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March 10, 2014

A Death in My PC Family

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

Power outages aren’t good things for any computer. When a branch fell on the power line behind my house, I heard a loud explosion. Then I heard all the UPS systems in the office start bleeting their warnings. Power was out, time to shutdown the computers and wait.

March 9, 2014

Your Passwords, Please

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:27 am

Anyone who has access to an unsecured computer, phone, or tablet has instant access to all your online password — providing that they know where to look.

I view this risk as yet another reason you should be very careful with your electronics. Secure passwords on a phone or tablet? Yeah, that’s probably a good idea.


March 7, 2014

An Android Account for Junior

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

Thanks to the restricted profile setting, you can configure your Android tablet to be kid-safe. You can choose which apps they can use, what they can do at the Play Store, as well as customize specific apps with content controls.

March 5, 2014

What do to About XP?

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:06 pm

Poor, Microsoft! They’re in a quandary over what to do about the millions of users who still cling to Office 2003 and Windows XP. They just won’t leave!

Apparently — and you could perhaps guess this — Windows 8 isn’t enticing the XP masses.


Assigning a Word Macro to a Button

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

I prefer using keyboard shortcuts for my macros, but there are only so many keys on the keyboard. The Ribbon, however, remains a vast, fertile land into which you can add all sorts of buttons, as does Word’s Quick Launch bar.

March 4, 2014

Pity the Shack

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:33 am

Radio Shack was never a “cool” company. I mean, did anyone ever get all excited and say, “Hey! I’m going to Radio Shack”? Probably not. Even those of us who adopted the TRS-80 as our first computer way, way back when had our issues with The Shack.

March 3, 2014

Ryan’s Heart Attack

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

People in the early 21st century wouldn’t see it as such, but Grandpa Ryan’s 70th birthday party was quite the celebration. No one was interacting. No one heard the sounds of laugher or dialog, and yet everyone was having a wonderful time.

March 1, 2014

The Keys to the Internet

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:00 pm

Like your home, office, and car, the Internet has keys. There are seven of them, each held by someone from different parts of the world. Every three months, these people gather at a secure location to generate a new master password for the Internet.

If this sounds like a plot device from a spy thriller, you’re correct. But it’s also all true.


February 28, 2014

The Ordeal of Updating with Samsung Kies

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

It finally happened me. I’ve read about it, but didn’t believe it. Was it true? Do you really need to use a computer to update an Android phone? The answer is “yes,” if that phone happens to be a Samsung.

February 26, 2014

128GB MicroSD Cards are Here

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:54 am

The capacity is truly insane. I remember when 4GB was considered a vast amount of storage, acres of empty fields you could never plow, ever. How they managed to squeeze 128GB of storage onto a card approximately the size of your thumbnail is beyond me.

The price is also pretty insane: $120. That’s a dollar per gigabyte. While it’s not the same dollar/GB of a traditional hard drive, the price is dropping. I once paid $1,000 for a 90 megabyte hard drive. This price drop begs the question: Will the entire database of human knowledge one day be stored in a container the size of a sugar cube?

The answer is most definitely “Yes!”


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