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March 27, 2015

Deciphering the App Description Screen

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

The Google Play Store has come a long way from the old Android Market. The modern version of the Android app store — Oops! I can’t call it that. Thanks, Apple! &mdash has lots of good features and provides excellent information for everything it offers. The key is understanding how that stuff is presented.

March 25, 2015

Vertically Aligning a Page

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Aligning a paragraph of text left-to-right is cinchy in Word. The Center command (shortcut Ctrl+E) shoves an equal amount of space to the left and right of a paragraph or a single line of text. If you want that paragraph to be aligned equal distance from the top and bottom of the page, then more work is required.

March 23, 2015

The Worst Program Name Ever

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Who thinks about program names? No one. Thanks to the proliferation of graphical operating system, you’re no longer required to type a program’s name to run it. No, you can click on an icon and not really care about the name floating below.

March 22, 2015

Windows 10 Ripped to Shreds

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:37 am


I have a few reasons to get the Windows 10 beta, most of which are that I am contracted to write a few Windows 10-related books. Still, I’ve not yet downloaded the beta or installed it on any device. No, I’m not being lazy. I’m just scared to death.

March 20, 2015

The Proto-Web

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:42 pm


Anyone remember Lycos? How about AltaVista?

AOL ring any bells? CompuServe? Prodigy?

Website Timeout Troubles

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I missed a bill payment. It’s my fault: I tried to log into the utility’s website, but it was unreachable. I figured it was a hiccup and I’d check back later. The problem: The website hasn’t been available for weeks. Is it me?

March 18, 2015

“Why don’t you write a book about…”

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The other day I got a phone call from my mum. She wanted to get rid of this nasty program on her computer and it just wouldn’t uninstall.

March 16, 2015

How to Blow $10,000 in Six Months

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:29 am


If you’ve ever adopted any of Apple’s early technologies, then you know the story: You pay a premium to be the first. Then after six months or a year, you discover that you’ve been a fool. I’ve been there.

Setting the Clock

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Your computer, your phone, your tablet, and pretty much all wireless electronic gizmos keep good and accurate track of the time. That’s thanks to something called NTP. It’s the Network Time Protocol. The NTP has been in the news recently because it might suddenly disappear.

March 13, 2015

Screen Saver History

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It’s 1985. You have an IBM PC with a monochrome monitor; the color, or CGA, monitor is just too expensive. You work on VisiCalc. It’s up there, on the screen for about 8 hours a day. It even shows up when you turn off the monitor.

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