April

PHONE BOOK SEARCHES ON GOOGLE

Google has added a new service that will make you go, hmm.

Do a Google search for your home phone number. Type in the number like this: 707-xxx-xxxx.

If the number is listed in the phone book, you’ll instantly get back your name, your address, and links to maps that will helpfully display exactly where your house is. […] continued “PHONE BOOK SEARCHES ON GOOGLE”

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CENTRINO NOTEBOOKS

Make sure you’re up to speed on the Centrino notebooks. Within a year it’s likely that they will completely dominate the notebook market and you’d regret having bought anything else. The Pentium M processor at 1.6GHz is as fast as desktop systems running at 3.06GHz, and battery life is nearly double other high end notebooks. […] continued “CENTRINO NOTEBOOKS”

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THE WIRELESS WORLD

An interesting sign of things to come. I fired up the laptop today at a lovely bed & breakfast in Mendocino and an open wireless network popped up. In ten seconds I was online, using the B&B’s DSL line to get online and check mail. Get your Centrino notebooks warmed up – access will be more and more readily available during the next year or two. […] continued “THE WIRELESS WORLD”

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NEW COURT DECISION: FILE SHARING PROGRAMS ARE LEGAL

A federal court judge in Los Angeles handed down a decision about file sharing that actually makes sense for a change. Judge Wilson ruled that the parent companies of Morpheus and Grokster are not liable for copyright infringement that takes place using their software. There was a similar decision last year in the Netherlands about the Kazaa software. […] continued “NEW COURT DECISION: FILE SHARING PROGRAMS ARE LEGAL”

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THE TWO TOWERS ON DVD

The Two Towers will be released on DVD in two editions, as with The Fellowship of the Ring. On August 26, the theatrical release will be available on DVD – but the one you really want is the special edition with 48 extra minutes of footage, available on November 18. Mark your calendar! […] continued “THE TWO TOWERS ON DVD”

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WINDOWS XP UPDATE BUG

It’s not clear how widespread this problem is, but there are reports that a Critical Update posted by Microsoft last week can cause Windows XP systems to slow down dramatically. Don’t fix this if it’s not a problem, but if you installed an update last week and you’ve noticed a significant change in the way your system is performing, go to Control Panel / Add-Remove Programs and uninstall Windows XP Hotfix 811493. […] continued “WINDOWS XP UPDATE BUG”

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80-20 RETRIEVER

I have a lot of information stored in my Outlook folders. Maybe you’re in the same position – dozens of subfolders, or 5,000 messages in your Inbox that you plan to organize as soon as you have time.

80-20 Retriever is a $49.95 program that indexes your Outlook folders and does lightning-fast searches, presenting results by content, person, date, or folder. […] continued “80-20 RETRIEVER”

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003

Microsoft has quietly set the stage for a revolutionary change in pricing for Microsoft Office for individuals and small businesses.

Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) has traditionally been so expensive that most people used the version that shipped with their new computer, and never upgraded it. Many of you have never seen Office XP/2002, the current version – which has many nice improvements, especially in Outlook, but which isn’t worth the upgrade cost for most people. […] continued “MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003”

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UNDERSTANDING THE CENTRINO

Intel is doing an all-out media blitz to establish “Centrino” as a brand name that you know and love. Hey, it worked with “Pentium.”

Here’s an article that cuts through the advertising hype and the confusing names and features. Highly recommended if you’re considering a new notebook.

I can give you a quick summary. […] continued “UNDERSTANDING THE CENTRINO”

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SECURITY UPDATE

You might have seen the latest article about the lack of security in Microsoft products. It was picked up widely by the mainstream newspapers. According to a study by Forrester Research, three-fourths of computer software security experts at major companies do not think Microsoft’s products are secure.

Most of the articles omitted another statistic. […] continued “SECURITY UPDATE”

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