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October 11, 2016

More Online Training

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My latest online training video has gone live at LinkedIn/Lynda. This new course covers PC maintenance with Windows 10, which is a hot topic. Well, seriously, PC maintenance will always be a hot topic because the suckers keep on screwing up!
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October 6, 2016

Funky Characters in Passwords

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You have multiple user names and, hopefully, multiple passwords. The requirements for the passwords are well-known: It has to be something complex, not-obvious, and at least 8-characters long, with a smattering of upper- and lowercase letters plus numbers. Add to the mix, a symbol or two.
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October 4, 2016

The New Wambooli PorchCam – Almost

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The old Porchcam went down almost 18 months ago. I attempted a software update and the end result was that the camera’s Administration web page was completely inaccessible. Without any controls to access the device, I had to take it down.
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September 29, 2016

Open All Those Bookmarks

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Web page bookmarks are certainly handy. Even handier are bookmark toolbars and menus, which let you quickly access your bookmarks. Especially for an organized person, keeping you webpage bookmarks all neat and tidy in an ordered system of menus can save time. That is, until you misuse the Open All Bookmarks command.
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September 27, 2016

Revisiting the Notification Icons

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Now that Windows 10 is firmly established, it’s time to review my rant on how to best display the notification icons.
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September 22, 2016

Dangerous Connections

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Wi-Fi is everywhere, but not safe everywhere. To help you accept that fact, Google can be quite aggressive when you attempt to connect to a bogus or insecure network. If you’re using the Chrome web browser, perhaps you’ve seen the message:
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September 20, 2016

Android App Permissions

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Android Marshmallow lets you know which phone or tablet features an app uses right when you install the app. And if that’s not enough, the first time you use the app, it may show a permissions card, specifically letting you know which features it needs to access. This change truly adds transparency to all apps and involves you with the permissions process.
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September 15, 2016

Your Windows Subscription is Due

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

The Windows 10 hype is long over. The annoying “Upgrade to Windows 10” campaign has died a merciful death. Now comes the future, which Microsoft has said involves frequent updates to Windows 10, but no new version numbers. That includes one scary prospect: A paid, subscription model for Windows.
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September 13, 2016

Which Programming Language to Choose

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About 60 years ago, IBM president Thomas J. Watson famously said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” That prediction proved invalid by the 1970s with the popularity of the microcomputer, later dubbed the “personal computer.” The explosive growth came because anyone who knew how to program had the potential to make millions from their creation. That prospect holds true today as well.
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September 8, 2016

Samsung’s Smart Manager

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It’s with trepidation and delight that I explore new and unusual features on a Samsung phone or tablet. You just never know what they’re going to toss in, which makes Samsung one of the wackiest device manufacturers ever.
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