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November 9, 2012

Living the Unix Life in Windows

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Recently, I’ve taken it upon myself to bone up on my Unix. I keep a Terminal window open on my Macintosh, and I’ve been plowing through the Propeller-Head books, discovering more about how Unix works, honing my shell scripting techniques, and discovering all sorts of wonderful and powerful things the World’s Best Computer Operating System can do.

November 7, 2012

Beware the ‘Phone’ Category

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It happens often. You create a new contact in your phone. You set a new appointment. Then you go online later to look for that item. It’s not there. What?

November 6, 2012

Adios, Verizon Apps

Filed under: News — Tags: — admin @ 4:50 pm

I’ve never used them. I’ve never written about them. Good-bye. Good riddance.


November 5, 2012

Felix the Mouse

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Figure 1. An actual Felix mouse.

Reader Sean, or “Commander Hurricane,” recently emailed me a photo that brought back some memories.

November 2, 2012

Monitor Your Data Usage in ICS

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One of the keen updates to the Android operating system ICS, or “Ice Cream Sandwich,” is the ability to monitor how much data you’re using — and which apps are using that data. Just as watching battery life is important, for folks with limited data plans, monitoring the phone’s data usage is vital.

November 1, 2012

Nexus 7 Sells Like Hell

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:44 am

Apparently the Nexus 7 tablet has some good sales figures, up to one million units a month. I don’t know whether that makes it the second-most popular tablet after the iPad or not. That’s because Samsung doesn’t release sales figures, so I don’t know where the Galaxy Tab sits. But one million units a month isn’t bad.


October 31, 2012


Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

I don’t remember Halloween being such a big holiday when I was a kid. There were pumpkins — jack-o’-lanterns, actually — and maybe a skeleton on a string or cardboard cutout witch. But today? Massive displays on yards. Halloween lights? People go all out.

It’s the scary season, where blood and gore and death are pretty much acceptable. Where bank tellers and school teachers dress like hookers and get away with it. Everything is done in the name of fun, and maybe for a good scare. But what about when your computer participates in the “fun”?

October 29, 2012

Cellular Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 are Here

Filed under: News — admin @ 11:34 am

Today Google introduced an updated version of the Nexus 7 tablet. The new version has cellular data access, though it’s sold “unlocked.” That means you have to find a cellular provider to give you access. A 32GB model was also introduced.

The Nexus 10 looks like it’s going to be one hell of a tablet. It’s not cellular, but it has an über-high-resolution display, 300 ppi. That compares with the iPad’s 264 ppi. Golly!


Doing a Manual Backup Automatically, Part IV

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Even though I have a backup drive on my PC, and it backups files every so often, I enjoy having a second backup copy, what I call a manual backup or mirror of my important work files.

October 26, 2012

Doing a Manual Backup Automatically, Part III

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Even with the automation the DOS prompt and robocopy bring to the file duplication process, it would stil be nice if the computer performed that task for you, automatically and on a schedule. In Windows, that chore falls to the Task Scheduler program.

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