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Windows 7 is dead – Long live Linux

Unless you are a big organization and wants to send Microsoft lots of money for continued support – support for Windows 7 is over. Over 10 years ago Microsoft launched Windows 7 to help recover from the disastrous Windows Vista. In August 2012 Microsoft released Windows 8 to less than stellar reviews. While Windows...

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Software Gone – did you forget to pay the rent?

There is something much more permanent about buying a program on disk or downloading an opensource program such as OpenOffice, Gimp, or Scribus and installing it on you local computer. No one can turn it off by the whim of Government or Company. It is yours to use for as long as it meets...

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Is WordPress a monopoly, Should we care?

An interesting discussion is happening in a number of places. Automattic and its CEO Matt Mullenweg are the force behind WordPress. Sure WordPress is open source but the platform is mostly controlled by Automattic. The move to adopt their Gutenberg editor in WordPress is a case in point. It is from my point of...

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The Last American

The Last American by J. A. Mitchell A new edition edited and designed by Clif Graves The American author, J. A. Mitchell, was a contemporary of Jules Verne. The Last American was first published in 1889. The Last American is a humorous and disquieting foreshadowing of what may come. This is a tale of...

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The Wave of Time

The Wave of Time Edited by Clif Graves Do we simply ride the wave of time, like a piece of flotsam on the ocean? Do we get thrown up on the ever-changing shore of a future that was always there? Do we create the future by our actions, or do we have no control...

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Caught by reCAPTCHA?

The article on TheStoic.me There is no evil like reCAPTCHA (v3) Takes an interesting look at the value behind the "are you Human" testing that so many sites use. I have always had mixed feelings about the usefulness of these kind of tests. Presumably a computer cannot answer them but only us humans can....

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Is Facebook just the new AOL?

I have has a website for ages. I have Facebook and Twitter. How do these all fit together. Back in the day, there was something called AOL. You logged into AOL and it was all there articles, messages to friends, interest groups, photos and videos. Then a strange thing happened. AOL let you access...

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Is there protection against ransomware?

Is there protection against ransomware? The headline for June 27 is “Less than 1 week after Florida town pays ransomware gang ~$600K, another Florida town votes to pay ~$500K in BTC to ransomware gang” My point of view is paying the ransom “only encourages them”. So how does this work? The general idea is...

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OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and MS Office -Confused?

OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and MS Office -Confused? A friend of mine recently posted that she was having problems with OpenOffice not working as well as it could. It surprised me that she was still using OpenOffice. I realized a lot of folks are confused about word processor choices. Here is my take on the history...

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Clouded Judgment?

I saw a t shirt that said “The cloud really just means using somebody else’s computer” That just about says it all! The cloud has become a general term for just about any program or service that is not located on your local computer (local area network) and accessed over the internet. The part...

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