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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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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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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Netflix, bigger than cable?

The headline on engadget is  Netflix has more American subscribers than cable TV. It seems that between increases in Netflix subscriptions and a continuing decrease in cable subscribers Netflix with its 50.85 million US subscribers now has more subscribers than the US cable industry.  Driven by both cost and original content the tide continues...

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StartPage.com and your online privacy?

While it might be arguable that there is no such thing as privacy anymore, we have to keep trying. Some things we have clear control over. For example what we post to Facebook or other online sites is in our control. What is not under our control is what Facebook does with it from...

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Within 5 to 10 years Cable TV as such will be gone.

Here is my prediction. Within 5 to no more than 10 years Cable TV as such will be gone. We may will see a return of TV antennas. Local TV stations will be doing a combination of air wave and 'live' streaming over the Internet. The distinction between print newspapers and TV news online...

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