software

How Shazam Worked Before Shazam

Last week, while waiting for my train, I heard a song that I just had to identify. I held up my phone, tapped Shazam, and in seconds, I knew it was Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills. In an seemingly unrelated thread of my life, I decided that I wanted to learn to play the little […]

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Back To The Fifties With Apple Family Sharing

Who would have thought that Apple, of all companies, wants to keep their customers firmly rooted in the fifties? Yes, you can buy early rock’n’roll music in iTunes, but those are not the fifties I mean. Rather, I’m referring to the fifties of traditional family roles: a breadwinner and a homemaker, preferably with daddy as […]

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The Excel Features We’ve Waited 25 Years For

Two new Microsoft Excel features have a good chance of becoming the most celebrated innovations in Excel history. No, not the 3D models that Office now includes. Nor any new calculation functions, charting features, or modelling extravaganzas.As a matter of fact, nothing at all about the content of Excel workbooks. I’m merely talking GUI and usability. […]

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Reset Buttons Are Evil

Dear web designers, Can you please STOP ADDING RESET BUTTONS to your forms? There hasn’t been a single user in the entire history of the interwebs who filled out a web form, and then went, “O wait, all of that isn’t right, I’ve entered the wrong information! What to do, what to do, but pull […]

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Dropbox And Boxifier: What A Team!

Full disclosure: I’m off Dropbox, and as a sad result, also off Boxifier. They still make a great tag team; that part of the below blog post stands. But recently, Dropbox announced that they would increase my annual fee by 20% for doubling my storage to 2TB (while I used only about 10% of the […]

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EverNote Rules

I tried. I really did. When Evernote decided last year to limit their free accounts to what amounts to trial use only, I abandoned the best note-taking tool on the planet, and out of sheer spite moved to Microsoft OneNote. I even ranted about Evernote’s evil corporate greed on Facebook. Evernote, I apologize from the […]

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IT Tech Support: Words Fail

In fond remembrance of the countless instances of IT tech support I’ve exposed myself to over the years, I’d like to propose a neologism for the kind of responses that support technicians tend to provide. troppus /ˈtrɒppʌs/ noun the answers, advice and recommendations provided by IT support technicians, which are almost, but not quite, entirely unrelated […]

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New! E-books With Personalized Autographs

Starting today, I’m selling e-books of my short stories, with a revolutionary new twist: a personalized autograph, if you want one. It’s simple, really: order the e-book, select one of the autographed options (epub or mobi), complete your order, and let me know what kind of personalization you want. I’ll send you the file, with […]

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Hanging Indent In WordPress

Note: if this post is useful to you, please consider liking or sharing it, or otherwise making me, my blog and/or my website famous… Don’t you hate it when your WordPress theme makes a mess of your numbered and bulleted lists? I’m sure some themes do a good job by default, but a theme like […]

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Downs And Ups

So last night, I went and killed this entire website. Without having any kind of backups available. To make my predicament clear: there are movie reviews going back to 1999 on this site, blog entries spanning a dozen years, and a few hundred posts all-in, not to mention some 50 pages, and a painstakingly configured […]

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