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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

August 24, 2017

My First New Car of the Decade

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I don’t buy new cars often. When I do, I prefer to buy a new car as opposed to a used car. Yes, my father and everyone else told me how dumb that was, but I keep my cars for a long time. So I look at the cost over that period of time, as well as the maintenance costs added to the purchase of a used vehicle.

August 21, 2017

A More Secure Wambooli

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Sadly, I’m familiar with alarming messages about this website. Typically, the email is from my provider who alerts me with a hacking attempt on the site — a result from their sloppy security, not mine. (Read more here.) This latest email, telling me that my site is insecure, was from goliath Google itself.

August 17, 2017

The Google Memo

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It’s been all over the news, but here’s a reminder: Last week, now-former Googler James Damore penned a thoughtful essay on what diversity means and how it’s applied at the tech giant. For his efforts, he was immediately terminated, showing that diversity is based on superficial attributes and definitely not thought.

August 14, 2017

Be My Guest

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All major operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, and Android, have features that let multiple people use a single device. That’s a great tool, but not widely-used. In my books, I say that it’s easier to get a second device than to juggle multiple users on a single gizmo, especially a phone or tablet.

The Chrome web browser, however, has a simple shortcut: You can activate Guest Mode.

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