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May 8, 2015

Those Hideous Colors

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

The original IBM PC features two graphics options: monochrome, which was just text, and CGA. Most people opted for monochrome, which was fine for business purposes. For CGA, you had to purchase the Color Graphics Adapter (CGA) for an extra $600. Oh, and you had to buy a color monitor; a 15-inch model would set you back another $800.
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May 6, 2015

Do Not Disturb Mode

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Some Android phones, specifically those from Samsung, sport a nifty tool called Do Not Disturb mode. This feature should be mandatory on all phones.
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May 4, 2015

Numeric Keypad: On or Off

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

It’s an endless debate: whether to keep Num Lock on or Num Lock off. This is an issue with which I’ve struggled for decades.
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May 1, 2015

Dumb Pipes

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I freely confess glee any time I encounter a new high tech term. This week’s term is dumb pipe.
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April 29, 2015

The PC Industry: Yawn

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

The PC hardware industry is boring today, almost catatonic. Only about four or five major PC manufacturers are left: Dell, Lenovo, Acer, HP and Compaq. Things weren’t always so tranquil.
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April 27, 2015

Nexus 7 R.I.P.

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:31 am

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It’s been a good run, dating back to 2013, but the Nexus 7 tablet has been officially discontinued by Google.
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Who’s Messed With My Document?

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Microsoft Word offers plenty of document reviewing and collaborating features. It’s completely possible for several people to work on the same document, all while allowing you to see who did what. Unless . . .
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April 24, 2015

Changing Topics of Tech

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

It’s time again to update some of my perennial titles. These updates are necessary due to the ever-changing landscape in the computer world. Over the years, I pull out various topics and add new ones.
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April 23, 2015

Google Fi

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:30 am

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Project Fi combines local Wi-Fi with the mobile data network to give you telephone and Internet access at a low price, $20/month plus $10 per gigabyte of data. That’s probably a better rate than you’re now getting on your cellular plan.
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April 22, 2015

Viruses and Spam in Real Life

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

After receiving a spate of spam and questionable emails, I’ve been thinking. What if real life interactions were more like these messages? The more I thought about it, the more I question why people ever bother to reply to spam or get snookered into opening an unknown attachment and infecting their computer with malware.
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