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February 25, 2013

The Power of the ¶

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

ma02-Show-Hide Whenever I look at a Word document and it’s all screwy, the first thing I want to see is what doesn’t show up on the screen: Those tiny characters that affect the text in strange ways, but which are hidden. Somewhere in that mess is the solution to the formatting problem.
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February 22, 2013

My Android, What Big Text You Have!

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Where are the huge tablets? Trust me, they’re coming! Tablets may be popular today in the 7- to 10-inch size range, but eventually I see huge tablets appearing on the market. That will be a great choice for people who have trouble seeing a tablet’s tiny text. Until then, you can adjust text size on your tablet to something more readable. It’s cinchy.
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February 20, 2013

The Desktop Screenshot

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Every so often, I snap a picture of my Windows computer desktop. That may seem weird and dismissible, but I have a valid justification. Not only that, every so often I have to remind myself to do it.
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February 19, 2013

Another Article on Apple TV

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:24 pm

Apple TV is supposed to be big. Not a big TV set, but something that moves the market. You’ll find lots of postulating in the article (link below). After playing with Internet TV for quite some time, I must say the thing it needs the most is a better interface. Typing search text using a TV remote sucks.

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Watching for the iWatch

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:55 am

Apple is sorely in need of some new product to help keep up the enthusiasm, not only of its fan base but of Wall Street as well. One of the soon-to-be products is the iWatch, which I would view as a wearable form of iPod. Can’t figure out whether such a thing is necessary, but my guess is that all the trendy kids will have one so everyone else will buy one too.

The link below covers the iWatch briefly; it’s edited by former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée.

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February 18, 2013

Google Steps Up to Fight Piracy

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:44 pm

I admire this move because, honestly, I don’t know how much money I lose to pirates who steal my books. Just a few months back I had an email spat with some guy who tried to justify his theft of my C programming book because he was using an illegal download according to the “fair use” copyright law.

Yeah, I couldn’t figure that one out, either.

While this move may help staunch the bleeding, I have some concerns.

First, there exists a culture, especially among young people, where they believe the works of others — movies, video, music, books — is free for the taking. Too much free stuff has created a generation of moochers and freeloaders. It would be nice to change that.

Second, and more importantly, I fear this move could be used by corporate bullies and governments to shut down legitimate criticism. Such a thing happened a few years back with the whistle-blowing web site wikileaks. That would be terrifying to know that governments or, more likely, some corporation that’s breaking the law could weasel their way out of it by suppressing information on the Internet using the same technology that fights piracy.

I’d like people to pay for my stuff. Google’s move may be a step in the right direction, but I hope it’s a cautious step.

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My First All-Nighter

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

It was Monday night. My deadline was Wednesday. If I finished by 5:00 PM Tuesday, the publisher would have the manuscript at the deadline.
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February 15, 2013

Businesses Giving Up on Internet Explorer

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:06 am

Internet Explorer once held 90 percent of the web browser market. Today it’s at 26 percent — and falling. Not only are its two main competitors, Chrome and Firefox, faster, but they’re becoming more acceptable to businesses as well as the mobile market.

If you’ve been to the Wambooli Home page using Internet Explorer, then you see a message displayed:

This web page looks much better when you use a web browser other than Internet Explorer

That message doesn’t show for other browsers, mostly because other browsers properly interpret this web site’s style sheets. Internet Explorer screws things up. Now I could go in and adjust everything for IE, but at 26 percent and dwindling, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. Apparently big business thinks so as well.

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Watch That Mobile Data!

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

My Droid Bionic, which I loathed and wrote about here, finally died. It just kept turning off and on, starting at about 3:00 AM. Finally, I yanked the battery, and vowed to head to the Verizon store to get a replacement.
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February 14, 2013

The Microsoft Surface Gets 1 Out Of 10

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:42 pm

That score comes from the folks at ifixit.org, who frequently disassemble technology to see how easy it is to fix and access. According to the article (link below), the Microsoft Surface tablet gets the lowest score possible. I’m not surprised.

No, this isn’t another Microsoft slam, despite my enjoyment of doing that. Technology is rapidly returning to its pre-1980s mode where you were forbidden to open a device and work on it. Of course, not everything was verboten; lots of microcomputers had to be opened to expand them. But most manufacturers preferred a closed system. Tablets and phones are closed systems. The Microsoft Surface? Very closed.

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