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November 30, 2015

My New, Teensy Laptop

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Subnotebook laptops were popular a few years back. These tiny laptops were cheap, usually in the $200 range. They had a tiny screen and a tiny keyboard and they ran basic Windows programs and that was about it. On, and they used standard AA batteries for power.
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November 27, 2015

Word as a Blog Editor

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In my book Word For Dummies, I don’t write about using Microsoft Word to write blog posts. It’s something Word can do, but it’s more of an esoteric feature, one with only a small audience, and something that, honestly, Word doesn’t really do well.
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November 25, 2015

The Fire Phone is Really Dead

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One of the coolest gizmos I had the pleasure of using and writing a book about was the Amazon Fire Phone. It was fun! Amazon created a nifty device, unlike any other phone. They offered great support. The phone had superb features I’ve not seen before or since. So what happened?
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November 23, 2015

Modern Nerd Food

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Last week, I posted an article I wrote back in the late 1980s. It dealt with nerd food, or what computer users back in those hobbyist days would snack on while spending hours hunched over a keyboard. And remember, that was back in the text-mode days. Computing has changed, but has the snacking?
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November 20, 2015

Blast From the Past: Nerd Food

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I once wrote a computer humor column, long before people knew about computers — or even humor, for that matter. Here’s one of those articles. This one is about “computer food.”
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November 18, 2015

Horrible Keyboard of Yesteryear

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Even the worst computer keyboard offered today beats the snot out of the low-end computers of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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Air Power

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For centuries now, I’ve admonished mobile users to charge up before leaving on a long airplane trip. Apparently that’s no longer necessary.
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November 16, 2015

Offline Maps Navigation

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The Google Maps app has long been able to save a portion of the map for offline viewing. But what good is that when navigation barely works? Now that issue has been resolved.
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November 13, 2015

Thumbprint Security

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For a while now, I’ve been using thumbprint security on my Android phone. Specifically, it’s my Samsung Galaxy S6. While thumbprint security is an option for Android Marshmallow, my Nexus 5 phone (which was recently updated to Marshmallow) lacks a thumbprint reader. The Galaxy S6 features a thumbprint reader right on the Home button. So I thought that I’d try it out.
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November 11, 2015

Footnotes and Endnotes

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In a document — especially a professional paper or article — you can use footnotes or endnotes to cite sources, place references, add information, or just force your reader’s eyes to dart to the bottom of a page.
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