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September 29, 2014

End of the Internet

Filed under: News — admin @ 1:47 pm

You’ll find eerie parallels to the Internet and early radio.

Way back when radio first came out, most folks owned a transceiver — a radio that both broadcast and received. Eventually, big business (RCA) convinced the government that broadcasting must be licensed. So the transceivers were confiscated and all radios became receive-only.

Enter the Internet.

For the past few decades, the Internet has been a transceiver. Anyone can access the Internet to either receive or send information. Anyone can build their own website or start up their own online business. That’s great!

What isn’t great is the propensity for governments to curtail that freedom. You already see it happening in the totalitarian states, where Internet access is severely limited or censored. Despite the insistence of some techies, that could happen in a first world country as well. The goal is government control as much as it’s profit-making by the major corporations.

Seeing how the US Government is beholden to the interests of big corporations over individuals (refer back to RCA in the history of radio), my guess is that the era Internet as we know it is drawing to a close. While Mr. Berners-Lee’s thoughts (link below) are relevant and I agree with them, the power to make a buck reigns supreme.

Enjoy the ‘net while you can!

Yahoo! News

Ello, the Anti-Facebook

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:16 am

Anyone remember how fresh and fun Facebook was? Those days are gone, now that advertising and other garbage liters your Facebook news feed. Multiple alternatives exist for social networking, and I’ve even noticed my kids spend less and less time on Facebook and more time on other sites.

The latest challenger to Facebook’s dominance is a networking site called Ello. It’s manifesto is as follows:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.

We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.

You are not a product.

I wholeheartedly agree!

Currently Ello is in beta testing, so becoming a member is by invite-only. I have requested a membership, but am not currently a member.

As far as Facebook goes, my guess is that it will eventually become the AOL of online networking: It will exist for a while longer, populated by people who don’t like to change things or who are unaware that something better exists. That’s because I just don’t see Facebook getting any better. It serves a need, but Facebook too often gets in its own way.

Yahoo! News


Merging Labels in Word 2013

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

Mail merge is one of those things you expect a word processor to do. Word takes the concept a step further, letting you create mail merge letters, email, and mailing labels, among others. Of the lot, merging labels seems to work the weirdest.

September 28, 2014

The iPhone 6 and `Bendgate’

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:44 am

They’re calling it “bendgate,” the alleged undesirable ability of the recently-introduced Apple 6 phones to bend under normal use. While the fans and media are all abuzz over the issue, according to Consumer Reports, the iPhone 6 — even the larger iPhone 6 Plus — does rather well under pressure.

It’s nice to see that CR included the Galaxy Note 3 in its tests. The results may surprise you.

Consumer Reports

September 27, 2014

Online Life in the 1980s

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:01 am

Just in case you weren’t around for the 1980s in computerdom, here’s a clever review of random access memory lane:


September 26, 2014

Underscore or Space or Even Dash

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

It’s not really a debate, but it’s a serious question nerds have about file-naming conventions: Should you use a space in a filename or use an underscore? Or should you go all rogue and opt for a hyphen?

September 25, 2014

Apple Drags Down the Market

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:04 am

It’s a down day on Wall Street and the fingers of blame are pointing toward Apple (AAPL).

Two issues seem to be plaguing the fruit company, specifically issues regarding its newest product, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (the big phone). Apple will address these issues, of course, and the phone sales remain high. But don’t tell that to the stock market.

LA Times

September 24, 2014

Printing Part of a Web Page

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

I did it once last week, and then I showed the trick to my son. We both had the same problem and it was resolved in the same way: How do you print only part of a web page, as opposed to wasting multiple sheets of paper?

September 23, 2014

Meet Talko

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:15 am

Not taco, but Talko is a new app developed by fabled Microsoft programmer Ray Ozzie. He asked the simple question, “What if the Internet came first and some startup discovered that you could transmit voice over the Internet?” The result is Talko.


September 22, 2014

Cloud Storage Overload

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

This cloud storage stuff is becoming ridiculous. I understand the value. I use cloud storage. With so many players are into the act now, I actually have more cloud storage options than I know what to do with.

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