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April 15, 2015

Light Reading

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Despite promises, the computer has a long ways to go as far as clearing your desktop is concerned. I’m referring to the real desktop, the one that has papers, pens, pads, and perhaps even a calculator sitting atop its surface. Another item the computer isn’t keen on replacing is the common desk lamp.

April 13, 2015

My Book Doesn’t Cover That Topic

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There, in big letters right across the top of the front cover of Word 97 For Dummies, it said, “Covers creating web pages in HTML.” The problem? My book featured no such topic.

April 10, 2015

Starting a Blog

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Back in 2008, I decided to start writing this blog. I would write three new articles a week on various topics, most of which relate to my books. Starting a blog is easy. Keeping one going, especially on your own, is tremendously difficult.

April 8, 2015

Ancient Cartoons

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The other day I was digging through my writing archives, looking for a Windows 95 screenshot. I never did find the exact image I wanted, but I did stumble across something no one has ever seen before.

April 6, 2015

Avoiding Writer’s Block

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In my process of furiously writing text, the goal is to finish the document without suffering the pains of something called “writer’s block.” I don’t suffer from writer’s block. That doesn’t mean I don’t get it from time to time, I just know how to best deal with it.

April 3, 2015

Improve Your Writing Skills, Part II

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Not only should you know how to start a well-written document (covered Wednesday), it also helps to know how to wrap one up. And I’m referring to more effort than just typing LOL or adding a smiley.

April 2, 2015

Android Malware Update

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A frequent question I’m asked is, “What of Android malware?” Well, actually, the real question is more like, “Can I get a virus on my Android phone/tablet?” The answer is always “Yes,” but the rates of infection show that your risk is really quite low.

April 1, 2015

Internet Time Machine

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wambooli the original

The web is just barely in its mid-20s, yet so much has changed. Back in 1997, Wambooli’s Home page looked as you see above. Other web sites — ones that have made billions — have changed their looks as well. It’s fascinating to me how something that was new and cool many years ago can look so dated today.

Improve Your Writing Skills, Part I

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Thanks to the popularity of the Internet, having an outlet for your written self expression isn’t a problem. Back in the old days, to be read you’d need a column in the paper or at least a frequent Letter to the Editor campaign. Today, anyone can start up a blog, post something to Facebook, or tweet.

March 30, 2015

Android Navigation Icon History

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Technology tends toward improvement. This improvement is positive, based on real life feedback. And overlooking Windows 8, mostly it’s successful. As a case in point, consider the basic navigation icons used in the Android operating system.

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