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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, ...

About Internet Connection Speeds

Not long ago I attended a dinner sponsored by my mobile home park. Conversation turned to how fast were people’s Internet connections. One person said that the local cable provider was delivering 7 Mbs. Another said that their DSL provider was delivering 3 Mbs but could deliver more at a price. A third said that ...

The Post Office

Yesterday the local postal carrier left a card in my mailbox. It informed me that due to declining mail volume there would be changes in delivery times. The message  blamed the drop in mail volume on the currently poor economy. Huh? Does the post office have their head in the sand? Why would I spend ...

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 ...

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU

The Amazon Kindle aroused controversy  in the Internet community this week. Without notice, Amazon deleted at least two George Orwell novels that readers had purchased and downloaded to their Kindle devices. The first surprise to Kindle owners was that Amazon had the ability to do this. If a customer buys an ebook and downloads it ...

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” ...