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January 23, 2015

My DOS Utilities, Dead

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Each time I setup a new PC, I copy over my all-time favorite DOS utilities. They dwell in a special folder, COMMANDS\, found off my main profile folder in Windows. I even configure the DOS prompt program, CMD.EXE, so that it references that folder, giving me command line access to my favorite text mode tools. And now they don’t work.

January 21, 2015

Windows 10 Free

Filed under: News — admin @ 12:00 pm


In a shockingly logical move, Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 upgrade will be free, available at no cost to current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The message here is clear: Windows XP users, you suck.

Your Phone’s Camera App

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One of the most common things you find on an Android phone is a camera. One of the most irregular things you’ll find on an Android phone is the software that runs the camera.

January 20, 2015

Stupid TV Remotes

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:36 am


It’s refreshing when I see an article done elsewhere that echoes my own sentiments. My general response to this topic of awkward “Smart TV” remotes is: Duh.

January 19, 2015

There’s Nothing Like Travel

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

I don’t do a lot of work-related travel, not like some people I know. Still, several times a year, I find myself on the road. Having a nice hotel room is good. Restaurants are a plus. Wi-Fi is a necessity.

January 16, 2015

Windows 8 and Your Android

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My Android For Dummies books describe how to transfer files between a computer and your mobile device. I don’t get into specifics on Windows 8, mostly because only about a dozen people use Windows 8. Just this past week, one of those 12 wrote me to ask how the Android-Windows 8 file transfer works. Here’s my answer!

January 14, 2015

Closing Up Shack

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:45 pm


No tear in my eye: Radio Shack, where I purchased my first computer over 30 years ago, is apparently going to seek bankruptcy protection. As my son so aptly put it just a few days ago, “Why is Radio Shack necessary?” Short answer: It isn’t.

It (Used to) Just Works

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am


Decades ago, Apple Computer made computers you wanted. I lusted after my Macintosh SE 30.I couldn’t wait to get my next Mac Pro upgrade. It’s all sexy hardware, and that’s what Apple does well, but the software also counts for something.

January 13, 2015

The Beginning of the End of Windows 7

Filed under: News — admin @ 1:40 pm


Windows 7 was done when it was released. Sure, Microsoft provides updates, service packs, and patches — whatever you want to call them. This past Monday (1/12/15) marked the last day for “mainstream” service updates for the operating system, a first sign that Windows 7 is quietly being shown the door.

January 12, 2015

Insert or Overtype?

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

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.

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