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April 15, 2009

Taking an Electronic Dump

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Perhaps one of the most inelegant, vulgar terms in all of computerdom is dump.

April 13, 2009

Weirdo Key Roundup

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You may not notice them because you’re used to them, but your computer’s keyboard is host to a variety of weirdo keys. Here’s a sampling.

April 10, 2009

VII Thots

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Here are a bunch of random Windows 7 thoughts I’ve been having over the past week.

April 8, 2009

Accelerator Keys

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Some people call them keyboard commands. I’m fond of the term keyboard shortcuts. Perhaps the most bizarre term (meaning it probably came from Microsoft itself), is the term accelerator keys. No matter what you call them, using them will make working on the PC go faster.

April 6, 2009

Microsoft Term Terms

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I’m certain that Microsoft employes many clever, intelligent, and creative people. If so, why can’t they use some of that brain power when it comes to naming things?

April 3, 2009

How Does Your Hard Drive Die?

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Let me count the ways your hard drive can die. Well, not maybe all the ways, but according to research sponsored by DriveSavers, a data recovery service, here are the top five ways a hard drive bytes, er bites the dust.

April 1, 2009

Oh Dear, Not April Fools Again

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A year ago, I wrote about how much I dislike April Fools jokes, especially when computer news outfits pull the pranks. I don’t need to repeat my feelings again this year.

March 30, 2009

Google Zeitgeist

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Zeitgeist is a term meaning the spirit of the times. A zeitgeist defines a mood or a theme. For Google, the zeitgeist tells you what’s hot as far as search terms are concerned. It’s a telling insight into the culture’s current state of mind.

March 27, 2009

Word Has Its Limits

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Microsoft Word is a heck of a word processor. It does a lot: text, graphics, images, table of contents, references — all the features they could cram into the thing. Most people never use that stuff. And the people who do use it, shouldn’t.

March 25, 2009

Buying an External Hard Drive

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The first external hard drive I bought was a 60MB (yes, megabyte) drive for my Macintosh SE back in 1987. The drive wasn’t cheap, which is why external hard drives really weren’t that popular for a long time. Today, however, you’re really being silly if you don’t get your PC an external hard drive. Here are my thoughts on the topic.

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