June 21, 2013

Leave Your Gizmos On During That Flight

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You know the mantra if you fly often: “Please turn off your electronic devices.” “If it has an on-off switch, turn it off.” “It is now safe to use your electronic devices.” Blah-blah.

Today the FAA announced it will start relaxing the rules regarding using your gizmos during domestic flights. That’s good news and bad news: Good because the restrictions were based on pseudo-science. Bad because now you have no guaranteed silence time during a flight. I’m certain that the next time I fly, I’ll sit next to some loudmouth who insists on talking into his cell phone for the full duration of the flight. Ugh.


The Shrinking Cost of Mass Storage

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I can’t understand why I sometimes dither about which mass storage device to buy. The answer is really obvious: Buy the storage with the highest capacity. It’s cheaper. That philosophy may not make sense, but that’s only because you fear the math.

June 19, 2013

Google Cloud Print

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google-cloud-print Here’s a useful and totally insane idea: Use your home or office printers from anywhere from any device. It’s so easy to set up, even a goldfish could do it.

June 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 1980

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In all the history of computing, more files are dated January 1, 1980 than any other date in history. People must have been really busy that day. Then again, computers are not known for properly keeping time.

June 14, 2013

Gallery Organization For Nerds

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The Gallery on your Android device is organized by albums. Working with those albums is something you can’t usually do by using the Gallery app, but it is something you can do when you follow the sneaky directions I’ve included in this post.

June 12, 2013

Columns of Word’s

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Microsoft Word’s column format is an odd concept, but one that can be easy to understand once you accept the quirky way Word does things.

June 11, 2013

The Potential 12.2 Galaxy Note

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:37 am

I predicted larger tablets a few weeks ago on this blog. Now the rumor mill is rife with talk of a large format Galaxy Note. (Of course, “large” is relative with computers; I remember when a 15-inch monitor was considered large.)

The link below puffs some air into the rumor bag. The comments are interesting.


June 10, 2013

How Many Computers Is Enough?

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The usual response I get from people entering my home office is something subdued, along the lines of “Sweet Lord! Look at all the computers!

June 8, 2013

Android Malware Alert

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Bad software can be everywhere and your Android phone or tablet is no exception. This latest alert from Kaspersky is for a rare but powerful Trojan. The bottom line is that you should be very cautious when installing any software: Look over the list of services and ensure that they are relevant to the app’s core mission.


June 7, 2013

Numbers Numbers

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A number is a number is a number, until you bump into a mathematician. At that point you can seriously question your sanity.

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