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August 19, 2014

What Makes Facebook Tick

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:17 am

Apparently no one knows how Facebook decides what’s relevant for you to see. It’s anyone’s guess! It’s not based on who you know or what you like.

Washington Post

August 18, 2014

Chrome Browser Gains Ground

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:20 am

Internet Explorer is still the king, but the Chrome web browser is gaining ground. It’s gone up in market share recently, apparently at the expense of the Firefox browser.

Also in the news: The Windows 64-bit version of Chrome is coming out soon. That would be nice.


Ancient Airport Security

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

Complaining about airport security isn’t anything new. What is new, however, is the commonplace acceptance of technology by TSA personnel. Items such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops, breeze through the checkpoint these days. That wasn’t always the case.

August 17, 2014

Where Have You Been!

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:05 am

Who knows where you go? Google does!

“The Maps app keeps track of your location on the planet Earth,” which is what I write in my various Android For Dummies books. Apparently it keeps track of your location over time as well, which some people might find disturbing.


August 15, 2014

Un-Assigning a Word Keyboard Shortcut

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

It’s easy to screw up, especially with a computer. Imagine your frustration at accidentally typing Ctrl+W — the DocClose, or close window, command — and not looking at the screen to see the Yes/No prompt. You could lose a document that way.

August 14, 2014

Wi-Fi Electromagnetic Fields Gonna Git Ya

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:23 am

Oh, here we go again: Another article about the prevalence of malevolent electromagnetic radiation, this time emanating from the gazillions of Wi-Fi networks that invisibly permeate the air around us.

The list of maladies in the article (link below) are generic enough to please any hypochondriac.

The truth? Who knows, but studies like this serve to brighten up an otherwise dull day in the mass media. Face it, something has to feed the appetite for multiple, 24-hour news channels that pump “breaking news” every 20 seconds.

My thoughts? Thigh cancer from keeping cell phones in your pants pockets all the time. That’s not mentioned in the article.


August 13, 2014

Battle of the (non) Taxi Companies

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:06 am

You probably don’t know this, but taxi companies generally don’t like their competition. They routinely accuse each other of sabotaging rides, stealing customers, and having the police spy on them. That’s nothing new.

What is new is having two eCommerce companies that provide a similar service go into battle with the same enthusiasm.


Typewriters For Dummies

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Welcome to Typewriters For Dummies, a book that’s only a wee bit longer than Pencils For Dummies, but almost twice as useful!

August 12, 2014

An Explanation for the S-L-O-W Internet

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:37 pm

Man! The Internet is slow today. I figured it was my hotel (I’m out-of-town, working). The hotel had a great Internet service until last night. I figured it was the hoard of teenagers who have since infested the hotel, each of them with a phone, tablet, and possibly Mom and Dad as well.

But no!

Turns out the Internet is sluggishly crawling because of yet another limit that has been met. It’s going to take some time to fix things, as well.


August 11, 2014

Let’s Play a Game!

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

My kids are pretty blessed. I’ve always provided them with computers and other technology. Mainly, their machines are hand-me-downs. Over time, they had their eclectic collection of computers and used them, yes, to play games.

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