Archives in Category: Technology

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Off the Grid

For years the first thing I did upon waking was visit my computer to see what had transpired over the night. Were there personnel problems at the company I worked for? Were there banking issues? Was someone trying to reach

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I am Pavlov’s Dog

On my way to a sociology degree, I met Pavlov’s dog. Not the actual one, but Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s theory based on his study of salivating dogs. He noticed the dogs salivated whenever he gave them food. After a

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Reality Check

I am regularly amazed at how the line between fiction and reality is blurring, thanks to digital technology. Case in point: the current remake of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The film has been hailed as a magnificent achievement, partially

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Moving On

Two days ago Earl and I made the Big Leap. We turned in our dinosaur computers for the most up-to-date models Dell could provide for home use.  We upgraded our operating systems and our version of Microsoft Office; and we

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Emoji Go Home

Anybody who’s on Facebook knows that “Like” is no longer merely “Like.”  Now you can add an emoji to your “Like” to express such feelings as love, laughter, sadness, astonishment, and anger. But those are the only five emotions you

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One Giant Step

Today astronaut Scott Kelly returned to the United States after spending almost a year in a space lab exploring what long-term weightlessness and other things are like. Perhaps he would have called it one giant step for mankind if a

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Unplugged

Even on vacation, I pack my laptop and spend time each day being tethered to my writing, my email inbox, and various social media.  “I’d rather do that than come home to crises or a gazillion emails,” I counter when

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Dangerous

I usually try to stay under the radar when going through airport security: nothing metal in my pockets, no belt, no shoes, remove computer from case, remove liquids from luggage. I’ve traveled enough to know the drill, but it didn’t

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Big Brother Microsoft

I am fairly happy with Windows 7, but apparently Microsoft doesn’t think I should be. Now that Windows 10 has been on the market for almost six months, I regularly receive notification that I can download the newest version for

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Embracing Social Media

Just as I’m trying to get over my anti-social stance on social media and embrace sharing my life with total strangers in the name of fame, along comes Emily McFarlan Miller. Ms. Miller has been a social media editor whose

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