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November 17, 2008

Sites I Hate: Classmates.com

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While the spam I receive in my e-mail inbox is down from the flood levels of years past, there are still a few web sites I specifically block in my e-mail program. One of the big ones is Classmates.com. Apparently I’m not alone.
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November 14, 2008

Spam Drops

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Offers for sexual potency pharmaceuticals, wire transfer scams, porn, the glut of spams and scams that once flooded your e-mail inbox was cut by 70 percent recently when one (yes, only one) ISP was shut down.
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November 12, 2008

Dare you use Sidebar on your PC?

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The Windows Vista Sidebar isn’t the wonder that Mac OS X Dashboard has been, but it can still be useful.
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November 10, 2008

Dasboard versus Sidebar

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Microsoft has a reputation for playing catch-up with Apple. One clear-cut example is the Windows Vista Sidebar, which is a pale imitation of the OS X Dashboard. Even so, both programs borrow a lot from what came before.
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November 7, 2008

Danger Will Robinson!

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I love the Lost in Space robot.
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November 5, 2008

The Internet Brings Out the Anger

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Time to relax. Time to get back to life. The blasted U.S. Presidential campaign is past (though as I write this it’s not over). Two years after it began, I hope that every loudmouth partisan jerk on the Internet is finally ready to put it to a rest. Should I get my hopes up?
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November 3, 2008

All Classroom, No Teacher

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Adobe Flash CS3 Classroom in a Book
Yes, I both write and read computer books. In fact, I have quite a computer book library. A good title on my shelves is relished. Not every book is perfect, though. I’ve paid good money for books and been truly disappointed — and use that experience as motivation to write my own books better. Recently, I bought one of the Adobe Classroom in a Book titles. Man, what a let-down!
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October 31, 2008

Printing Tiny E-mail Text

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Who was the fool who decided that e-mail would be best sent using fancy “stationery”? I’m talking fonts, colored backgrounds, winky-bouncy-bubble heads — all that junk. While it may thrill you, it’s annoying readers like Bea, who finds the text sent to her in e-mail messages too tiny to print.
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October 29, 2008

Windows 7 Hopes

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Microsoft is getting serious about Windows 7.
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October 27, 2008

Shall We Play a Game?

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The current culture and I are distant. Even in my vanished youth, I rarely knew who the artists were on the radio, let alone the titles of the songs. It took me months to finally catch an episode of the hottest TV show. So it’s often just dumb luck that lets me find something cool, which is how it was with the original Half Life back in 1998.
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