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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.

September 22, 2016

Dangerous Connections

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Wi-Fi is everywhere, but not safe everywhere. To help you accept that fact, Google can be quite aggressive when you attempt to connect to a bogus or insecure network. If you’re using the Chrome web browser, perhaps you’ve seen the message:

September 20, 2016

Android App Permissions

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Android Marshmallow lets you know which phone or tablet features an app uses right when you install the app. And if that’s not enough, the first time you use the app, it may show a permissions card, specifically letting you know which features it needs to access. This change truly adds transparency to all apps and involves you with the permissions process.

September 15, 2016

Your Windows Subscription is Due

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The Windows 10 hype is long over. The annoying “Upgrade to Windows 10” campaign has died a merciful death. Now comes the future, which Microsoft has said involves frequent updates to Windows 10, but no new version numbers. That includes one scary prospect: A paid, subscription model for Windows.

September 13, 2016

Which Programming Language to Choose

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About 60 years ago, IBM president Thomas J. Watson famously said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” That prediction proved invalid by the 1970s with the popularity of the microcomputer, later dubbed the “personal computer.” The explosive growth came because anyone who knew how to program had the potential to make millions from their creation. That prospect holds true today as well.

September 8, 2016

Samsung’s Smart Manager

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It’s with trepidation and delight that I explore new and unusual features on a Samsung phone or tablet. You just never know what they’re going to toss in, which makes Samsung one of the wackiest device manufacturers ever.

September 6, 2016

The Windows 10 Super Sekret Menu

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Shhh! Windows 10 is supposed to be bright and new and full of cool things everyone wanted. Forget about Windows 8! And don’t bother that Microsoft skipped over Windows 9 completely. Windows 10 has everything you love. Well, except the Control Panel, which you may love, but it’s hidden from you. Still, I know how to quickly find it.

September 1, 2016

The Internet Economic Model is Broken

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This idea isn’t mine, nor is it original, but I’ve studied up on it enough to feel that the theory is heading in the proper direction: The Internet economy is based on two things: Sales and advertising. Neither of them are working to the benefit of everyone.

August 30, 2016

For Dummies Cover Evolution

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No one thought that DOS For Dummies would spawn a book publishing empire. Had that been the intention, more thought would have gone into that first cover. Regardless, that cover has spawned multiple generations of book series covers and trade dress.

August 25, 2016

Keyboard Snobbery Explained

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The typical computer user looks at a keyboard and thinks, “Well, I suppose it has all the proper keys in the right place. Yep! I’ll take it.” But when you’re a keyboard snob, as I confess to be, other factors play into how you select a keyboard.

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