November

BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR KAZAA

Kazaa is the old stalwart for file sharing – it has the best-known name, although it’s been under such relentless attack from the recording industry that savvy kids are switching over to eDonkey and Shareaza and even more obscure options.

The bad news for Kazaa is that a trial begins today in Australia over the responsibility that Kazaa’s parent company has for copyright infringement by its users. […] continued “BAD NEWS AND GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR KAZAA”

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ONLINE CLOCK

This online clock has been around for a while but it’s so cool it deserves another mention. Very elegant technology.

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EBAY ADVICE

If you’re new to eBay or you want a refresher course on how to be a smart buyer and avoid being ripped off, this guide has common sense advice. It covers how to find items, tips on bidding, how to confirm that items are as represented, and how to spot frauds. […] continued “EBAY ADVICE”

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WIRELESS NETWORKING AND WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2

Here’s a brief article describing the process of connecting to a wireless network using Windows XP Service Pack 2, along with some screen shots. It’s basic but helpful if you’re new to the world of wireless networks.

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MAC SPOOF

If you’re bored, this home-made spoof of a Mac commercial is a good chuckle, and perhaps a relief from the constant Apple evangelizing.

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COPYRIGHT CRAZINESS

The House and Senate have been acting as branches of the recording and motion picture industries for some time, seeking to enrich those industries by assigning new “rights” to collect money for the use of creative material.

The payback for all the campaign contributions has already begun; there’s already been threats of federal prosecution for file sharing. […] continued “COPYRIGHT CRAZINESS”

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SEARCHING WITH X1

There’s lots of companies that are almost ready to help you search for things on your computer.

Google introduced Google Desktop Search last month – fast searches through Outlook folders and files in your My Documents folder. (Scroll down to October 14 for my first thoughts on Google’s software.)

Microsoft is working on free toolbars that will appear in Outlook and on your desk for similar searches. […] continued “SEARCHING WITH X1”

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MARKETING FIREFOX

Whether you’re selling a product, a concept, a piece of software, a politician, or a war – the most effective marketing creates the illusion that it’s not marketing at all but rather a spontaneous outpouring of affection or excitement.

Case in point: the new Firefox browser, currently being lovingly welcomed in the popular press. […] continued “MARKETING FIREFOX”

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MICROSOFT IN THE NEWS

Two events this week will get more attention than they deserve.

First, Microsoft will unveil the final version of its search service, MSN Search, aimed squarely at Google. Here’s an article about the launch. Unless there are some features hidden in it that I’m overlooking, it’s a wholly unimpressive competitor. […] continued “MICROSOFT IN THE NEWS”

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AMERICA ONLINE: THE DEATHWATCH

It’s time to begin a deathwatch on America Online. It will be a lingering death but it seems inevitable.

AOL is screwed. Its dialup subscriber base is shrinking fast; even poorly informed subscribers are realizing there are better ways to get online. Its software was originally designed to be simple and user-friendly, but it has long since turned into a cluttered, advertising-driven mess. […] continued “AMERICA ONLINE: THE DEATHWATCH”

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ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 3

Adobe graphics software is designed for professionals and tends to be difficult for normal people to learn. I have been known to gripe about this a teensy bit.

But I can’t deny that Adobe is strengthening its grip on the consumer market for photo software with the release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. […] continued “ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 3”

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TEN AXIOMS OF MODERN COMPUTING

John Dvorak’s column in PC Magazine today lists ten axioms of modern computing. He recommends simply accepting them; fighting them will make your life miserable. Although tongue is planted firmly in cheek, you will likely recognize more than a few things on the list.

  • “USE DEFAULTS. Always let the program choose the default during installation.
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