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July 17, 2017

Living with the Scourge

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The notion of a spam-free email inbox is something I’ve no longer considered within the realm of possibility.
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July 13, 2017

ISP Services and the “Three-Fer” Offer

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I use my cable subscription for Internet only. The company should know this by now, yet they keep flooding my mailbox with their three-fer offers of Internet, TV, and Phone for a low-low price.
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July 10, 2017

How to Hold Your Phone

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The topic is human interface design. It’s a skill required to introduce some gizmo, tool, or what-have-you to a random human being and have that human instantly know how the sucker works.
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July 6, 2017

Track Changes Research

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Late last year, I was hired to do some research on Microsoft Word. Not the current version, but Word 2003. It was the last major revision of Word before the 2007 update, which brought the Ribbon interface to Office and lots of angst to various users.
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July 4, 2017

Buh-Bye, Yahoo

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Of all the early search engines — and I’m referring to the mid-1990s, before Google and Facebook — Yahoo survived. It beat out Lycos and Webcrawler, and a host of other early Web search engines.
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June 29, 2017

A Nifty Android Onscreen Keyboard Trick

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Oh, I could ramble on about Android “O,” so I will: Apparently it might be dubbed Oatmeal Cookie and not Oreo, as everyone is expecting. That’s a minor thing, however, not worthy of an entire blog post.

No, this week I’m going to write about a nifty keyboard trick I discovered accidentally.
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June 26, 2017

An Attack on GoDaddy’s Web Servers

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I host Wambooli, as well as my other websites, on GoDaddy. I’ve been doing so for years, ever since my old and despised web hosting provider was consumed by GoDaddy around the turn of the century. I know that many web developers don’t like GoDaddy, but I’ve tolerated them. Until now.
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June 22, 2017

Monitor Resolution Update

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Beyond the processor, one of the most murky regions where names, numbers, and abbreviations lurk is the computer monitor. Evolution doesn’t remove the old names, but it does settle down the field to something more reasonable.
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June 19, 2017

Amazon Consumes Whole Foods Whole

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The Internet joke goes that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asked his Amazon Home device, “Hey, Alexa! Buy me something from Whole Foods.” And Alexa replied, “Buying Whole Foods.”
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June 15, 2017

Code Searching

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A friend of my discovered an interesting trick for Microsoft Word, something I wasn’t aware of. Buried within the old Find command, what Word 2016 calls “Advanced Find,” you can search for character codes.

Yeah, this revelation may not launch your rocket, but it makes me all gooey.
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