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December 29, 2016

PorchCam 2016 Year In Review

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Back in October, I finally found a webcam I could program. This was the dawn of PorchCam 2.3, the current version of my outdoor webcam that looks north (most of the time) at my front walkway.

December 27, 2016

Predictions 2016 Results

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Once again, I turn back the calendar pages of the past year to reflect upon my abysmal annual predictions. The good news is that I’m consistently awful at predicting the future.

December 22, 2016

More Weird Moves by Samsung

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Samsung is like that brilliant kid you knew in high school; a delightful genius you could admire but socially awkward enough to shun.

December 20, 2016

Once Upon a Time, PCs had a Sleep Button

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The new computer was a big one, a tower system. It barely fit under my desk. On the front I saw several blinking lights, one for each disk drive. It also featured several buttons and other fancy lights next to each button. I recognized the Power button, thanks it’s universal power symbol (shown above). But the other button had a crescent moon icon. What was it?

December 15, 2016

Stop Correcting My Text!

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It can tick me off too: I want to type one word, but the phone changes it to another word. Sometimes this change happens because my spelling isn’t correct, but yet the replacement isn’t correct either. Other times, the change happens because the word I type is correct, but the dictionary/autocorrect feature doesn’t recognize the term. Then it “helpfully” replaces it.

December 13, 2016

’tis the Season . . . for Email Phishing Scams

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Look! An email from FedEx. They tried to deliver a package, but I missed it. Never mind that they normally put a sticker on the door, this is email! I suppose I should click a link and then type in my credit card number to ensure delivery . . .

December 8, 2016

Section Break Mass Slaughter

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In my Word For Dummies books, I describe how to remove a hard page break and a section break, but I don’t describe the process to eliminate all breaks from a document at once. It’s not a secret, but the process might wreck the document’s formatting.

December 6, 2016

Feeding My Scanner Addition, Part II

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Last week, I wrote about my brand new Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner. My frustrations were short lived, however, because I returned the unit. Buh-bye!

December 1, 2016

Feeding My Scanner Addiction

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It’s not that I scan a lot of things. I prefer to have a scanner as a peripheral because occasionally I like to scan a document or photo.

November 29, 2016

Don’t Take Stupid Selfies

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The front-facing camera on a phone is genius. Use that camera to take a picture of yourself, but try not to look like you’re taking a picture of yourself. That’s where the genius melts away.

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