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November 25, 2015

The Fire Phone is Really Dead

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One of the coolest gizmos I had the pleasure of using and writing a book about was the Amazon Fire Phone. It was fun! Amazon created a nifty device, unlike any other phone. They offered great support. The phone had superb features I’ve not seen before or since. So what happened?

November 23, 2015

Modern Nerd Food

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Last week, I posted an article I wrote back in the late 1980s. It dealt with nerd food, or what computer users back in those hobbyist days would snack on while spending hours hunched over a keyboard. And remember, that was back in the text-mode days. Computing has changed, but has the snacking?

November 20, 2015

Blast From the Past: Nerd Food

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I once wrote a computer humor column, long before people knew about computers — or even humor, for that matter. Here’s one of those articles. This one is about “computer food.”

November 18, 2015

Horrible Keyboard of Yesteryear

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Even the worst computer keyboard offered today beats the snot out of the low-end computers of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Air Power

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For centuries now, I’ve admonished mobile users to charge up before leaving on a long airplane trip. Apparently that’s no longer necessary.

November 16, 2015

Offline Maps Navigation

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The Google Maps app has long been able to save a portion of the map for offline viewing. But what good is that when navigation barely works? Now that issue has been resolved.

November 13, 2015

Thumbprint Security

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For a while now, I’ve been using thumbprint security on my Android phone. Specifically, it’s my Samsung Galaxy S6. While thumbprint security is an option for Android Marshmallow, my Nexus 5 phone (which was recently updated to Marshmallow) lacks a thumbprint reader. The Galaxy S6 features a thumbprint reader right on the Home button. So I thought that I’d try it out.

November 11, 2015

Footnotes and Endnotes

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In a document — especially a professional paper or article — you can use footnotes or endnotes to cite sources, place references, add information, or just force your reader’s eyes to dart to the bottom of a page.

November 9, 2015

My Samsung Nightmare

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It’s not really a nightmare. Thank the gods I’ve not had one of those in a long time. And I can’t really call it a “dream.” No, it’s one of those times when I try to use a phone in a dream and the results are just nasty.

November 6, 2015

Windows is Waiting . . .

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You need to shutdown or restart your PC, but there it is! That same old message. Windows is waiting to shutdown a program. What’s up?

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