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November 25, 2013

Shooting the Screen

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

As an author of a 30-foot-tall stack of books on technology, one of the tools I use frequently is the screen shot. It’s a snapshot of information displayed on the screen, which I then place into my books to help illustrate various topics and procedures. It’s one of those nerdy things I get excited about.

November 22, 2013

Why You Can’t Force Upgrade Your Android Device

Filed under: News — Tags: — admin @ 9:36 am

The link (below) describes why the endless touching, or mashing, of the Check For Updates button on your phone or tablet doesn’t force an upgrade. Unlike a desktop operating system, Google is a big more judicious in how new versions of the Android operating system are distributed.


The Confusing Yet Useful Topic of Continuous Section Breaks

Filed under: Main,Video — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Sections are a concept that isn’t readily understood. In fact, you can use Word for decades and never bother with a section break. That is, until you need to solve a specific page-level formatting puzzle.

November 21, 2013

The Smartphone Kill Switch

Filed under: News — admin @ 1:59 pm

Cheers to Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft for pushing the idea of a smartphone kill switch. Should your phone be lost or stolen, the kill switch software prevents anyone else from using it. Smart idea, right?

Jeers to the Cellular Providers who repeatedly reject the idea. No, for them security takes a back seat to profit.


November 20, 2013

Android Storage Management

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It remains my firm belief that no one obtains an mobile device so that they can hone their file management skills. The foundation for that belief may be crumbling, however, as time moves forward. As phones and tablets become more central to your digital life, the ominous hydra of file management lumbers down to center stage.

November 18, 2013

OMG! Another Worst Virus Ever!

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The CryptoLocker virus is in the news. You probably have heard about it, which demonstrates how the media is doing its job. Perhaps this is a replay of the Michelangelo virus from the early 1990s? Or maybe it’s just another way the anti-virus companies found to up their sale? Or could it be real?

November 15, 2013

Android Owns the Market, Apple Owns Your Wallet

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:03 pm

Android, which isn’t a brand but an operating system, runs on 81 percent of the smartphones sold today. Even so, Apple is rolling in the cash. The message?


I Must Love Google Too Much

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I call it “Hate Mail,” but it’s not really that. It’s more of people who exert their frustrations out on me, probably because I’m the only person to reply to their emails. Over the years the Hate Mail has decreased, until just a few weeks ago.

November 13, 2013

Wi-Fi Password Mania

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Out of curiosity, I whipped out my phone while walking through my neighborhood. I opened the Wifi Analyzer app just to see how many Wi-Fi networks were in range. I was shocked at the results.

November 11, 2013

The Smartwatch: Don’t Screw It Up

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

They’re starting to appear. They’re unexpected. They’re revolutionary, which is surprising because they’re not from Apple, Not yet, anyway.

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