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Windows 8: Is it as bad as everyone says?

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I teach computer classes at a public library, mostly classes on Windows and Office, so I’m on the front line, so to speak, whenever Microsoft changes its operating system. Not to overgeneralize, but I’ve found over the years that many Windows users tend to be technically hesitant or conservative. When Windows changes, the complaining from these users is extensive. This attitude directly contrasts with the Apple community, which tends to be excited, and extol the new look and features of the new operating system or device.

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Classic Science Fiction Revisited:Theodore Sturgeon’s "More than Human" by Robert Bee

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Theodore Sturgeon is one of the most significant figures of the Golden Age movement. He started writing SF for John W. Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction in the late 30s and produced half-a-dozen or so novels, and enough short stories to fill several thick volumes of collected stories. His work influenced writers as diverse as Ray Bradbury and Samuel Delany. Among the Golden Age writers, he was probably the most talented at both writing style and character development.

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Beeline to the Future: Classic Science Fiction Novel Reread, The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

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When I was a teenager, I went through an Asimov phase. The Foundation Trilogy was a great teenage reading experience, much like Lord of the Rings, a thrilling youthful moment. I remember my mother giving me The Foundation Trilogy as a Christmas present, and I couldn’t wait to read it. I figured out where she had hidden the book, and when my Mother was out of the house at night, I took the book out and read it. I had read much of volume 1 by the time she wrapped it.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Jack Kirby's 'Kamandi' Series

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I’ve been recently rereading Jack Kirby’s SF comics from the 70s when Kirby left Marvel for DC with great fanfare. Kamandi was Kirby best selling and longest lasting series from that period. A couple of years ago, DC republished the series in large folio editions, superb reproductions on good, thick paper that really gives you the opportunity to appreciate the art.

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