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October 14, 2015

Inky Issues

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You know the story: You buy a printer cheap but pay over time when you restock the ink. And man, do those ink cartridges drain!
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October 12, 2015

Freeform Formatting in Word

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Yes, it’s possible to format poetry and verse in Word. It’s ugly, but it can be done.
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October 9, 2015

Remember This Color!

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Word isn’t a drawing program, but it contains drawing tools. So you might be frustrated when you try to design drawing elements and Word isn’t very helpful with your efforts. One specific area has to do with custom colors.
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October 7, 2015

A Trip Down Port Lane

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Back in the early days of the PC, it seemed like each peripheral used its own interface.
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October 5, 2015

Sorry That I Missed Your Email

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I recently updated my new Macintosh to the latest OS X operating system, codename El Capitan. That experience is something I’ll write about later. Until then, I’ll let you know how I completely deleted all my email.
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October 2, 2015

Google Docs to the Rescue

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My son needed to write a college paper, one that had special formatting. So he asked me a Microsoft Word question on formatting a numbered list. I told him the answer, but the suggestion didn’t work. Turns out he wasn’t using Microsoft Word at all.
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September 30, 2015

A Dialup Modem Answers the Phone

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Back in the 1980s, I paid the extra money to have two phone lines installed in my apartment. Both apartments: I outgrew my single bedroom apartment, where the computer sat in the living room. The second apartment had a second bedroom, which became my office.

The first line was for me. The second line was for the computer. Specifically, it was for the computer’s modem.
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September 28, 2015

Is the Network Down?

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Man, this web page is taking a while to load. The spiny thing is going backwards still, which probably means the Internet is down? Is it? Or is the network slow when the spiny thing goes forwards?
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September 25, 2015

There will Never be ‘Word Lite’

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I get lots of email on Microsoft Word. Some of the readers really want to dig into the advanced features. Others are forced converts from the WordPerfect realm. And a few just want to write without having all those obnoxious extra features.

Those users who prefer to write unencumbered ask me the question, “Why can’t Microsoft just create a ‘Lite’ version of Word?” My answer is that they did and no one bought it.
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September 23, 2015

Up is Up

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On a touchscreen it makes sense: You drag your finger up the screen and the document scrolls up with your finger. That’s how objects move in the real world. A laptop’s touchpad may not exhibit that similar behavior.
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