Category Archives: How I dunnit

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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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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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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Getting up early in the morning: It takes a village

Rumor has it I’m pure evil when I wake up in the morning, or at least until I’ve had some coffee in my system. It takes me a while to unwind myself from my rack, even longer to get myself … Continue reading

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Android adjustments 2: Preserving battery life

An Android phone puts many functions of a full-sized computer in a package you can stick in your pocket, but there’s a trade-off. It sure is a hog for power. That’s one of the first things I noticed with my … Continue reading

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Android adjustments 1: Using your phone as a USB drive

As I get more accustomed to my fancy new phone, I’m learning some of its capabilities and limitations, plus a few tricks on the side. i will share some of these over the next few entries. So if you have … Continue reading

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Got my Chrome on — finally!

After a whole bunch of testing, tweaking, and head-banging, Google Chrome is now working on my Linux box. At issue was an nss file; I’m not real sure what it does, but it makes Chrome work. That’s all I need … Continue reading

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Running bombproof Vector Linux on netbook

When it comes to computers, I’m always up to something. It’s probably one of my failings. Although my netbook works very well with the mini-Linux system I recently installed, I wanted to standardize things a bit. I’ve been working toward … Continue reading

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