Author Archives: JCB

About JCB

A retired chemical engineer who likes to play with computers.

Wikipedia

I was born in the 1940s, long before the Internet came into being to supply information. For someone like me, who loved to read and wanted information about everything, there was a means. Door-to-door salesmen walked the neighborhoods, selling encyclopedias: … Continue reading

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MacBook Pro

After almost 30 years using Windows PCs exclusively, I recently bought a MacBook Pro. Why? Well, it all started with an iPhone. Before the iPhone, I had a Motorola Droid4 Android phone. It never seemed smooth and responsive to me … Continue reading

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Who Invented the Internet?

The Internet pervades our lives. There is almost no one whose life is not touched by of it. For many of us, the Internet seems like a necessity. We do our banking using it. We get our news from it. … Continue reading

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Apple versus Microsoft–a Little History

In 1981, when Microsoft provided the operating system for the original IBM Personal Computer (PC), it retained the right to sell that operating system to other computer manufacturers. Thus was born the PC clone market. Many manufacturers entered the market … Continue reading

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Is There Really Such a Thing as Plain Text?

This article says no, plain text is a lie. I don’t see it that way. The article is really talking about making sure you have your encoding correct and it does a great job of explaining why. To me, however, … Continue reading

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130 Pages??!!

I have a post about Markdown. It’s about 15 or 20 screens of information with a comfortable layout with lots of whitespace. I thought it was a relatively complete description of Markdown. Now I find a McSparky book on Markdown … Continue reading

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Tools Reviews at ProfHacker

Not entirely about plain text, but one of the writers at ProfHacker put together a summary of their reviews and comments about tools they use. Here is the lead: Here’s a collection of posts from the archives that focus on … Continue reading

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