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About Clients, Servers and File Sharing (A Review)

Recently a new iPad user asked me how she could get a photo from her computer into her iPad. I could have simply answered that it could be done with iTunes or I could have recommended any one of several iOS apps that would do the job and she could have figured the rest out ...

An Enemy of FOSS

In my previous post I referenced a discussion  I had on starryhope.com. In that same discussion a commenter accused me of being an “enemy of FOSS”  because I promoted and actually purchased an Apple product. It was that commenter’s opinion that all computer related products should be purchased on their “philosophy of design and ethos”. ...

iTunes – A Comfortable Old Shoe

I recently engaged in an online discussion (http://starryhope.com) in which a Linux user asked for advice on what tablet might be best for him.  I replied that the choice should be based on the capabilities of the tablet and not upon the desktop OS. I suggested that an Apple iPad was just as suitable for ...

Disappointing Numbers

I have read reviews of the iPad versions of Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote in which the reviewer describes the apps as “gorgeous”. Sadly, at least in the case of Numbers, beauty is only skin deep. I can only wonder if these critics ever actually try to use apps for practical work. If they did, ...

HowTo Play .AVI Videos in Your AirStash

The AirStash is a handy iDevice accessory that provides external storage via standard SD memory cards of up to 32GB. iDevices have limited memory and lack the capability of expanding it with USB flash memory sticks. Full length movies, typically 700MB or greater, can quickly consume the capacity of an iPhone or iPad. External storage ...

On iPads and Styli

…”Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.”… John 8:6 When the iPad was introduced in April 2010, Steve Jobs remarked that a stylus would not be needed. The capacitative touchscreen is designed to be sensitive to the electromagnetic properties of the human body and present in the fingers. No stylus was ...

Remote Storage for Tablet Computers

Ten years ago we had the choice between either a desktop model or a laptop compiter. Three years ago netbooks were added. Retail electronic stores had numerous netbooks to choose from. In 2010 Apple introduced the iPad, a tablet computer, inspired by it’s popular smartphone,  the iPhone. The iPad was huge success and now, with no ...

Dawn Of The Post PC Era

I am starting to see ads for the forthcoming Microsoft tablet that will run a version of Windows 7.  Of course this is no surprise to anyone. What does surprise me is the price! It will sell, at least initially, for a measly $1099 , and that price even includes a stylus! What a deal! ...

Forgetting Things

There are times when a simple “To Do” list can be extremely useful. Last year I moved into a new home. Aside from numerous address changes, there were several remodeling projects, each involving a series of tasks that needed to be accomplished. While I could have made a pencil and paper checklist, I knew that ...

Solving Sudoku Puzzles

The digital revolution has brought about many changes in our lifestyles. Our computing devices are quickly replacing the traditional printed media of newspapers, books and magazines. Only a few years ago, Sudoku puzzles were invented and published in the printed media. While they were, and still are, very popular they suffered from the requirement of ...