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November 24, 2016

The Great Tech Pause Continues

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Well! What’s going on in the field of high tech? Which exciting technologies are about to unfold? What do you have to look forward to? Certainly, the brilliant, highly-paid minds that dwell at the core of the digital universe tease us with myriad delights looming on the horizon?

Actually, not.

November 22, 2016

Online Dating Observations

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With the recent news that the online boinking website Adult Friend Finder has been hacked, my thoughts turn to the digital realm and what is now apparently the effortless and magical way that people can find their new partners.

November 17, 2016

Update an Android Contact with a Phone Number Extension

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This situation happens to me twice. The first time is when I create a contact: Where do I put the extension number? The Contacts app lists no place for an extension. And second, even if you could set an extension into a contact’s information, how do you dial it? The answer is that you can, but the solution isn’t obvious.

November 15, 2016

OMG! What Did I Just Upload?

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You thought it would be cute. Your significant other was signing in the shower, so you held the phone up over the curtain and snapped a picture.

The results were hilarious! And you looked at the photo. Your significant other looked at it. And then you both noticed, well, nudity — private stuff. Time to delete the picture.

“Is it really gone?”

Of course not!

November 10, 2016

A Coupla Android Phone Tips

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I’ve done a lot of traveling recently, and two issues that consistently bug me on my Android phone have finally, successfully, and happily been resolved.

November 8, 2016

What’s Wrong with Apple

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It would be incorrect to say that Apple is the same company today that it was under the helm of Steve Jobs. Sales are slowing. Innovation is barely alive. New products are non-existent. What’s happening is obvious to me, and it was obvious to Jobs himself, when he spoke about Xerox PARC many years ago.

November 3, 2016

Life Without the Esc Key

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Back in college, I enjoyed looking at all the terminals around campus and marveling at the keyboards. Along with the keys I knew from my typewriter, I saw mystery keys such as Alt, Meta, Del, Rubout, and Esc. What were these keys? What did they do?

November 1, 2016

The Microsoft Surface Studio

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I’m floored. Not known as a hardware company beyond mice and keyboards, Microsoft has quickly shown that it can be more innovative than Apple.

In all my computer career, I never thought I’d ever write that.

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.

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