October

SONY AND AUTORUN IN A WORLD GONE MAD

The “Autorun” feature on your CD and DVD drives is starting to be abused and now creates another opportunity for bad people to damage your computer. I recommend disabling it. Here are instructions about how to disable Autorun in different versions of Windows.

This article is the specific example that causes me to make this recommendation; there will be more examples soon, and they won’t be limited to the music industry. […] continued “SONY AND AUTORUN IN A WORLD GONE MAD”

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POINTLESS UPGRADES

The constantly increasing rate of change in technology has created a difficult time for consumers. It is very difficult to decide what trend is meaningful and what is trivial; difficult to learn what products work and what products are poorly designed or buggy; difficult to look at an upgrade and decide whether it’s worthwhile. […] continued “POINTLESS UPGRADES”

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XBOX 360 & MEDIA CONNECT

When XBox 360 is released in a few weeks, Microsoft will be doing two different promotions.

The gamers will be told that the XBox 360 is the best gaming console yet, combining raw power and a huge video card with high definition output. Some new game will be promoted as the best-thing-ever, the way Halo carried the original XBox. […] continued “XBOX 360 & MEDIA CONNECT”

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ACROBAT UPDATE

Adobe’s PDF format has become the universal standard for exchanging business files. Here are some things you might not know.

  • Acrobat 7.0 is virtually identical to Acrobat 6.0. There is one difference, but it is a critical one: Acrobat 7.0 opens like lightning. Click on the icon and bang! the program is onscreen.
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VIDEO iPOD – GUSHING REVIEWS, MEDIOCRE PRODUCT

The new video iPod is a mediocre product. Similar products have been on the market for months, some (like the Sony PSP) with far superior screens. Battery life is low and it’s deliberately crippled by copy protection. And think about it – are you interested in watching an episode of Lost on a two and half inch screen? […] continued “VIDEO iPOD – GUSHING REVIEWS, MEDIOCRE PRODUCT”

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SYMANTEC HIKES NORTON RENEWAL PRICES

Yesterday Symantec announced increases in the price of renewals for its Norton products, as much as a 33% hike to renew the annual virus deinition subscription for Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security, and others.

Symantec says the reason it is defying the trend to lower prices is because its products are so darned swell and they’re getting better every day. […] continued “SYMANTEC HIKES NORTON RENEWAL PRICES”

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YAHOO AND MICROSOFT INSTANT MESSENGERS TO INTERACT

It’s not confirmed yet but rumor has it that Microsoft and Yahoo will announce a deal on Wednesday for their respective instant messenger programs to exchange messages with each other.

If you’re under 25, that might be a big deal – running AIM, Yahoo, and MSN messengers means three different screen names, three different passwords, three different programs to keep onscreen simultaneously, making it almost impossible to find room onscreen for homework. […] continued “YAHOO AND MICROSOFT INSTANT MESSENGERS TO INTERACT”

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ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION FROM MICROSOFT

Norton’s products are steadily deteriorating – I’ve written about some of my frustration with Norton Internet Security for single PCs and Symantec Antivirus for server-based networks. Last week I installed Norton Antivirus 2005 on a typical desktop PC and got a phone call within a few hours complaining about how the computer had slowed down to the point of being nearly unusable. […] continued “ANTIVIRUS PROTECTION FROM MICROSOFT”

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WEB MAIL GROWS UP

Microsoft and Yahoo have both begun testing overhauls of their web mail clients. Here’s an article about the new look for HotMail, scheduled for rollout next year.

The new Hotmail closely resembles Outlook 2003, and supports drag-and-drop, right-clicking, selection of multiple items, and full-featured contacts and calendar folders.

More of you are demanding 24×7 access to your Outlook folders. […] continued “WEB MAIL GROWS UP”

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PHOTOS AND PRINTERS

Printer prices are in free fall – down by 30% in the last few months. But here’s an article going over the numbers to explain why more people are taking their camera’s memory cards to Costco or getting their prints from an online service instead of reaching for the print button. […] continued “PHOTOS AND PRINTERS”

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SENDING LARGE E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS

E-mail was not designed to exchange large files. Many people attempt to send big files by e-mail – 10 or 20 or 30Mb of photos or PDFs or the like – and feel disappointed when the recipient never gets the message. Or perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end and had your mail delivery disrupted by a large attachment that pushes you over your storage limits or causes your mail program to time out. […] continued “SENDING LARGE E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS”

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HOW CHEAP IS TOO CHEAP?

Price should no longer be the factor that drives your technology purchases.

Technology is cheap. Printers are best described as disposable cartridge holders – for many, many models the printer’s cost is roughly identical to the cost of replacement ink cartridges for it. Much software is literally free, given away with computers or cameras or printers or scanners. […] continued “HOW CHEAP IS TOO CHEAP?”

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