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September 6, 2016

The Windows 10 Super Sekret Menu

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Shhh! Windows 10 is supposed to be bright and new and full of cool things everyone wanted. Forget about Windows 8! And don’t bother that Microsoft skipped over Windows 9 completely. Windows 10 has everything you love. Well, except the Control Panel, which you may love, but it’s hidden from you. Still, I know how to quickly find it.
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September 1, 2016

The Internet Economic Model is Broken

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This idea isn’t mine, nor is it original, but I’ve studied up on it enough to feel that the theory is heading in the proper direction: The Internet economy is based on two things: Sales and advertising. Neither of them are working to the benefit of everyone.
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August 30, 2016

For Dummies Cover Evolution

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No one thought that DOS For Dummies would spawn a book publishing empire. Had that been the intention, more thought would have gone into that first cover. Regardless, that cover has spawned multiple generations of book series covers and trade dress.
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August 25, 2016

Keyboard Snobbery Explained

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The typical computer user looks at a keyboard and thinks, “Well, I suppose it has all the proper keys in the right place. Yep! I’ll take it.” But when you’re a keyboard snob, as I confess to be, other factors play into how you select a keyboard.
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August 23, 2016

Finally! A New Title

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Word 2016 For Professionals For Dummies

Say “Hello!” to my latest book, a massive tome titled Word 2016 For Professionals For Dummies. It’s the first of my For Dummies titles to use the new trade dress, which I’m not fond of, but I assume that I’ll get used to.
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August 18, 2016

Android Contact Tricks

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I generally don’t use the Contacts app on my Android devices. Instead, I use the “goal” app, such as Phone or Gmail or Messages. Still, I occasionally wander into the Contacts app where I discover something surprising.
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August 16, 2016

Time Travel to 1982 and Deal with a JPEG

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Today, downloading an image from the Internet takes mere seconds. It’s not a big deal. Yet, I remember in the 1990s, when I originally crafted the Wambooli website, I made sure that all the graphics were about 50K in size. I didn’t want someone to grow old while the page loaded.
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August 11, 2016

The Emoji Craze

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Emoji is a Japanese word that means picture character. It also has a keen association with the English word emotion. These tiny picture characters find themselves in text messages and emails to express thoughts that words alone cannot. If you’re like me and kind of out-of-touch with the kids these days, then let me explain that Emojis are insanely popular.
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August 9, 2016

Power Strip Insanity

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Power strips are pretty common. Not only do I have them in my office, but the HDTV has one. Even the kitchen TV has a power strip. And they’re not just those boxy sticks with a row of plugs on them. Power strips can be quite complicated, which makes the choosing and buying process frustrating.
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August 4, 2016

Wrap Text Around a Picture

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When you stick a picture into a document, Word chooses the inline with text layout option. That’s fine for simple images and it’s pretty easy to understand and format. When you need to get fancy, and take your document formatting up a notch, you choose another layout option for the image.
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