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February 27, 2015

Computer Book Publishing, Part II

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

After the slaughter of 1982, no big New York publishers would touch computer books. That job was left up to independent publishing houses. They thrived, of course. After all, the computer hobbyist of the day still wanted good information.

February 26, 2015

The Most Expensive Apple Product

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:26 am


A while back, I priced out the most expensive Apple product. It was the high-end Mac Pro, equipped with maximum storage and all the bells and whistles. The price tag was around $12,000. The current high-end Apple Product will probably be much, much smaller and more wearable than a Mac Pro.

February 25, 2015

Computer Book Publishing, Part I

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I never knew my job existed before I took it. In fact, I’m sure a lot of people who purchased, read, and even enjoyed computer books didn’t consider that an entire computer book publishing industry existed.

February 23, 2015

A Geezer in the Industry of Babies

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:38 am


You know how it works: The tech industry is for the young. Imagine a Google employee and you picture someone well under 40-years-old, probably in their mid-20s. It’s not a myth, but the dark secret of the tech industry is that your services are no longer welcome — regardless of how well you code — after you reach a certain age.


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

When used with regards to the web, the term cookie is widely accepted but narrowly understood. What exactly is a cookie?

February 21, 2015

Where Google Went Wrong

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:22 am


Google’s motto was once “Don’t be evil.” Or something like that. Back when Google wanted to be the fastest, briefest search engine. Remember when the Google search page was just a text box? Remember when Chrome was a super fast browser? Remember when Google’s philosophy wouldn’t require that you sign up for Google+ if you didn’t want to?

February 20, 2015

Barcode Scanning

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


What is that thing, that weird design? You see them all over, but in fact the marketing drones are using them less and less. They’ve become pass√© in some circles, like the Comic Sans font (which is another story).

February 18, 2015

A Fouled Up Font

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Before the GUI, no one cared about fonts. Then along came the Mac and Windows and suddenly the word font was more than just a snooty way to refer to a fountain.

February 16, 2015

New Thoughts on the Robot Uprising

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am


Upon rumination, I’ve decided to no longer call it the Robot Revolution. No, I’m now referring to the looming peril for humanity, when our silicon children turn on us, as the Robot Uprising. It shall be a Titanic-Olympic type of rebellion.

February 15, 2015

More Digital Desert

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:04 pm


Think about it: You go to work for an online “newspaper,” which is really a blog. And then they pull the plug. What happens to the millions of words written, the documentation, the history, the feeling that the publication brought? It’s all flat-out gone forever.

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