Why I Do Not Buy E-Books

Five reasons why I do not buy e-books: You cannot buy; you license (although the Amazon page does refer to buying?) Amazon deleted more paid-for books without notice after promising not to do it again DRM They are impermanent They are often tied to a particular machine Point 1: We can argue that nobody buys…

Yahoo! Toolbar Removal for Firefox

Yep, you read the title correctly. Yahoo! can become your default search engine without your knowledge. After finishing my recent piece on fighting Incredibar, I innocently looked at all the browsers on my computers and was surprised to find that the default search engine for Firefox had been changed from Google to Yahoo! on one…

Are Computer Clubs Dead?

Are computer clubs dead? The answer depends on what you mean by a computer club. I can only speak of my own experiences. Maybe you have different observations. If so, please let us know. But skipping to the final point right now: isn’t LockerGnome a type of computer club? Chris also supports traditional computer clubs…

How Do You Know when a Download is Safe?

For a couple of years I have presented a course on How to Download Nifty Things from the Internet Safely for senior computer users. The course has two parts: (1) establishing that some pretty nifty things are available for free, and (2) there are ways to reasonably protect yourself against simultaneously downloading some unwanted trouble…

Harvesting Power for Fun and Profit

What limits gadgets? Often it is power consumption. The lower the power needed to run a gadget, the more applications are available. Early computers less powerful than my phone took massive cooling towers to operate. Another major limitation is cost. Both cost and power requirements have fallen sufficiently that new ways of doing things are…