DOS IS BOSS

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CHAT WITH A WORLD WAR I SOLDIER

Topics: Texting a soldier, retro game, video trends, avoiding loud commercials, family safety settings, sketching tips, ten enigmas that defy explanation.

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TEXTING FROM YOUR COMPUTER

Joy’s sister recently sent her an email saying: “Look at your text messages.” (She implied, but did not add, “Dummy!”)  We’re much more likely to see email on our computer than texts on our phone and Sis knows it. We’re that rare couple who doesn’t live on their phones. So what we needed was a free Windows app called “MySMS,” which is for Android phones only. The acronym stands for “Short Message Service.” You can get it from MySMS.com. Once installed on your computer, it can copy all the text messages that were sent to your smartphone — as long as you have another app installed on your phone. That’s also called MySMS and you get it from the Google […]

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PAINTERS USING COREL PAINTER

 PainterArtist.com/masters has links to a marvelous group of artists who use the “Corel Painter” program to create their art. Some of them have tutorials.

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BACK TO THE PAST

Every new Windows computer is supposed to be better than the last. But the old ones do something the new ones can’t: they run old programs. There’s an estimated 250 million Windows XP computers out there. They are powerful computers, better than anything NASA had when they landed men on the moon, and they’re cheap. Joy bought a refurbished Dell for $70. That’s less than we paid for an electric toothbrush. And furthermore, it works great. So what’s the problem? Well, Microsoft has abandoned Windows XP — no more support, no more updates. But that doesn’t matter if you don’t go on the Internet. In short, this has to be a stand-alone machine, isolated. They — the mysterious and malevolent […]

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FREE ART FROM THE NEW YORK LIBRARY

Publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization takes you to thousands of items you can download for free from the New York Public Library. These were all online before but are newly downloadable. You can group the collection by century (going as far back as the 11th century) or by color or genre. In the 20th century section, we saw a lot of commercial posters, and we like those, but there’s a little bit of everything.

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FUN WITH PHOTOS

“Fotojet” is a free online program for turning photos into magazine covers, greeting cards, and exotic prints or digital art without the bother of a learning curve (like the long one in figuring out Photoshop).

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TURN YOUR PHOTOS INTO PAINTINGS

“Pikazo,” a $3 iPhone app, turns ordinary photos into works of art automatically, in seconds.  One might look like an Old Master, another a modern abstract.

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AWESOME 100-YEAR OLD CRAFTS FOR KIDS

“10 Awesome 100-Year old Crafts for Kids has some remarkably fun and easy projects. We liked the has umbrella tent and the cornstarch jewelry.

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A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Take a walk through the British Museum, save on air fare. Go to Google.com/cultural institute. Search on the words “British Museum” for a virtual tour. Pack a lunch, this is a very large museum.

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