In praise of Zoho Mail

Now that all of our email, bar a handful of client accounts, are going through the paid version of Zoho Mail, I couldn’t be happier.    When we shifted things over, my friend and web development expert, Nigel Dunn, suggested either Google or Zoho. He’s a big fan of Google, and I can see the […]

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Google Chrome blocked us over a GIF

Thank goodness for mates. Decent people out there prepared to tell me when I screw up—you know who you are—and when Google screws up.    One friend had the decency to tell me yesterday that he could not access Lucire’s online edition. This is what he saw:    It’s not the first time Google has […]

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I’m not the only one who has a problem with Internet Explorer

I realize software crashes can happen to anyone at any time, even Microsoft Windows president Steve Sinofsky, when demonstrating the new Microsoft Surface tablets in front of an audience in Los Angeles.    However, it does remind me of the year where Internet Explorer 9 would not work on any of our computers. The question […]

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Looks like the Microsoft man was wrong about this, too

A final postscript on my IE9 blank-window bug, again solved, as so many technological matters are here, by not following the advice of a self-proclaimed “expert”.    Hayton at the McAfee forums—which seem to be populated with polite people—mentioned the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer earlier today. This checks for what updates are missing, etc.   […]

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History has already shown us the better way, so why ape an outmoded market leader?

A friend had his Gmail hacked, and, much like an Atlantic article I read in the print edition a few months ago, the hackers deleted his entire mailbox. Google says these hacks only happen a few thousand times daily.    I’m concerned for him because he has to deal with the Google forums, and we […]

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Thoughts from a thoroughly modern machine

After I got back from India, my desktop computer went into meltdown. This was Nigel Dunn’s old machine, which I took over after he went to Australia, and it gave me excellent service for over two years.    I wasn’t prepared to go and buy a brand-new machine, but having made the plunge, I’m glad […]

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Fifty minutes to file a bug report at McAfee

Being a helpful netizen costs too much sometimes.    I found a very tiny bug in McAfee’s latest version. In Eudora, instead of ‘McAfee Anti-Spam’ in the menu bar, the latest update has caused those words to read ‘%COMPANY_NAME_NEUTRAL%Anti-Spam’.    To be a helpful netizen filing a bug report (and I am used to that […]

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Tumblr says: death to Pokémon haters

There was an interesting graphic on Tumblr today: which is an opinion. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I do not care for Pokémon, but it’s not as though it’s a reality TV show with whining contestants, the Wellywood sign, or Arial. Still, it’s not the end of the world.    The abuse that […]

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Archæological evidence that QuickDraw GX existed

Here’s a glyph inside JY Integrity that never got used beyond the original publicity in the mid-1990s.    Before there was OpenType, there was QuickDraw GX, and I was part of the consortium trying to sort out the character set, along with Allan Haley and others. We were using this newfangled collaboration tool called the […]

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Why I removed Chrome, and the six basic things that it can’t do

I write this not long after another Firefox crash (Atomic Decrement being the signature) and wiped three quite well worded (if I say so myself) paragraphs. To vent, I Tweeted, and received (again) the suggestion of switching to Chrome.    I appreciate the kind motive but Chrome is so severely lacking that last night, I […]

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