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May 8, 2017

It’s Been a Long Time Since I’ve Been Plagiarized

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A long time ago, back when books actually sold like hell and people clamored for printed information (e.g., before Google), ripping off my books was common. It’s been 20 years.
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May 4, 2017

What To Do When Your Android Keyboard Sucks

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The onscreen keyboard has never impressed me, neither Apple’s nor Android’s version. I understand its necessity, but nothing beats a physical keyboard for typing on a mobile device.
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May 1, 2017

A New Venture Begins Today!

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Today marks the official launch of my new YouTube channel. Starting today and every weekday hence, I’m uploading a video. The first collection consists of tips on using Microsoft Word. Later videos will expand to other topics.

http://www.youtube.com/dangookin/
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April 27, 2017

A Political Dilemma

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Since the early 1990s, when my writing career first took off, I’ve taken advantage of the US President’s picture in my books. To avoid legal entanglements, I use a public domain image of a well-recognized figure. I choose the US President’s image as a tradition, but now I’m having trepidations.
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April 24, 2017

Introducing Word’s Page Movement Group

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I’m not sure if this update applies to all versions of Word 2016 or just the Office 365 release, but here it is: Document flow can be altered in Print Layout view so that pages in flow right-to-left instead of top-to-bottom. I figure this change came about because nearly all PC monitors these days are widescreen.
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April 20, 2017

The Quest for Floppy, Part III

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In our last episode, I had ordered an $8 adapter, a male-to-male PATA adapter, so that I could use a $30 USB gizmo to read a 5¼-inch floppy diskette on a modern PC.

The gizmo has finally arrived. From China. Via their version of snail mail. But it’s here!
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April 17, 2017

Windows 10.1 Finally Shows Up

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It was just earlier this month when I pondered in a post about the impending arrival of Windows 10.1. It finally appeared this past week, the first major update to the Windows operating system since Windows 10 debuted nearly two years ago.
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April 13, 2017

ZOMG! Political Panic Over Your Data

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Recently, someone on the Internet wrote that Donald Trump could cure cancer and you’d still have people out protesting about it. The problem with our politically-charged environment is that people take their orders from the media or from political parties before they stop to think. As a case in point, the Trump administration repealed a recent rule made by the Obama administration regarding Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
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April 10, 2017

Android Shortcuts

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The Shortcuts launcher icon feature was added with Android 7 “Nougat.” You might have already accessed this feature by mistake. Don’t let it alarm you!
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April 6, 2017

The Downside of the SSD

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“Do you want an SSD in that?” For a moment, the question tempted me. I was buying a new PC and as we worked down the hardware list, the dealer posed the question. The traditional, spinning hard disk drive (HDD) was cheaper, but the solid state drive (SSD) was so fast it was scary.
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