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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.

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.

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