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December 11, 2009

Gogo, No Gogo

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Gleeful, I took the free access card and boarded the plane. For the first time ever, I was about to use the Internet onboard a flight. Or so I thought.
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December 9, 2009

High Internet

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Finally it happened. I stumbled across a flight that offered WiFi Internet access. At 30,000 feet.
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December 7, 2009

Signs of Recovery

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Could the economic downturn be behind us? Maybe. Perhaps. Just a little?
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December 4, 2009

Dialing a Modem in 1984

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

My very first modem.

My very first modem.


Connecting to the ubiquitous Internet just isn’t a chore at all today. But take the Wambooli Wayback machine to 1984 and you’re in for a surprising adventure of online terror and surprise!
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December 2, 2009

The Power of YouTube

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

There’s power in media. Back in the old days, only the rich and big companies could wield that power. With YouTube, the power is now in your hands.
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November 30, 2009

High Level Laptopping

Filed under: Main — Tags: — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

I remember the first time I actually got to use a laptop computer in an airplane. It was 1989.
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November 27, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Now that Black Friday is upon us, it’s time for me to review what I’d put on my Christmas Wish List, if I weren’t so impulsive and have gone out and bought myself everything already.
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November 25, 2009

Is Windows 7 Really Selling Well?

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

There’s a humorous Get A Mac ad out. In the ad, PC (John Hodgman) promises Mac (Justin Long) that, unlike the previous version of Windows, there will be no problems with Windows 7. Then the ad does a flashback and, lo, it turns out that PC has always made such a promise.
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November 23, 2009

I Really Don’t Like Flash

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

Sometimes I think annoyance is a design element when it comes to computers. For all the wonderful things that work well, consistently, and for which I’m pleased, up pops a tiny irritating pimple of discontent. Recently, that pimple is Adobe Flash.
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November 20, 2009

The Leaches of Success

Filed under: Main — Dan Gookin @ 12:01 am

It’s been a wild ride. I was once just another computer book author, which is not the most glamorous type of author. At one time it was insanely profitable. Then I hit it really big with DOS For Dummies and the entire For Dummies phenomenon. It turned an industry on its ear.
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