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January 12, 2015

Insert or Overtype?

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The word processor wars are over. I’m not talking about the battles between WordStar, WordPerfect, and Microsoft Word. I’m talking before then, back in the days in a huge battle was fought over an issue that’s no longer an issue: the old insert/overstrike debate.

January 10, 2015

We’re Number Two!

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:34 pm


Google is the big dog when it comes to search engines, and it’s still number one. Number two Yahoo is gaining traction, but as you can see by the chart above, they still have a long way to go.

January 9, 2015

Fix the Secure Desktop UAC

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The UAC, or User Account Control, has been with PC users since Windows Vista. It was one of the reasons people hated Vista.

January 7, 2015

Dear Windows, Why Did You Randomly Restart?

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For me, few things beat getting a new computer. I enjoy setting up and configuring, making new adjustments, and getting it all just so. Occasionally, however, I forget to change one setting. Specifically, it’s the setting that seems to cause a perfectly good, brand new computer to randomly restart itself. That’s annoying.

January 6, 2015

Hello, Internet Tax!

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:12 pm


The Net Neutrality debate is heating up this month, where bureaucrats and lawmakers (what a combination!) are meeting to settle what’s what and where whatever stops or starts. It will be a mess, but one thing most likely to come out of it is government control. That means taxes where no taxes existed before.

January 5, 2015

Going Rogue with Cellular Service

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You’ve heard the terms “unlocked phone.” Sometimes they’re called “loose.” Basically, it’s a phone without service or anyway tied into any specific provider. People who buy these phones pay a lot for them — full price, up to $700. So are they insane or do they just know something the rest of the world hasn’t yet discovered.

January 4, 2015

It’s CES Time

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:40 am


Back when I was a kid, COMDEX was the big show. Today it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, held at the same venues in Las Vegas as the old COMDEX. So what’s coming up? Lots of fun toys!

January 3, 2015

Why Windows 10

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:01 am


The speculation mounts on why Microsoft chose to name Windows 9 Windows 10. Did they just want to distance themselves that much from the wretched Windows 8? Or did a more serious excuse exist?

January 2, 2015

PorchCam 2014: The Year in Review

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Thanks for all your visits to the Wambooli Porchcam. Each year, I look through the images and save those that feature interesting items. That list includes mundane things, like my cats! That’s because looking at the front yard is generally a dull thing.

December 31, 2014

Droid Life’s Biggest Flop of the Year

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:45 am


It’s a great question. I wish I would have asked it — and I just might next year! Of all the innovations and introductions of 2014, which was the worst?

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