December

ADOBE READER 6.0.1

Adobe released a minor update to Adobe Reader (formerly “Acrobat Reader”), from version 6.0 to 6.0.1. If you use Reader, you might get a popup notifying you of the upgrade.

A number of people are reporting problems with the upgrade on Adobe’s forums. After installing the upgrade, some people can no longer open PDF files in Internet Explorer. […] continued “ADOBE READER 6.0.1”

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OUTLOOK 2003 ANTI-SPAM UPDATE

Microsoft Outlook’s 2003 has been doing an extraordinary job of filtering my spam – almost no false positives and a 95%+ job of sending spam to the junk folder. My fear, tough, was that it would start to falter as the spammers became familiar with it and found holes to drive spam through. […] continued “OUTLOOK 2003 ANTI-SPAM UPDATE”

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REALNETWORKS SUES MICROSOFT

RealNetworks has filed a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft stifled RealNetworks’ attempts to develop a market for its RealPlayer software and RealOne service.

I wish I could be sympathetic. Digital media functions don’t necessarily have to be handled by the operating system. It seems intuitive that Windows Media Player is a separate product from Windows, not an integral part of the system. […] continued “REALNETWORKS SUES MICROSOFT”

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WINDOWS XP – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STANDBY AND HIBERNATE

Notebook computers with Windows XP can be set to “hibernate” when the lid is closed. The system memorizes what the computer is doing and saves that information, then turns off all power. When the computer is restarted, it immediately goes back to exactly where you left off. It’s a huge timesaver for notebook users. […] continued “WINDOWS XP – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STANDBY AND HIBERNATE”

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COMCAST CABLE INTERNET

Comcast claims to be moving forward to roll out Internet service on its cable systems in Sonoma County. If you’re in a rural area and you haven’t checked out cable or DSL availability lately, it’s worth a couple of calls. Comcast predicted my area would get cable Internet access in the first quarter of next year, which is a far more optimistic forecast than I expected. […] continued “COMCAST CABLE INTERNET”

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DELL PROMOTIONS & MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SERVER

It’s a good week to buy a computer at Dell.

Computer prices don’t change very much from week to week – they just keep going down at a pretty steady rate. Dell’s promotions are mostly perfectly nice and the price tends to be consistent regardless of whether the promotion is described as “free memory” or “double your hard drive” or whatever. […] continued “DELL PROMOTIONS & MICROSOFT SMALL BUSINESS SERVER”

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AMERICA ONLINE WOES

The online-advertising market is beginning to rebound, and profits are on the rise at Yahoo and MSN. Meanwhile, things keep getting worse and worse at AOL. Ad sales were down 50% in the third quarter compared to a year ago, and analysts expect sales to be down 33% in the fourth quarter. […] continued “AMERICA ONLINE WOES”

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MORE URBAN LEGENDS

Time for our annual reminder that most e-mail warnings of bad things are false, ranging from the intentionally harmful to benign urban myths. An e-mail message is circulating widely about an alleged phone scam, where pressing the wrong button during a recorded message results in alarming phone bills. It’s just another hoax, nothing more. […] continued “MORE URBAN LEGENDS”

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Microsoft has put together a rich source of information about digital photography on this page. It includes a fair amount of advertising for Microsoft products and partners, but there’s also wonderful, clearly-presented information about resolution, file formats, scanners, and a lot more.

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NEW LOOK FOR HOTMAIL

Hotmail got an overhaul yesterday, including a new interface that resembles Microsoft Outlook 2003. Theoretically the junk mail filter keeps improving, grouping and viewing of contacts has been improved, and the calendar can now be shared with other users.

(Is it coincidence that I can’t get Hotmail to load this morning? […] continued “NEW LOOK FOR HOTMAIL”

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