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September 28, 2017

Android’s ‘Check For Updates’ Button Works for Reals

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It was once a joke. That CHECK FOR UPDATES button lurked deep in the Settings app on an Android phone or tablet. You’d tap the button and . . . [suspense] . . . nothing. The device would say, “Oh! I checked for an update. Alas, one is not available.”

It was a lie!
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September 25, 2017

Add Some RAM

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The best, easiest, and cheapest upgrade you can make to any computer is to add more memory. The process isn’t that difficult, yet the benefits are seen immediately: Programs run better and everything goes more smoothly, thanks to all that roomy RAM.
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September 21, 2017

Ten Hours Without Internet

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

When I upgraded my Internet recently, I received a new modem. It was flakey, so I exchanged it. We’ve had good service since then and I’m quite pleased. Now when the modem goes from three happy lights to one sad and one blinking light, I know it’s the cable service and not the device to blame.
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September 18, 2017

Thoughts on the iPhone X

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This past week, I watched Tim Cook & Co. unveil all their new Apple toys. I’m a Mac user, so I was waiting for a new Mac Pro or anything on that front. I have low expectations from Apple, so I wasn’t disappointed: No news was offered on the computer front. Oh well.
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September 14, 2017

Another Title, But Not Really

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I do most of my programming stuff on my C For Dummies website, but I thought I’d relate my recent self-publishing efforts here on Wambooli. The TL;DR version: You can now self-publish print books as well as eBooks on Kindle.
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September 11, 2017

The Passing of Jerry Pournelle

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I remember the first time I saw Jerry Pournelle. I’d read his books. Along with Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle was famous in the science fiction community. So when he was going to speak at my university, UCSD, I invited my friends to attend.
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September 7, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 Features

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Getting a new phone not only involves the toils of configuration, you also experience the pain and delight of its new features. On that front, Samsung never disappoints.
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September 4, 2017

Stop the Boop-De-Doop

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It’s something you hear when you connect a thumb drive. It’s something you puzzle about when the noise happens randomly. It’s the boo-doop, which is what I call the default sound that plays in Windows when a new devices is added.
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August 31, 2017

Here’s How to Spice Up PC Sales

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There’s a reason why people once bought a new computer every two years. That reason is gone now, and apparently no one has figured it out.
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August 28, 2017

My New Samsung S8

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I’m pleased with my new phone, but the purchase has also reminded me of something: The ordeal everyone goes through for a new phone. Because these devices are so integral to our lives, the upgrade isn’t the smooth and easy transition it once was.
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