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July 1, 2013

Windows 8 Beats Windows Vista

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:42 am

When it comes to Market Share, Windows 8 comes out on top!

Well, it comes out on top of Windows Vista, which isn’t saying much. That’s because prior to Windows 8, Windows Vista was universally heralded as the suckiest version of Windows. Although, I always thought that honor belonged to Windows ME. Anyone remember Windows ME?

The kings of Windows versions, at least according to the article (below), remain Windows 7 at 44% of the market and, yes, good ol’ Windows XP at 37%. Gotta love that Windows XP!


When the Rug Gets Pulled

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Google search is free! The Chrome browser is free! Facebook is free! Gmail is free! Cloud services are free! Can you stand all the freedom?

June 28, 2013

Clean Up Your Desktop!

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

I’m referring to your computer’s desktop, not that messy thing awash with papers and Post-It Notes™. You should make it a regular task: Checking out all those itty bitty icons to see which can be banished and which should remain.

June 27, 2013

The Computer I Lusted For 30 Years Ago

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:52 am

While I wanted an Apple II+, the movie WarGames made me desire Matthew Broderick’s tricked-out IMSAI 8080. It was so advanced, I knew I couldn’t afford it. I mean, the whole system probably cost $6,000 back then with all the bells and whistles.

The guy who supplied the IMSAI to the film as a prop is trying to sell it now. He’s looking at an auction house and the figure mentioned in the article (below) is $25,000. I know I don’t need it, but it’s still something to behold: The original computer that made hacker a household term.


June 26, 2013

Windows 8.1 Preview

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:43 pm

The Start button is back! Yeah! But it just coughs up the Metro interface, the Start screen. So Microsoft apparently still doesn’t get it: Users wanted the Start button back to get the Start menu back.

I’m not sure whether this Windows 8.1 release requires me to update my Windows 8 Sucks book or not. I’ll find out soon enough whether Windows 8.1 sucks enough to warrant a new book.


Editing the Normal Template

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

The Normal template is the document that stores all of Word’s formatting defaults: the font, paragraph, margins, and page size information. It’s used whenever you create a new, blank document. All that stuff can change, but to do so you first need to hunt down the Normal template file and edit it directly. That isn’t easy.

June 25, 2013

We’re Number Two!

Filed under: News — admin @ 4:13 pm

Who’s number one? Android. Number three? Apple! What’s being ranked? Operating systems!

Presently, Android is the world’s number one operating system, edging out Windows for overall market share. That number will grow and grow over the coming years. So will Apple’s market share, when you count both iOS as well as OS X. In third place? Microsoft Windows.


June 24, 2013

It’s 1996 and This is the Web

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

It’s easy to look back and gawk, kind of like watching those films of 1890s inventors trying out their flying machines. It’s curious and embarrassing at the same time.

June 21, 2013

Leave Your Gizmos On During That Flight

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:30 am

You know the mantra if you fly often: “Please turn off your electronic devices.” “If it has an on-off switch, turn it off.” “It is now safe to use your electronic devices.” Blah-blah.

Today the FAA announced it will start relaxing the rules regarding using your gizmos during domestic flights. That’s good news and bad news: Good because the restrictions were based on pseudo-science. Bad because now you have no guaranteed silence time during a flight. I’m certain that the next time I fly, I’ll sit next to some loudmouth who insists on talking into his cell phone for the full duration of the flight. Ugh.


The Shrinking Cost of Mass Storage

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

I can’t understand why I sometimes dither about which mass storage device to buy. The answer is really obvious: Buy the storage with the highest capacity. It’s cheaper. That philosophy may not make sense, but that’s only because you fear the math.

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