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September 1, 2013

Perhaps None of This is Real

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:25 am

I’ve thought about this myself: What if our universe isn’t real, but is a computer simulation. Or what would approximate a computer simulation on a grand scale?

The question I would have if this existence where simulated, ala The Matrix, would be “What’s the point?”

Let me get philosophical: Are we here voluntarily or are we sentenced to life? Either way, the process somehow involves losing most, if not all, memory of any prior existence. Apparently that’s one of the rules and pretty much everyone abides by it.

And how can you determine whether or not you’re in a simulation when the only tools available to you are built inside the same construct? It would be like looking for a glitch in a game, an exploit. But not every exploit can be utilized to determine the external environment. Etc.

Oh, I could prattle on for hours on such a topic.


August 30, 2013

The Miracle of File Association

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

You don’t even think about it. Click on a file icon and a program opens. Well, hopefully it opens. When it does, the process is called file association. It’s how all graphical operating systems know which files belong to which programs. It’s a process that makes your computing world a more sane place.

August 28, 2013

Fancy Title Pages with Text Boxes

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Above you see the title page from my proposal for Samsung Galaxy Note For Dummies. That’s the first page of a Word document. It’s completely formatted without using two presses of the Enter key in a row. You too can create such title pages as well, providing you learn the secret.

August 26, 2013

The Tablet That Never Sleeps

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My Android Tablet must be bored. After about 10 minutes of my staring at it, it falls asleep. The display dims, then goes off completely. How can I keep it more interested? How can I keep it awake all the time? There has to be a solution!

August 25, 2013

More Happy News on Microsoft’s Ballmer Departure

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:13 pm

From the article (link below):

Wall Street greeted word of Ballmer’s looming retirement with glee…

Missed opportunities. That’s what they call it. Microsoft has been playing catch-up and follow-the-leader ever since Ballmer took the reins from founder and former CEO Bill Gates.

Among the problems was a $900 million write-off related to poor sales of the Surface tablet computer, praised by reviewers but largely ignored by consumers. Microsoft has struggled as well with the rollout of the Windows Phone and its latest PC operating system, Windows 8.

When you’re in an elevator and you smell a fart, it’s pretty obvious who made it.


August 23, 2013

Microsoft Begins Its Turnaround

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:03 am

After years of floating aimlessly in the high tech ocean, Microsoft looks like it’s finally going to get some direction, add some innovation, and start using all the brain power they’ve hired. The main reason? CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring.

Thank the gods.


The Three Great Word Processor Sins

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A word processor is a blessing, a massive improvement over writing by hand or by using a typewriter. Even so, most people who use a word processor slog through it just as if it’s an automated typewriter. Of all the foibles they commit, three rise to the level of great sin.

August 21, 2013

Organize Your Thoughts

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Years ago, an Outliner was a separate type of program you could buy. It was a thought-organizer, and a very handy tool for anyone who deals with lots of information that has to be arranged in a logical and effective manner. Today, the Outliner is a feature — a subset, actually — of a word processor. That doesn’t diminish its usefulness.

August 19, 2013

The Golden iPhone

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:55 am

Because shoving a gold iPhone into someone else’s face makes the Mac fanboys feel so much better about themselves!


A Clutch of Homebrew Unix Utilities

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I just can’t stop programming! Ever since DOS, when I wrote handy utilities in BASIC (and then in Assembly and then in C), I want to code some handy little shortcut or interesting little problem-solver.

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