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January 17, 2021

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Microsoft Editor grammar check extension

Microsoft Editor grammar check extension

It's been a while since I looked at browser extensions.  In the past, I've been frustrated by the lack of quality and choice. That meant I had little motivation to check the Microsoft store for new or improved extensions. Recently I took another look and found...

What is my IP for beginners?

What is my IP for beginners?

"What is my IP" is something I'm asked occasionally. When a mildly confused customer emails me with that question, my first response is to ask why they need it. I'm not trying to be a pain, I'm just a little wary about the reasons. Let's start from the beginning. What...

WordPress won’t save drafts

WordPress won’t save drafts

I just spent the past 2 hours trying to figure out why my WordPress site won't save drafts or publish. Arrgh.  Not only that, the entire site kept timing out and showing an error loading.  Troubleshooting WordPress issues can be a major pain, triggering off all kinds...

Surface Duo now pre-ordering

Surface Duo now pre-ordering

Be still my beating heart – Surface Duo is now pre-ordering.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you've missed out on the best news of the summer. https://youtu.be/CqRKOY4Cgvw Surface Duo is the perfect road warrior - compact, light-weight and innovative. Oh yes, I'm a...

WT:Social – an alternative to Facebook?

WT:Social – an alternative to Facebook?

I’ve signed onto WT.Social  to see if it’s a viable alternative to Facebook. Like many, I’m experiencing a growing distaste for Facebook's uninhibited support of hate groups and trolls. It’s not a matter of it being out of control – there doesn’t seem to be any...

Meet a grammar assassin’s phishing fail

Meet a grammar assassin’s phishing fail

A customer just sent me this phishing attempt they received via email. I've blocked out what they wrote along with the 6 lines of cc: email addresses for obvious reasons: It is eye-wateringly bad.  Oh James, James, James! This is what happens when you don't pay...

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