upgrade. No, you probably won’t. If you’re using Windows XP, then you most likely have it running on a very old computer. That computer will die. Then you will update. That’s how it works.

From a business standpoint, I believe Microsoft is making a huge mistake. They haven’t made much money from Windows XP users, but they could: Simply offer a $10 or $25 update. But, no. So, Adios, Windows XP, perhaps the best version of Windows ever.


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