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May 15, 2014

Is the Moto SmartWatch Any Different?

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:19 am

Mark Randall, who is high up on the Motorola food chain, describes today’s SmartWatches as all being “pretty crappy.”

Yep. I think he nails it.

Of course, the SmartWatch that his company is coming out with, the Moto 360, is going to be much, much better.

Perhaps.

I still believe the SmartWatches all blow it. A SmartWatch needs an audio interface, not a video one. You talk to the thing, it talks back. Sure, it can display the time, and the Moto 360 looks lovely. But . . . voce, voce, voce!

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May 14, 2014

The Alt+Keypad Trick – Revisited

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

The Macintosh does it easy. Accented letters and symbols are made readily accessibly by using keyboard shortcuts available anytime you use a Mac. The PC? Well, you’re kinda screwed.
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May 12, 2014

Introducing Wambooli PorchCam 2.2

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

Sometime on April 29, 2014, my Wambooli webcam — the PorchCam &mdash died. I should be used to these things.
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May 9, 2014

The Phablet is Dead and Here to Stay

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:21 am

I don’t like the term phablet, used to describe those huge phones (like the Galaxy Note 3) that are part phone/part tablet. In fact, the lads at droid-life agree with me, headlining an article today that the phablet is dead.

Actually, they mean that the term is dead: Large format phones are here to stay. So entrenched they are, that formerly-regular-sized phones are now going by the moniker “mini.”

World: We need larger pockets.

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My BIX Adventure, Part II

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

After running the BASIC programming language forum on the BIX network for many weeks, I was unceremoniously dumped from my post. A powerful columnist had me removed and replaced by one of his dear pals.
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May 7, 2014

My BIX Adventure, Part I

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Back in the mid-1980s, BYTE magazine started up an online service. It was called the BYTE Information Exchange, or BIX for short.
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May 5, 2014

Creating His Own BASIC

Filed under: News — admin @ 12:15 pm

They don’t call him the Wizard of Woz for nothing. Proving once again his genius, Steve Wozniak describes the process he went through to create his own BASIC language interpreter for the original Apple computers.

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Fifty Years of the BASIC Language

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Long before it was made popular by Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft, the BASIC programming language was born at Dartmouth College in the 1960s. Its fathers were mathematicians John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz.
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May 4, 2014

185TB of Data – On a Cassette Tape

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:54 am

Well, it’s not really a cassette tape, not like the ones popular in the last century. Still, Sony has developed a method of storing information on magnetic material (ala cassette tape) that really packs in the data.

Could such material harken a new dawn for the floppy disk?

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May 2, 2014

Changing Android Account Passwords

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

As you and your Android phone or tablet wander this weary Earth, you carry with you various accounts and online personas. Keeping those accounts and their information synchronized should be effortless — unless something changes.
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