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One of my primary tasks is to help friends and clients overcome frustration in their tech work.

It looks like Verizon will finally bury its unlimited data-plan strategy for smart phones next month.

Q: I own a Mac that I purchased last year. I’ve read several places that it’s possible to run Microsoft Windows on a Mac, and that there may be more than one way to do so. Can you advise me on the best approach?

One comment made by Steve Jobs in his keynote speech this week got me to thinking in general terms about where the personal computer stands in today’s tech world.

History and technology are twins of a kind, as each develops in tune with the other.

There is an old saying that a fish notices everything but the water it swims in. This is a simple way of saying that we tend to overlook the most obvious aspects of our lives if they become too familiar.

Google this week updated its Honeycomb operating system for the Motorola Xoom tablet to version 3.1., according to zdnet.com.

I receive large numbers of emails every week with every type of question and comment you can imagine. These range from simple requests for recommendations for tech gear and services to questions on complex technical problems and issues.

Today I’d like to focus on the value I’ve received from a very old piece of technology: the printed page. We tend to forget how valuable books have been to those of us who read constantly. We are certainly moving into a digital age, so I’d like to pay tribute to a few that have been helpful to me.

At least once a year I feel the need to write a column reminding us all to be constantly aware of privacy, especially security issues online and elsewhere.

My high school business teacher was fond of repeating a famous quote that I paraphrase here: “When your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall.”

I get a lot of emails requesting advice on music issues and equipment. Here are a few that seem to show up in my inbox most often.

I get a lot of emails requesting advice on music issues and equipment. Here are a few that seem to show up in my inbox most often.

There’s a great scene in the Woody Allen movie “Annie Hall” in which Allen is listening to a man explaining the theories of media expert Marshall McLuhan while standing in a movie ticket line. Taking exception to the man’s explanation, Allen walks over and produces McLuhan to debunk everything the man said.

There’s a great scene in the Woody Allen movie “Annie Hall” in which Allen is listening to a man explaining the theories of media expert Marshall McLuhan while standing in a movie ticket line. Taking exception to the man’s explanation, Allen walks over and produces McLuhan to debunk everything the man said.

Zdnet reported this week that the long awaited Blackberry Playbook tablet will go on sale on April 19th at Best Buy and other retailers. This tablet looks very impressive, but it may suffer from the ailment common to most other tablet offerings, high price.

I’ve mentioned the excellent service called Animoto here a few times. Basically, it produces slide shows online and can use photos from social networks as well as video.

Zdnet reported this week that Warner Brothers will be testing a service on Facebook for movie purchases or rentals.

Regular readers know that I am very predictable in stressing certain subjects, such as backing up files and regular PC maintenance.

There is a famous, single-frame cartoon in several college psychology books that came to mind recently and gave rise to this column.

One of the most troubling aspects of technology is its hidden or difficult-to-see side effects, especially in the production process.

One of this year's big stories remains the commencement of a huge number of tablet computers hoping to compete with the Apple iPad. One recent announcement looks very attractive: Hewlett-Packard will soon be announcing or showing the much awaited webOS tablet based on Palm Pre phone technology.

Today I'm beginning an occasional series of columns featuring local "tech heroes," people who have made their marks in the world of personal technology and who have guided others through their efforts.

I read this week that Facebook is more popular than Google or soon will be. I don't really see why one would be compared to another, since Facebook is a social network and Google is a search engine. Any thoughts?

Earlier this week, Time magazine named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg its Person of the Year. The publication makes the point that if Facebook were a nation, it would trail only India and China in population numbers.

Lately I've gotten an unusually large number of e-mail questions from business owners on the subject of social networking.

A recent article posted on the website zdnet.com compared several new personal technology devices. Today, some highlights.

Techcrunch.com reported this week that Google Voice has finally been approved for the Apple iPhone.

Security on social networks such as Facebook continues to be a major concern. A recent article on zdnet.com says that scammers looking to guess security settings for a user on other services could befriend a person on Facebook and study them closely for clues.

Today I'll answer a few more e-mail questions.

Star Wars creator George Lucas once made the comment that he had become what he had always battled, the corporation. I wonder if Apple's Steve Jobs ever feels that way.

Here are some stories I’m following for you:

A report on zdnet.com this week raised an interesting comparison of Google and Facebook. At issue: Is it better for a site to be quick or to be sticky?

New directors to be sworn in at TVA Thursday

Four new board members join utility

Four new board members join TVA

  • Oct. 5th, 2010  |
  • By By Dave Flessner
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I’m often asked what I think will be the next tech frontier.

Walt Whitman once said, “I contain multitudes: I contradict myself.” Gabby Hayes put it more simply, “I’m danged if I do, and danged if I don’t.”

This week I’d like to answer some recent e-mails from readers:

When most people think of technology, they tend to limit their consideration to computer issues, MP3 players and other devices. Sometimes it’s good to ponder on just how much technology now invades every aspect of our lives, not just the obvious ones.

I will never forget the first time I saw video on a computer. The video was from a CD-ROM and was the size of a large postage stamp. It was low-quality and stuttered, but it was amazing to see.

This week in the column I discuss the current state of video online.

This week in the column I discuss the Apple iPad, data mining, and other recent stories.

Several articles are online this week concerning a rumor that Apple is preparing to release a smaller version of the iPad sometime this year.

I’m basing this week’s article on a recent and excellent story on zdnet.com by David Gewirtz.

I have written several articles on principles of creativity and problem-solving. This is obviously relevant to technology at all times, as this industry depends upon innovation and invention.

This week we look at peer-to-peer file sharing, Google’s social network, and some sore texting thumbs as we catch up with a few reader e-mails.

Zdnet.com recently ran an article called "Crucial Apps for Surviving the Student Summer." While the article targeted younger users, it reviewed some applications that could be of use to many of us. Here are a few of the applications discussed in the article.

Last week saw the long-awaited release of the newest Apple iPhone as well as the Verizon Droid X phone, the latest device running Google's Android operating system or OS. Both of these phones are stunning in their features and operation.

Today I’d like to address how to use social networks and YouTube to promote a business.

Today, I'll answer some questions from the in-box.

Cell phones and tablets are poised to become two of our primary computing interfaces. So-called smart phones, such as the Apple iPhone, RIM Blackberry and models based on Google's Android operating system, get most of the attention. Meanwhile, the Apple iPad dominates talk concerning tablet computing.

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