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December 26, 2012

Porchcam Year In Review: 2012

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Here it is again, an annual tradition: Time to dust off the lens on my lame, “can’t see in color” porchcam. It’s snapped quite a few pictures over the past 12 months.
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December 24, 2012

Published Statistics

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I’ve been an author for just about 25 years now. That’s a long time! If I were writing fiction, more people would probably know who I was. Yet, while technology publishing isn’t glamorous, it’s a nice career. Here are some stats.
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December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays from Android

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This Is My Last Blog Post . . .

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. . . for the 12th Baktun.

DOOM!

Yes, that’s correct: Today is the day that the Mayan calendar rolls over. Kiss goodbye the 12th Baktun and say hello to the 13th.
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December 19, 2012

Back to the Old Map

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:56 am

If you’ve been following the news, you know that Apple has a serious problem with its Maps app. People are getting lost, entire cities are being moved, and other un-map-like things. Turns out Apple’s attempt to eschew Google’s Maps app just didn’t work out. That’s bad news. The good news is that Google’s Maps app is once again available for the iPhone. Ten million people have downloaded it.

Link

Why Not a Superuser Account?

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

One of the most popular things people did with their PCs back in the 1980s was reformat the hard drive. Yep, they’d just wipe the whole thing out. Zap! Suddenly everything was gone. They weren’t trilled, either.
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December 17, 2012

February 29, 1900

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Don’t bother looking it up. Nothing significant happened on February 29, 1900. No one was born, no one died. While that may seem extraordinary, it’s true because there was no February 29, 1900. That is, unless you use Microsoft Excel.
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December 16, 2012

TV Watches You!

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:37 pm

The old Yackov Smearnov line was, “In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!” That’s actually kind of true in the 21st Century, although it’s not the government watching you through your HDTV, it’s the hackers!

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December 14, 2012

Below 500

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:13 am

Apple computer’s stock has taken a nose-dive since mid-September. It’s down from an all-time high of just a hair over 700 to just a hair over 500 this morning. What are the reasons?

First, you could blame the “fiscal cliff.” Capital gains taxes here in the US are set to rise next month. So a lot of stockholders may be taking their profits before those taxes go up. But if that were true, don’t you think that the entire market would be down just as much?

Second, it could be the reckoning that no one will ever replace Steve Jobs. I doubt that. Apple has a lot of the same people working there, and Jobs doubtless had projects in the pipeline. Still, stock trading is emotional, so that may play a small role.

Third, it could just be that Apple hasn’t done anything amazing in a while. That could be tied to my second reason, but I think it’s the big one here. People expected wiz-bang from Apple and we just haven’t seen it in a few years. So the thrill is gone.

Historically, Apple stock does tend to peak and valley, followed by a long, slow climb back into the stratosphere. I do, however, believe that the stock will dip below the magic $500/share line and then dip some more. Then it will recover. In fact, if they announce Apple iTV next year — and it’s wiz-bang — you may see the stock jump 60 or 70 points in a day.

Apple Stock Quote

Random Files Go There

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I’m big on file organization, making folders and subfolders to keep all my various files organized. Part of the problem of that approach is to have a place to put things before you know where they’ll eventually end up. I call it my sto folder, but other applicable names include temp and junk. Everyone should have such a folder!
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