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December 4, 2009

Dialing a Modem in 1984

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

My very first modem.

My very first modem.


Connecting to the ubiquitous Internet just isn’t a chore at all today. But take the Wambooli Wayback machine to 1984 and you’re in for a surprising adventure of online terror and surprise!
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December 2, 2009

The Power of YouTube

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

There’s power in media. Back in the old days, only the rich and big companies could wield that power. With YouTube, the power is now in your hands.
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November 30, 2009

High Level Laptopping

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

I remember the first time I actually got to use a laptop computer in an airplane. It was 1989.
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November 27, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Now that Black Friday is upon us, it’s time for me to review what I’d put on my Christmas Wish List, if I weren’t so impulsive and have gone out and bought myself everything already.
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November 25, 2009

Is Windows 7 Really Selling Well?

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

There’s a humorous Get A Mac ad out. In the ad, PC (John Hodgman) promises Mac (Justin Long) that, unlike the previous version of Windows, there will be no problems with Windows 7. Then the ad does a flashback and, lo, it turns out that PC has always made such a promise.
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November 23, 2009

I Really Don’t Like Flash

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Sometimes I think annoyance is a design element when it comes to computers. For all the wonderful things that work well, consistently, and for which I’m pleased, up pops a tiny irritating pimple of discontent. Recently, that pimple is Adobe Flash.
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November 20, 2009

The Leaches of Success

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

It’s been a wild ride. I was once just another computer book author, which is not the most glamorous type of author. At one time it was insanely profitable. Then I hit it really big with DOS For Dummies and the entire For Dummies phenomenon. It turned an industry on its ear.
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November 18, 2009

A New Edition of PCs For Dummies is Born

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

pcs12

Say hello to the 12th Edition of PCs For Dummies, which landed in my office the other day.
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November 16, 2009

Word Weirdness, Part II

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Another weird Word thing is Word’s obscure and seldom-used keyboard commands for copying or moving blocks of text. I assume that these commands are probably hold-overs from the original, DOS (text-based) version of Word in the 1980s. Who knows?
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November 13, 2009

Word Weirdness, Part I

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

There are lots of weird things you can do in Word. Now that I’m revising my Word for Dummies book for the Office 2010 version of Word, I’ve once again stumbled upon some of the more oddball aspects of the programs, stuff I’d write about if I had the room in the book, but stuff that’s otherwise not really that important. No, it’s just weird.
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