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March 11, 2013

Oh, Yes, There Were Some Knock-Offs

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

DOS For Dummies changed the computer book publishing industry over 20 years ago. You can read the history on this website here, but what’s not told on that page is how the other computer book publishers reacted at the time. It got ugly.

March 9, 2013

Seattle Bar Bans Google Glasses

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:17 pm

It had to happen. The $1,500 specs that keep your eyeball constantly connected to the Internet are instantly unpopular in a certain Seattle area bar. If only they would have thought of this when cell phones first came out.


March 8, 2013

A More Programmable Phone

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Smartphones and tablets are really the next generation of computer. While it took them less time to find their niche than the microcomputers and PCs of the early 1980s, a step in that evolution is missing. That’s the ability to program your mobile device.

March 6, 2013

Robot Apocalypse (Again)

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BRITAIN TARANIS I’ve written about robots coming to destroy us — yes, in jest — in a few of my books as well as this blog. It’s silly, sure; but it’s most likely going to happen and probably before anyone wakes up to realize it. Time to throw myself into Full Robot Panic Mode!

March 4, 2013

Steve Jobs’ Biggest Mistake

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:49 am

The article (below), says that Jobs insistence that 10″ was the ideal tablet size was his biggest mistake. Perhaps.

When the first 7″ tablet appeared, the original Galaxy Tab, Jobs scoffed. He famously said it was too small, the wrong form factor. Turns out that the iPad mini — itself a 7″ tablet — is outselling the 10″ iPad by huge margins. Oops.

It is the size? Is it the price?

Whatever, it’s not Jobs “biggest mistake.” I could mention the Apple III, the Lisa, the G4 Cube Mac, and the list is pretty long. Making mistakes just proved that Jobs was human. It’s his brilliance, his home runs, that people will always remember.


The New Word 2013

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The latest edition of my bestseller Microsoft Word For Dummies has appeared, this one to cover Word 2013, a part of the Office 2013 suite. Here’s what’s new:

March 3, 2013

About Your Evernote Password…

Filed under: News — admin @ 11:10 am

Apparently the database for the popular mobile app Evernote was hacked, granting the Bad Guys access to over 50 million unencrypted passwords. Yikes!

Evernote has apparently reset everyone’s password. I haven’t received a notice yet. I’m only a casual Evernote user, though I know the app is very popular and quite handy.


March 1, 2013

Beware the In-App Purchases

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:27 am

I don’t know which is worse, the lure of in-app advertising targeted at kids or parents who let their wee tots use electronics without supervision?


Jelly Bean Dictation, Yeah!

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Android dictation takes a major leap forward with the Jelly Bean version of the mobile operating system. It’s realtime and almost flawless.

February 27, 2013

Episodes of a Computer Consultant

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Way, way back when, when computers were still exciting in the 1980s, I tried my hand at being a computer consultant. I did not like it, not one bit.

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