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October 27, 2016

Messing with Your Work Window

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The interface for Microsoft Word has changed over the years. Back when Word was a text mode program (believe it or not), it had a clunky, half-screen interface that really got in the way. Then when Word became a Windows program, it featured its documents as subwindows in a single window. Today, Word documents are each held in their own window, but how do those windows sit on the desktop?

October 25, 2016

The Problem with Computer Programming Books

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Recently, I took it upon myself to learn another computer programming language. I enjoy C and have coded in it longer than any other language. I support my books on But newer languages offer better tools and so I set out to learn a few.

October 20, 2016

The Galaxy Note 7

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I’ve been refraining from writing about the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. I’m certain it’s something you know about as the stories are all over the media. As the author of a few books on the Galaxy Note line of phones, I thought I’d weigh in on the subject, especially since the topic has turned into a milestone in cell phone history.

October 18, 2016

PorchCam 2.3

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I’ve never forgotten the PorchCam, a feature that’s been on this website for nearly 20 years. Well, back in the 1990s it was called the DrivewayCam. Today, it’s the PorchCam and, yes, it’s back online. The current image is shown in Figure 1.

October 13, 2016

Multiple Pages on a Single Sheet

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You’re printing a draft of your Great American Novel, but you don’t want to make it look like a manuscript. No, you want it to look like it would when it comes out in print, on smaller-sized sheet of paper, but you don’t want to waste paper by printing it too small on a page.

What to do?

The solution is to use a Word feature that lets you print multiple pages on a single sheet of paper.

October 11, 2016

More Online Training

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My latest online training video has gone live at LinkedIn/Lynda. This new course covers PC maintenance with Windows 10, which is a hot topic. Well, seriously, PC maintenance will always be a hot topic because the suckers keep on screwing up!

October 6, 2016

Funky Characters in Passwords

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You have multiple user names and, hopefully, multiple passwords. The requirements for the passwords are well-known: It has to be something complex, not-obvious, and at least 8-characters long, with a smattering of upper- and lowercase letters plus numbers. Add to the mix, a symbol or two.

October 4, 2016

The New Wambooli PorchCam – Almost

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The old Porchcam went down almost 18 months ago. I attempted a software update and the end result was that the camera’s Administration web page was completely inaccessible. Without any controls to access the device, I had to take it down.

September 29, 2016

Open All Those Bookmarks

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Web page bookmarks are certainly handy. Even handier are bookmark toolbars and menus, which let you quickly access your bookmarks. Especially for an organized person, keeping you webpage bookmarks all neat and tidy in an ordered system of menus can save time. That is, until you misuse the Open All Bookmarks command.

September 27, 2016

Revisiting the Notification Icons

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Now that Windows 10 is firmly established, it’s time to review my rant on how to best display the notification icons.

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