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August 26, 2013

The Tablet That Never Sleeps

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My Android Tablet must be bored. After about 10 minutes of my staring at it, it falls asleep. The display dims, then goes off completely. How can I keep it more interested? How can I keep it awake all the time? There has to be a solution!

August 25, 2013

More Happy News on Microsoft’s Ballmer Departure

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:13 pm

From the article (link below):

Wall Street greeted word of Ballmer’s looming retirement with glee…

Missed opportunities. That’s what they call it. Microsoft has been playing catch-up and follow-the-leader ever since Ballmer took the reins from founder and former CEO Bill Gates.

Among the problems was a $900 million write-off related to poor sales of the Surface tablet computer, praised by reviewers but largely ignored by consumers. Microsoft has struggled as well with the rollout of the Windows Phone and its latest PC operating system, Windows 8.

When you’re in an elevator and you smell a fart, it’s pretty obvious who made it.


August 23, 2013

Microsoft Begins Its Turnaround

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:03 am

After years of floating aimlessly in the high tech ocean, Microsoft looks like it’s finally going to get some direction, add some innovation, and start using all the brain power they’ve hired. The main reason? CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring.

Thank the gods.


The Three Great Word Processor Sins

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A word processor is a blessing, a massive improvement over writing by hand or by using a typewriter. Even so, most people who use a word processor slog through it just as if it’s an automated typewriter. Of all the foibles they commit, three rise to the level of great sin.

August 21, 2013

Organize Your Thoughts

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Years ago, an Outliner was a separate type of program you could buy. It was a thought-organizer, and a very handy tool for anyone who deals with lots of information that has to be arranged in a logical and effective manner. Today, the Outliner is a feature — a subset, actually — of a word processor. That doesn’t diminish its usefulness.

August 19, 2013

The Golden iPhone

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:55 am

Because shoving a gold iPhone into someone else’s face makes the Mac fanboys feel so much better about themselves!


A Clutch of Homebrew Unix Utilities

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I just can’t stop programming! Ever since DOS, when I wrote handy utilities in BASIC (and then in Assembly and then in C), I want to code some handy little shortcut or interesting little problem-solver.

August 18, 2013

Facebook Flaw Oops

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:35 pm

Supposedly, Facebook dishes out $500 a pop when you report a security breach. That is unless you’re a Palestinian hacker who can only bring attention to the issue by breaking security and posting directly to Zuckerberg’s wall.


August 16, 2013

A Clutch of Handy DOS Utilities

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My trip down memory lane last week, with my foray into the DOSBox program to retrieve an old WordPerfect document, made me think about my typical DOS computer set up. It especially reminded me of all the utilities I used to make life bearable in that stark, command line environment.

August 14, 2013

Hold This, Please

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ottie I like Android smartphones, but I also like the toys that come with them. I frequently buy the docking station and the car mount whenever I get a new phone. The thing I don’t like, however, is paying the super premium prices the Phone Store charges for those toys. The solution is to go rogue and buy something that works, but doesn’t cost you a day’s wages.

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