Technology Is Boring

Technology is boring

Technology in 2017 is just a bit . . . dull. There’s not much going on. You hadn’t really thought about it but now that I mention it, you know it’s true, right?

Choose your metaphor. It’s a plateau. It’s the calm before the storm. We’re in a holding pattern. We’re almost – but not quite – at a couple of tipping points. […] continued

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Microsoft Comes Unstuck In Time

Microsoft time server error

Microsoft can’t tell time.

On April 3, an odd glitch caused computers all over the world to show the wrong time. Three of my clients called me because all the computers in their offices were six minutes off. I researched it and fixed it and moved on. It was another example of Microsoft carelessness but appeared to have been fixed. […] continued

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Twenty-Five Years Of Windows

Windows 3.1 Program Manager

Windows 3.1 was released on April 6, 1992. Happy 25th birthday!

Computers ran MS-DOS 5.0 in 1992. Windows 3.1 was a separate program that ran on MS-DOS by typing WIN at a command line. There was no taskbar or Start button. Real work was still done in DOS based programs like WordPerfect and Lotus 123. […] continued

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How To Close A Hijacked Web Browser

Do not call the 800 number!

If your computer displays a message while you are browsing the Internet claiming that you have been hacked or infected with a virus, it is a lie by criminals.

Your computer is not infected with anything and you did nothing wrong.

Do not call the 800 number for “tech support.”

You are calling criminals who will lie to you. […] continued

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What To Look For In The Next Major Windows 10 Update

What to look for in Windows 10 version 1703 Creators Update

Microsoft will release the next major update for Windows 10 – version 1703, nicknamed “Creators Update” – starting April 11. There’s something important that I want you to watch.

It’s not anything new in Windows 10. Nothing important is updated or changed by the April version 1703 update. It’s a collection of fit and finish improvements, nothing more. […] continued

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Gazing Into The Abyss: Republicans Are Selling Out Your Privacy

Gazing into the abyss - Republicans are selling out your privacy

When you think about the future, you may start to suffer from “abyss gaze,” the depression that settles in when you realize that we’re all doomed. Warren Ellis coined the term in a novella named “Normal,” which tells the story of futurists who suffer nervous breakdowns after discovering that there is no hope for humanity as a result of the trends in whatever area they study. […] continued

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Windows 10 And The Slow Devices And Printers Window

Windows 10 - slow Devices and Printers window

Here’s a problem without a solution.

On some Windows 10 computers, some of the time, opening the Devices and Printers window in Control Panel takes anywhere from 90 seconds to five minutes. The green bar creeps across the empty window, as you see in the screen shot above. Eventually it finishes. […] continued

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Special! Windows 10! Now With More Ads! Unlimited Time Offer!

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Desperation is not pretty.

Microsoft has successful cloud and enterprise divisions, but it is obviously true that some divisions of Microsoft are in a long-term decline.

  •  Windows is still the dominant computer operating system, but desktop PC sales are in a permanent downward spiral.

  •  There’s a real danger that Chromebooks will begin to steal volume laptop sales later this year. […] continued

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Storing Business Files Online: Dropbox, Google & Box Are Sprinting While Microsoft Falls Behind

The race for online shared folders

Microsoft is losing another race. This one should have been Microsoft’s race to win but it is falling behind for familiar reasons: an inability to keep up with the competition, and its self-inflicted injuries from making overly complex, confusing services with poorly chosen names.

Small businesses and law firms want to store shared files in the cloud instead of on a server in the closet. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Drag Icons Into The Notification Area On The Taskbar

Windows 10 - Notification area

Want to see an icon in the notification area on the taskbar? Drag it from the overflow area and drop it where you want it.

Want to keep an icon out of sight so it doesn’t take up any space? Drag it up from the notification area and drop it in the overflow area. […] continued

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Modern Kaiseki And The Joy Of Cooking

Andrew Berls

Let me tell you about my dinner last Saturday. It was pretty special. It might give you some ideas about food and passion and family.

A few months ago our son Andrew invited us to a kaiseki meal in San Francisco.

The twist: instead of taking us to a fancy restaurant, he was going to cook the meal in his apartment. […] continued

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Apple Has Given Up On Computers

Tim Cook thinks about the future of Macs

These two things are true.

Apple’s revenues in fiscal 2016 from selling computers were more than twenty billion dollars. That makes Apple’s computer division almost as big as HP or Lenovo, and far more profitable than either of them.

Apple’s revenues in fiscal 2016 from selling phones and tablets were more than two hundred billion dollars. […] continued

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Google Gboard For iPhone: Swiping Is Better Than Typing

Keyboard - swipe instead of type

Have you started swiping instead of typing? Old news for some people, perhaps an eye-opener for others. Sure, your thumbs can dance like hummingbirds over your phone keyboard but there’s an even faster way to type messages. Let’s talk about phone keyboards, then take a look at Google’s iPhone keyboard, which raises the bar and makes it perhaps the best iPhone keyboard yet. […] continued

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Smart Contact Lenses And Our Science Fiction Future

Smart contact lens

Smart contact lenses are coming. There are no products on the market today and no one can predict how quickly the technology will be ready for public use, but it may be sooner than you think.

If the technology can be developed, smart contact lenses have the potential to solve what I call the interface problem. […] continued

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Security Warning: Be Suspicious Of Everything (Including Fonts)

Chrome malware - "HoeflerText font wasn't found"

If you see the above message – “The HoeflerText font wasn’t found” – it is a lie. If you click on the “Update” button and run the executable named “Chrome_font.exe” or “Chrome Font v7.5.1.exe”, you will install malware on your computer, most likely ransomware that could take down your entire company. […] continued

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