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August 2011

How should you price an e-book?   by Anthony Lawrence
- I think that the common practice of pricing e-books similar to their hard copy versions is indefensible. There are no distribution costs and an e-book has little or no resale value. E-books often cannot be legally loaned at all and if they can be, they will usually carry stringent provisions. For example, Amazon's lending policy allow you to loan some e-books ONCE with a two week reading window for the person you loan it to. E-books should be much less expensive than physical books.
Right about now, I'm starting to feel all too familiar Google disenchantment   by Anthony Lawrence
- This is so typical of Google: announce an exciting new product that really has potential but - because it is beta - understandably has some warts. The weeks go by and the warts remain. The months go by and the warts remain. The effing years go by and the warts remain!
Is Linux becoming insignificant?   by Anthony Lawrence
- First, take everything that follows with a lot of salt. In fact, don't bother with shaking out salt in the usual way: unscrew the top so you can dump the whole thing right on top of everything you read below. You might even want to go get the refill container and be ready to dump all of that, too. Not quite yet - I'll tell you when to pour it all on.
A non-technical guide to understanding and fixing TCP/IP problems on a network   by Anthony Lawrence
- Obviously the title is a bit incorrect in the "non-technical" claim, because we are dealing with a geekish subject here and I can't avoid being a little "techie". Still, my intent is to make it possible for a non-technical person to understand this and perhaps even identify and fix common networking problems.
Basic Home Networking - routers and switches   by Anthony Lawrence
- Setting up a small office or home network used to be a fairly complicated task. Aside from the technical knowledge needed, there was expensive equipment to buy and specialized tools for wiring. That's all changed - the necessary equipment is cheap and readily available and it's all very easy to configure.
Basic Home Networking - Part 2, wireless setup   by Anthony Lawrence
- Often all that needs to be done is to tell your computer that you want to connect to a wireless network. It's not always that easy, but it certainly can be. However, even if it is that easy for you, you might still want to read the rest of this in case you have problems later. You also might want to read it because being "too easy" to get connected could mean that you are running some security risk and need to address that issue.
Putting the wrong name on a Win 7 user profile   by Anthony Lawrence
- However, both of these new computer owners panicked at my suggestion. I explained that they just needed to cable up their new system; they claimed complete inability to do even that. Sigh. Yes, I know that this is mostly in their minds. It's a form of leaned helplessness. If they would just make a small effort, they probably could do this themselves, but they just stop and refuse to even try. It's too complicated, they are afraid that they might damage something or feel foolish.
Basic Home Networking, Part 3, File and Printer Sharing   by Anthony Lawrence
- The point of a home network is sharing. You might not be sharing much, perhaps even only the Internet connection. If that's the end of it, you don't need much more than part one of this series, which deals with the setup of a basic home network. However, it certainly can be convenient to share more. Why should only one computer be able to print or scan things? What if you'd like to transfer some files to another of your home computers? If you are working on your laptop at one end of the house, you might even want to access and control your desktop back at your desk. That's a possibility, too. Sharing will be the subject of this part of the series.
Can Online Services Be Secure?   by Kerry Linux
- If you store credit card information or passwords in clear text on the servers. Recent data theft disasters have shown that it is not enough to operate a "secure server" and leave all customer's information unencrypted on this server. Because if you think your secure server is invincible, all your customer's data is at risk, the moment it turns out that the secure server is not as secure as you thought.
10 things - no, 11 things - you say that drive your computer tech person crazy   by Anthony Lawrence
- Yes, of course people sometimes say or do silly things, even outright stupid things. We all do. Look me straight in the eye and tell me you have never done anything like that with a computer and I'll look you straight in the eye and tell you the same thing and then we'll both try not to laugh.
Have you protected your Internet digital assets for your heirs?   by Anthony Lawrence
- If you have web pages, a Facebook or Google+ account or you just throw something up on Twitter now and then, you own digital assets. This very page that you are reading is a digital asset. It has value, both because it adds to my reputation as a writer and because it has the potential to create income.
Why you shouldn't send Word attachments   by Anthony Lawrence
- As I continued my walk, I thought about how email issues are likely the most common mysteries my neighbors have with their computers. Notice that I said "mysteries" and not "problems". That's because most email issues are from misunderstanding and confusion, not necessarily any real problem. A virus infection is a problem. A dead hard drive is also a problem, but email is usually simple confusion or lack of knowledge.
Common email problems   by Anthony Lawrence
- Yesterday I talked about why you shouldn't send Word attachments in email. Today I'll continue with more attachment related issues and also touch on some other common email glitches.