Monthly Archives: March 2013

Thomas Jefferson and Easter

Through a series of cut-and-paste, although mostly cut, Thomas Jefferson created a copy of the Bible that made sense to him. You can read more about Jefferson’s editing in the Smithsonian article, How Thomas Jefferson Created His Own Bible.The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth collects the Gospels into a cohesive narrative, attempting to put the […]

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A solid educational experience

In the early 70s, I worked for McManus’s, an all-night restaurant in Hadley. We had a Metro van that we used for errands around town. The van was an International Metro Mite, painted with the McManus logo. The notation near the driver’s door said that the van’s height was 7′ 00″.One day, I needed to […]

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Important matter related to Windows 8

In our Know Your Laptop class, one of the students asked if he should upgrade his Windows 7 system to Windows 8. I said that it wasn’t necessary. Windows 8 is a stable, fast, and utterly disorienting version of Windows. People who buy new systems will almost always get Windows 8 and will learn to […]

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Networking history from the bottom of the bag

Even though we’re up to our trailer hitches in snow, it’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. I emptied my briefcase and sifted through six months of accumulated tools, cables, connectors, pens, batteries, and a spoon. (On a business trip years ago, I was on my way to my hotel late one evening and […]

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More on copyright, Canadian edition

Using small amounts of text as a part of a commentary is a long-standing exception to U.S. copyright law. The particulars of each instance are always subject to court review. The copyright holder doesn’t surrender rights by allowing these excerpts.A few years ago, the Associated Press created a real problem for itself when it contracted with […]

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Why does Twitter hate us?

According to the company blog, Twitter is killing TweetDeck on Android because people aren’t using it. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices. We aren’t using it because the Android app was last updated on September 15, 2011 and hangs […]

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