Author Archives: Eric Pulsifer

No Google Reader? What’ll I do? What’ll I do? (panic)

In my search for an RSS reader to replace the dying Google Reader, I finally settled on Feedly with a few modifications. But that’s me, and I have my own specialized news-reading needs. What about for the rest of us? … Continue reading

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Google kills text-message search; do I still have options?

(I knew there was a reason why I kept this blog around. So I haven’t kept it up for a while, but tech stuff still happens and I still have opinions about most of it. This seems to be a … Continue reading

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Stop checking your email so much!

More stress. Less focus. Not a good deal at all, is it? So turn off the popup notifier, and designate two times during your workday to check and process email. Here’s the story, from Mediabistro: http://www.mediabistro.com/mediajobsdaily/new-study-reveals-constantly-checking-emails-increases-stress-reduces-focus_b11462

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Are your old programs, files threatening computer security?

Not long ago I acquired a full-sized laptop, which immediately became my frontline home computer. My old desktop (emphasis on old) went into a dignified semiretirement as an always-on music server linked up to the stereo. But that’s another story. … Continue reading

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Avira Antivirus update cripples millions of Windows PCs

Ugh! This is according to Emil Protalinski of ZDNet. http://www.techmeme.com/120515/p59#a120515p59 I always thought virus protection was supposed to clean out the problem, not screw up the computer. And this isn’t one of those protection systems you download because some unsolicited … Continue reading

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Being productive when your mind is a veritable playground

If I was to (oh, look at the butterfly) audit the time I actually get down to writing (cool … shiny object!) I’d be amazed I get anything done (the bathroom really needs cleaning). Such an audit (squirrel!) would indicate … Continue reading

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Tap, slide, tap: Using alternative Android onscreen keyboards

I’ve got a problem with using anything smaller than a netbook. The keyboard and I just don’t get along. In fact it’s a little dicey with the small built-in netbook computer. I use all my fingers (10 at last count) … Continue reading

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New sites, old browser: How do they look?

I got a real kick out of a humor site that showed videos of how our most popular Internet stops would look in another era. Like picture Facebook done up in all its Windows 95 glory, or Twitter as little … Continue reading

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Why I keep using my ‘obsolete’ netbook

I love my electronic toys, so it stands to reason I’d be running over people in line to get an iPad or one of those tablet-type computers. While this may change at some point (witness my heavy smartphone use after … Continue reading

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Making my first computer work: Staples and hanging wires

I’m seeing occasional articles about how the computer has evolved over the past couple of decades (as if anyone really needs any reminders), and I got to thinking about my 1995 setup. That was kind of a watershed year for … Continue reading

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