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March 27, 2017

Avoid Data Limits and Spying Apps with GlassWire

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In my history of using cell phones, I had an overage only once. That was back in the bad old analog days, when I left my cell phone on during a trip to Washington DC. The bill for 600 roaming minutes was outrageous. That was just for talk, not data.

March 23, 2017

Hello, Koby!

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Things were different back then. For example, PCs came with floppy drives, no optical disks, and no built-in networking. Wi-Fi didn’t exist. USB? Forget it. If you wanted on the Internet, you purchased a dialup modem. And storage was measured in kilobytes and megabytes. It was a different world.

March 20, 2017

Wambooli PorchCam 2.4

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It was just last year when I finally got off my butt and bought a new webcam to serve as the Wambooli PorchCam. I wrote the programs and set it live. Now, almost six months later, I’ve modified the PorchCam yet again.

March 16, 2017

Opt Out of Android Advertising

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Unless you tell it otherwise, your Android mobile device tracks everything you do. This tracking builds an online profile designed to customize advertising. And, yes, you can turn it off — once you know how.

March 13, 2017

The Quest for Floppy, Part II

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My silly quest to access and read a 1980s vintage 5¼-inch floppy diskette on a 21st century computer began with extracting the old 5¼-inch floppy drive from a 1990s vintage IBM computer.

March 9, 2017

The Quest for Floppy, Part I

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The computer industry has roosted upon the SDcard as the new removable storage standard. Unlike the multitude of media cards available ten years ago, the SDcard and the microSD are pretty much what computers, digital cameras, and other devices use for storage. But go back farther in time, and the floppy disk was the rage.

March 6, 2017

To Save a File

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You don’t think about it today, but the process of saving a file was once a specific ordeal that differed from program to program. Even with the same developer, their software would offer various odd ways to save your work. That inconsistency is no longer an issue.

March 2, 2017

A Relic I Cannot Get to Work

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I have quite a few antique computers laying around. Why I keep them, I don’t know, but the list grows longer. One of the beasts is the original Osborne computer, called the Osborne 1.

February 27, 2017

Word’s Image Compression and eBook Publishing

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eBook publishers desire that you use a specific image resolution for pictures in your digital manuscripts. Word can deal with pictures in a document just fine, but it automatically compresses images unless you direct it not to. The results are less-than impressive and could even cause your eBook publisher to reject the submission. So the esoteric topic of Word’s image compression suddenly becomes important.

February 23, 2017

Power Supply Goes Pop!

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It seems like just a few months ago, I replaced a power supply in my son’s PC. And just the other day, the power supply killed itself.

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