February

STRANGE TALES FROM THE WORLD OF ADWARE/SPYWARE

It’s easier when the world is black and white. In that world, all adware/spyware is easy to identify, it’s always bad, and the people distributing it should be jailed.

And in fact, those things are true. But recently a rash of news stories have made it clear that we will not always be able to count on help to eradicate the scourge of adware/spyware from our lives. […] continued “STRANGE TALES FROM THE WORLD OF ADWARE/SPYWARE”

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NAPSTER AND THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT

Napster has been reborn as a subscription service. Here’s an article about the new Napster. It might not be quite the right service at the right time but you are seeing a glimpse of the future, where our relationship to our music and movies will change dramatically.

The “Napster” name was purchased by Roxio in 2003; Roxio proceeded to sell its Easy CD Creator business (and the Roxio name) in order to focus on the Napster service. […] continued “NAPSTER AND THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT”

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PARENTS’ GUIDE TO COMPUTER SLANG

Remember how stupid those documentaries were that painstakingly explained that “maryjane” and “weed” were slang terms referring to (gasp!) marijuana!

Well, Microsoft has put together a web page that explains some online jargon and it’s . . . (redfaced, shuffling feet) . . . actually kind of useful. Hey, d00d, what can I say? […] continued “PARENTS’ GUIDE TO COMPUTER SLANG”

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FREE SECURITY TOOLS FROM MICROSOFT

Microsoft Antispyware was released a few weeks ago (here’s my writeup and links – scroll down to January 11.)

Microsoft had a dilemma. If it sold the antispyware program, the media would howl that consumers should not have to pay to solve a problem that was “Microsoft’s fault.” If it gave the program away, competitors would complain that it was a monopolistic bully trying to put them out of business. […] continued “FREE SECURITY TOOLS FROM MICROSOFT”

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FLAT-SCREEN GIANT FROM DELL AT DISCOUNT PRICE

Dell has just released a beautiful new flat-panel LCD monitor at a price that will challenge competitors to begin another round of price cuts.

The new Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW has a 24 inch diagonal display, in the widescreen format best suited for movies. Dell has set the price at $1,199; the cheapest competitor is several hundred dollars more, and most monitors in this class are over two thousand dollars. […] continued “FLAT-SCREEN GIANT FROM DELL AT DISCOUNT PRICE”

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GOOGLE MAPS

Google just rolled out Google Maps (on the bruceb favorites page under Travel / Maps). It’s a huge step forward from current online favorites like MapQuest.

FOLLOWUP: Wow, those are some gorgeous maps! You’ll be completely astonished when you click and drag on the map and discover that it scrolls freely. […] continued “GOOGLE MAPS”

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PHISHING FLAW IN ALTERNATIVE BROWSERS

I like Macs. I think they’re fine computers that do some things pretty well. Personally, the much-vaunted Apple design choices leave me cold, so it’s hard for me to understand why people would pay a premium for an Apple computer, but I’m happy to respect those who feel differently.

I like Firefox. […] continued “PHISHING FLAW IN ALTERNATIVE BROWSERS”

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MSN SEARCH

Microsoft has finished its work on MSN Search and will now begin a blitz of marketing in an attempt to dent Google’s brand identification. To enhance search results, Microsoft has added full access to the contents of Encarta, which is a reasonably nice thing to do. Search results look good but personally I still prefer Google’s page layouts. […] continued “MSN SEARCH”

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