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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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June 3, 2016

A Quick and Useful but not Long-Term Email Solution

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It’s a pain: You want to read a news article, but you don’t want to surrender your email address to some website. When you submit, you know that you’re going to receive an email inbox full of spam and unwanted requests and other nonsense. Is it worth the hassle?
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June 1, 2016

In-Context Document Proofing

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Dear Microsoft,

I see that you continue to upgrade Office and improve the various features of Word, Excel, and others. Word has been rather stable since 2007, with a few minor improvements. One major leap forward you must consider, however, is what I call in-context document proofing. It’s a revolutionary feature.
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May 30, 2016

Floppy Disk Roundup!

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I miss floppy disks. They serve as a reminder of when I first started to use a computer. I remember how spiffy the disks looked, the process of inserting a disk into a drive and snapping shut the door. It was truly a fun time — and apparently government employees at the Pentagon still use floppy disks to manage the United State’s nuclear weapons programs.
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May 27, 2016

No More Hardbound Computer Titles

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When you buy a “real” book, you have a choice: The first release is generally a hardbound copy, which I find delightful.
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May 25, 2016

Throwaway Filenames

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The most common filename on my computer’s mass storage device is . . . killme. That’s not a very inspiring name, but it does showcase a common computer file management phenomena: The names of unwanted or temporary files.
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May 23, 2016

Slithering Around

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I’m a computer game fan, naturally, but I’m also picky about which games I like to play. I enjoy arcade games and first person shooters. I like quick action. And I prefer something that I can stop playing after a few minutes when I get bored or when work calls.

Recently, I discovered an online game called Slitherio.
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May 20, 2016

Gradient Examples

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On Wednesday’s blog post, I wrote about gradient fill options in Word. They apply an interesting effect to shapes and they’re fun to play with. What really helps, however, are examples that show how the gradients can be applied and what they look like.
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May 18, 2016

Make Your Own Gradients

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While exploring the possibilities of the various object-fill color commands in Word, I stumbled across a most amazing tool: the gradient. You can use Word to create and apply gradient colors to objects, text, and a host of interesting items. That’s neat, but what the heck is a gradient?
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May 16, 2016

Some Android Questions

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I enjoy feedback from readers because it helps me improve future editions of my books. So I don’t mind answering email questions, or even sharing the questions and answers on this blog.
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