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Facebook Messenger: Much ado about nothing

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off

Enough already with all the whining about Facebook Messenger, Facebook’s new standalone mobile messaging app!  It’s Facebook! They make their money from watching everything you do on the net! What did you expect their new messaging-only app to do? Facebook Messenger: Much ado about nothing. More>

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Tags: Applications · Business · Facebook · IM · Internet · Network

LibreOffice 4.3: The best open-source office suite gets better

July 30th, 2014 · Comments Off

Ever since LibreOffice split off from the troubled OpenOffice in 2010, this open-source office suite has gotten better and better. With this new release from The Document Foundation, LibreOffice 4.3 has established itself as the best non-Microsoft office suite. LibreOffice 4.3: The best open-source office suite gets better. More>

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Tags: Applications · Development · Office Software · Open Source

UK makes ODF its official documents format standard

July 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off

In 2006 and 2007, there was an enormous documents standards war between Microsoft, with its OpenXML documents format, and the open-source community with its Open Document Format (ODF). In the end, Microsoft, while eventually supporting ODF, won. ODF, while still supported by such popular open-source office suites as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, became something of an after-thought. Until, […]

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Tags: Applications · Business · Legal · Microsoft · Office Software

Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off

It looks like Microsoft Office really is coming to the Apple iPad. Well, actually, it will most likely be a version of Office 365, but why quibble? That’s great, right? At long last, the world’s most popular office suite will be available on the most popular tablet! Microsoft will get more customers, life will be […]

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Tags: Apple · Applications · Business · Infrastructure · Microsoft · Office Software · Tablet

Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you.

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off

write a lot about operating systems: Android, Linux, Windows, Mac OS and anything else you can think of. That’s because I’ve always been fascinated by them. I started working with technology in the late 1970s. Along the way, I’ve worked with IBM’s mainframe OS/360, Unix on DEC PDP-11, and that ancestor of all PC operating […]

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Tags: Applications · Operating System