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November 23, 2009

I Really Don’t Like Flash

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Sometimes I think annoyance is a design element when it comes to computers. For all the wonderful things that work well, consistently, and for which I’m pleased, up pops a tiny irritating pimple of discontent. Recently, that pimple is Adobe Flash.
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November 20, 2009

The Leaches of Success

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

It’s been a wild ride. I was once just another computer book author, which is not the most glamorous type of author. At one time it was insanely profitable. Then I hit it really big with DOS For Dummies and the entire For Dummies phenomenon. It turned an industry on its ear.
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November 18, 2009

A New Edition of PCs For Dummies is Born

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

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Say hello to the 12th Edition of PCs For Dummies, which landed in my office the other day.
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November 16, 2009

Word Weirdness, Part II

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Another weird Word thing is Word’s obscure and seldom-used keyboard commands for copying or moving blocks of text. I assume that these commands are probably hold-overs from the original, DOS (text-based) version of Word in the 1980s. Who knows?
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November 13, 2009

Word Weirdness, Part I

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

There are lots of weird things you can do in Word. Now that I’m revising my Word for Dummies book for the Office 2010 version of Word, I’ve once again stumbled upon some of the more oddball aspects of the programs, stuff I’d write about if I had the room in the book, but stuff that’s otherwise not really that important. No, it’s just weird.
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November 11, 2009

A Call to Duty

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

The gaming community is up in arms about the latest Call of Duty sequel, Modern Warfare 2.
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November 9, 2009

WOW! They’re done with WOW!

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

My kids shocked me last week. My sons Jonah and Jeremiah both decided to quit the Massively Multiplayer Online Roll-Playing Game, World of Warcraft. I’m surprised, yet pleased.
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November 6, 2009

Windows 7 Thoughts

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

First the bad news: I don’t have a Windows 7 book in the works. Nope, nada.
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November 4, 2009

My Windows 7 Upgrade Story

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Yes, I took the plunge. My test computer was stripped of it’s Windows Vista-ness and now has Windows 7 installed. It wasn’t as painful as I was dreading.
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November 2, 2009

Coming Back!

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

The campaign is almost over; election day is tomorrow, November 3rd. I’ll begin my regular blog posts again here on Wambooli on the 4th.

As before, I’ll be posting Monday, Wednesday, Friday. It will be good to gush on all the high tech goodness that’s happening. See you Wednesday!

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