Winter Warmup

Winter weather in Wisconsin is anything but predictable. It’s not consistent either. In fact, the only true statement you can make is that the weather is interesting. Exciting might work as another term for it. So, I’m not at all surprised that November turned out quite cold with temperatures well below normal, and now December… (read more)

Thinking About the Continuing Loss of Privacy

It’s easy to wonder whether there will ever come a time when humans will no longer have any privacy of any sort. In part, the problem is one of our own making. We open ourselves up to all sorts of intrusions for the sake of using technology we really don’t need. I’ve discussed this issue… (read more)

The Importance of Finding Work

Readers sometimes show patterns in the questions they ask and, in some cases, the pattern shows across a number of my books. When I started to note that readers were interested in discovering just how to earn a living once they have developed a new skill and that they were interested in me providing that… (read more)

Missing Source Code Files for Beginning Programming with Python for Dummies

A number of readers have written to ask about the downloadable source code for Beginning Programming with Python For Dummies. At one point, the downloadable source was featured on the Extras page and I provided a link to it as part of the Getting Your Beginning Programming with Python for Dummies Extras post. The other… (read more)

Robot Induced Slavery

I’ve written many posts in this blog about the usefulness of robots. Robots can server all kinds of useful purposes—everything from allowing people to live on their own to keeping people out of hostile environments that could cause death. In fact, robots are definitely in our future. At some point, there won’t be enough young… (read more)

Shoveling It!

There is nothing quite so pretty as the sun glinting on new fallen snow. The landscape is whitewashed. The brown and dying leaves are covered over and hidden from view. There is even a crisp clean scent in the air that is impossible to reproduce at any other time of the year. When you live in… (read more)

Dealing with Acronyms and Abbreviations

My books are packed with acronyms and abbreviations, and readers complain about them all the time. An acronym is a series of letters that shorten a term and you can say. For example, Language INtegrated Query (LINQ) is pronounced “link” so it counts as an acronym. An abbreviation is a shortened version of a term… (read more)

Review of C# 5.0 Programmer’s Reference

A number of readers have asked me about the next book to get after reading one of my C# books, such as Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010 or C# Design and Development. Of course, it’s hard to recommend a next book unless you know where the reader is headed. After all, many of… (read more)