Yeah, I get that Writely can do basic HTML, like bold, italic and such, and there’s even provision to bring in photos. But to make this useful for writers who are submitting material for publication, it’s vital that Writerly kick out both text files and Word-formatted documents with “smart quotes.” So far, the quotes don’t … Continue reading Writely just a few rocks short of a full load
Want to try Google’s latest assault on the desktop before it even becomes Google-ized? Well, I’m doing it right now — Writely, the technology that Google recently bought, brings Microsoft Word-like text editing to the browser, with a toolbar surprisingly like Word’s, document length of up to 500k, and the ability to take what you … Continue reading What the hell is Writely anyway?
IE plagues me at home and at the Daily News. On This Old PC, it quits for no apparent reason and won’t restart. At work, where Web posting requires use of IE, I’m having an unsolvable refresh problem that causes my edits to vanish. DAMN YOU, Bill Gates. You lull us into using your browser, … Continue reading Not Dora the Internet Explorer
Had a quick walk over to Fry’s today (closest retail business to the Daily News), and they have refurbished Netgear routers — wireless or wired — for $19.99 each. They’re packed in plain brown boxes. So if you need a router, it’s a whole lot less hassle than buying a used one on Craigslist or … Continue reading Wireless router BLOWOUT
Should I be piggybacking on somebody else’s Wi-Fi? Since I’ve had such trouble making my own Wi-Fi network connect reliably to both the house and The Back Room (home of This Old PC), I’ve recently begun connecting to a neighbor’s wireless router. We’ve got a big apartment complex and a new condo building right behind … Continue reading The ethics of "free" Wi-Fi
Charles W. Moore has a great article at Low End Mac on the 11th birthday of the Macintosh Powerbook 5300c, Apple’s first PowerPC laptop. First off, this 1995 model had the same problem that plagued iBook G4 and Powerbook G4 computers last week — flaming batteries: Even before the 5300 began shipping in quantity, it … Continue reading Happy 11th birthday, Powerbook 5300c
With my new antenna, speed on the free wireless connection is up to 24 MB/s. As far as I’m concerned, that rocks. Next step: I plan to look into the nerd-ethics of sharing Wi-Fi connections. If somebody just plugs their router in and doesn’t bother to even change the name from the default (the one … Continue reading Free wireless update