‘Whether you prefer writing your notes by hand or writing a complicated kanji, Gmail and Google Docs now support an extensive list of handwritten languages.
‘You can use your mouse or trackpad — or a stylus or your finger on touch screens — to write without a keyboard. Handwriting support works with more than 20 languages in Google Docs and more than 50 in Gmail — including Arabic, Chinese, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, and Russian…’
How the internet is breaking journalism
‘Last week’s revelations, investigations, and clarifications regarding Microsoft Security Essentials really made me realize something very critical about how the internet works today and how broken it is.
‘The assumptions that readers are making about the information that they find online – even at relatively “reputable” sites – are wrong. The internet is breaking what “journalism” means. As a result, it’s become even more critical for online information consumers (that’s you and me, by the way) to take on a burden that we have not been trained to even concern ourselves with until now…’
Did Apple End the Era of Paid Operating Systems?
The irony is that Apple products are outrageously the most expensive
‘Microsoft – the king of the operating system in the ’80s and ’90s and on into the aughts – still charges PC makers who sell the Windows OS preloaded on their desktop and laptop machines, but that business is shrinking, thanks in large part to the continued success of Apple. And just last week, Microsoft announced that, much like Apple, it would not charge consumers who upgrade their machines to the latest version of Windows, version 8.1.
‘Part of what’s going on here is that the low-cost mobile ecosystem has changed the way people think about operating system software. Smartphones and tablets have left traditional computers in the dust, and their operating systems and apps are overwhelmingly free…’
Are power outages killing your SSDs?
I have no SSD but yes it does that to my netbook
‘The implications of this research are significant. It suggests that SSDs, including enterprise SSDs, should not be trusted to behave in the proper fashion, or to be as robust as HDDs. Indeed, the number of hits for the phrase “disappearing SSD” is huge, and while many refer to the Crucial M4, that drive is not the only one listed. I myself have run into this problem in the past, with several drives unexpectedly dying after random power cycles. I never thought to check for a wider issue until now.
‘Without vendor information, there is little practical advice to be offered. The best thing a user can do is attempt to ensure that the power doesn’t unexpectedly turn off, via even a small uninterruptible power supply (UPS)…’