Technology

Things change when you have a live Internet connection in your pocket. Most smart phones access a crippled version of the Internet, but the iPhone accesses the real deal–and it changes things when you’ve got an Internet connection as close as your cell phone. I began to experience this the first night I had my […]

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New Phone

by Jimmy Akin

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I’ve been needing a new phone for a while. My old phone had been dying on me for some time and behaving more and more erratically. I’ve spent the last few months trying to just get by until my renewal date came up and also a couple of new phone models that I was interested […]

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This Looks Fun

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ALTERNATE LINK IN CASE OF VIDEO PROBLEMS. Of course, I’m not sure how practial it will be for many of the computer tasks I perform (e.g., text creation & manipulation). And I don’t want to spend all day hunching over a horizontal surface to do research, but I’m sure that this interface will be useful […]

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Excel Bleg

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I do a lot of text manipulation in Microsot Word, and I’m really familiar with how to use Word to massage text into the form I want. I can really make MS Word sing and dance. But I’m not as good with MS Excel. I can only make Excel skip and hum. So I’ve got […]

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When 9/11 happened, I wanted our forces to release thousands of tiny, bird- or bumblebee-sized aircraft to swarm over the landscape in Afghanistan to search of Usama bin Laden. But we didn’t have them yet. Now we’re closer. Good. GET THE STORY. What amazes me is that it took us this long to figure out […]

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I use my iPod more than most gadgets. It’s kind of surprising to realize it, but I listen to my iPod more than I watch TV these days. With my bad eyes, the iPod has allowed me to read a lot more books than I was able to get through previously, and audiobook-listening has supplanted […]

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A reader writes: I own a Logos Libronix (LDLS) collection of ebooks and love the many of the functions of the LDLS system especially the search functions. However there are few Catholic titles available. I know Harmony Media has a great selection of Catholic titles but I would love to be able to search the […]

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Ode To A Cell Phone

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It all started with a cheerful electronically-generated voice telling me that my cellular service provider needed to change the SIM card in my phone and could I please come down to the nearest store location so that this could be done? So, I headed out to the nearest store location I knew of and found […]

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Apple and Microsoft appear to both be trying to get out an interesting new product in time for Christmas: the wireless iPod (or, in Microsoft’s case, a wireless mp3 player): Current iPod owners have to sit in front of a computer to download music onto the gadget. But with the wireless version, they would be […]

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Blipverts!

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Back in the 1980s there was a TV show based on the character Max Headroom. It was called (unsurprisingly) "Max Headroom." Or sometimes, "Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into The Future." Whatever. Anyway, the pilot episode of this show (which also has a British version that is somewhat different) tells the origin story of Max Headroom. […]

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