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October 23, 2012

Apple’s Fusion Drive

Filed under: News — admin @ 2:44 pm

Beyond the iPad mini, today Apple announced a new hybrid SSD and HDD called the Fusion drive. Apparently it uses basic Hard Disk drive (HDD) technology bolstered with Solid State drive (SSD) technology. Don’t know how that would work.

Based on my knowledge (and personal experience in) computer history, it sounds like a fad. It’s seems like a half-step between traditional hard drives and the SSDs of tomorrow.

Other famous half-steps:

• Expanded Memory in DOS.

• Stacker and Double Space to expand hard drive storage

• TSRs or memory-resident programs

Oh, the list goes on.

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October 22, 2012

Doing a Manual Backup Automatically, Part I

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Backup! It’s so important! I’ve written about it lots. But recently I received an email question, “How can I backup my stuff to a thumb drive?” It’s a decent question.
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October 19, 2012

Google Gone?

Filed under: News — admin @ 5:06 pm

The article says that Google may disappear in a few years. Poppycock. But one thing worth picking up, is that ad revenue from mobile devices is increasing. As I’ve long predicted, there will be a massive shift from desktop computers to mobile devices over the next few years. So in five years, Google may not be gone, but a majority of people will be using it on tablets and cell phones, not computers.

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My Office 2012

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

In 2002 I divorced and moved out of my house. The new house needed an office, and the home I finally bought featured a single-car garage that had been converted into an office for the previous owner. Perfect.
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October 17, 2012

My Office, Through the Years

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

What is an “office?” Is it a building off somewhere, or perhaps that spare bedroom? Or maybe it’s the spot on your coffee table where you sit with a laptop and pretend to work while you watch TV?
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October 15, 2012

Hunting for Fajita

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

With the dawn of the GUI, computers in the 1990s gained a resource they previously lacked: Fonts.
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October 12, 2012

I Remember Assembly Language, Part II

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

Assembly language runs fast. Assembly language produces small programs. But Assembly language takes nearly forever to write. That’s because you pretty much have to do everything from scratch.
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October 10, 2012

I Remember Assembly Language, Part I

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

Way, way back when I got my first computer — A TRS-80 Model III — I was poor. Yep, I worked part time in a restaurant, so I could afford only the basic computer. No disk drive. No printer. No nothing. Just 16K of RAM, plus a cassette recorder on which I could save and load programs.
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October 9, 2012

The LED is 50 Years Old

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:49 pm

That’s the visible light LED, which to me somehow implies that the first LED emitted darkness.

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October 8, 2012

Galaxy Tab Reader Email

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

I’ve been getting tons of email regarding my Samsung Galax Tab books!
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