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Spell-checking feature can be a mixed blessing

In writing this column I am indebted to the members of my Editorial Review Board who volunteer their time to help make me look good by proofreading this column before it goes to press.  These people are friends who live outside of Mexico or people who have moved away but still want to continue reading this column.  My agreement with them is that they need to contribute by checking spelling, grammar and style.  In spite of everyone’s best effort, sometimes a mistake still manages to show up in print.

Internet gone down? Not an ISP problem? Fixes require rational steps, patience

Do something!  Do something!  Do something NOW!  That was the refrain Berta was hearing from the renters one weekend morning.  Berta is the employee in charge of a rental property and the best cook and housekeeper in San Miguel de Allende. Her technical expertise does not extend very far into network topology or internet troubleshooting though. Berta tries hard to please, sometimes too hard, so with the tenants vociferously wailing that they were being deprived of Facebook, she succumbed to the pressure of the moment.

3D printers: Will we soon need a background check to buy ink?

As a teenager I became an avid Trekie, never missing an episode of the original series, TNG, DS9 or STV.  Readers who have never heard of Star Trek may be excused now.  Over the years a great deal of the futuristic technology featured in the series has actually become a reality.  The latest example is the “replicator” used to turn energy into matter, magically creating anything from a replacement warp core part to a steak dinner. 

Adobe to discontinue boxed, purchased software

Adobe Systems, the maker the popular Creative Suite that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, Dreamweaver and Acrobat has announced the current versions will be the last.  The company will discontinue the sale of “one-and-done” boxed or purchased software in favor of a cloud-based “software-as-a-service” scheme.