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April 13, 2017

ZOMG! Political Panic Over Your Data

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Recently, someone on the Internet wrote that Donald Trump could cure cancer and you’d still have people out protesting about it. The problem with our politically-charged environment is that people take their orders from the media or from political parties before they stop to think. As a case in point, the Trump administration repealed a recent rule made by the Obama administration regarding Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

April 10, 2017

Android Shortcuts

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The Shortcuts launcher icon feature was added with Android 7 “Nougat.” You might have already accessed this feature by mistake. Don’t let it alarm you!

April 6, 2017

The Downside of the SSD

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“Do you want an SSD in that?” For a moment, the question tempted me. I was buying a new PC and as we worked down the hardware list, the dealer posed the question. The traditional, spinning hard disk drive (HDD) was cheaper, but the solid state drive (SSD) was so fast it was scary.

April 3, 2017

Where is Windows 10.1?

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Time for some musings here at Wambooli central.

Thoughts cross my mind regard the upcoming Windows 10.1 (or whatever it will be called), some PorchCam updates, the end of winter, and the PATA adapter I need to continue my efforts to read a 5¼-inch floppy diskette.

March 30, 2017

What Adobe’s Embrace of Linux Could Mean

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I tolerate computers. I barely tolerate computer companies. Today the choices are rather thin, but I continue to purchase a Macintosh as my design computer and use a PC for writing, programming, and other more traditional computer tasks. That is, until I can run my productivity software under Linux.

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.

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