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Reasons to Never Use Internet Explorer Again

[This article was originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/24/12] For years, I’ve avoided Internet Explorer at all costs. It’s a poorly written Internet browser application with numerous security flaws. The fact that these flaws are well documented has always been a point of confusion because I’d think that a mega-company like Microsoft would surely have the resources and brain power to fix them. But, alas, I’ve been saying that for a long time and Microsoft continues to fail on all accounts with Internet Explorer, or IE. Why is IE so bad? Let’s begin with the obvious. In today’s...

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Internet Phone Improving Options

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 6/7/12] You may have heard the catchy commercials or seen the late-night infomercials. These days, it’s hard to escape advertisers extolling the virtues of Internet phone service. You may ask yourself, “How can I make phone calls through an Internet connection?” Using a technology called VoIP, you now have the power to do just that. VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol” and allows your home phone to use a network connection and become like your computer, in a similar way that smartphones are computers with phone capabilities. In 2004, the...

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Microsoft Going All In With Windows 8

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/30/12] As Apple and Google continue to win over new customers with their sleek, modern products and services, Microsoft has been plotting its next move to keep up in the fast-paced technology world. After years of dominating the operating system market, Windows has recently seen its sales decline because of this tough competition. At the beginning of March, Microsoft unveiled the beta version of its newest competitor in the operating system market: Windows 8. After the failure of Windows Vista, Windows 7 returned some dignity back to the Microsoft...

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CSS3 Features Add New Level of Excitement to Web Work

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/9/12] The ability to create interesting web pages today continues to advance as the specifications of the Internet languages we use evolves as well. The foundational language of all web pages is HTML, or Hyper-Text Markup Language, and CSS, or Cascading style sheets. As I wrote last week on the latest in HTML, it seems appropriate to mention why the new features of CSS3 are so exciting. CSS3 is the latest specification of the CSS language from the Worldwide Web Consortium, or W3C. This new version of CSS allows for many design elements to be coded...

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