Please Please Please — Set Up Off-Site Data Backup, Like Yesterday!

If my informal polling of friends and coworkers is any indication, the odds are good that you either have no backup system for your computer or your backup system is woefully inadequate. Remember that “data” doesn’t just mean spreadsheets, databases, PowerPoint presentations, and word processor documents; I’m also talking about your vacation pictures, your music…

A book made entirely of chrome? Astounding!

I struggle with distraction when I try to do pretty much anything that takes more than five minutes. In the case of writing, it’s wonderful that modern computers are capable of accessing so much useful and interesting information relative to my projects on the Internet; however, those same resources can turn into a neverending parade…

My Inappropriate Use of the Word “My”

One of the more awkward kinds of language misuse I run across on a regular basis is the way people put the word “My” in places it shouldn’t ought to be. I first noticed this years ago when Microsoft started sticking “My” in front of the names of the assortment of prefab special folders that…

How to Deal with RSS Feed Overload?

I like to keep up with developments in culture, technology and various hobbies while avoiding news per se. For several years, I used Google Reader to organize my collection of RSS feeds. When Google killed off Google Reader, like a lot of RSS fans I switched to using Feedly. I’ve been happy with Feedly. It…

Cold Brew Coffee and the Preparation Thereof

Coffee at work is a challenge. I really don’t like the cheap stuff most offices supply but it’s a nuisance to make your own proper coffee at work because it’s such a complicated mess. A year or two ago, I discovered NestlĂ© Classico instant coffee, which is not terribly expensive and tastes really good compared…

Google’s Auto-Absurd Feature

If you upload your photographs to Google for storage, Google will try to make your pictures more entertaining. They call this set of features “Auto Awesome“. In the case of the six examples below from my own collection, they certainly succeeded in making them entertaining if not actually awesome. Auto-Seasickness Snow in June White Gravel…

What Should Video Cost?

I feel a little sorry for the people at bigtime TV and movie companies who have to decide what to charge for their product, because from the outside it really does look like they have no clue what their intellectual property is worth anymore. Maybe some of this confusion results from different groups in the…