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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

March 18, 2009

Desktop Philosophy

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

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.

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?

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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