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November 19, 2014

Re-Associating a File

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When you use a program to create a file, that file is associated with the program. The link is made based on the filename extension, which is the last part of the filename appearing after the period. For example, .DOCX files are associated with Microsoft Word. That system isn’t the best, but it works. When it doesn’t, you can re-associate the files.

November 18, 2014

Google Knows You

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:21 pm


It’s the era of Little Brother.

November 17, 2014

RIP Google Glass

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According to an article from Reuters, Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed up at a recent event minus his ever-present Google Glass headset.

O the horror.

November 16, 2014

Airline’s Wireless Fees: $1,171.46

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:47 am


I’ve dabbled with in-flight Wi-Fi before. On a 4-hour, cross-country haul I forked over $10 (or something around there) so that I could enjoy the Internet aloft. Many airlines offer this service, but apparently there are some surcharges with some airlines that you really need to look out for!

November 14, 2014

Mechanical Keyboard Review

Filed under: News — admin @ 1:55 pm


I’m a proud keyboard snob, and I’m a big fan of the Das Keyboard line of (expensive) mechanical computer keyboards. Wired has reviewed the available lineup of mechanical keyboards, including some brands I’ve not heard of.

Booty From the Past

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Recently I retired a few electronic goodies, sending them out to my office boneyard in the garage. While rearranging items to make room, I found an old IBM Laptop case. I became enchanted. “Hey,” I thought, “I wonder what’s inside?”

November 12, 2014

Hidden iOS Apps

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:56 pm


Pray tell, what? Apparently a host of apps are available to iOS and only the Apple Geniuses know about them.

Heat Your Home with the Cloud

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:24 am


One of the problems with cloud storage is the tremendous amount of heat that the servers generate. The problem can be solved if the providers borrow space in your home’s basement and use all that bonus radiant energy to keep your house toasty in the winter. No word on how that will turn your abode in a steaming inferno in the summer, however.

Formatting a Floppy Disk

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The year is 1992 — some 22 years ago. PCs For Dummies was my second book in the For Dummies series, co-authored with Andy Rathbone (who went on to write Windows For Dummies and, soon after, retire).

One whole chapter in that book was devoted to a topic that doesn’t even resonate today: Formatting a floppy disk.

November 10, 2014

Thoughts About Amazon Echo

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1110-figure1 Right on the heels of the disastrous Fire phone, Amazon unveils another unique gizmo. It’s the Amazon Echo, which is a . . . well, I don’t know what it is.

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