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January 4, 2018

My Latest Android For Dummies Book

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Android For Dummies

Months after Android 8.0 “Oreo” became available, my latest Android For Dummies title is released. I just missed Christmas.

January 1, 2018

Predictions for 2018

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Here it is in the new year, 2018, and you haven’t yet had time to write 2017 on any of your checks. Time for my annual predictions!

December 28, 2017

PorchCam 2017 Year In Review

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This year saw the demise of PorchCam 2.3 and the birth of PorchCam 2.4. It also saw a software upgrade, so that the images are taken at given intervals instead of randomly as people visit the page. The result is an interesting collection of images that review the past year — quite a few of them, in fact.

December 25, 2017

My 2017 Predictions in Review

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O! Why do I bother? I don’t think I’ve actually predicted anything, other than the correct name of the iPad when it came out. I wasn’t alone on that prediction. Still, the process gives me something to do so. Here’s this past year’s predictions in review:

December 21, 2017

The Perils of Real-Time Collaboration

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Online collaboration is a new feature in Microsoft Word, so new that it really doesn’t work yet. While Microsoft is trying, Google has done it properly with their Google Docs. The problem, of course, is that your collaborators may dive in and offer suggestions when you’re not quite ready.

December 18, 2017

The Relentless Software Update Curve

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I just suffered through another Mac OS X upgrade and the question lingers, “Why?” The OS has been pretty darn stable. I can understand security patches coming out monthly, which is how the Android OS updates. But a new major version of the OS, plus several minor updates throughout the year, is making me weary.

December 14, 2017

Lots of Pi

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Originally it was on a lark. I wanted to buy the $20 “computer on a card.” Physically, the thing is the same size as a playing card. It’s a fully functional computer: SD card storage, USB interfaces, networking, sound. It’s a Raspberry Pi.

December 11, 2017

The Evolution of the User

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The gizmos we have today would be marvels 50 years ago. I can’t imagine explaining to my 1960s Grandmother all the miraculous things a smartphone could do. She just wouldn’t believe so much could be packed into the device the size of a cigarette case. (That’s a 1960s reference.)

No, the big difference isn’t in technology, it’s in the users.

December 7, 2017

No More Room for Your Apps

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The decision is difficult. When you buy a phone, do you pay for the $599 model with 32GB of RAM or pony up the extra $100 for the 64GB model? And who cares! After all, how can you ever fill all that memory?

December 4, 2017

How to Send a Screenshot

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“I’m having difficulty understanding what you see,” I write. “Can you send me a screenshot?” Invariably, the next email I receive includes a screenshot. Sadly, about 90 percent of the time, the screenshot arrives as an image pasted into a Word document.

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