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The WordPress Learning Curve

I have several criteria in choosing the software I work with. Really good software should work “out of the box” and not require an instruction manual. It should be customizable (which may require some instruction) to meet the end user’s expectations and requirements. Finally, it should be free (gratis), and if it’s open source (libre), ...

Finding The Right Tool

When I started this blog last December I had two goals in mind. First, I wanted to write about the topics that I am most interested (and knowledgeable) in. I wanted to review software, promote Linux, and help readers make good choices in their digitalĀ  lives. I posted my first few articles to free blogging ...

Free Web Hosting (Sort Of) 1

A few months ago (April) I published an article about the game of Dominoes. It was really really “off topic” for the computer related theme of this blog, but it reflects one of my many other interests and it needed to be posted somewhere. I could have posted it on wordpress.com but I doubt it ...

A Desktop In The Cloud 2

In a previous post I discussed the forthcoming Google Chrome OS and mentioned that some of it was already here via various web applications such as Google Docs. In fact, Google has already provided a customizable browser start page called iGoogle. The start page can be populated numerous widgets so you can have clocks, calendars, ...

Looking Good In Print

Other than games, the earliest applications for microcomputers were word processors. And why not? It was a task that just about everyone needed to perform and a task that the computer could do well. That is, do well up to a point. The computer could cut, copy and paste text at the users discretion but ...

A FOSS “Dollar” Store

It seems that Microsoft is planning to open some retail stores in “upscale” shopping malls this fall. They will be located within a few hundred feet of existing Apple stores. They will feature Microsoft flagship products such as Windows 7 and Microsoft Office, branded hardware products like the Zune media player and presumably some computers ...

A Big Cat is Captured

A relative of mine was having problems with her aging Macintosh (a G4 model) . The machine was running its original OS, Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). It ran slowly.. VERY slowly. Any system restore disks that might have come with the computer were lost years ago. Her solution was to buy a new Mac, ...

Google’s Chrome OS

Since Google’s announcement of the Chrome OS a few days ago, there have been dozens of blogs and editorials about it. Yes, this is just one more, but with some comments that I have not seen elsewhere. First, let’s get something very basic out of the way. Some editorials say that the new OS will ...

More on eBook Formats

In my previous article I talked about the iPhone Stanza and the ePub format that it supports. There are numerous ebook formats, many developed to be used on specific hardware. For example, the .lit format is a proprietary format readable by devices that run some version of Microsoft Reader. Palm devices can read the “plucker” ...

Required Reading 5

A few days ago a friend dropped by with an errand list. On the list was a stop at a local bookstore to pick up a copy of a Mark Twain classic that was required reading for her grandson. Now this particular student owns and iPod touch. I asked her if she realized that most ...