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Replacement Character

This is not the title of a movie or a novel, but the official name of those annoying black diamonds with white question marks (�) that often show up when surfing the Web. Why are they still happening? The Web isn’t in its infancy anymore, so there should be a way to ensure that browsers display what page creators want visitors to see. The offending character, by the way, has the...

Virtually Private

With the disclosure of widespread spying on telephone calls and Internet connections in the U.S. and Europe (and I am sure that the rest of world isn’t far behind, although nobody talks about that), reality has far surpassed my long-held paranoia about e-mail and file security. So much has the issue of data protection moved into the public consciousness, that even the German...

Fifty-Six Thousand

I’m using Crashplan for my on-line backup. If you are not backing up your data regularly – you should. In more than one place, if possible, and not all in the cloud. So when I was sitting quietly in front of my computer the other day pondering a particularly ambivalent English sentence, I noticed that my hard drives were spinning like crazy, even though I had not been touching...

Cookie Monster

“Your computer’s appetite for cookies would put the Cookie Monster to shame.” That’s the start of a recent article in the Los Angeles Times about the use of so-called tracking files which are stored by web browsers. Worries about cookies are not new – some people are outright paranoid about them. Yet, Web cookies are small text files only, not software. They cannot control...

Audio Player Not Working

Out of the blue, the WP Audio Player installed on this blog stopped working. Error message: “File Not Found” although the file was clearly there and the default directory correctly set. After a long time of uninstalling and reinstalling and trying out all possible permutations of settings, I started to Google my way through possible solutions. Answers were thin and most of them...

Mobile Tagging

Speaker at ATA conference withQR code tag. Click to enlarge. Mobile tagging is widely used in Asia, especially in Japan. It describes the process of supplying data through a two-dimensional bar code that can be read and interpreted by a mobile device, such as a cell phone. The idea is that you point your smart phone at the code, the application takes a picture, decodes the information,...

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