Moving Apps to the External SD Card on Android

Some months ago I bought a new Android phone. The internal storage was only 16 GB, so I put in an external SD card of 32 GB.

As I started installing apps, I began to move the larger ones to the SD card using the Android Apps menu.

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Code Monkey or CAD Monkey?

I recently came across this comment:

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “oh, I just COULDN’T stare at a computer all day lol”.

If you want a decent job, it’s probably going to be an office job staring at a computer all day ...

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If You Get News from TV, You Are Doing it Wrong

When I was young, I lived in a country that had no cable TV or satellite dishes. My only sources of news were from newspapers and radio. The Web practically did not exist.

First Exposure

In the early 90’s, I visited another country for over a month to visit ...

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Shine a Spotlight on Those Photos

A nearby photography club has annual county wide competitions. The judges select their favorite photos and display them in a mall for a month.

Several years ago, I took a friend to the mall to show him the photos. We had only a few minutes until closing time, and they ...

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Pay Down Mortgage or Invest?

The following scenarios are ones many of us run in to:

  1. Lumped Sum: I suddenly got $30,000. Should I put the money towards my mortgage, or should I invest it?
  2. Periodic Payments: After all my monthly bills, I have $500 left over. Should I put it all towards my ...
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Study Notes in the Information Age

It has been a long time since I was a college student. In those days I took all my notes in the classroom with a notebook. One notebook for each course.

Looking back at the experience, this had some down sides:

  1. Some of what I wrote down was “useless”. Things ...
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Luminosity Masks in Darktable

When I first got into photoediting, I started off with the free software GIMP. I was a student and couldn’t afford Adobe Photoshop. While GIMP had/has shortcomings, and as much as people like to denigrate it, it was (and likely still is), the best general purpose photoediting tool ...

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Bird Watching

A friend of mine recently took his bird watching hobby to another level. Armed with a 400mm lens, a scope and a sturdy tripod, he and his wife scour the local area for birds. The absence of leaves makes it easier to find them. [1]

I met up with them ...

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A Guide to Midnight Commander

In the old days of DOS there used to be a great graphical, but text based, file manager called Norton Commander.

These days the name “Norton” attached to any software product causes people to shudder. In those days, though, everything Peter Norton touched turned to gold. Even after selling Peter ...

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Merriam Webster is Rolling in his Grave. Literally.

From the Merriam Webster online dictionary:

Definition of LITERALLY

  1. in a literal sense or manner : actually. took the remark literally, was literally insane
  2. in effect : virtually. will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice — Norman Cousins

When it comes to language, I’m not a purist ...

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The 2004 Transit of Venus

The upcoming transit of Venus across the sun is often mentioned in the news these days. It’s a rare event—-the next one will occur over a century from now. The last one, though, was only 8 years ago.

Back then, observatories across the world had “live” webcasts of ...

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