NEW VERSION OF WINDOWS UPDATE & NEW CRITICAL UPDATES

There are new Critical Updates from Microsoft today that fix the exploit used by the “Download.Ject” trojan, the one that generated all the news articles last month. It replaces a temporary patch that was more limited in scope. Go to Windows Update and install the latest updates!

The Windows Update site is driven in part by software that runs on your computer. […] continued

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GOOGLE ZEITGEIST

While I was looking at toolbars, I stumbled on Google Zeitgeist, an interesting place to look around for a few minutes. It’s on the Google Toolbar – click on the Google logo on the left, then click on Google Links / Zeitgeist.

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MSN vs. GOOGLE

Microsoft is rolling out services to challenge Google. I’m underwhelmed by every single bit of it so far.

Yesterday’s presentation, described in this article, summarizes some of the initiatives. MSN is going to sponsor a toolbar – presumably integrated into Outlook and Internet Explorer – that will allow lightning-fast searches through Outlook folders, local and network files, and the Internet. […] continued

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OUTLOOK SEARCHES

I’ve been using X1 to do lightning-fast searches through e-mail and contacts in Outlook, and files on my computer and on the network. A new version will be released next week that adds the ability to search for phrases, enhanced Boolean AND/OR/NOT searches, and some other tricks. It’s a pleasure to use, but a bit pricey at $99. […] continued

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OFFICE 2003 SERVICE PACK 1

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 – especially Outlook 2003 – head over to the Office Update web site and install the suggested updates. You’ll get an update for the Outlook 2003 spam filter, plus Office 2003 Service Pack 1 with a host of security updates and other fixes.

It appears to fix a small but annoying problem in Outlook – when you print an e-mail message, the printout will include the names of file attachments. […] continued

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BITTORRENT TAKES OVER PEER-TO-PEER

BitTorrent is responsible for more than half of the file sharing traffic now, according to a recent study.

Threats by the record companies against Kazaa users were effective at scaring off people with the most interesting libraries, leaving a lot of rap and heavy metal on Kazaa but not very much classic rock and jazz. […] continued

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PARADISE FOR ACTION GAMERS

The computer gaming industry is about to get a double-barreled blast of publicity and revenue. Watch for the hype to begin, and be tempted by the extraordinary games that will be released soon – but keep a close eye on the hardware requirements!

Doom 3 will be released on August 3 – the most hotly anticipated game in years. […] continued

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ONE PERSON’S SPAM IS ANOTHER PERSON’S TREASURE

Yahoo Mail surveyed 3100 people in May about spam. One-fifth of the US residents said they have bought products from spammers. Twenty percent! It’s enormously difficult to draw the line between “spam” (a despised scourge) and “advertising” (a legitimate attempt to market a product, even if unsolicited). How can you legislate against the “Vi  ag3 ra” ads that are slipping through the spam filters, if people are buying products in response to the messages? […] continued

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KAREN’S REPLICATOR

The last thing you want to do is install a bunch of free utilities from unknown sources. It’s almost never necessary and frequently causes problems. Everybody is with me on this, right?

 

Every rule has an exception or two. I ran across a utility that might be inordinately helpful for some of you. […] continued

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INTERNET ARCHIVE

If you’re bored, spend some time looking around archive.org, a huge site attempting to be the library of the Internet.

A fascinating section features snapshots of web sites taken frequently over the last five years, offering a way to go back and see what a web site looked like in the past. […] continued

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FREE RECYCLING AT OFFICE DEPOT

Office Depot has partnered with HP to offer free recycling this summer. From July 18 through September 6, you’ll be able to bring one electronic item per day for recycling at no charge. This is a nice offer – environmentally sensitive and helpful to consumers now that most recycling centers are charging a fee for taking old computer equipment. […] continued

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COLOR LASER PRINTERS

Printer prices are in freefall. Inkjet and all-in-one printers under a hundred dollars, laser printers under two hundred dollars – and now color laser printers have dropped below five hundred dollars. At that price, small businesses have to consider them – the cost per page is far lower than inkjets, and they print far more quickly. […] continued

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WINDOWS UPDATES

There are five new critical updates from Microsoft today. If you followed my suggestion and activated the “Automatic Update” feature of Windows XP, your computer will download them tonight and install them automatically. If you’re not sure, visit Windows Update and install anything identified as a “Critical Update”! Make sure you’re up to date on Microsoft’s security patches! […] continued

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PRINTING A LIST OF ATTACHMENTS TO AN E-MAIL MESSAGE

When you print a message from Outlook, the chances are that the printout will not include a list of the files attached to that message. This drives many people crazy.

I went looking in the Microsoft tech support forums. Lots of people are unhappy about Outlook’s printing options. This problem may disappear in a future service pack. […] continued

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