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June 20, 2016

Plan 9 is Nein

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Several years ago, I wrote about Plan 9, the operating system designed by Bell Labs to succeed Unix. Just as it happened in the movie, Plan 9 isn’t going to succeed.

June 17, 2016

Wireless Charging

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Mobile devices are wireless wonders — except when it comes to charging the thing. That’s when you need to whip out a cord and plug the phone or tablet into the wall. Not every gizmo is so burdened.

June 15, 2016

CryptoLocker (Again)

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A special type of computer malware is succeeding where other viruses only dream to tread: The CryptoLocker virus is on the move, infecting computers, encrypting data, and requiring individuals and organizations to pony up money to get their data back. It’s insane that people are falling for this ruse.

June 13, 2016

Here Comes Android N

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The current trend is to introduce a new operating system every year, whether such an update is called for or not. Apple does it. Microsoft just started to do it with Windows 10. Google does it with Android. And the next Android version looms nigh on the horizon.

June 10, 2016

Unraveling the Processor Pickel

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Inside your PC’s bosom glows hot a fast electrical machine. Its billions of wires, transistors, and relays produce the fun, gooey nonsense you see on the screen. You should take it all for granted. I’m not joking: The processor is only a small piece of the PC puzzle, but one that has a notable history that I shall now bore you with the details.

June 8, 2016

AutoFormat a List

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Word’s AutoFormat As You Type feature has a special mode that lets you create custom lists. The feature is confusing because it’s not a list feature, not like bullets or numbering. Instead, Word picks up hints from a previous paragraph and automatically applies that special formatting to subsequent paragraphs.

June 6, 2016

Google’s Pixel C Tablet

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I’ve been stupid. For the longest time, I’ve waited for Google to update the Nexus 9, it’s 9-inch Android tablet. I kept waiting and waiting. Turns out that the update was introduced a while back: The Pixel C tablet. So I ordered one.

June 3, 2016

A Quick and Useful but not Long-Term Email Solution

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It’s a pain: You want to read a news article, but you don’t want to surrender your email address to some website. When you submit, you know that you’re going to receive an email inbox full of spam and unwanted requests and other nonsense. Is it worth the hassle?

June 1, 2016

In-Context Document Proofing

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Dear Microsoft,

I see that you continue to upgrade Office and improve the various features of Word, Excel, and others. Word has been rather stable since 2007, with a few minor improvements. One major leap forward you must consider, however, is what I call in-context document proofing. It’s a revolutionary feature.

May 30, 2016

Floppy Disk Roundup!

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I miss floppy disks. They serve as a reminder of when I first started to use a computer. I remember how spiffy the disks looked, the process of inserting a disk into a drive and snapping shut the door. It was truly a fun time — and apparently government employees at the Pentagon still use floppy disks to manage the United State’s nuclear weapons programs.

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