Pledge Week

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October 2014 Column, Part 2

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Column 370, October, 2014

Part 2 of 3

Jerry continues the October column with with a discussion on “Precious” (Jerry’s Microsoft Surface Prod 3), Windows 8, Getting Some Work Done, and his struggles and (mostly) triumph over AutoCorrect in MS Word.

Precious, Windows 8, and Getting Some Work Done

I really like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It feels right and it’s the right size. The screen is bright and very readable. When it’s working properly it does so very well indeed. I like it … Continue reading

October 2014 Column, Part 1

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Column 370, October, 2014

Part 1 of 3

PLEDGE DRIVE

As I write this, KUSC, the Los Angeles Classical Music Station, is holding a pledge drive.  KUSC operates on the Public Radio model: it’s free to listen to, but it is listener supported, and without that support it will go away.  Chaos Manor Reviews works the same way.  We don’t pound you with ads, and I only annoy you with pledge drives when KUSC holds theirs.

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September 2014 Column – Part 4

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Column 369 – Part 4 of 4
September, 2014

The final installment of the September Chaos Manor Reviews column discusses SD cards, and winds down with the Books and Movies of the Month.

 SD Cards

Years ago I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ-30 camera. It works just fine, but it came out just as the SD card standard was being published. The original SD standard was 2 Gigabytes, but when my camera came out a 100 MB card was pretty big. Over time various … Continue reading

September 2014 Column – Part 3

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Column 369 – Part 3 of 4
September, 2014

The September 2014 Chaos Manor Reviews column continues with this third installment, which discusses Docking Stations, Living with Firefox, and the Bulging MacBook Air.

 Docking Stations

I bought the Microsoft Docking Station for my Surface 3 Pro, and I don’t really regret that, but I suspect that will be the last of the traditional docking stations I will buy. At least I can hope that WiGig will catch on, so that I can get a Continue reading