Technology Column

These are the Technology Columns written by Tom Anthony for PortFolio Magazine

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    TechMay 29, 1998 Is it just me, or are the new computer models superseding the old ones so quickly that it seems to be a blur? Recently I mentioned to the guys at my favorite computer store that I would be building a new PC to replace the three-year-old dinosaur in my home office. Once, the day I brought the cute little DX66 computer home, it WAS fast. Compared to the computers at work it was like a lightning bolt. I’m not entirely sure it was my imagination, but it seems like it has been gradually slowing down every day since. Way back when I asked, (six weeks ago) the…

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    May 19, 1998 Pick up most any newspaper and odds are there is a story somewhere about doing business on the Internet. You would think that just about everybody is making money hand over fist on this global computer network ‑ but that’s not really true. Some companies are doing exceedingly well selling everything from books to mailing lists. However, most of the business on the web involves selling exposure, not products.  Some of that gold lies in the form of the banner ad, a rectangle of information usually about the width of a postage stamp and about three quarters as wide as your screen.  The rates vary widely, and…

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    Tech May 11, 1998 Who’s got a handle on the difference between Cellular and Digital phone service? If you go to a technician, you may learn all about the fascinating world of analog. That’s the traditional method of modulating radio signals so that they can carry information. Yawn. Analog comes in two flavors – AM and FM – but you can just call it radio. The other approach is Digital Modulation. It’s roughly the same principal, except the information is transmitted in binary code ‑ the zeros and ones of computer language. It’s the like the difference between old vinyl recordings and the present-day CD. Yawn. Like I said –…

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    Tech 9814April 13, 1998 After turning on the coffee pot and pouring a bowl of fruit and fiber in the morning, many of us click on the TV set and watch the local news. There it is all laid out for us, weather – traffic – and headlines. All made possible by some pretty neat technology.  “For me it starts the night before. When I get up, first thing I do dial up the private connection to the WTKR news computer from home. I can check my office e-mail and even send instructions back to the station that the producer on duty gets right away. Next I’ll get on the…

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    Tech #9812March 30, 1998 Why do you think it is that we love to hate Microsoft? Personally I believe it’s because we’re all – myself included – really jealous of Bill Gates in his role as the richest guy in the known universe. Some may argue that Windows ’95 doesn’t work up to expectations. Others simply may be being defensive of their first and true love – Apple. Whatever the reason, if in fact you have something against the computer King Fish, you probably won’t like this review of Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 4.0 package. I took the time to download the entire IE 4.0 package from the Microsoft web…

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    March 20, 1998 As one to advise regular backups for every computer I wanted a high-tech tool to do the same for myself. But what? My first trip to the computer hardware store had me grunting like some Tim Allen comedy routine. 230 megabyte cartridge – eew! Seven gigabyte external tape drive – uggah!  Of course that was before I tried installing this stuff. The first attempt was a SyQuest 230MB EZ Flyer. I picked that one because you can hook it up without installing extra hardware. (More on this in a moment) Just run a cable from where your printer attaches to the back of your computer and you’re…

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    Tech 9813April 6, 1998 My Fiancé’s daughter Traci will be going off to Law school this Fall and in preparation is shopping for a notebook sized laptop computer. They have a technical name by the way, Notebook. My guess is that since she still hasn’t finished her education, Traci has some small amount of naivete. That could be the only explanation as to why she asked me of all people to help her look. Actually we both learned a lot. We started at the big computer store with the cow hide painted on the walls. Each of the select few computers on display was bathed in it’s own spotlight on…

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    Tech 9810March 9, 1998 Bob Chauncey runs a small business across the street from the 700 club in Virginia Beach.  Maybe all that technology from across the street zapped him, but Chauncey told me an interesting story the other day about the internet. “It’s still with the web master, but within a few days I’m going to host a world wide network of support oriented Internet sites for Christian singles.” Chauncey told me. “My internet guy really opened my eyes to the possibilities of the world wide web as a fountain of resources to our customers. I’m part of a group of just over 30 franchise owners around the country.…

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    Tech 9809March 2, 1998 With a lot of fanfare and one gracefully aging old actor the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton is focusing on the nether regions with it’s newest exhibit, Destination Space.  The actor,  Jimmy Doohan,  played Scotty on the original Star Trek TV series, and was in the area a few weeks ago to promote the opening. In an interview last year I asked Doohan (media player below) how long he’ll be playing Scotty. “Just as long as they let me!” was the enthusiastic reply.  So what’s all the hoopla about? “It brings space down to earth.” is the explanation provided by Kim Henson, Director of…

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    Tech 9808February 23, 1998 In the first Tech column published last spring, I had just moved into the Phat Flat, my top floor apartment overlooking Ghent. The theme of that article was that how when we move,  the modem  is the copper and glass thread that keeps us rooted in a common frame of reference.  With another move, this time to a nice condo in suburbia, I’ve found a new spin on that theme. Just around the corner and up the Boulevard from the new condo is the Virginia Beach Central Library. Talk about being connected! First on the list is a terrific web site at (http://www.virginia‑beach.va.us/services/library/)[old link – no…