October

MP3 PLAYERS

The iPod costs three or four hundred dollars, and completely dominates a rapidly growing market – currently claiming an 82% market share. The market for portable music players using hard drives for storage, like the iPod, will grow five-fold this year. Even if Apple’s market share slips as competitors like Sony, Dell, and Creative take aim, there’s lots of growth to go around. […] continued “MP3 PLAYERS”

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MULTIMEDIA

Aging baby boomers will soon be unable to recognize anything handling media in the home of an affluent 25-year-old. The convergence between the computer world and the audio/video world is happening faster than anyone can follow.

There are dozens of devices hitting the market for moving photos, video and music from your home’s computers to the living room audio center or TV. […] continued “MULTIMEDIA”

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USB FLASH DRIVE MANAGER

Microsoft has released a collection of free software for Windows XP through a web site titled “Microsoft Partner Pack For Windows.” It installs updates to a couple of Windows components and then turns on access to a handful of utilities, web services and games, mostly from third parties.

But one of them is a utility from Microsoft for managing USB Flash Drives that I can’t find anywhere but this new partner page. […] continued “USB FLASH DRIVE MANAGER”

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WORDPERFECT: CAN A CORPSE BE REANIMATED?

Corel is planning a comeback for WordPerfect! Here’s an article with details.

It’s interesting to read this stuff, but don’t get too worked up. This marks, if memory serves, the 47th time that WordPerfect’s various owners have rededicated themselves to the program and declared their confidence that they will begin to reverse WordPerfect’s descent into oblivion. […] continued “WORDPERFECT: CAN A CORPSE BE REANIMATED?”

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GOOGLE DESKTOP

The Google Desktop is a free program that indexes and searches your Outlook folders and the documents on your computer.

This will have more of an impact on your world than you suspect.

From an icon down by the clock, you can instantly search every incoming and outgoing e-mail message, all of your documents, instant messenger chats, and the contents of every web page you view. […] continued “GOOGLE DESKTOP”

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DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LONG TAIL

This article from Wired Magazine is essential reading. We are watching the creation of an entirely new economic model for the media and entertainment industries, with far-reaching consequences for our world. Amazon, Netflix, and online music services are discovering the long tail – the market for books, movies, music in a world where everything can be made readily available to everyone, regardless of their physical location. […] continued “DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LONG TAIL”

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MSN MESSENGER AND REMOTE ASSISTANCE

I’m starting to recognize the power of “Remote Assistance,” a feature built into Windows XP. Click on Start / Help / Remote Assistance for information. From your computer, you extend an invitation that allows someone to look over your shoulder at your Windows screen – and even to share control of the mouse and keyboard if desired. […] continued “MSN MESSENGER AND REMOTE ASSISTANCE”

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OUTLOOK 2003 RULES AND JUNK MAIL

When Outlook 2003 was first released, some people had to turn off the rules sorting their incoming mail into different folders. The problem was that the rules processed messages ahead of the junk e-mail filter; anything sorted by a rule into a different folder was never checked to see if it was spam. […] continued “OUTLOOK 2003 RULES AND JUNK MAIL”

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SERVICE PACK 2 AND “TV MEDIA” ADWARE

I’ve recently discovered “TV Media” on the Add-Remove Programs list of several computers. It’s just the usual adware, installed on a computer to generate popups popups popups. Like many of the other adware/spyware programs, it doesn’t damage computers on purpose; the people responsible for it don’t intend to be malicious and they love their mothers. […] continued “SERVICE PACK 2 AND “TV MEDIA” ADWARE”

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THE INTERNET AND THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

An amusing technology note from the debate last night. Dick Cheney responded to charges about Halliburton by urging viewers to go to “factcheck.com, an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, [to] get the specific details with respect to Halliburton.”

Cheney misspoke. He meant “factcheck.org.”

The owner of factcheck.com is not a Bush fan. […] continued “THE INTERNET AND THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE”

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NEW SEARCH ENGINE – “CLUSTY”

Google is one of the world’s best-known brands; it also supplies the technology powering searches done from scores of other web sites. As you might imagine, lots of web sites want to be the next Google.

This week’s buzz is about Clusty, which takes search results and sorts them into “clusters” of related sites. […] continued “NEW SEARCH ENGINE – “CLUSTY””

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SONIC DIALUP ACCELERATOR

If you have a Sonic dialup account, you might want to look into free software from Sonic designed to accelerate your Internet connection. It can’t move bits across a phone line any faster, but it’s possible to create that impression by making local copies of the pages you view instead of waiting for the info to flow over the phone line, along with a few other technical tricks. […] continued “SONIC DIALUP ACCELERATOR”

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