February

MYSPACE.COM AND INTERNET SAFETY

MySpace.com is the largest community of teens and twenty-somethings in history. There’s roughly sixty million registered users. Its growth rate is mind boggling. It’s one of the most popular destinations on the Internet and it’s far and away the most popular site online for social networking. It’s an increasingly powerful force in the music industry, as known and unknown bands use it to communicate with fans and spread music outside of the normal channels. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007

Microsoft announced product details and pricing for the various versions of Microsoft Office 2007, due later this year. Here’s a summary of the various products.

The theme in technology for 2006 will be overwhelming confusion for consumers and businesses. As I noted below, by the end of the year we will be completely adrift in a sea of Intel processors, and we’ll have the quirks and incompatibilities of a new version of Windows to contend with. […] continued

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NEW PROCESSORS AHEAD

Pentium processors have gotten faster but the underlying architecture has been reasonably consistent for most consumer and small business computers for many years. Changes are right around the corner, and it promises to be a difficult, confusing time. During the next year we will be asked to keep up with terms like “64-bit processors,” “dual core architecture,” and more. […] continued

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WINDOWS DEFENDER – SUCCESSOR TO MICROSOFT ANTISPYWARE

Microsoft has released an updated version of its antispyware program, with a new name – Windows Defender. Here’s the Windows Defender web site and here’s an extensive review.

You should be running Windows Defender in addition to an antivirus program.

The program continues to be free. If you’re currently running Microsoft Antispyware, you should be able to upgrade simply by installing the new version. […] continued

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BRUCEB VACATION

I’ll be out of town during the week of February 13.

Oh, come on, don’t cry. Everything will be fine. I should be available by cell phone for emergencies, and I expect to check e-mail each afternoon.

I hope none of you have any reason to want to talk to me. […] continued

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REAL ESTATE FOR VOYEURS

Zillow.com launched its beta web site a few days ago, offering free access to real estate information that has been hard to come by until now. (It’s been added to the bruceb favorites page under Home-Family / Realty).

Zillow displays estimates of the market value of homes all over the country, based on data such as tax records, sales history, and comparables. […] continued

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT WINDOWS ONECARE

Here’s an article about the official Microsoft announcement of Windows OneCare, which will be available in final form in June.

The $49.99 license will permit the program to be installed on up to three computers. That’s a much better deal than I expected and it puts even more pressure on Symantec and McAfee, whose three-user suites are far more expensive. […] continued

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AOL & YAHOO ALLOW BIG SPENDERS TO AVOID SPAM FILTERS

AOL & Yahoo are going to allow spam to reach mailboxes if the senders pay a fee for each message. Here’s an article about the new system.

It’s hard to predict the result, but my gut feeling is that it’s a disaster for consumers. AOL & Yahoo will pitch it as a “service” to distinguish legitimate offers from true junk and phishing scams. […] continued

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WINDOWS ONECARE LIVE UPDATE

Microsoft plans to release the final version of Windows OneCare Live, its antivirus/backup/firewall/tuneup program, by summer 2006, and is likely to announce a price of $50/year for the finished product. Here’s an article about the upcoming announcement.

After installing it on dozens of systems and using it myself, I continue to be a big fan. […] continued

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