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January 6, 2012

What the Hell is That File?

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

It probably doesn’t happen as often any more, but occasionally computer users enjoy playing the game, What the Hell is That File? The results can be hilarious.
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January 4, 2012

This Old Zip Disk

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The label says 1997. It’s an Iomega Zip disk. Capacity: 100MB. Yep, back in 1997, that was really something, 67 times the capacity of a floppy disk and far cheaper than those outrageously expensive CD-R discs and the rare drives that swallowed them.
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January 2, 2012

Time to Change Your Password

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Security experts, and those who pretend to be security experts, recommend that you change your password often. How often? Well, often it seems like they want you to change your password every 90 seconds. When that’s not feasible, then changing your passwords at the start of each new year works.

Guess what! It’s the start of a new year.
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December 31, 2011

Verizon Does a 180 on the $2

Filed under: News — admin @ 9:52 am

That $2 fee Verizon was going to slap on your phone bill for the “convenience” of paying by credit card or using your phone? Well, it’s gone.

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December 30, 2011

Predictions for 2012

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Here I go again! Trying to divine what’s coming up for the year 2012 in high-tech.
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December 29, 2011

Can Apple Keep Up?

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:13 pm

A good review and perspective from the Financial Times (below). I’m enthusiastic for the future Apple. The time to be worried is three years from now when the products are old and boring.

Is it possible for Apple products to get old and boring? Time will tell.

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Verizon to Charge $2 for “Convenience Billing”

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:11 am

I’ll have to research this issue further: My cell phone bills are paid automatically online. If the Big V wants to charge me $2 for that service, then I can once again resort to having them send me the bill via snail mail. Given the size of my account, and the number of pages for each line, I don’t think that will save them any money. Still, it will be more convenient for me not having to pay $2/month for online billing.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

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December 28, 2011

The Year in Review: 2011 Predictions

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Boy, am I seriously not a psychic. That’s okay, because I believe all psychics are not psychic either. So I suppose that makes me a psychic, especially when it came to predicting technology events for the year 2011:
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December 26, 2011

PorchCam Year In Review

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This year saw the end of the old PorchCam and the dawn of the new one.
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December 22, 2011

Web Page Bloat

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:11 pm

The average size of the most popular web sites is rapidly approaching 1MB per page. That’s huge. No wonder it takes so long to load some pages.

The problem is compounded when you consider the popularity of mobile devices. Loading up a 1MB web page on your cell phone, for example, could be 0.5% of your monthly data allowance. Visit that site a few times per day, every day a month, and you can see how web page bloat would become an issue.

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