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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.

August 10, 2017

Yet Another Tweak to Word 2016

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I’m certain that the recent changes and updates I’ve seen in Word are due to my Office 365 subscription. I doubt that regular Word 2016 users have seen any changes, yet I’m going to write about them — and do videos — as new features appear.

August 7, 2017

The IBM Basic Handbook

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The other day, I was looking over my personal library and noticed something missing: I didn’t have a copy of the IBM Basic Handbook (Figure 1). I was hired at CompuSoft Publishing specifically to help update that book’s second edition. It’s basically my first computer book, and I was disappointed that I didn’t have a copy.

August 3, 2017

Your Super Secret Email Address

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Banking, shopping, and even paying your taxes can be done online. Unlike the 1990s, people are less paranoid about security, nor do they fret over typing in a credit card number. A secure website means you’re most likely safe, though you can still take extra precaution by using a super secret email address.

July 31, 2017

Texting an Email Address

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Yes, I have a smartphone. Yes, I can receive text messages. I may not reply right away, but I get them. So why do various friends and associates see fit to send a text message to my email account?

July 27, 2017

“Hello, Tech Support?”

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Terrible computer manuals are how I started my career. I knew I could do a better job, and I did. And today, while computer books are barely hanging on, the manual is a thing of the past. No one even considers “the manual” when they refer to technology. Is tech support next?

July 24, 2017

What the Big Deal with Excel?

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The first big, breakthrough computer program was VisiCalc. No one expected it to hit the big time. The concept is bizarre genius. Even today, nearly 40 years after VisiCalc was first coded, the spreadsheet remains a hot topic of necessity and confusion.

July 20, 2017

Pick One: A Flying Car or Your Smartphone

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I traveled back in time the other day. It was 1982, and I met up with my younger self leaving work. I had only a few temporal moments to interact, but younger-me dominated the conversation. He asked the immediate and obvious question, “Are there flying cars in the future?”

July 17, 2017

Living with the Scourge

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The notion of a spam-free email inbox is something I’ve no longer considered within the realm of possibility.

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