March 16, 2015

Setting the Clock

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Your computer, your phone, your tablet, and pretty much all wireless electronic gizmos keep good and accurate track of the time. That’s thanks to something called NTP. It’s the Network Time Protocol. The NTP has been in the news recently because it might suddenly disappear.

March 13, 2015

Screen Saver History

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It’s 1985. You have an IBM PC with a monochrome monitor; the color, or CGA, monitor is just too expensive. You work on VisiCalc. It’s up there, on the screen for about 8 hours a day. It even shows up when you turn off the monitor.

March 11, 2015

The Saga of Pre-Installed Software

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

Some call it crapware. I prefer bloatware. Whatever you call it, the name applies to software pre-installed on a computer. Sometimes the software consists of useful tools, such as anti-virus, the Acrobat Reader, or even a productivity suite. Recently the trend has been for actual malware to be pre-installed, which I find a bit unsettling.

March 9, 2015

But the Word isn’t Spelled Correctly!

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

My spelling is atrocious. I initially spelled that word “attrocious,” which is one T too many. And how I knew the word was misspelled was that a red zigzag appears beneath it. So what happens when you knowingly misspell a word and the red zigzag doesn’t show up?

March 6, 2015

Mobile Bookmark Speed Trick

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

I’m all for creating bookmarks of your favorite web pages. Building such bookmarks on a phone or tablet works the same as on a computer. Using the bookmarks, however, works excruciatingly slow on a mobile device. So I’m offering a clever shortcut.

March 4, 2015


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The file I wanted was in a weird format. TZ. I searched the web and found a compressed file extraction utility that would deal with it. Being in a rush, I failed to read the dialog box before I clicked the Install button. Hello, unwanted crap!

March 2, 2015

Microsoft Word 2016

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

Sometime this year, Microsoft will supposedly release the next version of Microsoft Office. Along with it comes the next version of Microsoft Word. In my mind, that looming event raises one singular question: What will they screw up now?

February 28, 2015

Thoughts on Net Neutrality

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:51 am


Like many controversial issues, it’s difficult to filter out the political noise from the reality. Since President Obama weighed in, the consensus is that if you’re Republican, you hate “net neutrality” and if your Democratic, you support it. Both positions are preposterous.

February 27, 2015

Computer Book Publishing, Part II

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

After the slaughter of 1982, no big New York publishers would touch computer books. That job was left up to independent publishing houses. They thrived, of course. After all, the computer hobbyist of the day still wanted good information.

February 26, 2015

The Most Expensive Apple Product

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:26 am


A while back, I priced out the most expensive Apple product. It was the high-end Mac Pro, equipped with maximum storage and all the bells and whistles. The price tag was around $12,000. The current high-end Apple Product will probably be much, much smaller and more wearable than a Mac Pro.

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