November

MICROSOFT OFFICE XP – CHEAP!

Microsoft has always had “student editions” of the Office suite – same software, lower price, for full-time students and educators. In the past it’s only been available in settings where there was some small amount of control over the purchasers – campus bookstores, for example, where a student ID has to be shown at the cash register. […] continued “MICROSOFT OFFICE XP – CHEAP!”

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EXCITE@HOME CONSPIRACY THEORY

The December 10 issue of Forbes magazine presents an interesting theory to explain how Excite@Home wound up in its current embarrassing predicament. “A new conspiracy theory alleges that AT&T, despite controlling 23% of @Home’s common shares and 74% of the voting shares, drove the firm to the brink of bankruptcy–so it could then acquire the rest of it on the cheap. […] continued “EXCITE@HOME CONSPIRACY THEORY”

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BADTRANS VIRUS

Another virus making the rounds these days. BADTRANS is the usual – arrives as an e-mail attachment, sends itself back out to lots of people with your name on the message as the sender, does a couple of dirty deeds on your computer. If you’re infected, here’s an explanation of what the virus does and how to get rid of it. […] continued “BADTRANS VIRUS”

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SEARCH ENGINES

Google is experimenting with different ways to rank web sites when it reports search results. Here’s an interesting article about search engines and the extraordinary things done to increase site rankings on Google and the other search engines.

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EXCITE@HOME MIGHT SHUT OFF CABLE INTERNET SERVICE

Early this year Northpoint shut off DSL service to 100,000 customers with only a few days notice. It caused such a flap that I thought nothing like it would ever happen again. Guess what? Excite@Home says service might be shut off on Friday to 4.1 million cable Internet customers.

Now, mind you, I don’t think it will really happen. […] continued “EXCITE@HOME MIGHT SHUT OFF CABLE INTERNET SERVICE”

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BOOKS AND BLOGS

I maintain this news page with Blogger, a wonderful free service that makes it easy to publish short, frequently updated posts arranged chronologically. Blogs can be set up to facilitate small group collaboration, or they can be online diaries full of adolescent angst, or they can be anything else dreamed up by a fertile imagination. […] continued “BOOKS AND BLOGS”

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AUDIOGALAXY ADDON

If you’re an AudioGalaxy user, this addon from Hyperku.com might be of interest. It helps you assemble a complete album from the songs available online, with a single click. I’m told it works, but I haven’t tested it.

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WINDOWS XP AND CD BURNING

Windows XP supports CDRs and CDRWs. Its ability to burn CDs is relatively basic and many people will wind up enhancing it with another product – Easy CD Creator or Feurio or the like.

If you run Windows XP and have consistent problems burning CDs using the built-in software, this fix should take care of it. […] continued “WINDOWS XP AND CD BURNING”

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MP3 MOMENTUM

There’s still a chance that the copyright police will be forced to back down. There’s lots of market forces favoring the .mp3 format and it’s possible that consumers will turn away from the expensive locked-down files that will be made available by the recording industry.

In the next few weeks, the record industry will finally launch two high-profile subscription services, Pressplay and MusicNet. […] continued “MP3 MOMENTUM”

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AOL AND WINDOWS XP

This was apparently reported first by Betanews.com a few months ago, but I spotted it in an article today on Newbytes.com:

“AOL released version 7 on Oct. 16, nine days before Microsoft shipped Windows XP. For the first time in five years, AOL’s client software was not bundled with Microsoft’s latest operating system.

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WINDOWS XP TIPS

There’s a few things to do before you upgrade to Windows XP, but here’s a couple that shouldn’t be overlooked: uninstall Norton Antivirus and PCAnywhere before you start the upgrade. Some nasty side effects if they’re still on the system when you run the setup program.

Once you’re up and running, there’s a couple of things in the Microsoft Powertoys that might catch your eye. […] continued “WINDOWS XP TIPS”

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MORE ON TABLET COMPUTING

If you can’t imagine why anyone would want a tablet computer, here’s a good article that explains their niche in the market and outlines what they will and won’t do.

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TABLET PCs

Bill Gates delivered a speech yesterday where he presented a few more details about the upcoming “Tablet PC” – a flat, lightweight screen to tuck under your arm and use everywhere. Lots of cool tricks built into it for voice and handwriting recognition. Mr. G. predicts it will be the most popular form of computer in five years. […] continued “TABLET PCs”

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002

Generally I’m happy with Norton Antivirus 2002. It installs like a dream, the e-mail scanning works, and it’s easy to update.

But here’s an interesting side-effect. I just set up a new Dell Dimension 8200 – a very nice, very fast computer. Almost immediately I noticed that the clock was losing time – a lot of time, several hours every day. […] continued “NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2002”

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BAILING OUT ON BROADBAND

Prices for DSL and cable are rising, the economy’s in the doldrums, and many people have no interest in using a broadband connection to download music, listen to streamed audio, or watch postage-stamp sized video. Small wonder that more DSL and cable subscribers are cancelling their accounts than ever before. […] continued “BAILING OUT ON BROADBAND”

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