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June 10, 2016

Unraveling the Processor Pickel

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Inside your PC’s bosom glows hot a fast electrical machine. Its billions of wires, transistors, and relays produce the fun, gooey nonsense you see on the screen. You should take it all for granted. I’m not joking: The processor is only a small piece of the PC puzzle, but one that has a notable history that I shall now bore you with the details.
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June 8, 2016

AutoFormat a List

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Word’s AutoFormat As You Type feature has a special mode that lets you create custom lists. The feature is confusing because it’s not a list feature, not like bullets or numbering. Instead, Word picks up hints from a previous paragraph and automatically applies that special formatting to subsequent paragraphs.
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June 6, 2016

Google’s Pixel C Tablet

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I’ve been stupid. For the longest time, I’ve waited for Google to update the Nexus 9, it’s 9-inch Android tablet. I kept waiting and waiting. Turns out that the update was introduced a while back: The Pixel C tablet. So I ordered one.
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June 3, 2016

A Quick and Useful but not Long-Term Email Solution

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It’s a pain: You want to read a news article, but you don’t want to surrender your email address to some website. When you submit, you know that you’re going to receive an email inbox full of spam and unwanted requests and other nonsense. Is it worth the hassle?
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June 1, 2016

In-Context Document Proofing

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Dear Microsoft,

I see that you continue to upgrade Office and improve the various features of Word, Excel, and others. Word has been rather stable since 2007, with a few minor improvements. One major leap forward you must consider, however, is what I call in-context document proofing. It’s a revolutionary feature.
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May 30, 2016

Floppy Disk Roundup!

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I miss floppy disks. They serve as a reminder of when I first started to use a computer. I remember how spiffy the disks looked, the process of inserting a disk into a drive and snapping shut the door. It was truly a fun time — and apparently government employees at the Pentagon still use floppy disks to manage the United State’s nuclear weapons programs.
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May 27, 2016

No More Hardbound Computer Titles

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When you buy a “real” book, you have a choice: The first release is generally a hardbound copy, which I find delightful.
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May 25, 2016

Throwaway Filenames

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The most common filename on my computer’s mass storage device is . . . killme. That’s not a very inspiring name, but it does showcase a common computer file management phenomena: The names of unwanted or temporary files.
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May 23, 2016

Slithering Around

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I’m a computer game fan, naturally, but I’m also picky about which games I like to play. I enjoy arcade games and first person shooters. I like quick action. And I prefer something that I can stop playing after a few minutes when I get bored or when work calls.

Recently, I discovered an online game called Slitherio.
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May 20, 2016

Gradient Examples

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On Wednesday’s blog post, I wrote about gradient fill options in Word. They apply an interesting effect to shapes and they’re fun to play with. What really helps, however, are examples that show how the gradients can be applied and what they look like.
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