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July 30, 2014

The Good Ol’ Computer Tune-Up

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

Taking your car in for a tune-up was one of those things everyone did back in the olden times. It required my waiting in the mechanic’s lobby, reading dusty copies of magazines only someone who didn’t need to take their car to a mechanic would enjoy reading. And then, after several minutes and half a wallet of cash, my automobile would be running sweet.

But what about a computer tune-up?
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July 29, 2014

What a Stable Lithium Anode Means to You

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:37 am

Researchers at Stanford University are working toward creating a better battery. That process involves a lot of technology and chemistry, but in the end the result would be higher-efficiency batteries for electronics as well as other devices, including cars.

I still believe that the future of self-powered devices lies in the fuel cell. That technology has lagged for years now. I’ve written blog posts that claimed we’d have “within years,” but that’s never come to pass.

If this new lithium anode technology proves stable and cheap — and it doesn’t cause any dimensional warps between here and where monsters live — then it could prove to be a boon for the mobile technology industry.

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July 28, 2014

Predicting Market Crashes with Google

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:12 pm

Apparently you can tell when the stock market is going down due to various keywords being searched on Google. At least that’s what’s being said in the article. Of course, they’re looking back at crashes. So far, humanity has yet to precisely predict market crashes, although wise investors can generally smell a crash coming.

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Back When We First Wrote Web Pages

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

One of the foundations of the World Wide Web is the hyperlink, which most people today simply refer to as a link. You click on it to supposedly visit another web page. The desire would be that the web page is somehow related to or in support of the linked text. That wasn’t always how it worked.
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July 26, 2014

Another Phone Starts a Fire

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:39 pm

And I just replaced my Samsung phone’s battery with an third party battery. Guess I’m not putting the phone under my pillow!

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July 25, 2014

Never Take Spell Check For Granted

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Spell-check is everywhere these days; just about every program offers the feature. It’s taken for granted. What’s also taken for granted is real-time spell-check. Life wasn’t always so good.
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July 23, 2014

The Typewriter’s Return Continues!

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:28 am

The NSA can’t spy on you when you use a typewriter. Granted, you can’t access Facebook from a typewriter, but why would you want to? Nope, you can write on a typewriter blissful to the thought that no one else can see what you’ve written. Well, unless you publish the document, but otherwise it remains free of the digital realm.

According to the article below, sales of typewriters in Germany are surging. Is it time for me to write Typewriters For Dummies?

RT News Link

Wamblog entry about the Kremlin switching to typewriters.

The Save Icon (Again)

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

gmail-save I’ve written about it before: The Save icon. That toolbar button that features an old 3½-inch floppy disk, something today’s kids have never used. Yet the icon persists as the universal “Save” button — even on smartphones.
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July 21, 2014

Web Browser Bookmark Shortcuts

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

Alas, your mobile device’s web browser lets you have only one Home page — if that. The Chrome browse doesn’t let you have a Home page. When you’re in need of more than one handy “home” like page, you can use a nifty shortcut trick to quickly access those web sites.
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July 18, 2014

More Windows 8.1 Bad News

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:22 am

The lack of interest over Windows 8 isn’t a joke. It’s palpable.

When I was in a local computer store recently, I asked the owner how many Windows 8 units he’d sold.

“None.”

Well, he sold a couple at first, but they returned and wanted Windows 7 installed instead.

Now Lenovo, which sells far more computers than the local “Mom & Pop” store I frequent, has announced that it will no longer be shipping Windows 8.1 tablets. The reason: A lack of interest.

Hello, Microsoft?

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