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January 24, 2017

Giving Away an Old PC

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Do people still give away old PCs? The real question is, “How old?” Because very old PCs, like 6 or more years, are more of a burden than a practical use for anyone. Old PCs run slow. They malfunction. They die. They can’t run new software. But when you want to give away an old PC, what do you do?
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January 19, 2017

Cable TV: Bah!

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It’s been over a year since the household cut the cable. Let me report to you that all is well.
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January 17, 2017

System Restore to the Rescue – Maybe

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My mom called in a panic. She thought she was visiting Google Maps, but instead she opened another web page, downloaded a program, and suddenly Google Chrome had been hijacked. The start page had changed. And any websites she wanted to visit were redirected elsewhere. It was a nightmare.
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January 12, 2017

Word’s New Icon Graphics

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I suppose I’m going to stumble upon new Word 2016 features as they ooze out of the Microsoft mothership and populate my Office 365 Word subscription. My latest discovery is the Icons button.
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January 10, 2017

Word 2016 Update: Right-Click Spell Check

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Microsoft updates its Office suite every so often. You may see the Office Update request appear — or not. I have the Office 365 subscription, so I’m guessing that my software might get updated more frequently than an off-the-shelf Office purchase. In any event, I noticed a change recently to how Word impliments the document proofing check.
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January 5, 2017

MS-DOS Finally, Finally Put Out to Pasture

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It’s been years since Microsoft last released MS-DOS; I believe version 6.22 in 1993 was the final standalone version. Microsoft dropped all support for DOS quite some time ago. Still, Windows versions 95, 98, and ME were based on DOS. Even after those versions, the command prompt lingered on in Windows as the CMD.EXE program. Now that remnant about to vanish.
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January 3, 2017

2017 Predictions

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At the new year dawns, it’s time for me to look forward. What wonders will the tech world bestow upon us mortals? What fantasies are to be realized? And will the warranties be worthy? It’s prediction time.
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December 29, 2016

PorchCam 2016 Year In Review

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Back in October, I finally found a webcam I could program. This was the dawn of PorchCam 2.3, the current version of my outdoor webcam that looks north (most of the time) at my front walkway.
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December 27, 2016

Predictions 2016 Results

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Once again, I turn back the calendar pages of the past year to reflect upon my abysmal annual predictions. The good news is that I’m consistently awful at predicting the future.
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December 22, 2016

More Weird Moves by Samsung

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Samsung is like that brilliant kid you knew in high school; a delightful genius you could admire but socially awkward enough to shun.
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