March 22, 2018

What to Look for in a Dashcam

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I’ve burned through about five dashcams so far. Through the cheap ones, the expensive ones, the fancy ones, and my current selection, I’ve experienced the ups and downs and would like to share them with you.

March 19, 2018

Setting the Ring Time

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I remember having landline phones long before cell phones became popular. If you phoned someone, you could just let it ring and ring. Like when you knew Grandpa was out in the yard and it would take him a while to get in the house and answer. Yet, with today’s smartphones, if you don’t answer after a few rings, the call is sent to voicemail. Can that duration be changed?

March 15, 2018

Getting Sound Into the PC

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Audio is an important part of the sensory experience, yet how often have you turned off an interesting video because the audio was terrible?

March 12, 2018

Android P Peeks Out

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I’m going [to try] to avoid my ongoing rant about whether new OS upgrades are needed annually, and just dive into what happened this past week: Google released the first prototype (not even a beta) of the next version of Android, P. It doesn’t even have a dessert name yet.

March 8, 2018

Where is Tech Heading?

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O, this industry was once so easy to predict: PCs would get more powerful, Laptops would get lighter, and everything would be cheaper. Now the PC is a commodity, basically as interesting as the old office typewriter, tablets are dying, laptops are for the cool kids, phones control the world. What in heavens is going on!

March 5, 2018

Android Essential Training 2018

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Android Essential Training course

Recently, the good folks at LinkedIn Learning invited me down to update my Android Essential Training course. It’s just gone public.

March 1, 2018

Here’s a Phishing Scam For You!

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The Bad Guys win by using social engineering. They fool you into surrendering your trust. Act too quickly, and your account can be compromised. It happens all the time, even to the best of us.

February 26, 2018

Android Screenshots

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It seems weird, but taking a screenshot, making an image file of what you see on your mobile device’s screen, is something many people want to do. So many, in fact, that a default method exists to snap a quick screenshot on any Android.

February 22, 2018

Your PC has Many Fans

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The last quiet computer I owned was my TRS-80 Model 4P. Since then, all my PCs make noise — and not just from the speakers. Modern computers have fans to help keep them cool. A typical PC can have up to four of them or more.

February 19, 2018

Chrome to Squish Obnoxious Web Advertising

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The next version of Chrome will do something you really want: It will suppress what Google has defined as obnoxious online ads. This list includes advertising videos that automatically play, pop-ups that block most of the screen, and other annoyances. Coincidentally, Google obtains the bulk of its revenue through online ads. I suppose a relationship doesn’t exist between the two items.

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