MUSIC THEORY

MusicTheory.net teaches you music theory starting with bass and clef notes and finishing with an analysis of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

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PRINTER BLUES

A reader wrote to tell us she can’t get her printer to print. The computer shows it to be “offline,” though it clearly isn’t. When this happens to us, simply rebooting the computer usually fixes the problem.

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ITS ELEMENTAL

“Nova Elements” came out last year as a free iPad app, and now it’s free for Windows – but only for users of Windows 8.1. That is a free upgrade for users of plain old Windows 8. Find it by tapping the Windows key, (looks like a flag), and typing “store.” The upgrade should be right there.

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CLEARING THE AIR

We bought 15 boxes of Kleenex to blow our allergy-clogged noses. Then we got a couple of air cleaners that got rid of the allergens and we don’t need the Kleenex. This is a lot like life.

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23 ODDLY SATISFYING GIFS

“23 Oddly Satisfying GIFs You Could Probably Watch Forever:”  We didn’t think we could watch them forever but were pretty impressed at the way a golf ball flattens when hit.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

The much-touted Facebook “Paper” is a news app for the iPhone, but it only works if you have the latest iOS 7 operating system. If you have an older iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, it won’t install.

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AMAZON STUDIOS

We’ve been watching “Alpha House,” Amazon’s new political comedy series, created by Gary Trudeau, who does the Doonesbury cartoon. If you want to vote on what their next series might be, go to AmazonPreview.com to get an invitation. We thought “For Sale by Superhero” looked pretty good.

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BETTER SEARCHES WITH WINDOWS 8.1

We love the new search function in Windows 8.1. Click the “Start” button and type the name of a country. “Morocco,” for example. You’ll see a list of any files that mention Morocco. (On Joy’s computer, Bob’s bio came up, since he went on an archaeological dig there.) You also get a map and basic stats about the country, such as its population and GDP. Slide to the right to see links to videos, tourist information and other links. We typed “England,” and got main attractions, tours, pictures, history and — rather oddly — some apps for New England Patriots fans. (The computer just latches on to key words.)

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PRINT LIVES

Just when you thought print was dead, along comes a new magazine from the website AllRecipes.com. Instead of going from print to digital, it’s going from digital to print. Of course, the website will still exist, but this November you can get the magazine too. The new “AllRecipes” magazine will cost $12 for a two-year subscription. The initial subscriber base is expected to be 500,000, which is very big. (People are always asking “What’s cooking?”). Print is handy to have in the kitchen. It’s easier to drip tomato sauce on a printed page than on your iPad. Mashable.com reports that print advertising in the food category is up over 10 percent this year. Bon Appetit’s advertising revenue was up 42 […]

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

We listen to online radio nearly every day but still enjoy our FM radio stations. Turns out we’re not alone. Ninety-three percent of teens and adults use old fashioned radio, according to a Pew Research report. Though online radio use has surged from 28 percent to 56 percent of the population, it’s still common to flip on a regular radio station. Regular TV use is even more common. Some 98 percent of us watch TV the ordinary way at least some of the time, in addition to whatever devices bring us the online version.

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