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January 12, 2014

Serious Dropbox Problems

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:25 am

I’m a pretty avid fan of Dropbox. I use the file synchronizing service frequently to coordinate files between my desktop computer and my laptop/tablets. It works like a charm, much better than the old Briefcase and whatever Windows Sync utility Microsoft is currently using.

Last Friday Dropbox vanished from the Internet. Apparently they were updating software and the update pretty much yanked everyone’s account off line. I was unable to sync some screen shots on Saturday, let alone all the files for my current major project.

As of today (Sunday morning), any new files I add or remove form my Dropbox folders are synchronized. The major folder reorganization I attempted Saturday, however, is still “Updating.”

The most disappointing aspect of this issue are the whiners on the Dropbox support forums. Dropbox is free for most people. Yet they bitch and bellyache about the service being down like they’re paying for the service. That’s really sad.


January 10, 2014

Sounds About Right

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Getting sound on your computer set to the correct level is an exercise in frustration. There are just too many locations for setting volume, and then not everyone who creates the sound really knows what they’re doing.

January 8, 2014

Smartphone Battery Management

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You don’t need to worry about when to charge your phone. My rule is simple: When the phone needs a charge, plug it in. And you should never be worried about the Dreaded Memory Effect when it comes to your mobile gizmos.

January 6, 2014

One of My Early Games

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Like many other budding programmers, I wrote my share of games. Most of them involved guessing numbers, but I also wrote racing games, card games, and the usual. That was until I bought my first computer mouse.

January 3, 2014

Manage Templates in Word 2013

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Recently, I upgraded one of my computers, replacing my copy of Word 2007 to the newest version, Word 2013. Everything worked well, and I find Word 2013 quite compatible with Word 2007. One thing I didn’t like, however, was that all my personal Word 2007 templates seemed to be missing.

January 1, 2014

High Tech Predictions for 2014

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As the sun dawns upon a new year, it’s time for me to don my festive swami turban and look into the future. What fortune paves the high tech roads in the year 2014?

December 30, 2013

Facebook is Dead and Buried

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:15 am

No, I didn’t say it, but a lot of teenagers are saying it.

One could argue that teenagers, and their older siblings in college, were the entire reason that Facebook existed. Apparently that’s no longer true.

According to the article (link below), most young people use Facebook only to keep in touch with older relatives who only use Facebook. That’s an interesting twist.


The Year in Review: 2013

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Last year about this time, I set down some predictions for high tech in the year 2013. I usually fail miserably at getting even the simplest things right. So how’s my consistency?

December 27, 2013

PorchCam Year In Review: 2013

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It’s time once again for me to peruse the hundreds of images captured by my front-door mounted web cam. Here are the highlights for 2013.

December 25, 2013

Wambooli Holiday Sing-Along

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Many years ago, I was the editor of a local computer magazine in San Diego, California. With an eye toward being festive, I decided to flavor our annual Holiday issue with a bit of mirth and Christmas spirit. So I wrote some songs.

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