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The desktop computer is a noble beast that has been with us from the beginning—that would be 1977 I believe. That was so long ago it’s amazing how that any of us can remember it.  Of course the term “desktop” wasn’t used then. We just said, PC, short for personal computer.

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I have been struggling for some time trying to find the right tech for my lifestyle. Tablets caught my interest for a time. The idea was that they were ultra-portable. It turned out that the 10" tablets weren't portable enough for me. At 10" I have to carry them in my hands. This fact means that I will lose it very quickly by leaving it on a counter somewhere or in someone's car. I looked at the Nexus 7 because it was considerably smaller, but still not small enough to fit in my pocket. I have the same issue with the 7" that I have in the 10".

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I don’t use Twitter. It’s because when I was a kid we all used to carry onions in our pockets. Everyone did . . . Oh, wait. That has nothing to do with anything. It’s not even true. Twitter wouldn’t even be an entry for this blog post if it weren’t that my son “grins” at me for not using Twitter. It’s that kind of grin a kid gives his old-man when he thinks he’s technically challenged. I reject the notion that I’m technically challenged. On the other hand I am curious as to the real reason I don’t use Twitter. I think it’s just a personality thing.

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I was building computer before my kids were born. I’ve been using them ever since. I don’t just use them; I make my living repairing them and teaching others how to use them. Still, today I was accused by one of my sons as being an old fogey when I complained how texting is an unfulfilling form of communication. My son and I were exchanging a long volley of texts as we discussed this very subject. I was using my smart phone utilizing the Swype app. I like the Swype app. It has made texting easier. I still find it difficult to see through my hand to find certain letters.

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Anyone who dabbles in computers has a nightmare. That nightmare is having a computer problem that cannot be resolved. A good troubleshooter can typically narrow down a computer problem to hardware or software very quickly. Then it’s replace the hardware, reload the software, or both and you are on your way. The nightmare begins when you replace all the hardware, reload all the software and the problem doesn’t go away.

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I am very happy that I am not the person running Microsoft. There is no way to win and certainly a lot to lose. A company that has as large a customer base as Microsoft will have millions crying “foul” no matter what move they make. Perhaps making no move is the answer. With the 37% of PC users still using XP they could have just let things be and the water would have stayed calm. Now that I have experienced the beauty of Windows 7 I am glad Microsoft kept developing even though we had to go through the rough waters of Vista. XP actually makes me cringe now.

Installing a printer driver is normally a routine computer task that most any computer user can do. However, when things go wrong on a computer, it doesn’t matter how easy it is supposed to be—it can turn into a nightmare.

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Some people find computers frustrating. In fact, I think anyone who both uses a computer and is sane, gets frustrated by them from time to time. As I work with friends, coworkers, and in-laws who think I am a computer guru, I sometimes have the impression that they believe my expert status puts me above computer frustration. But they have no idea!

I recently installed an Edimax AP/range extender as a repeater. I have never set up a repeater before and was flying blind. I had two things going against me: first I didn’t have an understanding of the basic operation of a repeater; second, I had no experience with an Edimax user interface.

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