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February 22, 2018

Your PC has Many Fans

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The last quiet computer I owned was my TRS-80 Model 4P. Since then, all my PCs make noise — and not just from the speakers. Modern computers have fans to help keep them cool. A typical PC can have up to four of them or more.
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February 19, 2018

Chrome to Squish Obnoxious Web Advertising

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The next version of Chrome will do something you really want: It will suppress what Google has defined as obnoxious online ads. This list includes advertising videos that automatically play, pop-ups that block most of the screen, and other annoyances. Coincidentally, Google obtains the bulk of its revenue through online ads. I suppose a relationship doesn’t exist between the two items.
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February 15, 2018

My Week at Lynda

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I’ve been visiting the Lynda campus for about four years now. It’s such an amazing place with smart, energetic people. Going there is like visiting a resort, though it’s work. And I suppose when work is fun, you’ve found the best thing to do.
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February 12, 2018

Android Security

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I’m spending this week at Lynda recording another course for LinkedIn Learning. The topic is Android Security, something every phone and tablet owner show know.
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February 8, 2018

My Own Illustrator

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I showed a picture my generic Android phone to a colleague. He remarked how nice it looked and asked where I got it. “I made it,” I replied. He was impressed. That got me thinking about how I do graphics and illustrations for my books.
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February 5, 2018

I Bought the “Latest” Android Tablet

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I thought I could live without an Android tablet. When my Pixel C died, I figured that I’d just wait until another Pixel came out or the next Galaxy Tab. I could wait no longer!
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February 1, 2018

Screencasting Wars

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It’s been a few years since we cut the cable. Now I have several choices for my viewing pleasure. I have my computer, my tablet, and my phone. I have a Nexus Player box on the Big TV. I can also screencast from my Android devices as well as my PCs. Because our TVs have Chromecast dongles attached, I can cast to any screen that’s active — but so can any other user on the network.
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January 29, 2018

Ten Years

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This blog went live on January 28, 2008. It was designed as a successor to my weekly newsletter, the Weekly Wambooli Salad. I doubted the blog would last this long, yet here I am 10 years later.
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January 25, 2018

Make the Switch to IMAP

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A few weeks back, I wrote about coordinating email on Android devices. The specific issue is with POP3 email accounts, the kind offered by traditional ISPs. Based on some feedback and research, I have changed my opinion: To put it bluntly, ditch the POP3 account.
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January 22, 2018

Where are the Android Tablets?

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I don’t recall suffering this type of frustration in a long time. Probably back when I was trying to find SCSI devices in the late 1990s and the standard was just starting to sunset.
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