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May 21, 2014

Windows Messed-Up Libraries

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

Here’s an over-used computer term: Library. You can have a programming library, a library of common routines, a library of media files, or even a location that charges late fees when you borrow books. That’s not what most people refer to when they think of Windows and libraries.

May 19, 2014

May These Phones Rest in Peace

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

A new era dawns. Mourn with me the flip phones, once ubiquitous and, nay, a sign of status. And while you’re at it, mourn with me phones with a physical keyboard. They be gone as well.

May 16, 2014

Apple’s Innovation Being Tested

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:52 am

Samsung has Galaxy Gear, their version of a wearable mobile device. Motorola is working on their wrist phone. So where is the iWatch?

According to the article, linked below, a Wall Street analyst is saying that Apple has less than two months left to demonstrate that they can innovate something in the post-Jobs era, or they will become irrelevant.

Of course, the same analyst is claiming that Apple’s stock will continue to go up, so who knows?

I do recall that Steve Jobs was supposedly planning the Next Big Thing just before his passing. Will we ever discover what that is?


Android File Transfer Details

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

I frequently get asked this question: “How can I find a file after I’ve copied it from my PC to my phone?”

May 15, 2014

Is the Moto SmartWatch Any Different?

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:19 am

Mark Randall, who is high up on the Motorola food chain, describes today’s SmartWatches as all being “pretty crappy.”

Yep. I think he nails it.

Of course, the SmartWatch that his company is coming out with, the Moto 360, is going to be much, much better.


I still believe the SmartWatches all blow it. A SmartWatch needs an audio interface, not a video one. You talk to the thing, it talks back. Sure, it can display the time, and the Moto 360 looks lovely. But . . . voce, voce, voce!


May 14, 2014

The Alt+Keypad Trick – Revisited

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

The Macintosh does it easy. Accented letters and symbols are made readily accessibly by using keyboard shortcuts available anytime you use a Mac. The PC? Well, you’re kinda screwed.

May 12, 2014

Introducing Wambooli PorchCam 2.2

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

Sometime on April 29, 2014, my Wambooli webcam — the PorchCam &mdash died. I should be used to these things.

May 9, 2014

The Phablet is Dead and Here to Stay

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:21 am

I don’t like the term phablet, used to describe those huge phones (like the Galaxy Note 3) that are part phone/part tablet. In fact, the lads at droid-life agree with me, headlining an article today that the phablet is dead.

Actually, they mean that the term is dead: Large format phones are here to stay. So entrenched they are, that formerly-regular-sized phones are now going by the moniker “mini.”

World: We need larger pockets.


My BIX Adventure, Part II

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

After running the BASIC programming language forum on the BIX network for many weeks, I was unceremoniously dumped from my post. A powerful columnist had me removed and replaced by one of his dear pals.

May 7, 2014

My BIX Adventure, Part I

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Back in the mid-1980s, BYTE magazine started up an online service. It was called the BYTE Information Exchange, or BIX for short.

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