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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.

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The Three Great Word Processor Sins

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

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.
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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.
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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!

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A Clutch of Homebrew Unix Utilities

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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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August 18, 2013

Facebook Flaw Oops

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:35 pm

Supposedly, Facebook dishes out $500 a pop when you report a security breach. That is unless you’re a Palestinian hacker who can only bring attention to the issue by breaking security and posting directly to Zuckerberg’s wall.

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August 16, 2013

A Clutch of Handy DOS Utilities

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My trip down memory lane last week, with my foray into the DOSBox program to retrieve an old WordPerfect document, made me think about my typical DOS computer set up. It especially reminded me of all the utilities I used to make life bearable in that stark, command line environment.
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August 14, 2013

Hold This, Please

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ottie I like Android smartphones, but I also like the toys that come with them. I frequently buy the docking station and the car mount whenever I get a new phone. The thing I don’t like, however, is paying the super premium prices the Phone Store charges for those toys. The solution is to go rogue and buy something that works, but doesn’t cost you a day’s wages.
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August 12, 2013

Life After the Internet

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It was truly a culture shock when the Government pulled the plug on the Internet. Citing “national security” concerns, the Feds halted all online activity several years ago. Without email, Facebook, the web, file transfer, online gaming, Netflix, Amazon, eBay, Google and more, the world changed in a heartbeat.
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August 9, 2013

Sometimes You Don’t Know What You’ve Started

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Digging through my archives this past weekend, I came across a letter I had written over 20 years ago.
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