April

TAKE HOME A CONCERT IN YOUR POCKET

Hey, old-timers – remember The Jetsons? Disneyland’s House of the Future? We’re here. It’s the future. Watch it happen, right before your eyes.

A club in New Jersey is installing a kiosk near its exit. Folks attending a concert at the club can stop on the way out and plug in a USB drive and carry away a recording of the concert in their pockets. […] continued

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DRUG PRICE INFORMATION ONLINE

The government has revamped www.medicare.gov. Among other things, it now has comprehensive information about prices on a variety of prescription drugs in thousands of pharmacies, with and without various discount and Medicare cards. Here’s a New York Times article about the new information and the controversy over unexplained wide variations in prices. […] continued

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SECURITY AND CHOCOLATE

The New York Times has an article today reporting on a British survey that underscored another gaping security hole in our computer lives – namely, that most people don’t think about computer security at all.

A man posted outside a London subway station at rush hour offered a chocolate bar to random passers-by if they would reveal the password they used to log on to the Internet. […] continued

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GOOGLE GMAIL OPENS TO BLOGGER USERS

If you use Blogger (as I do for this news page), you’re invited to test Google’s new Gmail service. Visit blogger.com for details.

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OUTLOOK SEARCHES

There’s a new utility being developed that might be your new best friend.

X1 indexes Outlook e-mail and contacts, as well as all your files, and does lightning-fast searches for words in them.

Some of you have just had adrenaline shoot into your body. I did when I read about it. […] continued

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A9.COM SEARCH

Amazon.com has unveiled its own search engine, www.a9.com. Search results are drawn from Google as well as Amazon, and include search results from inside books indexed by Amazon. If you sign in with your Amazon account, you can store your search history, annotate web pages, and even see a history of web sites visited. […] continued

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MEDIA CENTER 10

Media Center 10 is the new version of the program formerly known as Media Jukebox – software for playing and organizing your music files. It is a long-time favorite among power users, but the improvements in the interface on the new version make it far easier to get started. Click here for more information! […] continued

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MORE FUN WITH THE RECORDING INDUSTRY

Once you’ve built a reputation for being evil and stupid, it has to be hard to find new ways to live up to the reputation. The American recording industry deserves credit for its unceasing efforts to destroy any remaining vestige of respect or sympathy you might have had for them.

Need examples? […] continued

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NIGHTMARE ON ADWARE STREET

Here’s an article about a tech-savvy journalist who decided to see what happened if he allowed some adware onto his system. He clicked OK on a few dialog boxes that popped up while he was surfing – the same ones you see all the time.

During the next few weeks, his computer spiraled out of control. […] continued

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GATEWAY STORES TO CLOSE

Gateway announced today that it will close all of its remaining retail stores on April 9, ending an expensive and difficult experiment for a company that has been struggling to find a profitable business plan.

Gateway completed its acquisition of eMachines last month. One reason for the store closings: the retailers carrying eMachines might have objected to competing with Gateway stores and could have retaliated by dropping the eMachine line. […] continued

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