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June 27, 2016

Metered Connections

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A metered connection is an option for limited access to a wireless network you pay to access or one that offers only a limited quantity of data. The reason you set such an option is to avoid a surcharge once your quote evaporates. The problem is that some devices automatically assume that the Wi-Fi connection is metered when it isn’t.

June 24, 2016

More Fill-In-The-Blanks for Word

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One of my most popular YouTube videos explains how to create a fill-in-the-blanks item in Word. The technique demonstrates how to add a blank line to a document, but it really works best only when you’re printing a document. For adding a fill-in-the-blanks item in a document electronically, you need to use something called a Content Control.

June 22, 2016

Printing Pictures from your Android

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Wait! You mean that you can actually print those images? I mean, everyone knows that a phone or tablet features a camera, but don’t you just hand the gizmo to someone else so that they can see your pictures? Printing! That’s so old school.

June 20, 2016

Plan 9 is Nein

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Several years ago, I wrote about Plan 9, the operating system designed by Bell Labs to succeed Unix. Just as it happened in the movie, Plan 9 isn’t going to succeed.

June 17, 2016

Wireless Charging

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Mobile devices are wireless wonders — except when it comes to charging the thing. That’s when you need to whip out a cord and plug the phone or tablet into the wall. Not every gizmo is so burdened.

June 15, 2016

CryptoLocker (Again)

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A special type of computer malware is succeeding where other viruses only dream to tread: The CryptoLocker virus is on the move, infecting computers, encrypting data, and requiring individuals and organizations to pony up money to get their data back. It’s insane that people are falling for this ruse.

June 13, 2016

Here Comes Android N

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The current trend is to introduce a new operating system every year, whether such an update is called for or not. Apple does it. Microsoft just started to do it with Windows 10. Google does it with Android. And the next Android version looms nigh on the horizon.

June 10, 2016

Unraveling the Processor Pickel

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Inside your PC’s bosom glows hot a fast electrical machine. Its billions of wires, transistors, and relays produce the fun, gooey nonsense you see on the screen. You should take it all for granted. I’m not joking: The processor is only a small piece of the PC puzzle, but one that has a notable history that I shall now bore you with the details.

June 8, 2016

AutoFormat a List

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Word’s AutoFormat As You Type feature has a special mode that lets you create custom lists. The feature is confusing because it’s not a list feature, not like bullets or numbering. Instead, Word picks up hints from a previous paragraph and automatically applies that special formatting to subsequent paragraphs.

June 6, 2016

Google’s Pixel C Tablet

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I’ve been stupid. For the longest time, I’ve waited for Google to update the Nexus 9, it’s 9-inch Android tablet. I kept waiting and waiting. Turns out that the update was introduced a while back: The Pixel C tablet. So I ordered one.

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