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October 19, 2017

The PorchCam Lived!

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I can’t believe that the hardware survived the horrid winter of 2016/17. It was brutal. Yet, of all the PorchCam hardware I’ve owned over the years, this model held up beautifully. As of last week, it’s still working.
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October 16, 2017

Chrome and Web Security

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Back in August, I wrote how I updated Wambooli to https, the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) URL. This move was done to avoid a warning that Google informed me would appear in the Chrome browser. Well, here it is in mid-October, just when Chrome is supposed to display the warning. So where it is?
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October 12, 2017

The Hunt for a Useful 21:9 Monitor

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As people keep setting two widescreen monitors side-by-side as a common computer configuration, the question arises: Why not just make one, big, wide, monitor?
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October 9, 2017

Location Technology and Security

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A while back, someone panicked. They realized that all their mobile device’s photos had a GEO-TAG, or location data, merged with the image. The concern was regarding kids: If you took a photo of your kids at the playground, a pervert could save the photo, extract the location data, then be able to find your kids. Creepy, but accurate.
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October 5, 2017

The Folding Galaxy Tab

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Samsung is all aglow over the potential for a folding LED screen, coming to a Galactic mobile device perhaps as early as next year. Whatever.
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October 2, 2017

Android Oreo Thoughts

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Back in the old days, major software releases were a big deal, not an annual PR event.
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September 28, 2017

Android’s ‘Check For Updates’ Button Works for Reals

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It was once a joke. That CHECK FOR UPDATES button lurked deep in the Settings app on an Android phone or tablet. You’d tap the button and . . . [suspense] . . . nothing. The device would say, “Oh! I checked for an update. Alas, one is not available.”

It was a lie!
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September 25, 2017

Add Some RAM

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

The best, easiest, and cheapest upgrade you can make to any computer is to add more memory. The process isn’t that difficult, yet the benefits are seen immediately: Programs run better and everything goes more smoothly, thanks to all that roomy RAM.
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September 21, 2017

Ten Hours Without Internet

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When I upgraded my Internet recently, I received a new modem. It was flakey, so I exchanged it. We’ve had good service since then and I’m quite pleased. Now when the modem goes from three happy lights to one sad and one blinking light, I know it’s the cable service and not the device to blame.
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September 18, 2017

Thoughts on the iPhone X

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This past week, I watched Tim Cook & Co. unveil all their new Apple toys. I’m a Mac user, so I was waiting for a new Mac Pro or anything on that front. I have low expectations from Apple, so I wasn’t disappointed: No news was offered on the computer front. Oh well.
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