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May 16, 2016

Some Android Questions

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I enjoy feedback from readers because it helps me improve future editions of my books. So I don’t mind answering email questions, or even sharing the questions and answers on this blog.
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May 13, 2016

Things I Don’t Have to Write About Any More

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I have books that have been through 15 or more editions. It’s amazing that these titles are still around. Yet, the reason they have editions is that technology moves forward and, honestly, people aren’t as naive about computers as they were 25 years ago.
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May 11, 2016

More Desktop Cleanup!

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The other day, I was bored. So I looked at my Windows desktop. I saw icons plastered there by some install program. And I thought, “Why don’t I remove them?”
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May 9, 2016

Tracking Minutes

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Android phones are great for tracking mobile data. Hidden in the Settings app is a mobile data usage screen, with a lovely pie chart and a list of those apps that hog up most of the data. But what about talk-time minutes? If you don’t have an unlimited talk plan, how can you tell when your minutes are just about up?
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May 6, 2016

OMG! It’s Time to Update Adobe AIR Again

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It would be a tough decision. Which is worse: The constant haranguing in Windows 7 to update to Windows 10, or the persistent onslaught of reminders that a new version of Adobe AIR is available. I’m at a loss as to explain which bothers me more.
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May 4, 2016

Chatbot, Your New God

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Oh, yeah, here he goes: More ranting from Dan on how the world is going to end, thanks to the Internet. Technology is evil. Blah-blah-blah. Google wrecked my career. And on and on.

But seriously, this chatbot thing has side effects you should consider. The instant access to knowledge without the process of learning is a terrible thing.
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May 2, 2016

Rise of the Chatterbots

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I call them chatbots, but apparently the proper term is chatterbot. You may have seen this type of software on a web site, purporting to be “Jenny, your helpful assistant.” It’s a trick: That’s not a human, but rather carefully crafted AI software. Is this a concern?
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April 29, 2016

The New Beep Sound

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O, I love customizing things. I enjoy that technology permits the user to change some items, such as the background on a phone or computer, or to change sound. Way back when, these capabilities were explored by lots of people. Today, seriously, does anyone bother changing the default sounds in Windows?
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April 27, 2016

The Wonders of Fake News Sites

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No, this isn’t another anti-Internet rant, but it could be! All too often, websites are touted as “news sources.” Their links are shared. Their articles read by people who don’t actually read them, but instead my cite the article’s title to justify some personal or political point. But the sites are a joke — on purpose!
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April 25, 2016

Eliminate the Suggestions!

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It’s annoying. You go to browse the web or use the Google app on your Android, and you see a host of suggested sites, places you may not particularly want to go. A lot of it could be advertising, especially if you do lots of online shopping or browsing. Want to get rid of those suggestions? You can, but you need to know where to look.
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