Commentary

I get a lot of requests from individuals on how to accomplish a myriad of tasks using popular software. I also get requests from individuals asking for help creating Web pages, or writing computer programs in a variety of computer languages. Now there is an unusual free resource that can give everyone detailed instructions on how to complete his selected tasks. While there are many free online help and tutorial services, what makes this one unusual is that it is mostly based on still images (screen captures), with only a small amount of text explaining each image.

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Thank you to each of our Examiner readers who took the time to write, call or e-mail following last week’s article on the extreme behavior of a child that I witnessed first-hand in my home. I had hoped not to anger any parent, teacher or counselor of such a child, but to point out the severe need for parents to recognize the behavior and work to help these children reach their full potentials in life. Before letting the article go to be print, I sent a copy to one of the young mothers I trust so much in this field.

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Having interviewed dozens of families, visiting with many for lengthy periods of time, and observing carefully parental learning, loving and leading of children with autism, aggression, physical limitations, environmental challenges and anti-social behavior, I’ve come to believe I know very little. I am totally amazed at how much effort it takes on the part of these parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and others who love these children greatly to help these often gifted children see normal development for their individual lives.

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Just as the automakers announce their new offerings every fall, so do the major security software publishers. In recent days, I have seen announcements and promotions for the 2012 offerings from Kaspersky, AVG, Panda, and TrendMicro. 2012 editions from McAfee and Norton may be available by the time that you read this. With each new model year, just like the automakers, the computer security software companies typically offer more features and improved performance.

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“Labor Day is traditionally a time for picnics and parades. But this year is no picnic for American workers, and a protest march would be more appropriate than a parade.”

Last week, those tough words were uttered not by a fiery union organizer or laid-off worker but by Robert B. Reich, a university professor, economist and author who was Secretary of Labor when Bill Clinton was president.

Reich minced no words detailing the source of discontent that demands a protest march.

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Q. I went to pay for something and the clerk said, “Cash only.” Is it legal for a store to refuse to accept a check or take a credit card? I thought a check was just like cash?

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Some truths never get too old for the telling or sharing. In our Sunday school class here on the Bolivar Peninsula, I have taught about salt and light for three weeks. Common subjects both — but super important to be understood and obeyed.

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In the 11 years that I have been writing this weekly column (more than 500 columns), I know that I have had some spelling and grammatical faux pas. I have used several versions of Word, Google Docs, Open Office and Libre Office as my word processor, and all have a reasonable spelling and grammar checker, which I have never failed to run, but still some errors slip through.

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In Matthew, Chapter 5, we read, beginning with Verse 14, “Ye (meaning Christian people) are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in Heaven.” That is through Verse 16 in Matthew 5.

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Last week I wrote about the imperative to frequently and constantly back up our hard drives. I referenced the three most important words in computing: Backup, Backup and Backup! I warned about Murphy’s first law of computing: “A properly backed up hard drive will never fail, but the first time that you do not have a current backup, it will always fail at the most inopportune time.”

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