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July 24, 2009

PCs for the Poor, Macs for the Rich

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The popular myth is that a Mac is more expensive than a PC. The truth is that when you configure a Mac and PC with the same hardware and software, the cost is the same. Even so, when people bother to configure comparable systems, they go with the Mac. That makes sense to me.
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July 22, 2009

Too Darn Hot

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Welcome to summer. Well, at least in the northern hemisphere it’s summer. Full-on heat. Your computer doesn’t like that.
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July 20, 2009

Error 1202

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Forty years ago today (July 20, 1969), man first landed on the moon. Mankind also read a computer error message that had never been farther from the Earth.
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July 17, 2009

The Foot that Plays Music

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The name is all over the place. It’s almost joined Escalator and Keenex as a brand name turned into an English-language word. I’m talking of the iPod. But what exactly does “iPod” mean?
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July 15, 2009

Nerd Words that have Made the Big Time

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Twenty years ago we had our own tongue. As computers have become more mainstream, the terms we once held as our own are now used in the mainstream. Welcome to my review of terms us nerds use that are grown more common in everyday life.
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July 13, 2009

Obsolete Internet Technologies

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I was offered the chance to write Internet For Dummies way back when. I turned ’em down, of course. Back then there was no web, so the Internet was a boring and nerdy place. Things have changed, but as a review, here are some obsolete Internet technologies you might have read about in the first edition of Internet For Dummies (had I written it).
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July 10, 2009

Where I Waste My Time

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Yeah, I like the occasional diversion. Part of my journey includes visiting the following mega-time-wasting web sites:
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July 8, 2009

Word Does Envelopes!

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All PC printers come with an envelope slot or feeder. Getting the envelope into the printer doesn’t seem to be any big deal any more. Getting text on the envelope, however, is the big deal.
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July 6, 2009

Battery Power

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A laptop computer comes with two power sources. It can use power from the wall, just like a desktop computer. It can also run off battery power. Managing the two isn’t a problem, though it does raise some interesting issues.
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July 3, 2009

Less Than Fabulous Restore

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During my recent visit with PC disaster, I had the opportunity to put the PC’s Backup program to the test. Well, actually, I had the opportunity to the the PC’s Restore program to the test. The results were rather tepid.
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