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April 4, 2014

Evil Nerd Roundup

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Evil nerds are a dime a dozen. In fact, it’s too much of a stereotype to be a limited category. Just about every Bond villain, for example, is pretty much an Evil Nerd Genius. Cartoon villians, are quite the same. I mean, any bad buy from the original Johnny Quest is a nerd genius. So how can I narrow down the list?

April 2, 2014

What I Must Deal With

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A For Dummies book is successful when it demonstrates the ability to connect with the reader. That’s a high bar for any technical book.

March 31, 2014

Surely You’ve Heard Of . . . ?

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Once people get over the fact that I’m still writing books, they want to know what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology. To be frank, I have no idea.

March 28, 2014

Some Hard Drive Cleaning

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Recently I received an email from a reader. He was concerned about duplicate files all over his hard drive. How many duplicate files? Oh, about 89GB worth.

March 26, 2014

Image Mass Seletion

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Mass image manipulation best takes place in the Gallery app on your Android phone or tablet. And the best way to remove a swath of images is to view them all in an album. This is a far superior approach to sharing or deleting individual images one a time.

March 24, 2014

Here’s Your 92-Digit Code Number

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

After my computer Monster X died, I bought a new system and re-installed my software. That process included re-installing my copy of Microsoft Office 2013. Alas, the product key — which I dutifully kept — was not longer valid.

March 21, 2014

Microsoft Admits to Reading User’s Hotmail

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:46 am

Well, this is disappointing: Microsoft has fessed up that it peeked into a blogger’s Hotmail email account. The blogger had obtained some pre-release code for Windows 8. The issue for the courts to decide is whether this snooping was in line with Microsoft’s license, which states that they can review materials on its communications services, but did that targeted snooping violate the blogger’s right to privacy.

Microsoft has long freaked out about its code getting out there, which is odd because they basically give you the code when you buy the software. Well, technically you are “licensed” to use the software, and that use does preclude you from jamming the code through a debugger — but you can still do that and Microsoft would never be the wiser. In fact, peeking inside Microsoft code is one way to find undocumented features and options. I used to do that all the time.


No, It’s Not a URL

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Joining download in the Tech Lingo Hall of Infamy is the term URL. It’s not what you think it is.

March 20, 2014

More Orders for Google Now

Filed under: News — Tags: — admin @ 8:16 am

Google has recently added two new commands to the list of orders you can bark at Google Voice:

OK Google Take a Picture


OK Google, Record a Video

These commands start the Camera app in the proper mode. You still need to touch the screen to manipulate the Camera app.


March 19, 2014

Copying Images From an Android Device to Your PC

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In my Android For Dummies titles, I discuss how music can be copied from a Windows PC to an Android tablet. You can use the same techniques to copy images and videos from your tablet to the PC. It’s probably the easiest way to get those images from one device to another.

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