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January 3, 2015

Why Windows 10

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The speculation mounts on why Microsoft chose to name Windows 9 Windows 10. Did they just want to distance themselves that much from the wretched Windows 8? Or did a more serious excuse exist?

January 2, 2015

PorchCam 2014: The Year in Review

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Thanks for all your visits to the Wambooli Porchcam. Each year, I look through the images and save those that feature interesting items. That list includes mundane things, like my cats! That’s because looking at the front yard is generally a dull thing.

December 31, 2014

Droid Life’s Biggest Flop of the Year

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It’s a great question. I wish I would have asked it — and I just might next year! Of all the innovations and introductions of 2014, which was the worst?

Screwy Predictions for Tech Year 2015

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In keeping with years of tradition, here are my completely unreliable predictions for what marvels of technology are set to be beheld in the upcoming year, 2015.

December 29, 2014

My 2014 Prediction Recap

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Every year I go off and make a few predictions for what’s up in the world of tech. And just about every year I get about 20 percent of them correct. How did I do this year? Am I truly clairvoyant?

December 27, 2014

Facebook Year In Review In Review

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If you’re using Facebook, then you’ve probably seen them: Your year in review. It’s a special Facebook app that collects and summarizes your past year in photos. It’s an automatic process and, much to Facebook’s surprise, few people are bothering to use it.

December 26, 2014

A Used What?

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I paid a lot for my first computer. We all did back in the early days. That was a shock.

What was even more shocking was when I tried to sell my computer. After two years, I learned that my beloved, although used, TRS-80 Model III had no value.

December 24, 2014

King of the Media Cards

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It’s been almost a year since I wrote about the various media card formats. Over time, one of the 19 potential formats has come out on top. I knew one would, because that’s how manufacturers and consumers eventually, organically work. The question is, which one?

December 23, 2014

Google’s Self-Driving Car – For Reals

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After years of research, and a non-working prototype, Google has built a fully-functional self-driving car. It’s a lot better looking than the fashionless Google Glass, but — seriously — it’s a really wimpy looking car.

December 22, 2014

Smartphones and Emergencies

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How useful is your cell phone in an emergency? That answer depends on whether or not the emergency situation has disabled the cell towers. If those towers are down — as has happened in several recent disasters — then your smartphone is a brick. The solution proposed by the Feds is to enable your phone to receive FM radio.

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