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October 12, 2010

Free Public Wi-Fi Explained

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:58 am

A pretty good explanation of what that “Free Public Wi-Fi” thing is, which you may occasionally see when browsing for public wireless networks. It’s not what you think.

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October 11, 2010

Binary Monday

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:19 am

Today is 10-11-10. That’s a binary number! It’s 2-3-2 in decimal. But if you write the number as 101110 it’s the value 46. That’s ASCII for the period character. Hexadecimal it’s 0x2E. O, I love being a nerd!

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Text Mode Task Manager

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Here’s a really nerdy blog post for you: There is a command line version of the Windows Task Manager. Unlike the Task Manager window, with all its graphical fun and folly, the command line task manager is all about business.

October 8, 2010

What Do You Do With a Second Monitor?

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I’ve put two monitors to work on my computers since 1988. That’s about how long the technology has existed, but the real question is: Why bother at all?

October 6, 2010

UPS and Downs

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

There was a power outage at my house last weekend. Three of my computers are on UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) systems. Two of them survived the blackout.

October 5, 2010

Internet Explorer Down to 50 Percent

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:32 am

After nearly two decades of dominating the browser market, Internet Explorer is passing the 50 percent mark, on its way down. Firefox is holding steady. The big increase is coming from Google Chrome.

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October 4, 2010

Text Editing With Swype

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

The Swype keyboard is brilliant for quickly typing text, but you may think that it falls far short when it comes to editing that text. Au contraire, mon frere!

October 3, 2010

Windows XP is Still Da King

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:26 am

Fully 66 percent of Windows users out there are still using Windows XP. That means a few things, primarily that their computers are ancient. Glad that I still keep Windows XP tidbits in all my books.

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October 2, 2010

Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Phone Patents

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:52 am

When you lack innovation, you sue. I don’t own any Microsoft stock, but to me this would be a good sign that it’s time to sell.

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October 1, 2010

Google Releases the WebP Image File Format

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:08 am

I don’t know how well this new graphics file format will go over. It always seems like there are too many graphics file formats anyway.

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