Archive for March, 2013

When Did Video Games Get So Hard To Play?

Posted March 31, 2013 By Mom

If you’re under the age of about 35, or have a Gamefly subscription, or have been playing console video games since the days of Nintendo 64 right up to the present, just move along because there’s nothing for you to see here. This post is addressed to people who, like me, look back on arcade classics like Millipede, […]

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What’s A Zip File?

Posted March 28, 2013 By Mom

Any file that ends in “.zip” is a zip file, or “archive”. You can think of an archive as a collection of individual files that are all being stored together in a single location, like putting a bunch of different papers into a file folder in real life to keep them all together. How Are […]

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There’s No Such Thing As Online Privacy

Posted March 27, 2013 By Mom

It’s been said that nothing posted or sent online ever goes away. That’s an exaggeration, but it’s not MUCH of an exaggeration. The fact that you deleted an email, a Facebook post, a tweet or an Instagram photo online does not mean it’s really gone. For that matter, nothing you delete from your computer’s hard drive […]

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What’s A PDF?

Posted March 26, 2013 By Mom

You’ve probably viewed and/or downloaded them countless times, and wondered why you need a special “reader” program for them. You may have noticed “PDF” listed among the compatible file types for e-reader devices like the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire, meaning that those devices can display PDFs without any special, additional software. You may have wondered why the PDFs […]

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Wifi Network Basics

Posted March 25, 2013 By Mom

In an earlier post, How Come My Thingie Only Works At Home, I explained why mobile devices need to be connected to a wifi network to do a lot of the stuff you might want them to do. In this post, I’m going to explain some wifi basics. Don’t worry, I’m not going to geek out […]

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