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March 2, 2009

The Curse of Being an Apple Freak

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There is nothing more joyful than taking the plunge and buying your first Apple product. The thrill of getting something new. The inspiring packaging. The wonder of the product that really works, that makes you look cool just for having one. But then comes the Apple Curse.

February 27, 2009

Replacing Your Old PC with a New Mac

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Yes, I make most of my living writing about Windows and PCs, but when it comes to recommending a computer for my friends, I have to go with the Macintosh.

February 25, 2009

That Firefox Goodness

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Why are you still using Internet Explorer as your web browser?

February 23, 2009

Diver Update Overload

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Each and every gizmo and gadget connected to your PC has its own driver, the driver being the software that makes the hardware go. Keeping those drivers up-to-date is important. Or is it?

February 20, 2009

Lost in Translation

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Thanks to the Internet, sounding like a polyglot is easy. The question you have to ask yourself, especially when you don’t know what polyglot means, is do you want to sound like a polyglot. (Hint: You do.)

February 18, 2009

What the Heck is That‽

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There is a question and there is an exclamation. In English, there are special characters for both. For a question there is the question mark. Really? Yes. For an exclamation, there is the exclamation point. Of course! For the common situation when a question is said with excitement, there is something called the interrobang. What!?

February 16, 2009

How to Pronounce “!”

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Behold the exclamation point! It’s a handy thing to have and use! It adds excitement to each and every sentence that you write! Over-using it is like reading a conversation with someone high on espresso and crack! Caution is advised! On the computer, however, the exclamation point means more than a frantic writing style!

February 13, 2009

Because You ASCIId, Part III

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Though there are only 8-bits in a byte, and 256 values for those 8-bits, there are far more than 256 characters available for display on a computer. Add in all the foreign language characters, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, plus a host of common symbols from all over and there’s no way you could stuff them all into 8-bits. That’s why computer scientists went to 16-bits and developed the Unicode standard.

February 11, 2009

Because You ASCIId Part II

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There are 256 values in an 8-bit byte. Yet the ASCII standard defined only 128 characters, where 128 is exactly half of 256. That meant that a typical 8-bit PC had to come up with 128 more characters to assign to the “upper values” found in an 8-bit byte. Contrary to popular belief, those are not ASCII characters, they are Extended ASCII characters.

February 9, 2009

Because You ASCIId Part I

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Back in the dawn of the computer age, there existed a thing called ASCII, one of many common and confusing computer acronyms. ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange, but more importantly it’s pronounced ASK-ee. That was about all you needed to know in the old days.

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