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January 29, 2018

Ten Years

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This blog went live on January 28, 2008. It was designed as a successor to my weekly newsletter, the Weekly Wambooli Salad. I doubted the blog would last this long, yet here I am 10 years later.
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January 25, 2018

Make the Switch to IMAP

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A few weeks back, I wrote about coordinating email on Android devices. The specific issue is with POP3 email accounts, the kind offered by traditional ISPs. Based on some feedback and research, I have changed my opinion: To put it bluntly, ditch the POP3 account.
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January 22, 2018

Where are the Android Tablets?

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I don’t recall suffering this type of frustration in a long time. Probably back when I was trying to find SCSI devices in the late 1990s and the standard was just starting to sunset.
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January 18, 2018

I’m Trying to Learn Python

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I’m a C language fanatic. It’s my language of choice, primarily because I have books and online courses about teaching C, as well as the Unofficial C For Dummies companion website. It’s good to keep up my knowledge, but like many programmers, I yearn to know another tongue.
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January 15, 2018

2018 Technology Buyer’s Guide

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The decisions remain difficult, but the choices and options are thin these days. Still, new technology is necessary every so often. Here are my humble words of advice for those times you need to seek out a new or replacement gizmo in 2018.
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January 11, 2018

Android POP3 Email Coordination

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A POP3 email server is the kind used by most ISPs (Internet Service Providers) for email delivery. For sending mail, the SMTP protocol is used. This is why both server types must be configured on an Android mobile gizmo when you add in your ISP (or similar) email account. Still, email coordination involves only delivery, which is where POP3 presents various issues.
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January 8, 2018

Coordinating Email with Your Android Mobile Gizmo

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A new message floats in on my phone. It’s Steve. I need to phone him, but I need to do so when I’m at my computer. Do I mark the message as “unread” so that I can pick it up again on the PC? And if I delete the message on my phone, is it also deleted on the computer?
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January 4, 2018

My Latest Android For Dummies Book

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Android For Dummies

Months after Android 8.0 “Oreo” became available, my latest Android For Dummies title is released. I just missed Christmas.
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January 1, 2018

Predictions for 2018

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Here it is in the new year, 2018, and you haven’t yet had time to write 2017 on any of your checks. Time for my annual predictions!
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December 28, 2017

PorchCam 2017 Year In Review

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This year saw the demise of PorchCam 2.3 and the birth of PorchCam 2.4. It also saw a software upgrade, so that the images are taken at given intervals instead of randomly as people visit the page. The result is an interesting collection of images that review the past year — quite a few of them, in fact.
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