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April 1, 2009

Oh Dear, Not April Fools Again

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A year ago, I wrote about how much I dislike April Fools jokes, especially when computer news outfits pull the pranks. I don’t need to repeat my feelings again this year.
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March 30, 2009

Google Zeitgeist

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Zeitgeist is a term meaning the spirit of the times. A zeitgeist defines a mood or a theme. For Google, the zeitgeist tells you what’s hot as far as search terms are concerned. It’s a telling insight into the culture’s current state of mind.
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March 27, 2009

Word Has Its Limits

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Microsoft Word is a heck of a word processor. It does a lot: text, graphics, images, table of contents, references — all the features they could cram into the thing. Most people never use that stuff. And the people who do use it, shouldn’t.
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March 25, 2009

Buying an External Hard Drive

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The first external hard drive I bought was a 60MB (yes, megabyte) drive for my Macintosh SE back in 1987. The drive wasn’t cheap, which is why external hard drives really weren’t that popular for a long time. Today, however, you’re really being silly if you don’t get your PC an external hard drive. Here are my thoughts on the topic.
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March 23, 2009

On Godwin’s Law

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Can’t the bloggers find anyone other than Adolf Hitler as the barometer of low-level on-line discourse?
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March 20, 2009

Ooo! It’s So Cute!

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teeny laptop
I thought I thaw a laptop. I did! I did! I did thee a laptop!
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March 18, 2009

Desktop Philosophy

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There is a strategy, nay philosophy, about putting icons on the desktop.
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March 16, 2009

The Q&D Desktop Bookmark

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For some reason I’m reluctant to keep adding bookmarks when I visit web pages, especially links sent by friends or places I go for research. But I have a solution I call the Q&D Desktop Bookmark.
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March 13, 2009

That Syncing Feeling

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Why can’t the computer industry figure out how to do a good sync program?
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March 11, 2009

Do They Really Want Your E-mail Password?

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I’m so happy I put my e-mail address in my books. That’s because the feedback I get from readers is valuable, and it offers me an insight into how people think about using computers in ways I can’t imagine.
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